Top 10 best Windows 8 Antivirus for free download

Updated to Windows 8 but still irritated by the low immunity of Windows 8 towards malicious softwares? Then its time to know the best Antivirus softwares in market for Windows 8 that offer you the best security for no price.

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 and was quite happy with the speed performance and the Metro interface that comes with it. Being a new operating system from Windows 8 I expected it to show some resistance to malicious softwares that already exist for Windows. And it was not that as if I was not running a antivirus; I was already having the default BitDefender Antivirus that comes with Windows 8. But to my utter disappointment, all it took was a click on a infected file and that virus has spread into my system. Any file I click goes corrupt and I would prefer not to talk about the system speed! BitDefender was not able to remove the virus and neither was I able to install any other anitvirus, so I had to recover my Windows 8 from the installation file in my USB stick. Anyhow, the moral of the story is that after I recovered my Windows I searched for some free antivirus software which would suit my old configuration laptop. So here are the best antivirus softwares that run on Windows 8 and offer you some great security.

AVG Free 2013

AVG Free 2013
This Antivirus software is a good defender program that protects Windows 8 against all kind of malwares and viruses. Though people report it having less detection rate but I have used it for quite a number of years now and I am quite impressed by its performance. In fact, I have selected AVG Free 2013 for my own laptop. This software has got a powerful performance in disabling detected malware than the previous listed programs. Other features of AVG includes fast scanning, AVG Advisor, Smart Scan etc. For those people who are looking for more options for controlling their protection, this program also features variety of advanced options. The best thing is that this antivirus comes with unlimited period validity, which means no worry about the 'period' of free usage expiring.

Malwarebytes Free Anti-Malware

One among the most effective tool for protecting your Windows 8 PC from malware is Malwarebytes. This is a free Anti-malware software with a super fast scans with many useful features. The installation of this software is also really easy and takes only a few minutes. Although you can enjoy various features added in this program, the real-time protection offered in this program lasts only for 30 days and the Pro version can only help you to use this protection beyond this period. The software also features an amazing new interface for the Windows 8 users. Several other tools that comes along with this software includes Chameleon tool, Fileassassin and much more.

PC Tools Free Antivirus

PC Tools AntiVirus
Another free Antivirus software for your Windows 8 is PC Tools. But the free download link for this software is pretty hard to spot out. You can download this software only from a third-party site, rather than from the official site. The installation file will be installed very smoothly, but it takes much time to download additional program files which sized about 200 MB. The performance of this software was very effective and like any other defender, it also features a custom scan as well as a full scan. PC Tools also features quiet mode by which it helps you to disable the alerts. Unlike other free antivirus softwares, this program lacks spyware protection. Even though this is a free program for offering protection for your PC, there are more recommended Antivirus softwares than this.

Avast! Free Antivirus 7

Avast Free Antivirus
Avast Free Antivirus is one of the best antivirus as it features very interesting options. This antivirus software is really easy to configure and the attractive look makes the software more professional. Although Avast is absolutely free for you to download, you will need to register if you need a one-year renewable license. This software also has got full support on Windows 8, which is absolutely great. On the installation of this software it will automatically disable the Windows Defender which was pre-installed. Avast Free Antivirus also features a fast performing Quick Scan similar to that we can see on a paid version. There are many other spectacular features delivered by this free program like Remote Assistance, automatic sandbox and much more. All these features makes Avast Free Antivirus a better protection for Windows 8.

Zonealarm Free Antivirus+Firewall

Zone Alarm
Zonealarm is a famous firewall software which recently added a free Antivirus along with the program. There was no great change for the main interface from its previous 2012 version. Zonealarm is an attractive piece of defender that uses various colors for the boxes for antivirus, firewall etc. Within the program, you will have many advanced options for acquiring more control if you want. Zonealarm is also being packed with 5 GB of online storage which is a new feature by Zonealarm. This feature will allow its users to backup their folders online. Zonealarm is the only software to offer both the antivirus program as well as firewall protection for your Windows 8 PC.

Avira Free Antivirus

Avira Free Antivirus
Avira is one among the most popular antivirus available online. Avira is an excellent defending program for your Windows 8 PC, as it has got many useful features to be delivered. During the setup process, Avira will offer an option to set it's own secured search engine as your homepage along with a Avira browser toolbar. Installing toolbars may lead the browser to become very slow, so installing them is not recommended. Avira Free Antivirus also offers various features like a cool looking interface, level of detection, free social shield, advanced set of options, password protection during un-installation of program and much more.


This is yet another defender for your Windows 8 PC. Superantispyware is one among the best programs which will defend your PC against many unwanted programs like spyware, adware, malware etc. This software is also great enough to detect and remove highly infected threats like trojans, worms and offers a complete protection against keyloggers, Hijackers and much more. Superantispyware features a nice interface along with quick startup and fast scanning. The program also delivers many features like scheduled scanning, real-time protection, first chance prevention etc.

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Comodo Internet Security

Comodo Anti Virus
Comodo Internet Security is also a good defender program for you to prevent your Windows 8 PC from threats. This software assures you a complete protection against various attacks for free. Fast cloud-based scanning is one among the great feature of Comodo Internet Security. Various other features of this software includes secured online connections, improved PC performance, Auto Sandbox technology etc. This is a nice defender for you to ensure safety from malicious softwares.

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Antivirus
Panda Cloud Antivirus is a free security tool for your Windows 8. Panda offers a simple installation process along with a great interface. The user interface designed in this program is really simple and navigation too is simple. This protective tool will also scan any USB storage devices for any malicious softwares. Panda Cloud Antivirus also delivers an optimized scan for quick results and a full scan for better results. It features custom scan, by which an user can perform scan on various selected folders. For Pro users, this software will also let them gain access over firewall. But the free version is more recommended as both the version has same efficiency in detecting and removing threats.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials
This software is the latest updated version of Microsoft Security Essentials to version 4. This software is completely free to use and there is no need for any kind of registration. This software is being pre-installed as Windows Defender in Windows 8 and as a result there is no need for installing this again. The main advantage of this program is, Microsoft Security Essentials offers protection against both viruses as well as spywares. The software delivers a simple type of user interface along with effective scans. However, I would not recommend using this as the due to the reasons explained in the first paragraph itself.

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Author: Sukhdev Singh09 Mar 2013 Member Level: Gold   Points : 5

Thanks for giving an illustrated and elaborative details about free antivirus and anti malware software to be used with Windows 8 available in the market. But out of all of them, I would prefer the users to make use of the Microsoft Security Essentials which comes pre-installed with their Windows 8 software since it is from the same Microsoft company which has made Windows 8. Is it necessary to use any other free antivirus software once your Windows 8 software comes with free pre-installed Microsoft Security Essentials? You have stated that there is no need to use any any other anti-virus software once you already have Microsoft Security Essentials pre-installed with Windows 8. Then why are there so many anti-virus software being made for Windows 8?

Author: Ankit09 Mar 2013 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

Sukhdev sir,
I actually do not recommend this program to be honest. I have edited my article a little bit to make that clear. Please read the introduction of the article why I am not much impressed with the working on BitDefender aka. Windows Security Essential.

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