Taking a nod from AVG's free antivirus program, PC Tools has also come up with their free antivirus and whether or not it was created to help promote their paid solutions, we think it is a pretty stable antivirus program with protection against many known common threats.
PC Tools' Free Antivirus offers basic protection again everyday threats common on the web. It is regularly updated and also offers protection against phishing, provides web site ratings and continues to also function as an anti-spyware and anti-malware application.
As you might have noticed while installing the free version, it doesn't necessarily provide the best protection against zero-day threats, firewall protection, a mechanism to prevent identify theft among other features only available with the premium version.
One good thing about PC Tools Antivirus Free are the automatic updates. We highly recommend keeping your antivirus software up-to-date at all times. PC Tools provides constant updates an that means piece of mind.
Another good feature of PC Tools Free Antivirus are the comprehensive tools to help guard your computer in many areas such as Behavior, Cookie, Rootkit, Network, Email, File, Site and Downloads. Downloads probably being the most important for your average user. The base program is also aware and protective of your computer against nasty keyloggers.
The settings tab of PC Tools Antivirus Free gives you control over pretty much every aspect of the program and it's great to be given so much control, especially for users conscious of how many resources are being used.
PC Tools isn't your typical free antivirus solution and we were pleased to be able to give it a test run. It is able to provide basic protection and also goes above and beyond that with some pretty useful extras, notably the anti-malware and extra web protection.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from antivirus without restrictions. PC Tools AntiVirus Free 22.214.171.12498 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from PC Tools.
We have tested PC Tools AntiVirus Free 126.96.36.19998 against malware with several different programs. Please review the test results. We have not certified this program as clean. [Read more]