Considering the plethora of viruses, worms, Trojans, and other cyber threats constantly attempting to infect your computer, some form of PC protection is absolutely necessary. PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition is a basic free antivirus and antispyware program that protects your system from known viruses, worms, Trojans and other cyber threats attempting to gain access to your PC by means of file transfer through storage media, e-mail, the Internet and other network protocols.
Among its various layers of security, PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition touts effective security tools such as File Guard, Email Guard, Search Defender, and Smart Updates. File Guard checks for and blocks known malware in real-time while you’re working, surfing and playing; Email Guard protect your computer from viruses and spyware being sent over email; and Search Defender (an browser security toolbar) protects you while you surf the web by warning against unsafe or phishing websites. All the while, PC Tools AntiVirus Free runs Smart Updates to ensure that your PC is always protected against the latest threats by providing frequent free automatic updates and product upgrades.
One of the most important features is the ability to create a Windows Restore Point before repairing infections. You can roll back system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of a system malfunction or failure. To create a Windows Restore point before repairing infections, select the option at the bottom of the scan results screen before executing the Repair function. The scan results screen is displayed at the end of a scan if infections are found. Note: “Create Restore Point before removal” feature is not available on all versions of Windows.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition Key Features:
- IntelliGuard protection against known computer viruses
- Smart Updates to keep virus definitions and other feature enhancements up to date
- Customizable Scan Settings applicable to both PC Tools AntiVirus’ on-demand file scan and real-time protection features
- Ability to quarantine and restore items that have been detected
- Logging of File Scans conducted by PC Tools AntiVirus
- Enhanced architecture providing enhanced infection removal capabilities for limited user accounts
PC Tools AntiVirus Free Provides only basic protection and has various advanced features disabled. You will need to upgrade to Spyware Doctor with AntiVirus or Internet Security to get more advanced features like Behavioral protection against zer-day threats, Identify theft protection (Keyloggers & rootkits), etc.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free does an admirable job of blocking known viruses but when it came to blocking new malware, PC Tools AntiVirus Free does a really bad job. Anyway, if you need only basic protection in your PC, this antivirus software is one of the choices for you.
The product page only provide online installer for PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition. You need to have active internet on the PC where you wish to install PC Tools AntiVirus Free using this online Setup installer. For those who prefer the standalone offline setup installer for PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition can download it from this link (version 9.1 for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7).
During installation, choose “Install only basic protection – PC Tools Antivirus Free”, or else you will install a trial version of the paid edition.
Extra care is recommended when installing the application though. The setup kit offers to install Google Chrome browser which is not required in order for the app to function seamlessly. If this doesn’t suit you then clear the relevant check boxes when asked.
Also, PC Tools AntiVirus Free will install a security browser toolbar (Search Defender) without even asking for permission. You can uninstall it with the Add or Remove Programs tool in Windows if you do not like this toolbar.