As a user of Microsoft Windows operating system, you have several possible routes when it comes to choosing the overall system security solution. The Bill Gates free given Windows defender, third party software, or you could just stay unprotected all the way. The road you pick is essential.

When you look at Windows defender, it’s good enough for most PC users. But the real question you have to ask yourself is do you want to take the seemingly safe route when all your precious information is at stake? That sounds like a whole lot of risk to take.

We present to you the best free security options for Windows, with all of them offering antivirus, malware or real time protection. Some members of the group lack firewall functionality, but that is a problem you could easily solve with third party solutions.

360 Total Security

This is a free security suite manufactured by Qihoo, one of the biggest Chinese security software companies. Although many users hesitate using a program of Chinese origins, you will want to take the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this one. It will, by all means, exceed your expectations. One of the admirable features of the 360 Total Security lies in its sleek interface. It’ easy to navigate, it’s easy on your eyes with no flashy colors, and it’s got a professional feel to it. It is also available on Android mobile devices and is one the best solutions out there when it comes to fighting malware infections.

At number two of our list comes the almighty Avira Free Antivirus. This is definitely of the best free options currently available on the virus protection market. It has been constantly outshining the big players like Kaspersky, McAfee and Norton.

Outpost Security Suite is where the comprehension shines. The antivirus feature is better than most of its counterparts, be it the detection rate, or just a performance speed. It’s got configurable firewall integrated as well.

Comodo Internet Security has a couple of offerings at their disposal, like PC maintenance, data backups, SSL certificates, and it comes with a totally secured version of Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

Panda Free Antivirus is a kind of software that’s getting a lot of attention these days. If you put aside the funny name, it opens the door to the holy trinity of antivirus protection – light on system resources, dead easy to use, and it’s productive at keeping your information safe.