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Anti-Virus Software
Below are listed some of the Anti-Virus software programs I am familiar with.  Most are free, with some having optional paid software available.
(MORE TO COME - KEEP CHECKING BACK!)
Updated May 6, 2016
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any of these programs.

Microsoft Security Essentials  
The NEWEST version of MSE is now
available for download HERE

 I REALLY LIKE IT!  MSE is stable, and seems to find 'bugs' others miss -
BUT,
Be aware, it DOES turn on
FULL WINDOWS UPDATE!

Avast Free Antivirus 6
by AVAST Software

Avast is one of those anti virus programs that has been around for a while.  I currently run it on one of my personal computers, and am quite happy with it.
Ranked # 3 by CNET, the FREE VERSION is a very valuable addition to your computer protection scheme.
IT NOW HAS SOME FEATURES THAT WERE ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE PAID VERSION!
This is one that I recommend.

(Free Edition, for personal and non-commercial use only)
AVG Anti-Virus Free
by AVG  (was Grisoft)
This is a very good anti-virus program that I have used in the past.  I was very happy with it's performance.  As with other "free" programs, it offers a limited set of features, but still a good product.
Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus 10
by Avira
 CNET calls it Spectacular.
Avira is a German company that produces this free version, and also 2 paid versions, including their Avira Antivir Pro, and other products. 

NOTE:  They also have AV for Mac, Android, and iOS Security!
They also have a group of FREE TOOLS in their Download section.

NOTE: Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus is only available for single computer use for home and non commercial use.
BitDefender Free
"Free Anti-Virus for ALL!"
Given an "Excellent" rating by PC Mag!
RATED: 5 STARS
ClamWin Free Antivirus
ClamWin A/V is a product released by Source Forge.  These wonderful folks have a LOT of FREE software, released under the 
GNU General Public License (GPL)
I have used ClamWin and this is one of the Source Forge projects I recommend.
PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition
THIS PRODUCT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!
ON-LINE SCANS OF YOUR COMPUTER
Below are listed some free, on-line computer scans to detect malware on your computer.  These are sites I trust.
Housecall
An on-line test by Trend Micro!  I have used the Trend Micro PC-cillin Internet Security on several computers I am in charge of, and this test actually detected problems that their PC-cillin didn't!  Rating - 4 STARS!
 

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