Battle Free Antivirus of the Year 2021 (Poll Phase)

Free Antivirus of the Year 2021

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Software comparison
Avast/AVG Free Antivirus vs Bitdefender Free vs Kaspersky Security Cloud vs Windows Defender vs WiseVector StopX
Feature comparison
  1. Ease of use
  2. Impact on hardware performance
  3. Most available features
  4. Core protection (malware and heuristic engine)
  5. Internet protection (web filtering, anti-phishing, anti-spam, browser extension)
  6. Proactive protection (anti-exploit, behavior blocker, IDS-HIPS, sandbox)
  7. Network protection (firewall, anti-botnet)
  8. Ransomware protection
  9. Banking and payments protection
  10. Machine learning and A.I. capabilities
  11. Privacy protections (VPN, anti-tracking)
  12. My privacy (GDPR, data handling, privacy policies)


Level 27
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Top poster
Jul 2, 2014
From your nominations at Free Antivirus of the Year 2021 - Nominate, 5 products have been selected for the final poll phase starting today.

Compared to the Poll conducted last time, we have a new contender, Avast/AVG Free Antivirus.

The poll will be closed on 17th Dec 2021 and the winner revealed on 18th Dec 2021.

Do reply in this thread which product you chose and why?

Let's check to see if we've a new winner compared to previous years

2020 Winner - Windows Defender
2018 Winner - Kaspersky Free Antivirus
2017 Winner - Avast Free Antivirus
2015 Winner - Qihoo Total Security

By the way we wont have a Paid Antivirus Suite of the Year poll this time, it's better to do it triennaly (like we did in previous years). :D These standings hardly change
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Level 2
Sep 11, 2013
I vote Avast free for best all round features that Kaspersy free lacks viz bank mode for banking. shopping , outward firewall , hardened mode , wi-fi protection & gives much better protection for newbies and average users against their most common problems viz browser hijacks , pups, malicious websites and adware , it also lightweight , fast and provides good all round protection .


Level 33
Top poster
Jan 28, 2018
I voted for BitDefender but meant to vote for Kaspersky due to my fat fingers and laggy phone under 20% accidentally selected BD.

Hopefully Kaspersky doesn't get beat by one vote 🙂.
Your vote may have been valuable to Kaspersky.🏎️🏎️
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