what free antivirus is best

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Largely a matter of personal preference and opinion but the following links can help in making a decision:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588-5.html

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/applications/best-free-antivirus-9-reviewed-and-rated-1057...

P.S. Always download from the vendor's or author's web site rather than a third party to avoid any unwelcome surprises.  
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Microsoft Windows Defender is free and a decent choice.
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Whether an antivirus software is free or not has almost no correlation with its quality. We can find plenty of good reasons to choose a free antivirus software's, and plenty of good reasons to go with a paid antivirus software's. Free antivirus software has one main advantage - its PRICE. The free programs typically offer the basics, such as a simple search and destroy of malware. This is also its limitation too, as the free version usually only protects your system from viruses, and does not offer the comprehensive protection you may require. As you progress through the different types of protection, more advanced features can be added on. Moreover, one of the biggest drawbacks to going with a free antivirus software is the lack of technical support.
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AVG
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I don't know that I would agree with that now.  Maybe a couple of years ago.  It seems that AVG has been going downhill since being bought by Avast.  Whether that's by design or not I don't know, but it wouldn't surprise me.  

With that said, everyone's experience is unique to them.  
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Been running it for years with no issue. Stay off the adult sites or you'll get the online equivalent of the HIV.
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Kaspersky is constantly rated at the top for pc security protection. I use it and it has kept my pc clean. I do not know if there is a free version.
The company is headquartered in Russia. There have been reports (maybe fake news) that the Russian spy agencies are involved at Kaspersky causing fear that Kaspersky protected devices can be hacked by the Russian government.
I still use Kaspersky anyway. I have no information on my computer that the Russian government would want. 
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Avast free antivirus. When installing select "Custom Installation" check bare minimum protection. After installation Go to Menu>Settings> and enable silent mode. (That way you won't get their promotional offers popups that happen once a week or so) You will eventually need to make an account but it's free.

I've used McAfee, AVG, Kaspersky and Avast has always been the most lightweight and effective.  Been with Avast over 10 years+ and have no complaints.
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I work for a Fortune 500 company that has a strict list of allowed products that your computer can have just to log in the network.

Avast certainly isn't allowed, so it doesn't meet certain requirements. If it is not good for my company's network, it is not good enough for me.
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Just out of curiosity, what is on that list of allowed AV products?
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I have to recheck the list, but Symantec and Kaspersky are two that meet network security requirements.

Our network security protocols get audited on a regular basis and have to be certified by an independent company.

The data breaches into the one credit card bureau and Anthem Health Care (which resulted in my personal data being compromised) only heightened security. Those breaches cost those companies millions. Hundreds of people at my company, including myself, have to complete regular data security training lessons every month. It is scary what you learn and the length thieves will go to steal your identity or a company's information.
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While AV is very important, a Fortune 500 company and a home user are completely different animals.  While Avast may not be good enough for your company and others (what free AV would be?), it's one of the best rated free AV's for personal use.  

Remember, this question was about free AV, and very few companies would trust, nor should trust, a free AV.  

For the average user, something like Avast and Malwarebytes (the free version) should provide adequate protection.  

And, though I could be wrong, doesn't ViaSat use shared, dynamic IP addresses?  That's even more protection, though inadvertently.  

Edit:  But I understand your point and your choice.  
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Yeah. Completely understand. I dont have an option. I have to have a certain level of protection to access my work network at home.

I have got hit by malware many years ago. That way back when I was running Trend Micro. It wasn't a fun experience to get the computer functional again. Since then I moved to Kaspersky and never been hit again. So I recommend what has worked for me, but others might be fine. I just like to share what I have found.
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I've been using Bitfinder and it seems to be doing just fine! Good luck!
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I would suggest Kapsersky and Norton. i use Kaspersky on my Mac and also use EaseUs data recovery tool as well. Some malware files are so infected that the antivirus had to completely delete the file. To recover it back Apple devices data recovery tools are needed on mac.
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Norton isn't free.