This article is not about illegal methods to obtain software products without paying money for them. But read on if you are interested in how you can protect your computer with the latest antivirus software without having to pay for it.
The principle is simply: most antivirus companies offer test versions of their products. These versions can usually be tested for 30, 60 or 90 days. All you need to do to protect your computer with antivirus software is to install a new product whenever the trial of an old product ends.
You need a minimum of four antivirus products, preferably the most reliable ones that offer 90 days of testing.
You start again with next year's edition of the first antivirus software that you started with. If there are not enough 90-day trials you switch to 60 or 30-day trials instead or use a free antivirus software to fill gaps in the 12-month cycle.
The following links point to antivirus software programs that can be downloaded as trial versions. These trial versions can be used for either 30 days, 60 days or 90 days without pay.
Which antivirus software developers offer 90-day trials?
Which antivirus companies offer 60-day trials?
Which antivirus software developers offer 30-day trials?
Please let us know in the comments if we have missed a product.
Some notes: This article does not rate the antivirus programs linked in it. There may be free programs out there that are comparable to the listed antivirus products. The only problem with this method is that users need to install different antivirus software regularly. This not only means more work for the user but also the requirement to get used to new software products.
Many antivirus companies are running promotions every now and then that offer longer trial versions for download. This will obviously help tremendously.
Now You: Any thoughts or ideas?
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