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 are offering test versions of their products. These versions can usually be tested for 30 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 the old product ends.
This means that you need a minimum of four antivirus products, preferably the most reliable ones that are offering 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 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 or 90 days without payment.
Which antivirus software developers are offering 90 day trials?
- None right now
Which antivirus companies are offering 60 day trials?
Which antivirus software developers are offering 30 day trials?
- Avast Internet Security [link]
- Avast Premier [link]
- Avast Pro Antivirus [link]
- AVG Antivirus [Link]
- AVG Internet Security [Link]
- Avira Antivirus Pro [Link]
- Avira Internet Security Suite [Link]
- Avira Ultimate Protection Suite [Link]
- Kaspersky Antivirus [link]
- Kaspersky Internet Security [link]
- Bitdefender Antivirus [link]
- Bitdefender Total Security [link]
- Bitdefender Internet Security [link]
- ESET Smart Security [link]
- ESET Nod32 Antivirus [link]
- F-Prot Antivirus [Link]
- Trend Micro Maximum Security [link]
- Trend Micro Internet Security [link]
- Panda Security Antivirus [link]
- Panda Antivirus Pro [link]
- ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus [link]
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.
Any thoughts or ideas?