Ever since the creation of computers, the threat of computer hackers has existed. Today there are a number of antivirus options, but which one is the best?

Thankfully, users don't even have to pay to get decent antivirus software, as a number of great free options are available. Among those free options are AVG and Avast Antivirus, which many see as better than many of the paid options.

AVG, which stands for Anti-Virus Guard, has long been a favorite among consumers. In fact, it is the most popular antivirus software on the market, and is often considered to be the best option for removing viruses and other forms of malware.

One of the best things about AVG is its LinkScanner cloud technology, which keeps it always up to date on being able to stop the newest viruses. AVG also promises its customers that it will remain the best software on the market, improving with every new release.

Avast, on the other hand, is short for Anti-Virus Advanced Set. It is very common among consumers as a choice for virus and malware protection. Avasts detection rates have been tested and configured and the software is comprehensive protection against a variety of viruses and malware.

Another great thing about Avast is its user interface, which allows users to easily configure and navigate the software, even for those who might not be as computer-savvy as others. Avast provides a number of features that cannot be found in AVG, such as Boot Scan, iTrack and P2P shield, which ensure even more protection.

While AVG and Avast are surely industry leaders when it comes to antivirus software, they aren't the only options available. Norton AntiVirus is another leader in the industry, although it is a paid option. It has a level of protection that reaches 92 percent, and is a good option for avid users of social media, as it protects against links that may include malware.

When considering the options for antivirus software, it is important to remember that antivirus software exists to help prevent viruses and malware from accessing your computer. Do not wait until you already have a virus to install this software, as by the time it is installed, the damage can already be done. In fact, if a computer is suffering from virus problems, it is often difficult to install antivirus software.

It is also important to consider which types of malware and viruses each software prevents, as no two antivirus programs do exactly the same thing. Despite this, when it comes to choosing between AVG and Avast, for the general consumer it's hard to go wrong.

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