Last Update: 2/16/2018
Here are some resources for free internet security software from major vendors. Most of the software is free for home users, while businesses need to purchase a license. We divide the free software into different categories including internet security suites, antivirus, antispyware, and intrusion detection and prevention.
Internet Security Software Downside – Spying on You
Any internet security program needs to watch the sites you visit for malicious activity, this includes secure sites (https://) To watch your secure browsing activity, security suites need to replace the security certificates with their own, performing a man in the middle (MITM) attack essentially.
Hopefully this snooping is all in the name of security, not in stealing your credit card, banking information, or identity. You can read more about Avast.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus is often free after rebate but no longer recommended.
1. ISP Provided Free Security Software
Subscribers to certain internet service providers get access to free commercial internet security software. There’s no need to pay a dime for top notch security software.