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Free (for personal use) antivirus software for the good old Windows XP – 2017 edition

Despite the fact that Windows 7 and Windows 10 are the most popular operating systems on the market, Windows XP is still installed on some computers, for a various number of reasons. A statistics about the Windows XP usage can be found in this article.

Today I’m going to list a few free (at least free for personal use) and lightweight antivirus software than can still run on Windows XP, without making it.

Avast!:

From my experience, the best antivirus for Windows XP is Avast, having a lot of features, including:

  • On access protection against viruses and malware
  • Heuristics engine to detect previously unknown threats
  • Silent mode which hides alerts during full-screen user activities
  • Easy installation wizard.

Cons:

  • It requires yearly registration.
  • It suggests installing additional software

Download Avast! Free from here

Comodo:

Comodo Antivirus Free provides virus protection and on-access file protection, includes a Game Mode that does not display any notifications, updates virus definitions in the background and has both 32 bit and 64 bit installers.

Cons:

  • Performs some system modifications that you might want to disable
  • Initial updates take a while to complete
  • The installer kit is very large
  • In creates a sandboxed environment for untrusted apps, not permitting them to infect the system

Download Comodo Antivirus Free from here

AVG Free:

AVG free is yet another antivirus system that can run on older computers that use Windows XP. It provides file anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-rootkit protection, web protection, email client protection, can be used in silent mode, can be controlled via a web portal and does not ask for registration before usage.

Cons:

  • It slows down the computer
  • It installs third-party software by default
  • It recommends the acquisition of paid features
  • The Zen interface may be annoying

Download AVG Free from here

Immunet Free:

Last but not least on this list is Immunet, yet another free antivirus still compatible with Windows XP running on older computers.

Main features:

  • It is very light
  • Provides cloud-based anti-virus, anti-malware and anti keylogger protection
  • Can run along other antivirus system

Cons:

  • Does not provide a very good protection

Download Immunet free from here

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Best free password managers in 2017

In this article I will make a top of the best free password managers in 2017, providing a short description for each worth mentioning service. If you don’t know this yet, password managers centralize all your passwords into one single password and helps you remember your passwords, create new one or protect your passwords against strangers.

You should also read this article, which helps you create strong passwords and how to remember them.

So, here is the top.

LastPass:

LastPass is probably the most popular free, cross-platform password manager application. It can be used on both desktop (running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X) and mobile (running Android or iOS).

Among others, it autocompletes your passwords on websites and introduces your personal information you use to fill your forms. It is also capable of generating random strong passwords and it stores them automatically for you in the vault, alerting the users when they need to change the password or when they use the same more than once.

While it is free to use, if you want to sync your passwords between your phone and desktop, you need to pay a $1 fee per month.

Dashlane:

Dashlane is yet another free, cross-platform password manager working for both desktops (Windows and Mac OS X) and mobiles (Android and iOS). It can store your passwords, create and save new strong passwords for you and complete web forms with personal information. You only need to remember the master password to open the encrypted vault and you are good to go.

While you can use DashLane on multiple devices, you need to pay $3 a month for the premium version to sync passwords between devices. It also saves receipts from purchases, a feature which is not present on other passwords managers.

Sticky Password:

Sticky Password is a free, cross-platform password manager developed by the team behind the AVG antivirus. It can be installed on Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS and, the like the DashLine and LastPass, it requires a $20 yearly subscription in order to permit the users to sync passwords between their platforms. Also, it autofills online forms and generates random strong passwords.

The paid version of Sticky Password has a biometric confirmation feature, permitting the usage of fingerprint authentication to identify on a mobile device. Also, it syncs the passwords via WiFi, so you will not need to trust the cloud.

Keeper Security :

Keeper security password manager is yet another cross platform password manager. It can be used on all the main platforms, including: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android and iOS and has a very simple and intuitive user interface.

The premium version supports Two-factor authentication and can be setup to delete all the records from the device if the master password is introduced more than five times incorrectly, keeping only the cloud copy.

For the premium version, the subscription fee is $10 for each device it is used on.

1Password:

1Password is a top password manager for Windows, Mac OS X, Android and iOS that provides a master password for all your passwords. Unlike the others it does not autofill internet forms automatically and for password sync between devices, you will need to buy the premium version, for a one time fee of $50.

It has an audit feature that will tell you to change the weak or old passwords and permits you to save personal information in the Digital wallet.

KeePassX:

And there is KeePassX, which is a free and open-source password manager for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It gets security updates very often and supports plugins for expanding the app’s features.

It is compatible with a big number of password apps for mobile phones, but this provides that the user uploads its encrypted password file to the cloud, where it gets used by the other app. So, a little difficult, but syncing passwords between platforms is free.

Unlike the others, KeePassX is a little more difficult to use than the others, but it’s not rocket science after all.