If in need of a free and unobtrusive tool to protect your computer from more than nine million threats, viruses, and privacy attacks, IObit Malware Fighter is an excellent option to consider. Besides offering you an extensive and always up-to-date virus and threats database, you can enjoy its background real-time protection and a number of other useful features.
The program comes with two different scan methods, a Smart (quick) scan and a Full scan for a thorough inspection of your PC. Once the scan process has finished, you’ll be presented with a full report on your computer’s health in terms of possible hidden threats and privacy issues.
Its Browser Protect option offers you specific tools to improve your Internet browsing experience and to protect your PC from unwanted changes in your homepage (Homepage Advisor), your DNS (DNS Protect), and to warn you about potentially harmful downloads. Also, this free version of the program comes with basic real-time protection, which includes Network Guard, File Guard, Startup Guard, and Process Guard.
As a bonus, the program’s toolbox will allow you to use a beta version of its Sandbox in order to run and check suspicious apps in a controlled and safe environment. Besides, you can download and install a free VPN utility for a safer and more private browsing experience.
As it happens with all IObit free programs, the tool is packed up with options and utilities that have only an advertising purpose. They will try to lure you to purchase a Pro license, which will give you a wealth of extra layers of protection. Also, be aware of a couple of unrequested tools that IObit will try to install on your computer during the installation process.
As mentioned, IObit Malware Fighter has also a Pro version that offers protection against more than 209 million threats and viruses and a lengthy list of extra tools, including access to Bitdefender’s Antivirus Engine. However, if you believe that some basic PC protection is all your computer and your browsing activities require, this free option may well be all you’ll ever need.