Antivirus software is one of the first things you should install on a new PC, and top quality protection can be yours completely free.
We've updated our roundup of the best free security software so you know you're getting the very best protection for your data and your personal information.
If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.
With safe browsing habits, there's a rare chance that you'd ever get infected with malware. The other option is to skip the graphical interface and just use the Clam engine via the command line.
As Clam is very lightweight as far as antivirus solutions go, it shouldn’t take very long at all to download and install the packages.
The first thing you’ll want to do after installing is update the virus definitions to be able to detect the latest threats.
It's fair to suggest that Windows' built-in antivirus solution, Windows Defender, is the last free AV app you should trust to keep your system clean.
Not that it's overtly bad – although it does tail behind just about every third-party antivirus solution – but because it has a big target painted on it for attackers Windows users who haven't installed something hardier are the perfect hosts for viruses; attack the weak links, attack through the chinks in the one piece of software armour these weak links have by default, and you're in.