PC Tools AntiVirus Free Edition will protect you against the most nefarious cyber-threats attempting to gain access to your PC and personal information. Going online without protection against the latest fast-spreading virus and worms, such as Netsky, Mytob and MyDoom, can result in infections within minutes.
Reviewing 18.104.22.1682 (Sep 22, 2011)
PCTools AV is a modified clone of Virus Buster:
Virus Buster scores okay in Virus Bulletin tests:
However Virus Buster seldom participates in more objective tests such as those by AV-Comparatives.
IMO, there are better choices for a free AV such as Avast or a less-known-but-good-freebie, Forticlient Lite:
Reviewing 22.214.171.1244 (Jun 1, 2011)
Rated the lowest of all major a/v programs
Reviewing 126.96.36.1994 (Feb 6, 2011)
still slow cant even double its scan rate from its previous versions
Reviewing 188.8.131.526 (Sep 28, 2010)
slow slow slow !!!!
Reviewing 184.108.40.206 (Apr 16, 2009)
I had the same freeze up when upgrading to the new V6. Had to power off the pc, and restart the install. PC TOOLS said to exit the old version of the AV, and to temporarily disable the firewall, and Spyware Dr. too.
It also wanted to install a trial version of thier Registry Mech., which I declined on one mach and the install froze again, so I accepted.
After ward, it had to download a large 16mb update and reboot again (3rd time).
This time it ran ok, and I ran an Intlli-Scan, which found the trojan mentioned in a previous post.
So far we feel that PC Tools AV is a pretty good product for being free. We have a small business and are trying to keep a pretty tight budget, so some of the other free AVs we don't qualify for (home use only). Along with Threatfire, we feel it gives pretty good protection, as they have worked well. Our pc are used for work oriented web browsing only.
The firewall gets high rating at MATOUSEC.com too.
The most recent version of Spyware DR seems to slow the older pc's down quite a bit, so we have reverted back to Windows Defender on those.
I only give 3 stars due to the install problem, otherwise the prior version I rated at 4 stars.
all PC TOOLS software are darn so slow,