The best free antivirus of 2022 according to the OCU: are they reliable?

The OCU has offered a list that you can consult in which it collects some antivirus, whose quality when it comes to protecting our devices is more than sufficient.

In addition, it provides us with an antivirus comparator in terms of quality and price so that we can stay with the best, according to our needs and operating system.

However, and despite the fact that there is no doubt that the paid ones are better than the free ones, they conclude in their last antivirus analysis, that to protect a computer it is not necessary to spend money.

However, the study warns that free antiviruses have their limitations: they lack extra functions such as a password manager, parental control or VPN services to hide the location or where we browse.

The best free antivirus for Android, iPhone and iPad tablets and mobiles

Among the best free antiviruses, the OCU highlights two:

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free: Among the best antiviruses we find some free ones of very good quality and this is by far the best.

Score: 83 out of 100. In favor: It detected 99.86% of viruses, 100% of ransomware and 81% of phishing. Easy to use and without promotions to update your paid version. Cons: occupies 1,937 MB on disk.

Avast Free Antivirus: is the second best option.

Score: 77 out of 100. In favor: it detected 99.96% of viruses, 100% of ransomware and 94% of phishing. Cons: it occupies 2,236 MB on disk (much more than its paid version), it gives some false positives, the ease of use can be improved and it has annoying promotions to switch to its paid version.

The web browser can also function as an additional filter: Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge block more than 80% of phishing. The OCU offers us a graph in which we can observe and know which is the best search engine, depending on your operating system, in terms of security.

The OCU’s top tips are pretty obvious. “Remember to be alert to phishing, one of the main current threats. Do not trust those emails or SMS where bank details or passwords are requested, even when they come from a known entity, such as your own bank, Treasury or Post Office And always check that the url of the web address has the padlock symbol.”