Windows 8 is a fairly new operating system (OS), and your computer or laptop could be vulnerable to new strains of viruses and malware targeted specifically against the latest Windows 8 OS. Agreed, comprehensive protection through licensed antivirus applications cost a lot. But that need not bother you anymore: this list of 2016’s top 10 best free antivirus for Windows 8 ensures that you get comprehensive antivirus protection at little or no cost, with regular, automatic updates that are usually no-cost. Fixed-time, cut-down version trial offers can be smartly juggled around so you end up paying nothing for antivirus protection for your Windows 8 at all! Just check them out, and pick the best fit for your Windows 8 system.

Microsoft Security Essential

This antivirus is straight from Microsoft and therefore, should logically the best agent to use to protect your Windows 8 running PC or laptop from viruses and other virulent or malevolent intruders. It’s already quite popular, and is quite easy to use. It can detect and eliminate most known viruses, Trojans, spyware and other malware targeted at Window 8 based systems, even if they are at minimum configuration. And it’s absolutely free, so it makes for the ideal antivirus program for your system.

Norton Antivirus 2016

Symantec’s Norton antivirus packages have been around for decades now, and they are considered some of the best in the industry. The 2016 edition is loaded with antivirus to counter the latest malevolent threats aimed at Windows 8 systems, and are bundled with some great new features, such as the proactive SONAR Behavioral Protection that looks for and eliminates potential threats or risk before they become real. Infected files need no longer be trashed – the Threat Removal Layer ensures that only the infection is taken out, leaving the affected file intact. So now you can work online without any fear of virus attacks. In fact, Norton Antivirus 2016 goes so far as to provide a Bandwidth Management 2.0 tool that ensures that you do not get constantly interrupted by the irritating automatic update alerts, and more importantly, that these updates do not eat up into your bandwidth or your data plan. A great and “considerate” antivirus package to have when you have Windows 8 on board.