I followed results given in sites like AV-Test and selected the free version of software that did the best in terms of performance, detection, etc. In this case, Avira.
i know Avast is ok . but i like free software
Just use Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender and you will be safe. I use it and it works. Try it, it's FREE
In Windows 10, I use Defender, made by Windows for Windows. I added Sandboxie as well, and still use WinPatrol.
I added Kaspersky, Acronis, Malwarebytes Anti-malware, and Ccleaner to round things out. Malwarebyte's pay version works fine with Defender and Kaspersky, which is the only antivirus that catches everything in unbiased testing, tested it myself, it found two Trojans that Norton and Defender both missed. Was glad to pay for two years at that point. Evidence trumps drama.In Windows 10, I use Defender, made by Windows for Windows. I added Sandboxie as well, and still use WinPatrol.
So does Webroot have to be connected to the internet to work?Webroot works differently. If you want to take it literally yes Webroot doesn't flat out block everything 100% it flags items and runs it through their cloud. While that is happening everything is journaled and rolled back to a clean state if it's determined to be malicious Webroot will even rollback ransomware and encrypted files.