I still recommend Microsoft’s free Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus/anti-malware applications (depending on Windows OS version) for most family and friends.
When coupled with a layered security approach for Windows systems it is a free and satisfactory solution for most users.
Microsoft has recently added a few new tricks to Windows Defender. These are good to be familiar with.
Note that the PUA feature seems to only work with Windows 10 OS versions – and not Windows 7 or 8.
- Add Adware Protection to Windows Defender - gHacks Tech News
- How To Enable Anti-Adware PUA feature in Windows Defender on Windows 10 - Next of Windows
- How to enable Potentially Unwanted Application protection in Windows 8 and Windows 10 – BetaNews
- How to Make Windows Defender Scan for Potentially Unwanted Programs – How-To Geek blog
- Microsoft Blocking Potentially Unwanted Programs – ThreatPost blog
- Shields up on potentially unwanted applications in your enterprise - Microsoft Malware Protection Center
- Windows 10 Limited Periodic Scanning explained - gHacks Tech News
- Windows 10's new Limited Periodic Scanning mode will keep your PC extra safe from malware -- here's how to use it – BetaNews
- DOWNLOAD: Windows Defender Offline - Kurt Shintaku's Blog
- What is Windows Defender Offline? - Windows Help