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Best Free Windows 64-bit Malware Scanner

The boundaries have blurred between security products so I have chosen to include all products in this category except for those that focus on removing malware which are in the next category.

Many of the applications are hybrid 64-bit applications where only the low level kernel mode drivers that interface with operating system are written in 64-bit code.

You can have more than one product installed, but you can have problems if you have more than one product enabled for real-time scanning. The same applies to email scanning.

Antivirus

Microsoft Security Essentials

MSSE or MSE has "great detection rates, particularly for rootkits. Even more impressive is that Microsoft Security Essentials has very few false positives, is light on resources and is good at removal of existing malware.MSE is a great choice for average users because of the minimal user interaction required. It automatically updates and removes threats. … The main downsides are the slow scan speeds and the lengthy amount of time it takes to quarantine malware, though in my opinion these are rather trivial concerns". (Best Free Antivirus Software)

Avira Antivir Personal Edition

Avira Antivir was formerly the Top Pick in its category. "AntiVir is still a top notch antivirus scanner with outstanding detection rates of malware, higher than almost every other antivirus according to tests. AntiVir is still a good choice for a free antivirus scanner, particularly for high risk users. However, there are some minor reservations. First, AntiVir does not include web or e-mail scanning capabilities … it just means that AntiVir won't warn you of infected emails before you open them. … Also, AntiVir contains a rather intrusive advertisement every time it updates." (Best Free Antivirus Software)

Avast! Free AntiVirus

Avast! Free Antivirus "has steadily been improving its detection rates over the past few years and now ranks with the some of the best.Avast has the most features of all the free antivirus with full real-time capabilities including web, e-mail, IM, P2P and network shields, boot-time scanning, and a behavioural blocker … an internet site ratings plugin, script malware protection and a limited (non-configurable) sandboxing feature. …Lastly Avast is also light on resources." (Best Free Antivirus Software)

Many of the protection mechanisms used by Avast rely on interactive Windows services. Support in Windows 7 and Vista 64 for interactive services is intended for use by legacy applications. This places restrictions on the information that can be sent to the user.

Antispyware

SUPERAntiSpyware

SUPERAntiSpyware (SAS) free version "does not support real-time blocking, scheduled scanning and some other features." but it is a very good on-demand scanner which won't conflict with real-time protection. "In addition to its focus on detecting and removing spyware infections, this program deals with trojans and other types of threats such as diallers, keyloggers, worms, rootkits, etc." (Best Free Trojan Scanner and Remover; also Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover),

"The interface is simple, updates are speedy but it still installs a start-up item which doesn't actually do anything at all. The scan speed is twice to thrice that of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and the detection is less than half of it. The removal also left a lot to be desired". (Best Free Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover)

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) "is an on-demand scanner which can be used to find and remove trojans, along with other malware such as viruses, worms, rootkits, diallers and spyware. While it will never win any prizes for its user interface, the program is intuitive and simple to use. … Other features include: multiple-drive scanning;  quick scanning; ignore list; quarantine, to hold threats prior to deletion or restoration; along with various settings to enhance performance of the program. FileASSASSIN is also included to enable deletion of locked files. Another plus point is MBAM rarely causes any conflicts with other anti-malware utilities. (Best Free Trojan Scanner and Remover)

"The interface is very simple, … The scans are very fast and detection is first class." (Best Free Adware/Spyware/Scumware Remover)

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit On-demand Malware Scanner

I have separated specialist on-demand scanners from the other products which all provide on-demand scans as well. The free products listed here are more likely to be portable scanners. Portable so they can be used in a hurry and run from a disk or USB stick to check an infected system. Free so you can detect a problem but not free to remove it. Although they usually have an option to trial the removal component before having to buy the full-version.

The scanners listed here use a range of scanning technologies which can improve your detection rates if you use all of them: cloud-based (usually require a broadband internet connection to be useful), behavioural, and signature-based.

Hitman Pro

Hitman Pro uses a cloud-based scanner that has free detection. The removal option is only free for 30 days but that 30-day period doesn't start with the first scan, it starts when you first repair your system. You can install it or leave it portable. When installed, it can be configured it to run a daily scan. The scan runs very fast. Hitman Pro identifies files that need to be checked then uploads them to Cloud Scan where five scanners are used from IKARUS, PrevX, G Data, Emsisoft and Dr. Web. On my system it only uploaded a few files for scanning. Later scans were even faster because no new files were identified. Hitman Pro can also identify tracking cookies for deletion. ('gets a quick mention' in Best Free Anti-virus Software)

Emsisoft Anti-Malware

Emsisoft Anti-Malware free version provides a 30-day free trial of the full version which then downgrades to a freeware scanner and 'does not provide other features such as file guard, behavior blocker and surf protection'. The scanner is signature-based so when it runs it will download the latest signatures. There are four scan types: Quick (it is), Smart (much slower as it scans all programs), Deep (very slow scanning all files) and Custom. (Top Pick in Best Free Trojan Scanner and Removeralso 'gets a quick mention' in Best Free Antivirus Software)

SUPERAntiSpyware Portable

A portable version of SUPERAntiSpyware which is reviewed above. It has four scan types: Quick, Critical Point, Complete, and Custom. The Custom scan appears to be the most flexible of any of these products. The Rescue Scan feature allows SAS to 'rescue' CPU cycles from malware hogging the processor.

HouseCall

Trend Micro HouseCall is an installer that doesn't openly install its malware scanner - it stores it in your user appdata\local\temp folder. So it may look portable but it isn't. It has three scan types: Quick, Full and Custom. Because it is so slow I would choose a faster scanner to intitially detect suspected infections. There are postiive reports of HouseCall having excellent detection. On the other hand there are reports of malware halting HouseCall's download and I've experienced the old problem with the scan stopping while "listing processes". As Trend Micro do not openly support their software this is a significant negative.

 

Best Free Windows 64-bit Firewall

Remember that you should never run two or more firewall products side-by-side.  If you plan to switch to one of the products below, ensure that you disable Windows Firewall and any other firewall you have installed first.

Windows 7 Firewall Control

Windows Firewall "is a common choice since it passes all inbound tests (both stealth and open port) and doesn't have many popup alerts. It doesn't require installation, so it's not likely to conflict with your other programs. And many average users wouldn't reliably handle the popup alerts of the best firewalls on the market (especially at their max settings)." (Best Free Firewall)

Access has to be defined for each application using one of four modes; out only, in only, enable all, or disable all. I suspect for many this will not offer a fine enough degree of control.

Comodo Firewall (Comodo Intenet Security)

Comodo Firewall "is the best choice for users seeking a full featured security suite. This latest release is suitable for both lightly-skilled users (still must have knowledge of installed programs) and technically advanced users. Its robust and active HIPS (or application monitoring feature), called "Defense+", matches or exceeds the security performance of pay products. Comodo allows for much control and customization for the curious or the paranoid." (Best Free Firewall)

I recommend that you read our guide, How to Install Comodo, before you install it. Comodo Firewall is one half of Comodo Internet Security which is what you are actually installing. It also includes the other half, the anti-virus component which provides Defense+ (HIPS) and Sandboxing. But you can opt of of installing Geek Buddy (22 MB) by selecting the "Customize Installer" option.

 

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by BallyIrish on 11. April 2014 - 17:07  (115621)

This was posted as a reply to @BearPup but came up here...?

Lemme me tell you somethin' 'bout IObit, please, @BearPup.

I once purchased a program from that so-called Company, and most of my new program's interface (RegCleaner) was taken up by an advertisement (for ASC). Naturally, I uninstalled the program, strongly objected by email, and requested a refund. No reply was forthcoming, to any of the emails sent thereafter, not even an acknowledgement.

I first warned that "Company" that I would take appropriate action, which I did, after still more silence, and eventually, after about four months of third party action, I received my refund.

IObit is simply not fit for mention on Gizmo's Freeware web site. It is criminal the way that Company conducts its so-called business.

by Fairportfan on 18. January 2014 - 5:04  (113681)

I have tried ABIWord several times. I find it counter-intuitive and not worth the effort to learn. (This may be because i refuse to have anything to do with Office or WordPerfect).

For my own purposes, i find that EditPad Lite is fine for entry and editing.

[Moderator's note: mention of commercial software edited out.]

by Fairportfan on 16. April 2014 - 21:27  (115748)

Sorry 'bout that.

by plasticpig72 on 11. January 2014 - 18:54  (113539)

Up until now I have sworn by your favourite palemoon. I have noticed lately that it seems to be slower and purely by chance I stumbled across a browser that others have mentioned - Cyberfox. Now I will say first of all that in order to install it you have to remove any existing firefox installation including settings. That done I am staggered by how quick it is in comparison to palemoon and waterfox. I will update with my experience as i install it on my laptop in the week, but for now I am extremely impressed.

by satrow on 16. January 2014 - 13:19  (113654)

Perhaps you should create and use a new profile for Pale Moon then?

Cyberfox and Waterfox are both billed as being built for speed, whereas Pale Moon has a different priority, yet there are times when Pale Moon is the fastest.

by shrishri on 26. September 2013 - 13:07  (111028)

I use Maxthon, and I find it really so well-designed, fast and with a really neat interface. It also offers a cloud interface and various other well-thought out in-built features like Skynote that are instantly available across multiple devices. Am surprised that it is never reviewed in most of the popular freeware review sites...

by Paxmilitaris on 4. October 2013 - 2:45  (110939)

Non-Adobe PDF Reader: I like Foxit Reader because it's lite on resources and i use the portable version from portableapps. I now use Sumatra PDF as it reads more file types (cbr).

I used HandBrake as a video converter, didn't know it also rips.
64 bit available for download
http://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

Why Potplayer and not VLC?

Why Q-DIR twice?

System Information: QwikMark never made my computer crash like SIW did.

You should drop Comodo, Privatefirewall is better. The biggest advantage being that it doesn't need an how to guide to use.

What's the difference between (Pale Moon (Firefox) | Waterfox (Firefox)) and Firefox 24.0?

by robopop on 19. August 2013 - 20:42  (110016)

I have been using a 64bit video encoder/converter called "Kirara Encoder x64" for about a year now and have found it to be very fast and gives great results. I would be interested to see if anyone else has used it and get others opinions on this excellent program and perhaps have it included in 64bit list.

Update:- "Kirara Encoder x64" has now become "ShanaEncoder" It has been updated and the GUI has changed. I will report back after some testing.

by blaszta on 26. May 2013 - 9:40  (108038)

No review on SlimCleaner (https://www.slimwareutilities.com/slimcleaner.php) ? On the website has PC Mag best of the year 2012 badge.. but I trust Gizmo more :)

by mikesmess on 7. March 2013 - 2:08  (106001)

I wish to Thank the persons who run this site. I'm not very computer literate that being said (and probally mispelled Lol) I feel the "Mods" are very understanding to this weakness or lack of knowlege and make it very easy to understand the information.I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon this site. This information is a blessing to me.My hat is off to you all!! Keep up the great work,
mikesmess

by BearPup on 22. February 2013 - 23:54  (105671)

Your banishment of IOBit is becoming boorish. Even convicted criminals get paroled. They have certainly served their time for something they were never convicted of! This is the only site with this policy. Enough already.

by MidnightCowboy on 23. February 2013 - 0:39  (105673)

Please respect the policies of this site and the rules under which you agreed to be bound at the time of registration. Open a thread in the forum if you wish to discuss this topic or communicate with us privately as requested in rule #7. Further public comments will be regarded as trolling. MC - Site Manager.

by Bodisson on 17. February 2013 - 0:45  (105476)

Money Manager EX - 32bit only.

by sisellie on 31. January 2013 - 7:45  (104986)

I am looking for the best & free program that converts music from MP3 to waves. Your help would be very appreciated. I am using Windows 8 that is 64-bit.

by Sarfraz Anwar on 4. March 2014 - 9:52  (114767)

www.koyotesoft.com You can use it.:)

by UPflyer on 11. May 2013 - 7:29  (107650)

Audacity, would be my recomendation. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, and an older version of Audacity (1.3)-No problems.
Simply import a copy of your MP3 file, Audacity will prompt you to do this or it will convert your original file. Click Export as WAV(to wherever you want to store it ). The process takes a few seconds.

by richienyhus on 18. January 2013 - 17:16  (104621)

Nitro Reader isn't 64bit.

From their website:

"The Nitro Reader application itself is 32-bit but Nitro can be run on both 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems. We do not have a 64 bit version of the Nitro Reader application."
http://support.nitroreader.com/entries/21757742-how-to-install-64-bit-ve...

Why do they have two separate versions for "32bit" and "64bit" then? is the installer 64bit and the app itself is 32bit?

by rgrun1 on 12. March 2013 - 18:32  (106181)

Nitro Pro installs as a 64 bit app
Also there was another post that the reader was not a printer - it includes an excellent printer that will allow you to APPEND to an existing PDF either as the first or the last page

by richienyhus on 12. March 2013 - 21:23  (106188)

Edit: the the main write up has a 64 bit icon next to it, not a 32bit icon. I think it is wrong to label it 64 bit if only the installer is 64 bit.

by Home User on 17. January 2013 - 13:19  (104565)

[x64 Browser]

*** Cyberfox ***

http://sourceforge.net/projects/cyberfox/

by setinhere on 23. May 2013 - 14:50  (107993)

Yes! I use nothing but Cyberfox. Faster then 32bit in my opinion. Updates are only a few days behind and are easy to install. Uses the same code as firefox, just compiled as x64 bit. Theme has been change too. Can run congruent with firefox. Uses same profile which lets you use the sync feature. I haven't used either Waterfox or Pale Moon so can't compare them.

by PBJ on 24. December 2012 - 18:53  (103942)

I found the IObit Smart Defrag superior,as long as you opt out of the Toolbar and Advanced care options during the install, which are not hidden and easily deselected.

It runs under 64, and the interface is clear and nice, and you can analyze, optimize or just defrag. Go to setting and deselected to run at startup if you do not want that.

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by Anupam on 24. December 2012 - 18:59  (103943)

Sorry, but here at Gizmo's we do not recommend IObit's software.. reasons explained many times. The comment will be deleted.

Also, please do not post direct links to files. One of the site rules.

by Vm (not verified) on 29. November 2012 - 14:52  (103070)

I have file in CHM formate i wanted to convert in pdf formate plz suggest any software for this

by Levent (not verified) on 25. November 2012 - 20:55  (102895)

IE10-x64, Opera-x64 12.11, Waterfox-x64 16.0.1 and Pale Moon-x64 15.3 are really 64-bit web browsers. But Google Chrome and Firefox are 32-bit.

Mozilla Stops Developing 64-bit Version Of Firefox For Windows. Waterfox and Pale Moon are based on Mozilla Firefox. I wish, they develope Waterfox and Pale Moon.

by vm (not verified) on 25. November 2012 - 8:09  (102870)

plz update once in month and add new feature and any help from my side?

by Anupam on 25. November 2012 - 8:14  (102871)

New features, like?

by geoh777 (not verified) on 17. November 2012 - 17:18  (102484)

I so far have had a good experience with Earlybird email client (Mozilla Thunderbird 64-bit beta). Unlike Thunderbird, after it installed, it quickly recognized my gmail account. Thanks to all for the end to that frustration.

by t (not verified) on 7. November 2012 - 1:17  (101964)

For those that do not know LibreOffice is spin-off of Open Office and it is not nearly as good. Lots of strange quirks. Open Office is by far superior and should be the office suite of choice for most people.

by bhermance on 19. January 2014 - 13:21  (113723)

I agree.

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