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Most of the time a free antivirus is intended only for non-commercial, personal home use while academic institutions, business, commercial, corporate or government use is prohibited. You or your company can be heavily fined if it’s discovered you’re breaking the license agreement.
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0. ClamAV - Free Antivirus App For Businesses


ClamAV for Windows has just released a beta of version 3.0 of its software, and it's well worth a look for corporate users on a budget.

The virus-scanning engine is provided by ClamAV, a stalwart of open source AV defenses, especially on server systems. The virus definitions are provided by both ClamAV and the Immunet Protect, a cloud-based community project that relies on ‘collective immunity'--users submitting suspicious files for analysis.

The key new feature in version 3 is offline scanning. Because of its cloud nature, ClamAV for Windows ideally requires an Internet connection in order to check files against virus definitions, but with version 3 the ClamAV engine and virus definitions are also held locally, so virus scans are possible when the Internet isn't present.

Perhaps ironically, one of the things I tend to do if the Internet goes down is to perform full virus scans, bearing in mind there's usually little else I can do, so this is a useful feature.



1. Comodo Antivirus / Internet Security

Both Comodo Antivirus and Internet Security can be used for commercial and personal use. This license agreement is stated very clearly in their EULA document that can be downloaded from Comodo’s official website. Visit the link below, click on Comodo Security Solutions, Inc. tab and finally click on Comodo Internet Security or Comodo Antivirus EULA PDF document. Refer to point number 2.1 in the second page of the PDF file. Take note that they have specific license agreement for every version number. So make sure you check that the terms of use remains the same when you’ve upgraded to a newer version.

Comodo Commercial Use

View Comodo EULA  | Download Comodo Antivirus 

2. Immunet

The free version of Immunet antivirus doesn’t have any restriction in usage at all. You can use it for both personal and commercial purposes at any place including office, servers, education facilities and etc. You can find this statement on ClamAV’s FAQ webpage question number 4. Both ClamAV and Immunet have been acquired by SourceFire which is why you’re seeing Immunet’s FAQ posted on ClamAV’s website.

Immunet FAQ on commercial usage

View Immunet FAQ  | Download Immunet 

3. NANO Antivirus

NANO Antivirus can be used without any restrictions and this information is posted at their website in License Agreement page.

NANO Antivirus Commercial

View NANO Antivirus License Agreement  | Download NANO Antivirus 

4. Microsoft Security Essentials (Partial)

Many people would have thought that Microsoft Security Essentials is free to use without any limitations as long as the Windows operating system is genuinely licensed but unfortunately their licensing terms say differently. According to the first point in the Microsoft Security Essentials license terms page that is posted on their website, you are only allowed to use the software on up to 10 computers if you operate a small business. MSE usage in Government or academic institutions is restricted.

Microsoft Security Essentials License Terms

View MSE License Terms  | Download MSE 

5. UnThreat Antivirus

UnThreat Antivirus EULA didn’t contain very clear terms of usage stating that their free antivirus can be used on commercial. We’ve contacted them using their official contact form asking them if their free antivirus can be used used for corporate, commercial or educational facilities. 5 days later we received a reply from them confirming that the “free version of UnThreat, may be used without any licensing fees”. Please see screenshot below for proof.

UnThreat free for commercial

View UnThreat EULA  | Download UnThreat Free Antivirus 






List of Free Antivirus Allowed for Non-Profit Organizations

1. Avast!

Avast! free antivirus is strictly prohibited for commercial use but it is allowed for certain non-profit educational institution or non-commercial public library in the U.S.A. Check their EULA PDF file point number 2.

Avast license agreement

View Avast! EULA  | Download Avast! Free 

2. Panda Cloud Antivirus

The legal notice page only said that the free version cannot be used for commercial purposes or in corporate environments. However, if you go to the “For Business” page, you can see clearly that the Panda Cloud antivirus free edition is only free for home users and “non-profit organizations”.

Panda Cloud Non Profit

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3. ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall

Any free version of ZoneAlarm products can be used for a not-for-profit charitable entity excluding government and educational institutions. You can find this information on their official end user license agreement page point number 2.1.

ZoneAlarm EULA

View ZoneAlarm EULA  | Download ZoneAlarm Free AV 

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