The following post in our Reader Question series is an actual user submitted question.

Q: Does either the AVG Free Antivirus program or the Avira Free edition have firewalls?

A: According to both websites, they do not. AVG Free Antivirus and Avira Free are anti-virus products, but are not meant to provide additional firewall protection beyond what Windows provides. They also seem to lack some more robust anti-malware and anti-spam solutions (again, we haven’t reviewed these products, we’re going off the online literature).  The security suites we reviewed do have firewalls as well as other features designed to protect your computer. For more information on those, please see our Internet security software comparisons and reviews.