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Unread 9th February 2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'd like to install a free solid anti-virus on my laptop.

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Unread 9th February 2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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For an anti virus, I would use Avast
You can get a trial, I forget how long, but if you fill in a email address you can get a year free. I have yet to get an email from them.

I don't get to worked up about spam anyway, I get more spam from the USPS than anyone else. Harder to get rid of too

For a firewall I use Comodo, I have constantly checked it at shields up,
it just works.

They have an anti virus also, but I use avast, because I am pretty impressed with it.

I used to pay for zone alarm, but someone bought them out and I had problems, this is just as good free.


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Unread 9th February 2011, 11:42 PM   #3
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please go to www dot 360 dot cn, all are free
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Unread 9th February 2011, 11:49 PM   #4
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I second Roaddog, Avast is awesome. I would download Avast, Spybot search and destroy, and something like Ad-aware to make sure that your computer is protected from every kind of virus.

Avast is pretty much your main virus protection software whereas Spybot search and destroy and Ad-aware cleans up all the things avast has not picked up.
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Unread 9th February 2011, 11:51 PM   #5
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I'm using zone alarm myself. It's not free but some things you shouldn't pinch your pennies on.
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Unread 10th February 2011, 12:07 AM   #6
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials on two computers and AVG Free on another. Both work perfectly. I have the Comodo firewall installed on them all and recommend it to everyone I know.
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Unread 10th February 2011, 12:17 AM   #7
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I use AVG Anti-Virus Free and Zone Alarm Free Firewall. So far so good.
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Unread 10th February 2011, 12:21 AM   #8
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Frankly, I don't think you can find a free antivirus program, that's as good as the commercial ones. I would definitely go with a paid subscription to Kaspersky antivirus if you really want to protect your PC. I have tried them all, including Norton, and can tell you this one is doing the best job keeping my PC clean.
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I also use AVG on all of my computers and have never had a problem. AVG Free works just fine, but doesn't have the support of the paid version.

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Avast is great for a free tool.
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Unread 19th March 2011, 06:32 PM   #11
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Has anyone used Eset Nod32?

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Unread 19th March 2011, 08:47 PM   #12
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Avast is great. Been using it happily for years.
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Unread 19th March 2011, 09:11 PM   #13
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you might wanna try Avira-I've used it for 3 yrs now and it's been very effective.
check it out at www.avira.com not an afilliate link.
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Unread 19th March 2011, 10:34 PM   #14
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I use Avast as well and have found it to better then what you can get for the free programs out there, but It will all come down to choice so if you do want to go free then try them all till you find the right fit, so in about a month you should have what you like.

BTW if decide to buy a good one DONT go with NORTONS it is the most hackable one on the market

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Yes I use Avira and I have used it since I started Internet Marketing. My husband is a tech and he was told about it and it is great.
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I used Avira free AntiVir and it's quite good. But now I'm using avast free Antivir and it seems to me the best of all.
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I use Avast too with Ad-Aware and I have never had a problem. I also used AVG before and that was good too.
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Using a free anti-virus software is like opening the doors of your electronics store in a riot. Unless it is CONSTANTLY updated it is useless. Cyber thieves and spammers work tirelessly every day to create new ways to scam you. I recently read about thousands - yes, thousands - of programmers at a central location in Russia who work 8-10 hours a day creating trojans, viruses, etc. Who can afford to keep up with this kind of flood unless they're getting paid for it?
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My main setup, which I am very happy with is:
Microsoft Essentials and Malwarebytes

I also run Spybot now and again.

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Unread 21st March 2011, 06:13 AM   #20
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Using a free anti-virus software is like opening the doors of your electronics store in a riot. Unless it is CONSTANTLY updated it is useless. Cyber thieves and spammers work tirelessly every day to create new ways to scam you. I recently read about thousands - yes, thousands - of programmers at a central location in Russia who work 8-10 hours a day creating trojans, viruses, etc. Who can afford to keep up with this kind of flood unless they're getting paid for it?
Being that I am in the Cyber Security field the above mentioned free programs will work fine in what they are supposed to do, but on saying that you must allways keep them updated then you will have no problems

Make sure you do a quick scan at least once a day , and a full system scan once a week inclluding external drives and in the wost case check my sig.
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Using a free anti-virus software is like opening the doors ...
Are you really telling that a paid anti-virus software works better?

Example: I still own 3 licenses of Kaspersky Internet Security but I don't use it any more. Why? Because the new version got so bad that I better use a free avast version instead of the paid version from Kaskersky.

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Unless it is CONSTANTLY updated it is useless.
Yes, that's right. But almost all recommended free software are constantly updating.
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I use AVG the free version and Malwarebytes and have never had any problems thank g-d.
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It is hard to beat Microsoft Security Essentials. I used Eset NOD 32 for years and switched to this Security Essentials a while ago. Works great and is free.
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Unread 21st March 2011, 02:24 PM   #24
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It is hard to beat Microsoft Security Essentials. I used Eset NOD 32 for years and switched to this Security Essentials a while ago. Works great and is free.
Hello Andy,

Is Microsoft Security Essentials protecting your PC better than Eset NOD32? I was considering moving from Norton to Eset.

Thanks,

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