Free alternative to Norton Internet Security?

Profile picture of the author SuperRyan by SuperRyan Posted: 02/10/2011
Hey guys,

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

Any ideas?

Thank you

Ryan
#alternative #free #internet #norton #security

  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    Roaddog
    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.


    Jim
  • Profile picture of the author jdpackaging
    jdpackaging
    please go to www dot 360 dot cn, all are free
  • Profile picture of the author lorenzmac
    lorenzmac
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author jasonmorgan
    jasonmorgan
    I'm using zone alarm myself. It's not free but some things you shouldn't pinch your pennies on.
  • Profile picture of the author JohnCalvinII
    JohnCalvinII
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Charine
    Charine
    I use AVG Anti-Virus Free and Zone Alarm Free Firewall. So far so good.
  • Profile picture of the author miamipuaintraining
    miamipuaintraining
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author rosalyn
    rosalyn
    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.

    Rosalyn
  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    MikeFriedman
    Avast is great for a free tool.
  • Profile picture of the author AllanWM
    AllanWM
    Has anyone used Eset Nod32?

    Thanks.
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt Abel
    Kurt Abel
    Avast is great. Been using it happily for years.
  • Profile picture of the author OUTFOXED
    OUTFOXED
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Regional Warrior
    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

    Jason
  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Sue McDonald
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Mountainbird
    Mountainbird
    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Amelle
    Amelle
    I use Avast too with Ad-Aware and I have never had a problem. I also used AVG before and that was good too.
  • Profile picture of the author cyberws
    cyberws
    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?
  • Profile picture of the author Adam Sussman
    Adam Sussman
    My main setup, which I am very happy with is:
    Microsoft Essentials and Malwarebytes

    I also run Spybot now and again.

    Adam
  • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
    Regional Warrior
    Originally Posted by cyberws View Post

    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.
  • Profile picture of the author Mountainbird
    Mountainbird
    Originally Posted by cyberws View Post

    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.

    Originally Posted by cyberws View Post

    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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