by pace
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Which is the best FREE anti virus software please?
#anti #software #virus
  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    AVG Free and avast!, in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author pace
    Thanks for that but I've been told that there's a problem with AVG in that people have got malware on their computer when downloading
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  • Profile picture of the author gregbanks
    AVG will never give you malware if you get it from the official website.

    For free, AVG & Avast are probably your best bet. Be warned though - Avast takes up a lot of resources.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mike Baker
      Originally Posted by gregbanks View Post

      AVG will never give you malware if you get it from the official website.

      For free, AVG & Avast are probably your best bet. Be warned though - Avast takes up a lot of resources.
      I don't know where you got that information about avast! taking up a lot of resources. In fact it uses a lot less than most. Even compare it to Windows Explorer, avast! is using a tiny bit over 3MB whereas Windows Explorer is using 22MB. And I am using the Pro version of avast!

      I actually have a site dedicated to the Top Internet Security Software available. You can find it at topinternetsecuritysoftware.net if you wish to read any further.

      To answer the OP's question, you can go past avast! with their minimum of one a day definition updates, and some days even 2.
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    • Profile picture of the author jonathan8
      Originally Posted by simonf_71 View Post

      I use microsoft security essential and panda cloud antivirus. You need to have original window to use MSE.
      People still use Pirated OS?!
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Baker
        Originally Posted by jonathan8 View Post

        People still use Pirated OS?!
        Neither of those are an Operating System. :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author patrick99
    Avira AntiVir Personal. I think it's better than AVG or Avast, but that is my opinion.

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  • Profile picture of the author fny60
    I have used AVG for years, and I find it to be very user friendly and protecting from virus very well. I download AVG and other free software from FileHippo without risking any malware

    Best regards
    Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author balara
    AVG and Avast have been great for me, less hassle than some of the paid ones.
    Veronica
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  • Profile picture of the author maidmarion
    Trent Micro Titanium is pretty good! One of the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Microsoft Security Essentials. I've given up on Avast and AVG. They slowed down my PC way too much.
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  • Profile picture of the author RoyChan
    Professional firms uses Mcafee and I personally recommend Norton
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  • Profile picture of the author Fox30
    AVG is not as slow as it used to be. Get the new version.

    I've tried Microsoft Security Essentials and it has a lot of holes, I had several viruses in my PC which MSE didn't pick up. As soon as I removed MSE and installed AVG all my viruses were removed.
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  • Profile picture of the author pengerik
    Microsoft Security Essentials is a reasonable alternative, but personal favourite is AVG. No anti virus software cleans everything, but the most important thing is to have a certain degree of defense against viruses...
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    • Profile picture of the author frodo77
      It really amazes me that people use free anti-virus and risk everything for the sake of saving less than $40 per year. I have used Nod32 for the last 4 years and have never been infected. Its well worth the money.
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  • Profile picture of the author neil_patmore
    Thanks for that but I've been told that there's a problem with AVG in that people have got malware on their computer when downloading
    I agree with Frodo77, the problem isn't to do with AVG specifically, it's to do with FREE!

    Sure there is a following that have used free antivirus for years without trouble but you have 2 scenarios where free simply isn't good enough:

    1) During a virus outbreak, vendors focus on their paying products and signature updates are delayed on their free products

    2) In the event the user's machine is compromised and lack of internet access prevents the user from browsing for a solution. In this case, who do you call? Free AV isn't supported by it's vendors, unlike paid for AV.

    We reguarly receive phone calls asking for help and advice from customers infected whilst using free AV so I can't knock it, it's an integral part of our business! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author RegalWeb
    Try Norton and McAfee but usually free antivirus don;t work that much. Paid ones are way much better.

    I use kaspersky and pair it with Malware Bytes. It should do the trick.
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  • Profile picture of the author lefty359
    I quit using free stuff and now use Trend Micro. A friend of mine recommended it. It does a great job.
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    • Profile picture of the author rhj12345
      Go to www.download .com

      Get AVG 2011 Free
      Get Malwarebytes Free
      Get CCleaner Free

      I have been a computer tech for over 15 years. This is all you need if you run them and keep your system clean at least once a week.

      Hope this helps

      Rob
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      • Profile picture of the author s4nt0s
        Originally Posted by rhj12345 View Post

        Go to www.download .com

        Get AVG 2011 Free
        Get Malwarebytes Free
        Get CCleaner Free

        I have been a computer tech for over 15 years. This is all you need if you run them and keep your system clean at least once a week.

        Hope this helps

        Rob
        Have you heard of Hitman pro? Home - SurfRight

        It picked up malware and a nasty rootkit that Malwarebytes and my Eset nod32 didn't catch. Pretty nifty software!

        My vote goes to hitman pro!
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Baker
        Originally Posted by rhj12345 View Post

        Go to www.download .com

        Get AVG 2011 Free
        Get Malwarebytes Free
        Get CCleaner Free

        I have been a computer tech for over 15 years. This is all you need if you run them and keep your system clean at least once a week.

        Hope this helps

        Rob
        Just to clarify for anyone wondering. CCleaner is a System wide cleanup tool. Malwarebytes is an anti-malware program. Neither are anti-virus programs.

        My preference is to go with a full security suite that includes an anti-virus, firewall, email scanner, anti-malware/spyware programs all together.
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    • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
      I am in my first year with Norton 360 and I can only describe it as either paranoid or extremely efficient.

      Everyday it tells me it has saved me from a viral disaster and yet it won't allow me to run software provided by Mike Filsaime, this is quite a fun game to play.

      Try unzipping the software and starting the install before Norton the paranoid, quarantines and deletes everything, never managed it yet!

      I am sure I will win one day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Ooi
    For free version, i suggest avira personal or avast, but i will recommend to buy premium antivirus with internet security.

    One of the reason is that most free antivirus might be weak with keyloggers, worms, cookie stealers...ur details such as paypal and email account password might be stealed...if you use online payment frequently...you better buy premium antivirus.
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  • AVG is definitely the best. It's also one of the most downloaded software programs and read any reviews you'll see that it's definitely at the top of the free antivirus list, closely followed by Avast
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