Is there a good free antivirus out there?

by gasman
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I need a new one and i'm broke. thanks
#antivirus #free #good
  • Profile picture of the author RGallowitz
    AVG Free. Google it. It's a good free antivirus program.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mattk
      Macintosh.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gee S
      Yep AVG is pretty good considering it's free.

      Originally Posted by RGallowitz View Post

      AVG Free. Google it. It's a good free antivirus program.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
        If you have a Windows OS, try Microsoft Essentials. It has had the best reviews of any MS product I've ever seen and it was beta tested by an IT pro friend of mine. If he recommends it, I get it. It is free if you use Windows.

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        • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
          Try Avira it's catching up with AVG as a leader in the industry, and it does a good job at protecting. Although ensure malware protection tools are also installed and used regulalry.
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    • Profile picture of the author AlexGill
      Originally Posted by RGallowitz View Post

      AVG Free. Google it. It's a good free antivirus program.
      It's great, I have used it for years and got all my family hooked up with it
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  • Profile picture of the author dh5114
    I found that using either OSX or Linux is very rewarding experience. Things just tend to work - and both are immune to viruses and similar stuff.

    My wife is quite happy with Ubuntu linux on her laptop.
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    • Profile picture of the author MRomeo09
      Originally Posted by dh5114 View Post

      I found that using either OSX or Linux is very rewarding experience. Things just tend to work - and both are immune to viruses and similar stuff.

      My wife is quite happy with Ubuntu linux on her laptop.
      Not quite.

      You can definitely get a virus on a mac or linux machine they are just more rare, because what's the point?

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  • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
    Some people wear by AVG and it is a good starter virus scanner I agree, but avast is also excellent...

    Just never use Norton, they trap you into paying and it is awkward to remove.
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    • Profile picture of the author Newboyontheblock
      Originally Posted by Sparhawke View Post

      Some people wear by AVG and it is a good starter virus scanner I agree, but avast is also excellent...

      Just never use Norton, they trap you into paying and it is awkward to remove.
      I'm 100% in agreement on this. I've used Avast for years, and I like it very much. (and I HATE Norton.)
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Kane
    avast! - google it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    Avast for sure. Updates for me every day or two with the latest definitions. Highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Use Threatfire and PC Tools together. Both are free and work well together and give you more protection than just an antivirus program alone.
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  • Profile picture of the author sheprd
    My vote is also for AVAST. Have used it for years and like it more than AVG.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jayson L
    I use AVG with no complaints. I may check out AVAST though after reading this.
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    • Profile picture of the author admiral
      avast is the way to go allright excellent antivirus def in the top3
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  • Profile picture of the author AverageGuy
    another vote for avast.


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  • Profile picture of the author viane
    I'd recommend AVAST. It's great!
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  • Profile picture of the author sparky.ebiz
    Here's a link to a review of free PC anti-virus apps.

    Best Free Antivirus Software

    This site is run by Gizmo and he has never let me down.

    (It's no surprise that the top 4 programs have already been mentioned by fellow warriors!)

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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    It's been mentioned a few times but I'll say it again. AVG. Another one that comes recommended is Avest which is also free.
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  • Profile picture of the author Howart
    Microsoft Security Essentials is a new, free consumer anti-malware solution for your computer. It helps protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It's available as a no-cost download for Windows XP SP2 and higher, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
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    • Profile picture of the author david carr
      avast all the way, I also run a scan occasionally with superantispyware just to check, but avast is great
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  • Profile picture of the author BlogDesign
    Been an AVG Free user for almost 4 years now and have never had an issue. It works great!
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    • Profile picture of the author 6figure101
      I don't get it... no one has said anything about AVG no longer being FREE...

      Maybe it's just me.. but after 4 yrs of using AVG, they finally said they were discontinuing their free version so I downloaded avast and am pretty happy with it.
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      • Profile picture of the author tboneman
        We started with AVG Free 9 years ago. 4 years ago we upgraded to the paid anti virus/firewall. We like the service. Very professional. Very effective. It automatically updates the anti virus database every day. That's the good news.

        The bad news is, AVG has grown in 25 years to 80 million clients worldwide. They have, in the process, insulated themselves from their client base. EVen tho their website talks about the many ways 'to contact us', it becomes a giant wheel spin, wasting many days, and ending with no real contact made. And it's by design. They don't want a lot of trivial questions tieing up their techs time.

        We just renewed our license for 2 years for two computers. The Version 9.0 download/install on my machine worked fine. I have been trying for 2 weeks now to get a successful install on my wife's machine, and it just won't work. After a week and a half of 'no response', I sent an email to Sales, threatening to quit and move on to another company. Suddenly the techs woke up and got back to me.

        The problem is, I've now heard from 4 different techs, who obviously don't talk to each other, providing the same basic instructions. And the computer, as this written, remains without protection, problem unfixed.

        Be aware...AVG provides great protection but just don't experience a problem. You will spend many an angry frustrating hour wishing you had gone with another company. And the above scenario is the second time in four years this has happened.

        I'm about to bite the bullet and jump to another company. I'm fed up.

        tboneman.
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  • Profile picture of the author Memo
    If you want a free antivirus than you should go with AVG. It is the best free antivirus program out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paula Steen
    Another vote here for Avast.

    I was having some trouble with my sites and someone recommended Avast.

    It has been great, it helped me clean up my computer, and it is easy to run.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnhoefer
    Our IT company just installed the new free Microsoft anti-virus. They said it worked better than Symantec.

    http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by johnhoefer View Post

      Our IT company just installed the new free Microsoft anti-virus. They said it worked better than Symantec.

      http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
      I have to agree with John here, I have had a nasty virus on the laptop for a few weeks and have found using Microsoft anti-virus Security Essentials has fixed it for now as every time it goes to change its on it ASAP and cleans the virus till next time.

      I am not a great fan of MS but this one works well and have tried the others mentioned but this will do me and no false positives.
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  • Profile picture of the author Big JP
    I use Avast and windows defender...

    !BEWARE! Avast has a creepy robot guy, that likes to shout out "Virus Database has been updated" and does so pretty much everyday
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  • Profile picture of the author Phil Ayres
    Avast is the best free one. Don't ever spend money on anti-virus.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I paid for the super duper version of AVG and still got several Trojans. I had to reformat twice while using it. I got the Free version of AVAST and have had absolutely no trouble at all. And this thing lights up like a Christmas tree when anything buggy gets near. Highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author bocaj
    Right now I'm using kaspersky free trail, and it does a solid job.. In just this trial period of only like 15 days.. It has already decteded about 39 viruses, 3 Trojans, 3 adware, and 13 riskware.. Kinda doing its job. I'm a big downloader so this has been doing just fine.

    Before using kaspersky free trail, I was using avast and this anti-virus is pretty solid to.. Also what I like about it, is when first installing it it will scan your whole computer right before it starts up... Avast has a better dection rate than avg, and avira... Which are like the 3 top free anit-viruses. Avast has a easy interface too, ovraill it will do its job at it's fair rate.

    Also Google this: "google pack"

    and download there Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus FREE.. This is what I'm using along with the kaspersky free trail.

    Be sure to get a free firewall too. SuperAnti-Spyware along with Commando are both good and have a free verison.
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    • Profile picture of the author icecrush
      Avast! has worked great for me this year, I switched from AVG. I also run Malwarebytes anti-malware (free version) about once a month, just to verify my system is clean. SUPERAntiSpyware (free version) is also recommended, if needed for spyware detection/removal.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobsstuff
    I have Avast on my computer and AVG on my wife's computer. Both are free and neither has given either of us a problem yet. I don't know which is better.
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  • Profile picture of the author windfall_results
    Originally Posted by gasman View Post

    I need a new one and i'm broke. thanks
    Avast is free and effective.

    Yes, they pushed out a corrupt update a few weeks ago, but it happens with all AV companies.

    Overall, I am happy with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnno
    Another vote for AVG Free. I've used it since version 7 with no problems (current version is 9).

    One tip: You don't want to use the AVG LinkScanner option.

    The best way to avoid it is to not install it in the first place.

    When installing AVG choose "Custom installation".
    Choose "Add or remove components".
    Uncheck AVG Search-Shield.
    Finish the installation Wizard.
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
    Becareful with the automatic file system protection setting on ALL security software.

    What happens with the auto protect file system feature in most security software is that it temporarily locks files at first access, creation, deletion etc... And if you happen to be saving a file, creating a new file, backing up files at the same instant the security software file system protection is scanning the files it is possible for files to corrupt and in the worst case be unable to be removed, copied or moved from the file system.

    I was lucky enough to find a 3rd party software that would help me get rid of these corrupted files and it took me a long time to track down the cause of the problem.

    Having the automated file system protection enabled from my personal experience in certain situations can cause you headaches. I turned this feature off in the current security software I use because it too was causing file access error messages to appear in windows 7. After searching many sites and possible solutions which went from possible hard disk failure to viruses and operating system corruption, I remembered my problem with the file protection feature of the previous security software I used.

    Turn this feature off when you do backups of your files every time or also when you save files from internet and you get a file permissions error that says something about not being able to access file. This is the file system protection feature of your antivirus software interfering with proper access of the file system for the purpose of protecting your computer from nasties out there on the internet, viruses etc...

    From what I can tell, all antivirus software now has this feature and they all behave similarly though some are more tenacious about it than others which is why it is possible for your file system and operating system to become corrupted. Backups of your file system when this feature is active will result in corruption and in my case every time. Didn't know that until I had to restore the hard disk from a recent backup and then, BAM!!! Major corrupted operating system and files, no signs of the corruption until after I restored from it and then... Screwed Major!

    Had to go buy a new computer because of it and then in spare time work on the broken system to get it working from multiple variations of backups and a lot of patience and technical support I had to do myself, there is no manual or help out there to get through what I had to recover from.

    Never want to go through that again.

    Long story to say becareful witht he automatic file system protection feature of these security software on the market now, free and paid versions.


    - Terry
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  • Profile picture of the author Mo Faisal
    Try Avast Home Edition (its free). On registration you get a serial key with which you can use the anti-virus without any restrictions for a whole year. I have been using Avast for about 6 months now and its turned out to be very good.
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  • Profile picture of the author monika brown
    I was using AVG free before and now I upgraded to premium. But the free version is awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Dr Livingston
    Avast is my favorite. It is constantly updating and seems to catch everything so far (fingers crossed) Plus it doesn't interfere with other programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    Avast is higly recommended with automatic updates on a daily basis.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebSolutionKey
    My vote goes for Avast. I have been using it for 5 years. It's free and awesome.
    AVG is quite good. Kaspersky and other antivirus kills us asking for premium version or a valid key..
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  • Profile picture of the author FrankRose
    I found Avast to be pretty cool however I also use "Malwarebytes"... Check that out, it's free.
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  • Profile picture of the author iw433
    "If you have a Windows OS, try Microsoft Essentials. It has had the best reviews of any MS product I've ever seen and it was beta tested by an IT pro friend of mine. If he recommends it, I get it. It is free if you use Windows."

    Also recommended to me by IT
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  • Profile picture of the author maclennan
    I used the paid version of AVG, it was good, now I have ESET, which is excellent and not that expensive..
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  • Profile picture of the author zmayo
    I work for an IT department for a medium sized company. We are utilizing the Microsoft Forefront product on 400+ machines it has been great! For the home user the same product is Microsoft security essentials. Best of all it is free.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gabby12
      Have used both avg and avast and find they slow my system way too much. Now using microsoft essentials and malware bytes. Works great and no performance issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Awesomo
    It says "AVG Anti-virus Free Edition 2012" at bottom right corner of my screen
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  • Profile picture of the author verdi
    I used AVG. They were good but Microsoft Security Esentials seems just as good and it's free all the time

    Joe
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  • Profile picture of the author nicelife
    Hi,

    I use

    AVG AntiVirus FREE: AVG Free | Antivirus Download | Free Virus Protection | Worldwide

    Malwarebytes (Scan if Necessary or about Once a Week): Malwarebytes : Free anti-malware, anti-virus and spyware removal download

    TDSSKiller (Scan if Necessary or about Once a Week): Kaspersky TDSSKiller - Download



    With these 3 software packages I've managed to get rid of every virus I've ever encountered.


    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author imran0515
    We all know Bit Defender is the worlds best antivirus
    Now they are providing free license for 3 months get it from their official facebook fan page
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  • Profile picture of the author TheGreatFX
    IMO, dont get a free one, pay a bit for this as it's very important. I use Zone Alaram and Norton Security btw and I think that even though it costs some $ it's worth every penny
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