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Which free anti-vius?

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#1 doresy


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Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:55 AM

Hi, having been made redundant at the begining of the year and having a hard time finding a new job things are getting a tad tight :thumbsup:

My subs to McAfee are up next month so I was wondering about going for one of the free anti-virus on offer.

I do internet banking etc. so I want to be as 100% secure as i can be. I certainly have been very happy with McAfee over the last 5 years so I am a bit uncertain about changing.

So, bearing in mind I am on AOL (compatability issues?) what are the personally tried/using recommendations?

Edited by doresy, 06 February 2009 - 04:57 AM.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:03 AM

Many of our Members use AVG (which also includes an anti-spyware application), and I used it until I switched to Avira (smaller and less clunky). Either of these will give you very good protection.

Links to these, as well as others used by our Members can be found here:


Edited by jgweed, 06 February 2009 - 09:05 AM.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:05 AM


I personally use Aviri Anti-Virus and recommend it to many people.
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#4 doresy

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:00 PM

Nice one! Thanks people :thumbsup:
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Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:16 PM

I use Avira. You might find this helpful:

Simple and easy ways to keep your computer safe and secure on the Internet

Free Antivirus Programs
*You should only use one antivirus program


Free Antispyware Programs

SUPERAntispyware Free Edition
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Spyware Terminator
*Provides Real-time protection. During download, you will first be prompted to download Web Security Guard Toolbar.This program is similar to McAfee Site Advisor. You can bypass the Web Security Guard by scrolling down to the Free Antispyware protection section.
*During Setup, you will again be prompted to download Web Security Guard. Be sure to uncheck it if you do not want it.
Spyware Blaster
*Prevent the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted software.
*Click Here to view the spywareblaster tutorial.

Free FireWalls
*You should only use one firewall
*Click Here to view tutorial on Firewalls.
Comodo Firewall
*Comes bundled with Comodo Antivirus->when prompted to not download Antivirus if you already have an Antivirus program.
Zone Alarm
PC Tools Firewall Plus

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:28 PM

Zone Alarm free firewall update - version 7 was a bloated security suite package which conflicted with mail and various antivirus products even though the anti-virus, email scans etc was disabled (greyed out).

Current version is 8. No longer bloated. Back to good old times :thumbsup: Just the old ZA-Pro package. There should be no conflicts.

Still the easiest of the bunch to use IMO.

Edited by tos226, 06 February 2009 - 09:29 PM.

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:59 PM

I have been using Avast Home Edition for years without incident.

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