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#1 LouHatesComputers

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:41 PM

Like the title asks, is there any realiable, recommended, highly-rated antivirus program out there for FREE? I am aware of ALL of those services and programs that only *scan* your computer for free, but thats all they do. You have to pay $40 just to own the progam that gets rid of the viruses and malware. I basically poor, and I have not had good anti-virus software for many months. In this day and age, are there no quality FREE anti-virus programs that actually remove the viruses and not just scans your computer?
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#2 FiOS Dan

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:50 AM

The two leading contenders are Avast and Avira, I run them both and can attest to their performance.

Edited by FiOS Dan, 11 March 2010 - 12:50 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 01:01 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast and AntiVir are the top free AVs. This is not in any particular order, they all have advantages and disadvantages. You can read a review here.

Edited by Someones, 11 March 2010 - 01:03 AM.


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Posted 11 March 2010 - 10:04 PM

Thanks folks! I'll check them out, and then breath a little easier. :thumbsup:
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Posted 11 March 2010 - 11:03 PM

We have a recommended list here.. Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps

Edited by boopme, 11 March 2010 - 11:03 PM.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:18 AM

Here's a link to Gizmo's site which reviews and recommends the best freeware of any type on the interwebs.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:16 PM

Comodo has just release Comodo Internet Security 4 which includes a Firewall and Anti-virus all for free. I used to just use the firewall, but the new AV is updated and works very, very well. I have switched to it from avast and all seems well so far. Comodo can be downloaded here

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 12:32 AM

Can anyone tell me anything about avg? i have the free version and know a few people that swear by it but no matter how often i update it i always seem to be having small problems with my computer. i dont download movies or songs and only really use the net to check emails and maybe youtube but my cpu still seems to run like crap. so is it possible that i have a virus or something that the free avg isnt able to detect? any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:57 PM

In my honest opinion, AVG is crap. It is a resource hog with many false positives and poor detection rates.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:14 PM

It is quite possible to have malware on your machine. Were you runing XP?

I suggest you run an MBAM scan and post the log for review in the Am I Infected forum.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (v1.44) and save it to your desktop.

alternate download link 1

alternate download link 2
MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's

Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit

them to allow the changes.
  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.
  • If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
  • If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from

    here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
On the Scanner tab:
  • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
  • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
Back at the main Scanner screen:
  • Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your

    operating system.
  • Exit MBAM when done.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you will be asked to reboot your computer so MBAM can proceed with the disinfection

process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

Not all AV's play nice on every system. I like and use Avira AntiVir free
Link here http://www.free-av.com/

AVG Remover Utility (avgremover.exe)

This tool absolutely cleans all traces of AVG, available in two versions: the classic 32-bit and 64-bit version (for x64 version of Windows Vista and 7).
32-bit avgremover.exe
64-bit avgremoverx64.exe
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:46 AM

thanx

i might get rid of avg and use the av you suggested anyway. we shall c wot happens!

Nothing was found but u askd for the log so here it is anyway

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44
Database version: 3875
Windows 6.0.6000
Internet Explorer 7.0.6000.16982

17/03/2010 1:39:25 PM
mbam-log-2010-03-17 (13-39-25).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 100839
Time elapsed: 9 minute(s), 37 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 0
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Thanx again.

#12 boopme

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:57 AM

OK, thanks for posting.. The AV is a suggestionas sometimes an AV and your system config just won't get along.
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