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#1 SaxyLady

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:00 PM

What does anyone think of Avast Free and Microsoft Security Essentials? I am evaluating anti-virus software and need some input. How are they with regard to ease of use, effectiveness, features? Are there any other free programs out there that are worth checking out?

Thanks in advance for any information.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:40 AM

Avast currently if probably one of the best freeware AVs out there. A second place, in my opinion, would be Avira.

I personally am biased against most M$ additions, but I've read favorable reports on their Essentials.

The truth of the matter is that there is no one single application which is going to protect your computer. At the minimum you should have a good anti virus, and firewall. In addition you should have a couple of applications to scan for malware and spyware. Two that are currently popular are Malwarebytes and Superantispyware.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:32 AM

And what do you think about Microsoft Security Essentials?

I would ask also, actually, which is one of the best antivirus that someone can buy? Bitdefender seems a little heavy for a slow machine and latley it seems to detect everything on my computer as if it was a virus! Thats why i would like to read more about other antivirus.




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