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BEST FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE


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#1 JohnnySH

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 09:26 AM

Hello


A while ago on this site I was sugested antivirus software by an expert, I would like to know what everyone thinks is the best free antivirus software.

I do not like AVG its far to heavy and slow down your pc


I appreciate any feed back to the best free antivirus software


thanks

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#2 Allan

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 09:27 AM

There is no BEST. There are a number of good ones and typically Avira and Avast are at or near the top of the list. There are any number of other excellent alternatives.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:08 AM

I use Avast, has always been good for me and doesn't slow down my computer.

If you wish for some paid ones then there is Kaspersky which is pretty good, and NOD32 is also good :)

But like Alan said, there is no best and im pretty sure everyone will have their own opinion.

Thanks :)

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:18 AM

thank you for your replies

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:58 AM

You're welcome.

BTW, this is probably the single most repeated question on support forums. If you want more opinions just do a search on this or any other support forum and you'll find lots of threads.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:26 PM

I agree with Allan...there is no best anti-virus nor a universal "one size fits all" solution[/b] that works for everyone.

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, available technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another. For more specific information to consider, please read Choosing Your Anti-virus Software.
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Posted 13 February 2011 - 02:21 PM

I would have to agree with the rest - there is no 'best' av program, many people use what they like after trying several out. Each av program is different in some way, but most work basically the same an do the same thing. There are several free av programs available out there an i am sure there is a list of them somewhere, if not maybe someone will list them here for you. If i needed to grab one quick - AVG or Avast - would be my choices.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:44 PM

Just to present another angle , I found that your Operating System, added to your Make and model, plus how long you like to "play" with your A/V always makes your choices wider - My good old XP 1G runs great with M.S.E. while my win7 laptop, although a 4G, never seemed to run as well (missed updates / slower scans) so I found it ran better on Avira - As above , what you prefer is the better one and then each one will show results from "independant tests" prove theirs is better -

No such thing as Better - Only you find what works better for YOU -




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