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Recommend a good free antivirus program


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#1 syn1023

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 03:25 PM

Can you recommend a good, free antivirus/antimalware program that doesn't occupy too much space and therefore slow my pc down? Thank you!



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 04:09 PM

You ask a question we get quite often. With that in mind our very own quietman7 has written up a very good overview and provided valuable information. There is no one size fits all choice when it comes to antivirus or malware protection tools and resources.

Please take a look here: Choosing an Anti-Virus Program

The entire topic has good information and should be read as well.

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 04:22 PM

FWIW, my personal favorite is avast! Small footprint and doesn't eat up system resources. Scans are hardly noticeable. Does a pretty good job of detecting the bad stuff as well.



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 06:32 PM


If choosing a paid for program, my personal choice is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus as it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources.
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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:41 AM

360 internet security 4.8

 

uses bitdefender engine along with its own antivirus engine. QVM II and 360cloud engine.

 

free and effective.

 

http://cyberraiden.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/qihoo-360-internet-security-2013/

www.360safe.com/pc.html‎

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvnK1CrRE20



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 07:29 PM

Qihoo 360 Internet Security may be free but without independent testing sources, I would be skeptical as to its effectiveness.
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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:01 PM

Eset Smart security



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:45 AM

I don't know what ISP you use but some offer paid antivirus free of charge. You may want to look into that also.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:28 AM

They usually offer suites these days.

I'm not an advocate of suites. All-in-one tools and suites generally use more system resources than separate programs that do the same task. They tend to have varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses for each feature. In contrast, separate tools are designed, built and maintained with a greater focus in a specific area so they are generally of better quality and more effective at what they are designed to do. This means the program's performance for that particular feature is usually superior than their all-in-one counterpart. Further, all-in-one tools generally do not allow the user as much flexibility in tailoring default settings and usage.
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Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:58 PM

Most AV programs have a suite counterpart.  :deadhorse:

They usually offer suites these days.

I'm not an advocate of suites. All-in-one tools and suites generally use more system resources than separate programs that do the same task. They tend to have varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses for each feature. In contrast, separate tools are designed, built and maintained with a greater focus in a specific area so they are generally of better quality and more effective at what they are designed to do. This means the program's performance for that particular feature is usually superior than their all-in-one counterpart. Further, all-in-one tools generally do not allow the user as much flexibility in tailoring default settings and usage.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 01:35 PM

And I don't recommend using the suite when anyone asks what I recommend.
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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:11 PM

  I used Avira for a little while and it DID NOT WORK. Had a remote access scan and the PC was full of viruses, worms, malware, adware. Of course, it may have been wrecked before I installed avira, but it didn't detect anything.



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:48 PM

Hello Montana40

You have replied to an old topic from Dec 2013. Here are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:
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