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Best free anti virus software?


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#1 Freedomfirefight

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:01 PM

What is the best free anti virus software for Windows 7 and XP ? All suggestions are appreciated.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:05 PM

Honest answer...there never has been...never will be...a "best" AV since there will never be one which provides 100% protection.  There are many that are reliable unless not properly used/updated by the system owner...or otherwise left useless by the lack of computer security by users.

 

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:13 PM

There is no such thing as 'the best' AV. The most appropriate AV for you will depend on what your looking for in a AV.

 

Avast has a general high rating though



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:19 PM

Please read:Here are links to some recent BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:
* What is the best antivirus protection?
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* Recommend a good free antivirus program
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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:15 AM

 I will recommend to you to use Avast even i am also use this
 
The program is simple to install; a straightforward interface makes it easy to use; a quick first scan should identify any potential threats on your PC, and this all has minimal impact on your system performance. 
 
You don't have to spend long with Avast Free Antivirus to realize why it's one of the most popular security tools around. 
 
A Software Updater alerts you to program updates you've missed, for instance, while its Browser Cleanup tool provides a simple way to remove unwanted add-ons from your browsers.


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:49 AM

The built-in Software Updater feature which allows you to monitor important programs to ensure they are up to date can be a nuisance. If you don't want it, choose a Custom Install...On the Configuration screen, under Components, uncheck Software Updater and click Next. You can also uncheck all the programs you don't want to install or change the language from here.
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:05 AM

I have MSE on two machines, one a large Toshiba laptop (x86) and my custom-built x 64 desktop. It is simple and works. However, I have found that avast! free runs much more lightly on my Belnea O.book which only has 1Gb of RAM. I tried Panda Cloud free on the Belnea and it was incredibly light. Unfortunately it was prone to false positives even on the first time I tried to scan. This was a couple of years ago though. I believe that Panda Cloud has won awards recently. Avira free has a good reputation as well. Some of the freeware AV's are probably just as capable as vendor programs. Probably more so than many.


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Posted 28 July 2014 - 05:52 PM

In many cases choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference and what works best on a particular system. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. Sometimes you just need to experiment and find the anti-virus most suitable for your needs.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:35 AM

XP is gone. For Windows 7, you can try the following ones:

 

AVG: http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage

Immunet: http://www.immunet.com/free/index.html

Malwarebytes: https://www.malwarebytes.org/

Kaspersky: http://usa.kaspersky.com/



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 05:45 AM

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not an anti-virus program nor should it be used as a replacement. Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like anti-virus software so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. The following quote is a statement from the Malwarebytes Team.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is not meant to be a replacement for antivirus software. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a complementary but essential program which detects and removes zero-day malware and "Malware in the Wild". This includes malicious programs and files, such as viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, and rogue applications that many antivirus programs do not detect or cannot fully remove. It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts. In some rare instances, exclusions may need to be set for your specific antivirus product to achieve the best possible system performance.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:56 PM

Some people do use the realtime MBAM in place of an AV though. Although I wouldn't recommend running without a dedicated AV program myself. There are plenty of very capable freeware AV's out there. 



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 06:53 PM

Some people do use the realtime MBAM in place of an AV though.

I have found those who do this believe NBAM is an anti-virus when that is not the case. Once they are educated, they generally add an AV.
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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:41 AM

 

Some people do use the realtime MBAM in place of an AV though.

I have found those who do this believe NBAM is an anti-virus when that is not the case. Once they are educated, they generally add an AV.

 

I'm not so sure, some (so called) 'techies' have stated this practise openly on security forums. They may have a lot of other defences on their respective computers though, maybe sandboxing or serious browser hardening for instance.

 

I'm not recommending going 'commando' with Windows, it's just that I have noticed this particular trend.  I personally would not run a Windows OS without a proper AV program. Or without dedicated anti-malware programs such as MBAM and SUPERAntiSpyware as well for that matter. I also run SpywareBlaster as a CLISD filter.

 

My personal AV's of choice would be MSE and avast! (free). I run MSE on my x64 desktop and avast! on my x86 laptop. 



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:08 AM

There are a lot of "so called techies" who provide incorrect information so folks need to be careful who they take advice from.
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