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I NEED a FREE antivirus software, any suggestions ?


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#1 SpiderGypsy

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 01:57 PM

Hi all,
 
I'm new here and have used some of the downloads before, but I'm on a fixed income and can't afford to renew McAfee antivirus software this year. So, I am asking if there is a really good FREE Antivirus/Malware software that anyone can recommend. I've looked at a few, but I don't know for sure, so I am asking ya all. 
Thank you for your time.
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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:28 PM

Bitdefender has one of the highest ratings.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2466590/bitdefender-internet-security-2015-review-solid-low-maintenance-pc-protection.html



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:46 PM

Before installing a new antivirus program you need to uninstall the existing one (McAfee).

All the info for how to uninstall and using the McAfee Consumer Product Removal (MCPR) tool is in link below.

How to uninstall or reinstall supported McAfee products using the Consumer Products Removal tool (MCPR)

 

Avast seems to be popular. You can download it from the Ninite site free of adware. It's listed in the security column.

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:47 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I really appreciate it. But when I checked it out (the software) unfortunately it costs $60.00 and I just don't have ANY extra money to buy software with. If I did, I could of renewed McAfee. What I need is a FREE antivirus software. Thanks again and have a gr8 day :) 



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 05:44 PM

There are other suggestions in Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.
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Posted 24 September 2014 - 06:43 PM

Apart from Windows 8 machines that have a built in AV program, I always install AVG free or Avira free.

Be careful to not accept and trial versions, otherwise they will be asking you for money in a short period of time.

I find both those AV's to work well and they take less resources that some of the power hawgs like Norton, Mcafee and Avast.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 06:56 PM

And when choosing any anti-virus program, firewall or any other security software, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor is always a consideration. Lack of adequate Customer Support in addressing issues related to the use of a vendor's product is one reason folks look for other alternatives.
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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:37 PM

It's my pick of the bunch also, this year.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 05:03 AM

I have read several positive reviews of Bitdefender myself which is why I included it in the list of Free Antivirus programs found in the Choosing an Anti-Virus Program link.
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 05:20 AM

Yes I personally use bitdefender myself and have had great success with it. The do have a free option if you hover over the home tab you will see it off to the right side. They just don't advertise it that well since they try to sell there paid solution foremost. Hope this helps.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 05:28 AM

BitDefender Free Edition alternate download link
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 09:33 AM

Try Superantispyware and malwarebytes. They're free, though you can get the pro versions, both of which are not that expensive, but I use the free ones and love'em. As suggested, uninstall McAfee and any other antivirus software you have, then install these. Malwarebytes has changed a little since I began using it, so read through the installation process carefully and you should be good to go.



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:48 PM

SpiderGypsy is asking for suggestions in regards to free anti-virus. Superantispyware and Malwarebytes are not anti-virus programs.
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 09:47 PM

Thank you to all of you who have recommended programs to look at and try. Especially to Global Moderator for the website to the free copy of BitDefender. I have downloaded it and will now install it to see how it does. I will let you all know how it does.

Thank you again, I really appreciate the time you took to recommend programs to try.

 

Have a gr8 week :)

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