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#1 JXBlack

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 04:16 AM

Where can I find a free anti virus program.

 

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 05:18 PM

What operating system are you using?

 

Free Anti-virus programs: (choose and install only one)


Other Free Alternatives:

If you are using Windows 8, there is always the option to just use Windows Defender on Windows 8 which integrates a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection? Although it uses the same name, it is not the same as Defender in previous operating systems. Windows Defender 8 provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) provides on older operation systems and uses the same daily virus definition updates.  

Note: Keep in mind that many anti-virus vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure. In fact, all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free...see Has the antivirus industry gone mad?! If pre-checked by default that means you need to uncheck that option during installation if you don't want it.

 


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 04:11 AM

You can search over the internet.There are various websites are available which provides free antivirus download program to you.



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Posted 22 May 2015 - 05:48 AM

You have to be careful when conducting Google searches on the Internet as there is a lot of misinformation out there. When performing search queries, always check multiple sources to confirm the information provided is consistent and essentially the same. Further, software should be downloaded from the vendor's site whenever possible as a lot of third party hosting sites bundle other junkware.
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Posted 27 May 2015 - 06:23 AM

You can select any one of the following, these all are better and free to download from their official websites

·         Avast! Free Anti-virus

·         Immunet Free Antivirus

·         Avira Free Anti-virus

·         AVG  Free Anti-Virus

·         ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus


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Posted 27 May 2015 - 06:33 AM

Immunet Free Antivirus is cloud-based and ZoneAlarm includes a Firewall which most folks don't need. I mentioned the others in a previous reply.
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Posted 29 May 2015 - 07:17 PM

Some personal suggestions:

 

Panda cloud antivirus - it's really light and does the job

 

ClamWin - it's opensource but doesn't automatically scan files



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Posted 29 May 2015 - 07:45 PM

ClamWin Free Anti-virus is useful if you want something portable on a USB or removable drive, however, it does not include an on-access real-time scanner which means you need to manually scan a file in order to detect any malware.

Note: ClamWin partnered with Ask.com several years ago and they bundle the Ask Toolbar as an option with the ClamWin setup file.
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Posted 29 May 2015 - 08:56 PM

And while I think Cloud-based Antivirus are a great thing, they have one big downside: as soon as you go offline, you're not protected. So I'm far Cloud-based feature on an Antivirus, but if it doesn't solely depends on it, just uses for additional protection (like ESET, Emsisoft, Kaspersky, etc.)

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Posted 29 May 2015 - 09:20 PM

With Cloud Anti-virus you do not need to be connected to the Internet all the time in order to be protected. Panda stores a local cache copy of "Collective Intelligence" for offline operation. If you are disconnected from the net, it still works in the background, checking files against its local cache of the most common threats in circulation.

Arguments against cloud-based antivirus.

A malware could cripple the Internet connection and render the cloud antivirus useless
Exactly the same thing could happen to the traditional signature based antivirus. If a malware gets through the traditional signature defenses and manages to disable your Internet connection, you will not be able to get signature updates from your AV vendor and therefore will not be protected against the new malware variants, rendering your traditional AV just as useless.

Cloud-based antivirus do not protect while offline
While this might be true of some cloud-based antivirus implementations, in the case of Panda Cloud Antivirus it is not true. Panda Cloud Antivirus has a local cached copy of the Collective Intelligence cloud servers. This local cache is tasked with detecting (even while not connected to the Internet) malware that is in the wild, non-PE malware and other threats. Unlike traditional signature updates, this local cache update is a moving target of what the community sees as circulating out there in the wild. Therefore it is able to efficiently protect against the important threats.

...Panda Cloud Antivirus has the best of both worlds; it includes local protection for offline and the most effective protection while online.


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Posted 30 May 2015 - 03:16 AM

Panda is just different in that aspect, I think - Webroot SecureAnywhere for example will loses its protection the moment Internet connection is lost, since it has no offline database at all.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 06:19 AM

According to their website, Webroot SecureAnywhere Offline policies ensure they are fully protected when offline too. They use Cloud Predictive Intelligence.
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Posted 30 May 2015 - 06:50 AM

From what I read it still requires interaction with the Webroot Intelligence Network - the process looks similar to how Emsisoft's Behavior Blocker works, but the BB asks what to do instead of sandboxing an unknown process.

Enough off topic - let's get back on track.

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Posted 30 May 2015 - 06:57 AM

We were not too far off topic. Panda Cloud Anti-virus was specifically recommended as an alternative by some users and it does work off line.
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