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#1 nastybloodlust

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:21 AM

im currently using kaspersky paid antivirus atm but i cant really afford anymore...and its the last day today of the subscription....and cant really afford now...so im wondering if there is any good free antivirus out there? pls tell me ....and also will i get alot of viruses if i use a free antivirus? :(



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:22 AM

Of all the free antiviruses I have used, I think avast! is the best. It even protects you in realtime.


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:50 AM

Avast, I have used it for years, never any problems that I didn't cause myself. Best I have found for free. One mans opinion. Also self updating, mgood feature for a lazy, forgetful person.


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 06:36 PM

Keep in mind that an offer of free anti-virus software is essentially a marketing technique...a way of advertising and enticement to get folks to try a product and if they like it, to purchase the full (or Pro) version which typically provides more features. Marketing and promotional strategies are built into the vendor's business model as part of their operating costs. Bottom line...it's all about generating revenue and finding new and creative ways to do so. As such, users may have to deal with occasional nagging pop-ups or nuisance advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version.

By using such free programs, you are essentially agreeing to the terms of the vendor's service which includes those ads. In some cases you may be able to disable annoying pop-ups through the anti-virus settings if the vendor included an option to disable them. If the vendor does not have such an option listed, then your only alternative is to switch anti-virus software if the pop-up ads annoy you that much.

Also 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.
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Posted 08 September 2015 - 11:13 AM

The main (although there are a few others) free antiviruses you can choose from are.

1.avast
2.bit defender free
3.AVG

Avast and AVG try to bundle things, avast's bundling isn't too bad, AVG's is a bit worse (it tries to offer "performance boosting tools") but both are easy to opt out of the bundling for. Avast creates little pop-up windows in the system tray (bottom right hand corner) but these aren't too intrusive, they are mostly notices saying that avast has a sale on for it's paid products. Bit defdnder free doesn't have bundling and I don't think it has many pop-ups but it's a bit short on options and settings, although it's protection is apparently very good. Personally I use avast.

More important than which free antivirus you choose (but make sure you HAVE an antivirus, free or paid) is the other stuff you use to keep yourself secure (and exercising caution at all times):

having a second opinion scanner and an antimalware tool(malwarebytes makes a free anti-malware scanner, but it's on-demand only, the paid version has live features) is very helpful,

having an up-to-date browser with plugins set not to run without your permission is crucial(firefox is a good choice, avoiding IE is generally wise) ,

having an anti-exploit tool is very useful(malwarebytes anti-exploit is good, and there's a free version),

having a scriptblocker in your browser (The Noscript extension for firefox, also free, is an example of this, it works well alongside malwarebytes anti-exploit but because of the way it means you have to make a few extra clicks to allow certain scripts on many pages you visit it takes a little bit of getting used to) is a very good idea (alongside the anti-exploit program this makes drive-by infections almost impossible).

Scanning every file you download (with your main antivirus and with a second opinion scanner, make use of virustotal as well when the file you have downloaded is a installer for a program),

keeping windows up-to-date on it's security updates,

never running exe files you cannot be absolutely sure of the trustworthiness of,

keeping windows file explorer set to show "full file extensions even for known file types" (so you can avoid viruses hiding an exe file behind a double extension, trust-me-i'm-a-picture.jpg.exe or i-promise-i'm-only-a-screenshot.png.scr are the sort of things to avoid as they are actually both executable file types, not images),

having UAC on a high setting to give you a chance to stop exe files before they run...

and most critically making regular backups of all your files and some system images to backup your operating system (settings/programs/... a system image backs up your system state so you can return t to the time when you made the image if you ever have problems, this is quicker, easier and needs less redoing of program installations and system settings afterwards than a full reinstall of the OS) incase something does go wrong.

Edited by rp88, 08 September 2015 - 11:15 AM.

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Posted 08 September 2015 - 02:31 PM

I forgot to provide a list so here you go...

 

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



Other Free Alternatives:



 


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