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#1 The_Codesee

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 01:24 PM

I am not going to renew my Bullguard Internet Security subscription as I have been bombarded with pop-ups asking me to renew it for the past couple of weeks and I suspect this will continue until my subscription has ended.

 

I previously used Bitdefender Free Antivirus, however I have heard many good reviews about Avast Free Antivirus and have also been recommended it - which one of these is the best? 


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 01:56 PM

Hello,i do not know about these freeware antivirus,and how effective they are.

I use bitdefender total protection and malwarebytes premium,but that is just me and my paranoia. :bounce:



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 02:09 PM

BitDefender has not updated their Free antivirus engine in a while. They still do not officially support Windows 10, either, according to their website.

 

I, personally, will never use Avast again. I had it, it was annoying. Too many notifications/advertisements (more than once), a zillion checkboxes to un-check, among other things. Not worth it in my opinion.

 

Choosing an anti-virus, by quietman7



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 02:17 PM

avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.I have also read negative reports that avast! now pushes a support package for $180 offered by a third party which prefers to take remote control of your computer in order to fix problems.

If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.

For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason.

Keep in mind that all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows 8/10 Defender.
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Posted 28 September 2016 - 02:30 PM

There it is! I was looking for your post regarding Avast, quietman7. Could not find it.



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 02:48 PM

@Gorbulan would you recommend Bitdefender if they don't update their Free Antivirus engine?



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 03:02 PM

Yes...no. It is not up-to-date which means modern viruses, ones made recently, may be able to bypass it, putting your system at risk. I have seen it defeat viruses downloaded recently, but I have no way of confirming how old those were.

 

My friend uses BD Free, he is low risk so I don't pester him to change. If you want "peace of mind", I would go with another product for now, especially if you happen to use Windows 10.

 

Some free Win 10 compatible AV's I recommend are:

 

Sophos Home

Panda AV Free - Warning! Tries to install Yahoo toolbar. Easily checked-off during install.

Windows Defender (if you are using Windows 8 or 10)



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Posted 28 September 2016 - 03:11 PM

Many anti-virus solutions combine the Bitdefender engine with their own technology. For example, EAM uses the Bitdefender anti-virus engine (on-demand file detection) including file-based signatures in their threat database as well as heuristics.
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Posted 30 September 2016 - 05:05 PM

Does Bullguard support Windows 10? I spoke to a live agent and they claimed they do, however I was unable to find any evidence supporting this on their website.



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Posted 30 September 2016 - 05:32 PM

It says "Windows 10 Compatible" on their website. It is right next to the image of the Bullguard box.



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Posted 30 September 2016 - 07:16 PM

BullGuard Antivirus System Requirements
BullGuard Internet Security System Requirements
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Posted 01 October 2016 - 05:05 AM

Sorry, my mistake, I meant Bitdefender (not Bullguard)


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 05:52 AM

I have no issues with Avast past 5 yrs , currently running Program Version from 2015.

I disabled Auto Update on Program , and definitions auto update every 4 hrs.

A couple of tweaks here and there in settings and no popups or adds only show for 1 sec or not at all.

 

Have installed  Latest  - Avast Free Version on a few Repairs lately and with a few tweaks { 5 Min } and depending on how you install it { Custom } shouldnt be a major issue.

I still regard it as lightweight / as good as any other paid versions  / detection rates as good as any others or better / Quarantine or Delete Option.

Havent been infected in over 5 yrs not even one , but the rest is up to the person behind the PC and what they do.  

 

If your not sure ? give it a try , it is Free.

Best Prevention though is an Image of your Drive , in the event it happens Reimage the Drive and away you go again { 10-15 Min } - i use Acronis / Macrium Reflect.



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Posted 01 October 2016 - 06:07 AM

Bitdefender Antivirus System requirements
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