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Any good free anti-viruses out there?


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#1 RetroRender

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 02:30 PM

I'm a rather bit tired of Windows Defender utilizing CPU Usage for just about everything I do. There needs to be a change, and it has to start with finding an alternative.

 

I know y'all see these topics all the time, but I want to make sure I find a good one, and not one that's going to take my CPU into forced marriage.



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 02:49 PM

What OS version are you currently using?   


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 03:06 PM

What OS version are you currently using?   

Windows 10 Home, Anniversary Update.



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:44 PM

Windows 8/10 Defender is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups. In fact, all free anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software (and annoying prompts to upgrade) except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender.

If you have Windows 10 Anniversary update, it includes Limited Periodic Scanning and allows you to use a third party anti-virus program as your primary protection.

If you don't want to pay for an anti-virus and you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender, then I would recommend either either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition.

You may want to read Choosing an Anti-Virus Program for more suggestions.
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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:52 PM

Windows 8/10 Defender is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups. In fact, all free anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software (and annoying prompts to upgrade) except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender.

If you have Windows 10 Anniversary update, it includes Limited Periodic Scanning and allows you to use a third party anti-virus program as your primary protection.

If you don't want to pay for an anti-virus and you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender, then I would recommend either either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition.

You may want to read Choosing an Anti-Virus Program for more suggestions.

Alrighty, I'm giving Sophos a shot now, to see where it'll stand. If this doesn't work out, then I'll try the Bitdefender out. Windows Defender I found scans more often than it should. That's the main reason I want it to not be active.



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Posted 23 February 2017 - 04:56 PM

I have also read complaints from users who reported they encountered problems with updating definitions, error messages and Defender turning off for no apparent reason.
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