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What's the reliable free anti virus today?


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#1 vin_012

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:45 AM

Currently, I'm using Comodo as my anti virus for my Windows 10. It looks like this software is not reliable enough to detect new threats as my laptop was infected by a worm that caused the Autolt error. A worm like the Worm:Win32/Mogoogwi.A!Ink. What other free anti virus can you suggest as I could not afford the paid softwares?


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:09 AM

There is always the option to just use Windows 10 Defender which includes anti-virus and anti-malware protection that provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) provides on older operation systems plus enhanced protection against rootkits and bootkits (and it's probably easier to use for the novice).

If you have Windows 10 Anniversary update, it includes Limited Periodic Scanning and allows you to also use a third party anti-virus program as your primary protection. Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update, Windows Defender is called Windows Defender Antivirus...it includes always-on protection which consists of real-time protection, behavior monitoring and heuristics to identify and block malware based on known suspicious and malicious activity. Windows Defender Antivirus Creators Update is also compatible with any third-party anti-virus. Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Windows Defender Antivirus includes Exploit Guard with four components of new intrusion prevention capabilities designed to lock down a system against various attack vectors and block behaviors commonly used in malware attacks before any damage can be done.

If you prefer not to use Windows 10 Defender or cannot afford to pay for an alternative, then I would recommend Kaspersky Free Antivirus, Sophos Home Free Antivirus, Panda Cloud Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition any of which can be used instead of or in conjunction with Windows 10 Anniversary update, Windows 10 Creators Update and Windows Defender Antivirus.

 

Note: Although Windows 10 Defender provides some anti-malware protection...it is weak, meaning it does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. This is true for most anti-virus solutions. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats. Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an effective anti-malware solution for maximum protection.

 

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 06:28 AM

Hello I have Bitdefender Total Security,but there is a free version of Bitdefender if you are interested :notme:



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:27 AM

Hello I have Bitdefender Total Security,but there is a free version of Bitdefender if you are interested :notme:

I do believe that total security solution guards best against threats. For assurance about the product, I think a trial version is a nice option and also compare the features with other products. 



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 07:35 AM

The topic poster is looking for free solutions.
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 01:35 AM

Thanks for the suggestions and well explained anti virus/malware issues. Bunch of thanks!



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:23 AM

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 01:55 AM

How about the anti virus Avast?



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:00 AM

I used Avast before and it looks like average almost same as Comodo in my opinion. I chose Comodo now since it's lighter than Avast. I have IDEs and CAD software that makes my laptop slow. Avast makes it more slow.

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:44 AM

The topic poster is looking for free solutions.

Yes, I agree and my context is for the free solution, as for free solutions also we have to compare the products.  :)



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 07:25 AM

How about the anti virus Avast?

avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.Further, avast! 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.
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Posted 14 December 2017 - 10:12 AM

 

How about the anti virus Avast?

avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it. Further, avast! 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.

 

Dang i need to change then. Any suggestions?



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:22 PM

Defender...


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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:24 PM

As I said above, if folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend Kaspersky Free Antivirus, Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials, the free solution for Windows 7 and Vista SP1/SP2 that combines the features of an anti-virus and anti-malware scanner to provide real-time protection.
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