what is the best free anti virus

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    tagzard Tagzard the Crazy Dinosaur with Wings.

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    the topic title says it all i need a antivirus but a free legall one so ya
     
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    tagzard Tagzard the Crazy Dinosaur with Wings.

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    those give me like 100 but i need one the best one
     
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    tagzard Tagzard the Crazy Dinosaur with Wings.

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    guys i really need homei have to have on by the time my dad comes home
     
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    Before answering: you've been warned in another thread about multiple posting - use the edit button to edit your earlier posts, not make multiple new posts. It's against the forum rules to multi-post because it's akin to spamming.

    Short answer: there is no "best" free AV program.

    Long answer: Most people use a combination of AV programs because each AV program has different levels of effectiveness. Get MS Security Essentials and find a combination of anti-Malware/Adware/Virus programs and a good Active Protection program. Naturally, if you pay for a good AV, you'll get most of that in one neat package. AVG is the most popular free AV program, not because it's any good but because it's free, easy to get and easy to use. It's also the easiest to infect with specific voracious virii, but you shouldn't be encountering such things if you stay out of illegal sites.

    It's also worth mentioning that any good AV program will make a noticeable impact in system performance if your computer is a lil bit old/low spec, but since you're asking I don't think that matters to you. You really should consider getting a commercial AV program like Kaspersky. You can get a year of it for £15, or a year with 3 users/computers for £20-25, depending on where you look. That's less than the price of a game, so I think it's worth it, especially since I just happen to have 3 computers that need constant protection (whilst I can clean the others out myself, not that they get infected in the first place).
     
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    Microsoft security essentials.

    - Light ram usage.

    - Easy to use and install.

    - It's a full AV.

    - Not a free demo or anything like that.
     
  7. Infinite Zero

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    There's NO BEST among the BEST. What matters most is common sense and safe web browsing. You can have a normal AV and still dont get viruses. IT always DEPENDS on the USER.

    Microsoft Security Essentials
    Avira

    That's all I could recommend free. But I suggest you go pay for Kaspersky 2010 because that's what I use and it's just damn good. Anyway goodluck to ya


    Dont forget a firewall program, Windows Firewall is just sh*t. Some free are Comodo?
    Just avoid the porn btw [​IMG]
     
  8. Nimbus

    Nimbus sudo /usr/bin make-me-a-coffee --nosugar --cream=1

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    Probably being lazy.
    Here's what I use in Winblowz (I have an odd habit of calling it that)

    AVG Antivirus Free (Version 9)
    Comodo Personal Firewall (Comes in a Anti-Malware+Firewall installation option, or standalone component installation)
    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    This Hosts File
    Spybot Search-and Destroy
    Hijack This.


    Never been infected once. Course, I don't go to any risky sites, but I'm armed to the teeth.

    In Linux, I use Bitdefender for Unices, and that hosts file from earlier. As well as Firestarter for Ubuntu and some "similar program whose name escapes me for the moment in Fedora"

    In OSX, patched hosts file from earlier and ClamXaV
     
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    lolzed The GBAtemp Pichu

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    I disagree,I don't use any firewall program,aside from Windows',and it's pretty alright,not as good as others,but really,like you said,if the user has a brain,you might not even need an antivirus.
     
  10. Infinite Zero

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    IF the person using the computer has a brain. Yea
    I just dont like the way how Windows Firewall works but maybe that's me.
     
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    You might have a brain, but what about your younger siblings? Your friends? Your parents? Not everybody has the sense to not click every link sent to them over MSN.
     
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    It is not recommended to use combo of AVs, period. They can and will interfere with each other.

    Out of free AVs, I recommend avast!. High detection rate and moderate performance.
     
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    You can get a 1-month trial of Panda Cloud.
    I'm trying it and it's done some wonders, but I'm not sure if it has eradicated the Google Search Results Virus I have though.

    Another 1-month trial might be the Anti-Virus in the Google Pack installer.
     
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    Probably being lazy.
    Funny, cause AVG Free, Comodo Personal Firewall, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware seem to play ever so blissfully together without any issue in my case, and are a force to be reckoned with together.

    Superantispyware also seems to play nice with them.

    Norton and McAfee are the two which do not seem to play nice with anything, always bullying the others into submission.

    Sigh, why couldn't Comcast offer AVG, Avast, or some other useful Anti-virus rather than shit Norton. FYI, Norton for Mac has a high chance of *pardon my impending french*, fucking your /tmp directory beyond repair, forcing you to have either a backup to restore, or reinstalling OSX.

    Do not use Norton, it will fuck you over more than anything it could ever attempt to catch. Tis also quite bloated, and consumes way more system resources than anything else.
     
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    Probably being lazy.
    Really, strange since AVG seems to not only catch everything that comes my way, but also seems to always go "Fist of the North Star" on them too.

    Norton and McAfee if you ask me still, are the most inferior. Bloated, flashy, don't do their job even slightly as well as they probably should, and don't play nice with anything it seems.

    Avast is a good one too though. I'd recommend it an alternative to AVG.
     
  17. Urza

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    The fact that your computer hasn't been completely raped while you've had it installed is not a direct testament to its superiority.
     
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    I can recommend the free version of Avast!. It's quite good generally, and doesn't feature popups or anything like Avira. The only downside is that you have to re-register (with few details) every year to prolong the license.

    Your general options are (in no order):
    Avast
    Avira
    AVG
     
  19. ChuckBartowski

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    Screw AVG. Avast has been proven multiple times to be the best. Plus it comes with no problems like AVG.
     
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    +1 Avast!
    and the best antivirus is someone that now how to keep his pc clean [​IMG]