What's the best free Anti-Virus?

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  1. 1stkirbyever
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    I've been making a lot of help topics heh. Anyway, I've recently have gotten a virus/trojan and I've removed it via safe-mode, however, AVG-Free never picked up the virus and I was unable to open it while being attacked (It kept on saying "AVG has been infected.") so I would like to know which Anti-Virus is the best? I just don't want to lose anything as my computer has some important documents (I know I should back them up but I have no way in doing so.) so thanks in advance!
     


  2. Skyline969

    Skyline969 MENUdo Afficionado

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    For scanning, I use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Scanning and removal of viruses using MBAM is free; for active protection you need to pay. For active protection, I use avast! Antivirus. It's rarely let me down in the 3+ years I've used it. Avast has even picked up some viruses that AVG left behind. It updates automatically, it's fairly easy on system resources, and it's unobtrusive.
     
  3. Hakoda

    Hakoda GBAtemp Addict

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    I suggest looking at the virus removal guide, stickied on this forum. If AVG didn't work for you, I'd try Avast.
     
  4. jan777

    jan777 motion control..? srsly? so 2008. 3DS is teh bombz

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    I'd suggest, Microsoft security essentials.
     
  5. zeromac

    zeromac Finally reached 1000 posts EXACTLY

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    Avast 5 for Anti virus and use
    Malwarebytes anti-malware once a month
     
  6. Fudge

    Fudge Remember that death is not the end, but only a tra

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    I recommend SUPERAntiSpyware.
     
  7. Wombo Combo

    Wombo Combo That Ain't Falco

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    Microsoft Security Essentials
     
  8. Skyline969

    Skyline969 MENUdo Afficionado

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    People keep on recommending MSE... but it's Microsoft. I dunno if you guys are trolling or not.

    According to the user reviews on CNET, MSE seems to do its job very silently and remain light on resources where Avast can slow down some computers. Well, I think I'll tear down Avast and try out MSE for a month or so, see how it works. I know my friend used OneCare a while back and LOVED it, but Microsoft deep-sixed that program. This seems to be their follow-up to that. I'll give it a try.
     
  9. Sir-Fritz

    Sir-Fritz GBAtemp Maniac

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    +1 to security essentials
     
  10. Elritha

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    NOD32 if you're willing to pay or crack it. Free solution MSE.
     
  11. Delta517

    Delta517 Its okay...Im a ninja ;)

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    I'd suggest Avast Home. [​IMG]
     
  12. sprogurt

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    I work as an IT tech (on lunch now!). When scanning on machines we use a variety of virus scanners as there's no such thing as a virus scanner with total protection so we use malware bytes, combo fixer, AVG 9.0 and microsoft security essentials.
    Microsoft security essentials is highly recommended as it has the highest detection rate.
    Also never use Norton, we actually advise for it to be removed as it lures the user into a false sense of security (basically it has the lowest detection rate).
     
  13. tigris

    tigris Sentient Existential Anthropomorphic Sweet Potato

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    Avira AntiVir Personal. Here-check it yourself. Norton is really bad ^ !

    Never use two a-v engines at once.

    http://av-comparatives.org
     
  14. D34DL1N3R

    D34DL1N3R Nephilim

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    Avira free version hands down. It's even superior to the majority of paid a/v programs - including the overrated NOD32.

    Look here at the test results for the last several years and you'll see that on average Avira has continually been at the top of it's game for quite some time.
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews/

    EDIT: JetKun beat me to it. [​IMG]
     
  15. tk_saturn

    tk_saturn GBAtemp Psycho!

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    In the UK... It's Kaspersky.

    All you hae to do is open a Barclays bank account and register for online banking, and they give you a 3 user license for kaspersky Internet Security. They also renew the license each year.
     
  16. Thoob

    Thoob LOLmonade.

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    Microsoft Security Essentials. I had paid Norton, and I uninstalled that because the free MS one is better. It has never given me a false positive on keygens, etc. where Norton did before so if you're into pirating programs then it's the one for you! [​IMG]
     
  17. metamaster

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    I'd say Avast antivirus. It's good and it's free. What else could you want?
     
  18. Guild McCommunist

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    Well I had a false positive on a keygen once from MSE but it doesn't really matter, it's still a good anti-virus. Been using MSE + Firefox with AdBlock Plus and NoScript and haven't had any viruses for months.
     
  19. tigris

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    TheTwoR's Yay I can finally edit this thingy :D

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    Avira is definitely the best. I use the free one because I really have no time to pirate the full one. The free one is absolutely stunning and works like a charm.
    Get it from CNET.