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A question about free antivirus/antispyware programs

By learninmypc
Jan 8, 2012
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  1. Is it possible to set them up to scan automatically on an XP system? Avast,Mbam,SAS, for example? TIA
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,680   +1,875

    I use AVG Free, and the default setting is to do an automatic scan, you can choose the interval. I'm reasonably sure the the other programs would provide the same options. I've never seen an AV program that didn't offer an automatic scan, free or otherwise.

    BTW, Mbam is NOT an AV program, it's anti-malware.. Most free strictly anti malware programs do NOT actively monitor the system, but all AV programs do.
     
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,590   +335

    Thanks. I'll check on my Avast. I won't use AVG,heard/see too many nightmare stories about it.
     
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,680   +1,875

    Not from me, you haven't. It's worked very well, almost flawlessly even.
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,590   +335

    No,I didn't say from you. I've had to remove it from 4 or 5 pc's because the owner(s) told me it was bogging down their pc or for other reasons I don't remember.
    At one time in my life I too had it but had update problems with it so I dumped it & went with Avast & been very happy since.
     
  6. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    Throwing microsoft security essentials in to the hat, Easy to use, lightweight, auto update and scan.

    And free ofc :)
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,590   +335

    Yes,I've heard good things about MSE but will stick with Avast for now. :)
     
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,209   +424

    I've actually been switching a lot of my machines (personal and second job machines) over to MSE as well. I was using Avast for a while, but as MSE has improved I've gone ahead and switched over.
     
  9. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 6,590   +335

    If my Avast ever has a problem, MSE will be my 1st choice.:)
     

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