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Best free antivirus software

By JudJer
Jan 23, 2013
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  1. dominikjames

    dominikjames TS Rookie

    Comodo Antivirus 2013 is Best free antivirus software.It is really good and safe. Comodo Antivirus is a powerful antivirus tool that uses multiple layers of protection to keep your PC malware-free.
     
  2. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 315

    I agree with you.:) It all depends on what you chose to do on the net. And It's better to avoid the "unsafe" stuff, if one doesn't want to deal with the inconvenience of a rogue virus.Here the old adage comes in handy-"prevention is better than cure".And if a pesky virus does sneak around you can always come here http://www.techspot.com/community/forums/virus-and-malware-removal.28/
    I believe it's also good to run a scan once in a while with mbam and microsoft malicious software removal tool.
     
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  3. Wepynx

    Wepynx TS Rookie

    That is exactly why I scan with Mbam and SAS in conjunction to having Avast free installed as my resident anti-virus.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

  5. MugetsuTensho

    MugetsuTensho TS Rookie

    A lot is better than Norton. Norton is known for false positives (I am a gamer (download lots of different games to play) and I have never seen someone recommend Norton). I would get Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG or AVAST for free antivirus but they won't protect as well as a paid.
    For paid I recommend McAfee, for about $50 a year you get 3 licenses. It is a little processor intensive but you get a lot of tools with it (I use shredder a lot to get rid of files (when you delete files with recycle bin they are hidden and not deleted) use ccleaner for free file remover) . You also get online backup, you can make vaults to have an encrypted set of files, quick clean (gets rid of temp internet history).
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,081   +747

    All AV programs are tarred with the same brush. Just pay your money (if you're stupid enough) and pick your poison. Careful surfing and opening selective emails will see you make do without an AV at all.
     
  7. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 315

    Presumably many people continue to pay for AV software because it gives them peace of mind as well as the satisfaction of having a few extra features(or safeguards) as compared to free versions.




    But, then there is always a chance of getting infected via a USB drive in the absence of pro-active defense.(Though I do agree that getting by without an AV as a trend is picking up and of course it's less taxing on the machine;) .)
     
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,081   +747

    True. Although I didn't practice what I've preached I still use an AV but I certainly won't pay for it.
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +893

    Unfortunately, this can be analogous to giving up sex because you won't use a condom...In the case of internet porn, it's a direct analogy....

    There's always an element of risk associated with being the first kid on your block with a 12 inch penis. But if you don't open that email, you'll never know how, or where to get the materials to grow one...!;)

    TBH, I actually feel safer surfing for porn, than tiptoeing through a minefield of Facebook exploits. (Plus, I don't like people). I do run an AV though.

    It's just supposition on my part, but I don't think some rinky-dink porn site is going to have the latest day zero malware, but some hot shot hackers on Facebook might.

    Not only that, but you never have to suffer the heartbreak of "unfriending" a porn site. You just mark their emails as "spam" and let your email client take it from there.
     
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  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,081   +747

    There's always an element of risk associated with being the first kid on your block with a 12 inch penis. But if you don't open that email, you'll never know how, or where to get the materials to grow one...!;)

    Are you crazy? I'd never cut off 6 inches just to be the first kid on the block ;)
     
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  11. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

    I'd never even think of going online with out an AV/protection.
     
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +893

    Yeah well, just so you know, I'm never, ever, letting you date my imaginary daughter online. Plus, I'm never, ever, calling you in a falsetto voice to wish you "Happy Valentine's Day", until you do!

    And get a job! Calf roping sounds like it might suit you....!;)
     
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  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,081   +747

    Amen to that.
     
  14. mohammedtaher

    mohammedtaher TS Rookie

  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

  16. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,977   +908

    I should try Noscript again, it irked me when I first tried it. As for AV, I use MSE because of its simple interface. I never used that norton junk or paid software since it mostly bloatware as said above and is overly protective. For enterprise, I understand since there could be a partnership between companies (ex: IBM and Symantec) so they are kind of forced to use that software. Even thought MSE failed detection tests, I still find it viable for my everyday PC since it minimaly gets in the way and I am cautious to what files I download and what sites I enter. If I do something stupid and get a Trojan or something major like that, MSE detects it, otherwise I use Malwarebytes and Spybot to search out the rest. I have tried Avast and AVG in the past but people say it interferes with some games so I stay clear of it. Finally, I recommend using Adblock to stop useless ads from coming up and maybe leading you to a malicious site.
     
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

  18. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,977   +908

    I once got a virus through CNETs download.
     
  19. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

    A few months back, I referred a person in here to http://filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/ for a good download place & Julio responded with the link I provided from techspot so from then on, I give the link(s) for downloads to here . I have since exclusively used TechSpot as where I get my program upgrades.(y) .
     
  20. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

  21. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,540   +321

    Sure, you can arrange by last week's most downloaded and all-time: http://d.pr/I/A7df
     
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  22. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

  23. syntaxbreaker

    syntaxbreaker TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Already tried these 3, Avira, AVG and Avast.. very good free antivirus softwares, just try to keep definition always updated :D
     
  24. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,246   +232

    I have Avast & it is self updating. Every 240 minutes it updates. I love it & have it on my XP Pro & W7 I love it.
    Never had any good thing to say about avira or avg.
     
  25. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke TS Enthusiast Posts: 306   +81

    As soon as I read "this is the best" there is no point reading further. Go to page 1, read captaincranky's comments and be informed. I will not repeat what he has already said in clear English and as far as an AV slowing your computer, what are you running a Pentium 60 with a PATA hard drive and a few meg's of memory? And 'Bloated', are you really that hard up for a few megabytes?
     


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