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Free versus purchased antivirus/spyware programs

By Sejanus
Jun 14, 2010
  1. Ciao everybody,

    The subscription to McAfee that came with my computer is about to end its 3 year run, and I'm considering not renewing it (I'm a poor college student and 80 bucks is kind of steep). I was wondering what everyones thoughts are on McAfee and other paid anti-virus programs compared with free programs such as Malwarebytes? Also, I'm curious about the combinations of programs you personally run so that I can get an idea of effective alternatives.

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 296   +78

    Personally i would say ditch mcaffee and get your self Spybot Search and Destroy and Avira Anti Virus. I have used mcaffee once a few years back and i thought it was a resource stealer!

    Also AVG anti virus free is good, which could replace Avira if you want something more well known.
     
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Questions like this usually attract a multiplicity of answers. But this board officially recommended Avira Antivir or Avast! as antivirus, plus malwarebytes' as antispyware. All of them are free and will do a goos job, not inferior to McAfee.

    For latest recommendations, see:

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic58138.html
     
  4. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    Avast+Spybot

    Avast! Anti-virus Home Version with Spybot: Search and Destroy is good and free.
     
  5. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Excellent free antivirus: Avast and Antivir

    Excellent free antispyware/malware: SuperAntispyware (and it runs in real time protection); Malwarebytes.


    * All four of these are highly regarded here at TechSpot (and other places as well).
     
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