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Free virus software

By davbell22602
Dec 24, 2009
  1. I'm looking for a free virus/malware software for my computer. Know a good one to get?
     
  2. pimpmypc

    pimpmypc TS Rookie Posts: 111

    Microsoft Security Essentials is the best free one.
     
  3. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Is that the one on windows xp and if not where do I get from?
     
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    This will help: All are free or have free versions:

    Antivirus: Use one
    Both of the following programs are free and known to be good:
    Avira Free
    Avast Home

    Antispyware and Security:
    Use reliable and trusted anti-spyware/malware programs
    Each of the links below will help you set up the program and each has a download link:Use two or more:
    Use all:
    Firewalls: Use one:
     
  5. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    When it comes to free anti-virus, there is no clear best one. It largely a matter of opinion and who you ask. I give my customers AVG whereas the local independent computer store I am affiliated with recommends Avast. And if you ask around, everyone will respond with a different one. There is no universal clear favourite.

    -- Andy
     
  6. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    Avira Free is not its a trial
     
  7. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Avira Free is free:
    On the left:
    http://www.free-av.com/en/trialpay_download/1/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html

    The download for the Premium version ($$) is free, but the program itself is not. (on the right)

    Learn how to read the
    information. Getting a program has 2 parts: Download and Install. Most programs-free or paid-offer a free download. But some may then require you pay to use the program and will issue you a license number to activate the product. Some people break the law and steal the paid programs by getting the activation number illegally. It's called piracy.

    Considering the information I gave you and the time I took to do it, wouldn't it have been nicer to say Thank You instead of telling me I'm wrong?

    Many security programs have both a free version and a fuller, paid version.
     
  8. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    I'm looking for software thats 100% free not 50% free.
     
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I am not going to continue this. I gave you information for free versions.

    You got your help free too- what do you pay for?
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    WTF is wrong with you?
     
  11. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    nothing is wrong with me
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Says who?
     
  13. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    ok It was all free I misread something. Sorry for confussion

    Thanks for all the help.
     
  14. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Next time-if there is one- read the material more carefully. Then consider what you are going to reply more carefully.

    As for the missing' Thanks.' don't bother. I've put you on my 'Do Not Bother To Help' list.
     
  15. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    Hey, cut davbell22602 some slack guys. I don't find anything he wrote particularly arrogant or ungrateful. So, he wasn't on top of exactly what was explained to him, he did come back and offered an apology. You seem to want to crucify the guy over something we've all done at some point, MISREAD something!

    Give him a break.

    -- Andy
     
  16. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Please explain.
     
  17. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    I no files relation to verzion internet service provider. I snagged on to a unsecure connection with my wireless connection on my laptop. I tapped in on my parents wireless router for connection. thanks.
     
  18. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    Ir figures. You're getting free internet service by stealing it from someone else!

    And by using an unsecured connection, you expose your system to malware! An antivirus program isn't going to protect you whether it's free or you pay for it.
     
  19. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Ahh, but a firewall will. ;-)

    I personally like Microsoft Security Essentials. It does something that many other virus scanners often fail to do: actually remove the virus once you're infected. I have no idea if MS is utilizing some hidden, proprietary APIs or something, but whatever they are doing... it works. The program is also remarkably simple to use and scores very high on benchmarks and reviews throughout the Internet.

    Again though, my *opinion* is just anecdotal. Different people like different things and it is difficult to say one scanner is better than another because there are multiple factors and no effective way to base that decision on real, meaningful, empirical data.
     
  20. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    I can use microsoft essentials but then I would loose my internet connection it install the updates for IE8.
     
  21. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    So you're not really just looking for a free antivirus program. You looking for one that will let you continue to steal someone's wireless without any consequence to you.

    You didn't inquire about a firewall. See there are a few rules in cyberspace. They are set for not only our own protection but the protection of others. When one tries to circumvent those rules, someone is going to pay the price. You should have one good antivirus program, one good firewall and two or more anti-malware programs.

    I was looking something on a Google search earlier today and I came across this question:
    The replies received ran from suggesting he "stop the piracy because it was illegal" to "Avast! Does not track what sites you visit or what you download. It only scans the stuff."

    Then the bottom line came out:
    He wanted to know if it will send out notices to companies if they are doing illegal downloads.
     
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Very well then, you should tender a friendship offer to davbell22602, after that you can handle his issues via PM. Since you believe that rest of us involved with this thread are a bit too thin skinned, you two might make quite a team.

    For what it's worth, I find the tone and demeanor of these posts rude, excessively demanding and boorish. Either I'm too sensitive, or davbell22602 has abandoned, or forgotten, or dispensed with certain social protocols for the duration of his visit. Perhaps it was just an oversight, or a lapse of foresight regarding what wording begets what reaction, Irregardless, in either scenario DILLIGAF?

    Most of these requests for assistance, (as Bobbye suggests), seem to point toward requesting assistance regarding theft of services and the continuing downloading of illegally obtained, copyrighted materials. As we're all well aware, Techspot does not support, offer assistance, or for that matter even permit the discussion of these topics. So, rather than continuing to tap dance around these situations, it might simply be better to allow Julio, or one of our other moderators to evaluate these discussions with the motivation being a decision regarding whether davbell22602, should be banned from Techspot. A resolution to any of this is, thankfully, well above my pay grade.
     
  23. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    I'm not downloading illegally. Version internet service already knows that people can snag a free connection off there service with a wireless since its not a secure connection. About 3 months my Dad even called verzion tech support because couldnt get the software from verzion and linksys wireless router to work right on my PC. The verzion tech support said to just snag it a connection without the software on my PC cause it wasnt secure.
     
  24. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I strongly suggest you read up on the pitfalls of using a connection that is not secure.

    Also suggest you dad all Verizon back, ask for Second Level Support and have someone who knows what they're doing give helpful suggestion for router setup. Verizon doesn't actually handle routers themselves and setting up a wireless router isn't difficult. Second Level will at least tell you that instead of suggesting you use an unsecured connection!

    The tech that suggested you do that should be fired.
     
  25. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 61

    will look into it. thanks
     
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