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Good and FREE antivirus programs?

By korrupt
Sep 10, 2006
  1. Can someone suggest some good free antivirus programs? I have norton antivirus and internet security but it hoggs resources...

    I'm already using Ad-aware and Spybot S&D so don't need any suggestions on spyware removal, just antivirus.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 575

    AVG from grisoft.com is free and great! I have been using it for awhile now and it is much easier on they system resources that Norton was.
     
  3. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    you could have a look at 'clamwin', its free, but its not a recommendation
     
  4. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,343   +6

  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    I downloaded AVG but it sais I need a product code...

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  6. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Here's the link to the free avg, I would guess you downloaded the wrong one, and are being asked for a key.
    http://free.grisoft.com/doc/5390/lng/us/tpl/v5#avg-free
    Click "avg71free_405a791.exe" to download it.

    Also, I'll second Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
    It's a nice antivirus I've been using lately.
    http://www.free-av.com/

    And finally, aol has a new free av based on kaspersky(best antivirus detection rate of any av), but read the eula carefully, since aol seems to have the right to "collect information" if you use the product(kind of like spyware?). It also seems to have problems with the zonealarm firewall.
    http://www.activevirusshield.com/antivirus/freeav/index.adp
     
  7. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    Try avast its free I know when I went into a comptuer shop to see if they had Norton since walmart was out of them they said it slows down your system too much and avast doesnt its free and fast

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
     
  8. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    hi korrupt
    you have downloaded the wrong one, the free version comes with the free product key already in and doesn't ask for one.
     
  9. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thank you. I will download those programs. Out of those 3 though, which would you recomend since I heard that multiple virus programs can cause conflicts....

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  10. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    correct moroe than one anti-virius program can cause conflics and I heard that there a virius that prevets AVG from updating

    Alteast I do think it was AVG I'm not 100% sure which but AVG is the one that I think it was
     
  11. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    get AVG from here
    make sure that you have removed norton before you try running other av's, failing to do that, can cause problems. after removing norton, you will findthat there are lots of files scattered around in your pc.
     
  12. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    i havnt got Norton Installed on here since I just got a new system. Thanks for the head-up though;)

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  13. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    that's why i assumed you had norton installed
     
  14. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Yeh, my bad. I meant that I had it but didnt wanna use it on my new pc:)

    Thanks for your reply.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  15. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    I hope you don't mean those two are the only anti-malware programs you have!

    Anyway, as far as free anti-virus, you might take a look at = Microsoft Windows Security Center Antivirus Partners ,
    Free 12-month software subscription to CA's eTrust EZ Antivirus. =
    http://www.my-etrust.com/microsoft

    The most important thing to keep in mind, regardless of which anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware and firewall you use is to keep it UPDATED, just as it is important to make sure you have all windows critical and security updates.
     
  16. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000

    hi again korrupt.

    if you are not confused enough yet, look here
     
  17. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    If you have any problems uninstalling NIS = How to uninstall Norton Internet Security = http://www.symantec.com/techsupp/tutorial/nis_2002/how_to_use_rnis_ns.html

    For Independent Anti-virus research opinions see =

    http://www.av-comparatives.org

    Requires free registration = Latest test results from Virus Bulletin : Independent Anti-virus and Anti-spam Advice = http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/products.xml

    http://www.viruslist.com/en/index.html

    http://wiki.castlecops.com/AntiVirus_Comparison

    http://www.av-test.org

    http://www.av-comparatives.org

    http://antivirus-software.6starreviews.com

    Review: Free Antivirus Software - about.com = http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussoftwarereviews/a/freeav.htm
     
  18. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    I currently use all three (Avast, AntiVir, AVG) on multiple different computers and here is my very quick review:

    AVG:
    CONS: Probably not as good detection rates as others. Non-standard and tired-looking interface. Trouble with updates a lot. Just doesn't ever seem to find anything. Maybe that's just because I'm careful though.
    PROS: Never bugs you with popups, ads, or notices to buy their other stuff. Light footprint. Seems stable and never crashes. I've used it the longest of all, 4 or 5 years now, on a few systems, never an issue.

    Avast:
    CONS:Better interface then AVG, but still a bit weird. Uses two icons in tray unless you "merge" them. Has some configuring to do after install.
    PROS: Probably best detection rates. Also no popups. And light footprint.

    AntiVir:
    CONS:Throws popup to buy their stuff usually after each auto-update. It's free, but still have to register, and even still, says it will expire. Not sure why a free program expires, but I guess you just have to remove it and reload a new one?
    PROS: Cleanest interface, really like it. Small footprint. Scores pretty good on tests, daily updates.

    I can't choose any particular one, I use them all, and so far can't really say one or the other. I would pick AntiVir if it didn't expire, and have a popup. I would pick Avast if they toned down the interface and the loud British guy who bellows out at 3am over my speaker "ANTIVIRUS UPDATED". I would pick AVG if they improved detection and brought the interface and update system into the 21st century.

    Hope that helps.
     
  19. tomrca

    tomrca TS Rookie Posts: 1,000


    dont think it needs uninstalling
     
  20. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    I don't believe it does expire if you keep it updated. It seems the updates extend your license when it gets close to expiry.
    http://forum.antivir-pe.de/thread.php?threadid=11640
    I also disabled the annoying popup by blocking it with my firewall :).
     
  21. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Ah that explains it.

    Nice trick with the firewall, did you just tell it to block an exe? What?
     
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