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Study names Avast Free the most popular antivirus

By Matthew
Jul 12, 2010
  1. A new study by OPSWAT suggests that free antivirus applications outrank paid versions in popularity among users. While not shocking, it's an interesting discovery considering the fact that most large system builders ship their machines with Symantec or McAfee preinstalled, leaving smaller companies to rely on after-market installs. It's unclear what percentage of the usage is consumers and how much is enterprise-based.

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  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    Avast free and Pro version is the best AV you can have. i have had Avast Pro in the past, its well worth the money. when it came time to renew my subscription i didn't have the funds. so i switched to the free. I haven't had a virus on my PC in years.
     
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    The trouble is that it seems to be no longer free for very long... I know lots of users who are getting a request from Avast for payment after 90 days... it is good but so are Avira and a few others.
     
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,172   +37

    That is interesting. I'll have to keep an eye on my daughter's laptop and our second PC because we have the latest free from Avast and it has been 90+ days but no pop-ups here asking for payments.
     
  5. it would be a shame if Avast started charging for the free version. I recommend it to my friends all the time..
     
  6. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Rookie Posts: 49

    Are you sure you don't just know lots of people who have confused payment with registration? :p
     
  7. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    If you get the free version then you need to register it, this will get rid of the request to buy it
     
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,716

    I used to use AVG but it's garbage. Switched to kaspersky internet security and haven't had a virus since.
     
  9. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 422   +42

    Avira Personal... never missed a thing! Very good and the least resource intensive one i found.
     
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,757   +97

    Don't know about that MSE is the best and it's free as long as you are using a genuine copy of Windows.
     
  11. yowanvista

    yowanvista TS Rookie Posts: 82

    Avast lacks support for x64 systems
    Many features such as boot scan don't work in x64 Win7
    I'm for KIS
     
     
  12. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

  13. this data does not show an accurate result of anti-viruses.

    It may show the favoritism among the users of the anti-viruses but it doesn't show the best of how well the anti-viruses perform.

    The only way avast or avira is popular because its free to everyone.
     
  14. SSaywell

    SSaywell TS Rookie Posts: 39

    I use MSE but about 2 months ago my computer decided to go un-genuine, seeing as I was going to get a new laptop (hopefully coming today) I just carried on as I was. I download at lot of crap but in the 2 months I have not had a single Virus or anything, so I am currently finding it hard to see how people get them and if you have Anti Virus software there should be no reason at all to get them. I will be installing MSE on my new laptop because I have used a lot of programs and think it is the best.
     
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,724   +63

    Iv tried a lot of free anivirus programs throughout the years and avira is my favorite, however you get a daily popup to buy it. Avg seems to miss alot and seems to get infected after a while. Avast just stopped working when I had xp, it started to have never ending scans.
     
  16. Reloader2

    Reloader2 TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Eset Internet Security. Doesn't take a lot of resources or bandwidth, works without interrupting me and has kept me from getting a handful of Trojans.
     
  17. Gars

    Gars TS Enthusiast Posts: 228

    its about free AV soft, ESET is not
    MSE both on work and home - works fine for me

    KIS is too heavy and im too sensitive when it comes to resource hogs
    i dont have pc only to run av ....
     
  18. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Maniac Posts: 552

    Used to use AVG, switched to Avast, its much better and the newest version has a very nice UI. It is free as long as you register with your email address, you can register as many times as you like, registering will get rid of the popups.
     
  19. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155

    Over the years I have used, Avast, Avira, AVG, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, and Trend. I have tested a handful of others however they didn't last long before I removed them.

    I'm currently running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and I really like it. It can be updated through itself and/or via Windows Updates. It takes up little resources, the least amount compared to the other ones I tried. When it discovers something it gives you some very good details on the malware so you understand what's going on and what actions you can take. My understanding is that it doesn't just do a signature scan but looks for programs behaving oddly. If it has information on the malware it will act and if not it checks an online database. This is the real power as the database is updated from all users, so if several users get new malware, it will report it to the database, a solution will be entered and the next users that comes across the malware will be able to get the solution.
     
  20. I used AVG a long time ago, then it got screwed, forcing me to switch to Avast4, then 5. It's a good one, last to this very day. It normally lives longer than my OS, which I have several. I'm very happy I have found it. And I did recommend it to many of friends.
     
  21. n0real

    n0real TS Rookie

    I like Kaspersky Anti Virus tbh, it costs some $$ but is great, KIS / KAV
     
  22. UglyChild

    UglyChild TS Rookie Posts: 34

    Duhh.. thats the point of the article.

    Ive been using Avira Free, after my NOD32 ran out. Now i have Avira on 3 computers and it does the job well.
     
  23. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 994   +89

    It's funny how many "best" products are mentioned here. I've tried many of them; with AVG I didn't like the frequent program updates (not virus updates) and how the program advertises itself, but it was good protetion. With McAffee I didn't like it's miss rate which seems higher than others. With Sophos, I didn't care for the false positives. With Norton/Symantec I didn't like the sluggish feeling it puts on a computer. The one that I've stayed with is Microsoft Security Essentials. And I've been very happy with it in every category.
     
  24. TuesdayExpress

    TuesdayExpress TS Rookie Posts: 22

    I used Avast for about 6 years, and recommended it to friends and family alike. However, about a year ago I began to notice increased system load and nag screens, neither of which I welcome on systems under my care. I've switched to MSE on my home systems and on the other systems as the 1-yr free Avast licenses ran out. Couldn't be happier with MS on this one. Great & effective little app.
     
  25. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Maniac Posts: 482   +8

    I've been using Avast 5 for about 2 months now (along with PC tools Threatfire) and I am impressed with both. Both have blocked a couple things (I was testing it) I would highly recommend the free version, at least check it out because it does provide a P2P shield, network shield and good scanning options. You can even have it scan whenever the computer goes to screen saver mode.
     
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