Free anti-virus software - how long does it last?

By tokyo-joe ยท 14 replies
Aug 13, 2005
  1. Sorry, it may seem a rudimentary question but my PC Cillin is now telling me it's out of date and looks like my desktop is not protected. I've had it for a year so I am guessing that the freebie is over - would I be right?

    If it is over should I update or move to AVG or, perish the thought, actually pay someone for an anti-virus kit?

    Many thanks in advance!

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Probably came with the PC when you bought it. No more freebies from them.
    Go to and get their free AVG.
    Then disconnect your PC from the internet (pull the cable), uninstall PC-Cillin, and install AVG. When AVG asks to update its definitions, only then reconnect the internet.
  3. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    I really am not worthy. Thanks a bunch for that. Realblackstuff, have a Guinness on me.
  4. AKirru

    AKirru TS Rookie Posts: 41

    My advice is download the free version of AntiVir (not a trial) it lasts forever, updates daily and it is the best free anti-virus and in my opionion does a better job than the resource hungry Norton :bounce:

  5. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Thanks, have got AVG up and running and it seems okay but suddenly my updates from ad-aware can't get through despite the AVG version not having a firewall. Hmm..

    Akirru, do you have a link to the AV system you recommend just to take a look at it?

  6. AKirru

    AKirru TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Here is a download link to the English version AndtVir

  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you can got a lot of free anti virus programs. I use norton corporate since it is free from the US government.
  8. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    Okay, thanks for that. How does the AntiVir compare to AVG - I've read that in tests AVG picks up about 60% of viruses, which is pretty bad considering Kaspersky is up at the top with 98%. What say you?
  9. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    where did you read that? I wouldn't mind looking at that for myself - it's certainly not the experience I've had with it.
  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    have a look at and click on Enter halfway down to the right.

    That AntiVir is not a bad program, BUT it is crap to update. Everytime an update (other than file definitions) is available, it re-installs the WHOLE package. No problem for broadband as such, but it's a PITA that way, AND it is a killer for dial-up!

    Those percentages on that website look impressive for the top-guys, but don't forget that an awful lot of the viruses that they catch, are hardly ever floating about on the web. They also do not mention that 'important' viruses for instance are caught by e.g. AVG but not by e.g. Symantec/Norton.

    Overall, AVG does an impressive job for a freebie.
    The fact that I use it at home on all my PCs is not necessarily a recommendation by itself, but is at least food for thought (given my moderator 'status' for HJT etc.).
  11. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    If AVG is good enough for you then it's good enough for me. My only worry security wise is that my desktop's windows was, ahem, purloined in a dishonest way - hell, I thought I've already paid them for the laptop. Anyway, now they're a bit more savvy with the updates and have cottoned on to my foul behaviour, thus not allowing any more precious updates... this may not be the place to ask but is it wise to go without those updates seeing as so many viruses use microsoft's already crappy defences to get through? Should I just sigh heavily and buy XP again?

    Cheers, Joe
  12. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Running XP without the regular updates is a soft form of hara-kiri, just not as bloody.
    OEM XP-versions are available from around US$92.- from reputable companies.

    Don't fall for the downloadable kind, as offered by fancy (spam-)emails, they only want your credit-card number for fraud purposes (and the XP is stolen at best).
    When in doubt, do a WHOIS with the webname and check how long that website is up and running.
  13. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    I guess I knew it was bad not getting updates, just not HOW bad. I'd better sort that out. The link you provided to was fine but I see they don't ship to Japan so I'll check on another route and no, not through spam parasites who regularly offer me windows stuff for a fiver. There's no way round this is there...? Sigh. Thanks RBS,

  14. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Maybe you have a 'corporate' friend?
  15. tokyo-joe

    tokyo-joe TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 45

    You mean like a dodgy bloke up the street? seem to have the cheapest shippable XP internationally @ $90. Ah well.
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