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Any free but good anti-virus software?

 
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Captain_Fil



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
Posts: 604
Location: California - the land of fruits and nuts

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:15 am    Post subject: Any free but good anti-virus software? Reply with quote

I'm planning on buying a brand-new laptop soon. Very Happy

But I'm on a really tight budget. I don't want to spend more than I need to. Sad

So the question is...

Are there any free but good anti-virus or anti-malware software programs available for download?

After all...

Free operating systems are available (Linux, etc.). And so are free productivity software (OpenOffice, etc.). Free encryption is also easy to access (TrueCrypt, etc.).

So why not free anti-virus software that fully protects from any and all malware threats?

The best things in life are free...

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Shonai Ben



Joined: 15 Feb 2003
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Location: on the floor

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use Ad-Aware Free........it works well.
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7969



Joined: 26 Mar 2003
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Location: South China, by the sea.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try AVG for anti-virus.

Malwarebytes or Spybot for malware.
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Captain_Fil



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
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Location: California - the land of fruits and nuts

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the helpful info, Shonai and 79.

I really appreciate it!

And so does my wallet...

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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jdroege



Joined: 05 Sep 2011
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Location: Karachi, Pakistan

PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Good, free antivirus Reply with quote

I agree AVG is good. I also use Microsoft Security Essentials. Use BOTH and you will be happier.
Get SpyBot and CCleaner, too.
I haven't use paid virus protection for years. About 50-75% of the USB's my students bring in have viruses. That is the largest source of potential infection for me.
Jim Droege
Karachi, Pakstan
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_smaug



Joined: 08 Sep 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Spybot and avast!
http://www.avast.com/en-us/index
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alpha65



Joined: 21 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got AVG for my anti-virus and Malwarebytes and CCleaner for malware/adware....works a treat to keep the nasties away.
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Phil_K



Joined: 25 Jan 2007
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Location: A World of my Own

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Avast! and it seems to catch everything.
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BizLiz



Joined: 20 May 2013
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Location: China

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 4:13 pm    Post subject: I tried all the freebies... Reply with quote

Avast is by far the best free antivirus and for the malware I run both malwarebytes and superantispyware. Once a month I will run McAfee Stinger and that always picks ups something the others miss.
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coledavis



Joined: 21 Jun 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Avast which is pretty good, although as stated previously, an occasional go with an anti-malware program isn't a bad idea.
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not free, apart from one application, but Kaspersky has a lot to recommend itself:

http://www.kaspersky.com/virus-scanner
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KarlaMontelibano



Joined: 11 Sep 2013
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is what we are using now in my pc

http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx
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JoeKing



Joined: 30 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Avast and Spybot.
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