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Any free but good anti-virus software?
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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 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



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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: Coastal Guangdong

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



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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...

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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



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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



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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



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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



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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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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



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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



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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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Trina Marlow



Joined: 28 Apr 2014
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm using Avast for so many years now. I find it very effective. Download it for free here: https://www.avast.com/index
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winston.smith



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:57 pm    Post subject: Third party installs with 'freeware' Reply with quote

One of the ways companies manage to give their software away for "free" is by promoting some other software during the install process. In other words while installing the software you want a message during the install process appears that has a tick box somewhere (sometimes these are quite prominent and sometimes they are not very prominent at all) and next to the tick box there will be a question or a statement that allows the installation of some other piece of software as well as the software you were installing in the first place.
One must take great care here ! The extra software may change your browser or the browser settings. It may install toolbars within your current browser or the new browser. The point is, the third party software may not be so trustworthy. They may send you to other websites to which they receive revenue for but these could be dodgy sites that have malware on them. Or the third party software may have malware characteristics themselves, such as adware or worse actual viruses and trojans.
The point is when installing freeware it can end up there's even more malware than you started with if you are not careful.
The solution to this is to be extremely viligent during the install procedure and be sure you read what it says next to any tick boxes and also the title of the page or window you are viewing. If there is any reference to software other than the one you intend installing be very careful. If you are not sure get advice from someone more technical.
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