Good Free AntiVirus?

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Ms.Marvel
typical story, i need some for my poor pc but i cant afford any good stuff.

so can someone recommend a decent free antivirus that i can use until i can afford to buy some? ive heard that avg is really good but ive heard it isnt the best? is this true?

-Pr-
AVG is used by a lot of people. you could try that...

Peach
I'm not a fan of AVG myself.

Try out Avast or Avira. I used to use Avast, I switched over to Avira when I was told that it's much less of a resource hog. Both work very well and I've had no issues with either.

-Pr-
Originally posted by Peach
I'm not a fan of AVG myself.

Try out Avast or Avira. I used to use Avast, I switched over to Avira when I was told that it's much less of a resource hog. Both work very well and I've had no issues with either.

i don't actually use avg, so i'll remember not to pick it up in future...

dadudemon
Avast is one of the top virus protection programs out there, consuming relatively little resources, and capturing malicious data much more efficiently than other software other.

It won the VB100 award. It was one of a few software programs to actually pass all of the tests.

I highly recommend Avast.

AVG is also good. I believe it passed the tests for VB100 this month, as well.

Jaeh.is.Awesome
avg/avast/avira + threatfire + Advanced System care

occultdestroyer
As far as free AV goes, Avira is undoubtedly the class leader.

I'm a member of Wilders Forums (security software specialists)..
So you can have my word for it.

Avast is a close second, only because it lacks heuristics.

But you won't go wrong with any of the Three Big A's (Avira, Avast, AVG).
Just make sure you're NOT running 2 or more AV programs on your PC.

b00mersl8
I used AVG in the past but I hated it. Now I use Cyberdefender. You can download the free scanner off of their website. The full version also have 24/7 technical support that is AMAZING! I would definitely recommend Cyberdefender.

AsbestosFlaygon
You can try the new Microsoft Security Essentials.

It works on Windows XP, Vista, and 7

Robtard
Originally posted by dadudemon
Avast is one of the top virus protection programs out there, consuming relatively little resources, and capturing malicious data much more efficiently than other software other.

It won the VB100 award. It was one of a few software programs to actually pass all of the tests.

I highly recommend Avast.

AVG is also good. I believe it passed the tests for VB100 this month, as well.

What this cat said. I took it on his recommend; it works well and isn't a resource hog. Using Avast on all my comps.

Download and register, they'll send you a free activation code for a year. Then just repeat, I believe.

I also tried AVG, didn't like it as much, though it did have an easier to use interface.

Darth Jello
I use AVG together with Windows Defender and Firewall, Ad Aware, and Spybot Search and Destroy. Prior to having Windows Vista I also used Sygate Personal Firewall.

AsbestosFlaygon
The best right now is arguably Qihoo 360 Internet Security.

Makes sure you turn on the BitDefender module.

Revanchiste
I have a good free antivirus cleaner.... butr no real anti virus... and if I tell you soemthging it can be true today and change tomorrow so....

Take adw cleaner.

Revanchiste
Originally posted by Darth Jello
I use AVG together with Windows Defender and Firewall, Ad Aware, and Spybot Search and Destroy. Prior to having Windows Vista I also used Sygate Personal Firewall.

Too many antivirus is not the best option... Trust me...

AsbestosFlaygon
That recommendation was made 5 years ago.
Move on.

Tbh, there is NO such thing as a best antivirus for FREE.


The best freeware AVs you can download and install are probably Comodo Internet Security 2015 (includes Firewall and HIPS; for advanced users) or Panda Cloud Antivirus (for novice users).

Personally, I prefer Qihoo 360 Total Security.


If you can spend some cash for superior PC security, then I recommend Norton 360. The best AV, imo.

S_W_LeGenD
Malwarebytes Anti-malware + Microsoft Security Essentials combo works great for me.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/

AVG and Avast Free versions are pathetic.

StiltmanFTW
MBAM is great indeed.

StiltmanFTW
Adwcleaner has become a part of Malwarebytes:

https://www.malwarebytes.com/adwcleaner/

StiltmanFTW
MBAM had a big update, not sure I like the new look.

RealityWarper
I use AVAST and it's not that great

StiltmanFTW
Originally posted by RealityWarper
I use AVAST and it's not that great

I use Avast, too... but yeah, it's not great at all. Slows your system down a lot, lots of false positives, rarely blocks stuff or detects serious threats.

So I turned all the shields off, updates too, made it work in the background... it still slows PC down... only using it for various scans from time to time and reminding me what Software I should update (Flash, 7zip, etc.).

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware remains the best, especially when combo'd with Adwcleaner, Junkware Removal Tool and Anti-Rootkit Beta.

Hate its new look, though. Obnoxious.

HulkIsHulk
Norton is an okay one. Kaspersky is pretty good, but it blocks most VPNs though. ESET NOD32 is pretty good too.

StiltmanFTW
Originally posted by HulkIsHulk
Norton is an okay one. Kaspersky is pretty good, but it blocks most VPNs though. ESET NOD32 is pretty good too.

They're not free though, are they?

NewGuy01
Originally posted by RealityWarper
I use AVAST and it's not that great



It was probably the shit 10 years ago.

StiltmanFTW
It has its uses, but Malwarebytes has it beaten in damn near every category that matters.

StiltmanFTW
This tool is pretty good, even though it's beta software.

https://www.malwarebytes.com/antirootkit/

Full scan (drivers, sectors, system) only takes 1h10min in my case. So it's great whenever I don't have the time to run a full rootkit scan with the standard MBAM.

StiltmanFTW
MBAM's look changed again.

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