best free antivirus program

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by thewiz, Jul 22, 2010.

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    thewiz Guest

    My ISP provides Mc Afee for free and I have tried iobit.
    Is there a free program that is better then the others?
    Thank you.

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    thewiz, Jul 22, 2010
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    webster72n Guest

    You probably will find varying answers to your question, but I use Avast
    Some say AVG is as good or better, but no McAfee for me.
    If you google for it you may find something entirely different.
    In the end you'll be the judge.

    webster72n, Jul 22, 2010
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    webster72n Guest

    Since my first reply didn't show up on my screen, I am going to repeat it:
    "You probably will find varying answers to your question, but I use Avast
    Some say AVG is as good or better, but no McAfee for me.
    If you google for it you may find something entirely different,
    In the end you'll be the judge."

    webster72n, Jul 22, 2010
  4. Answers will always vary.

    Many will insist you avoid Norton or McAfee (even if gotten for free.)
    About the same number will tell you not to go with any all-in-one suites.

    The free ones that are decent in my mind:
    AVG (when installed custom, minimizing what gets installed.)

    For "cost" - eSet NOD32 - AV only. $60/2 years.
    Shenan Stanley, Jul 22, 2010
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    Fuzzy Logic Guest

    Fuzzy Logic, Jul 22, 2010

  6. In my View, McAfee, along with Norton, is among the worst anti-virus
    programs available.

    For an anti-virus program, I recommend eSet NOD32, if you are willing
    to pay for it. If you want a free anti-virus, I recommend one of the
    following three:
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    You also need anti-spyware software. I recommend that you download and
    install (both freeware) MalwareBytes AntiMalware *and*
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jul 22, 2010
  7. <snip>

    What's wrong with Norton?
    I have had no trouble with it over many years.
    David Barnett, Jul 22, 2010
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    Peter Foldes Guest


    Many claim the same,but eventually Norton and MacAfee will hit hard. It is playing
    Russian roulette with those two. I am telling you this from experience in answering
    posts over a period of 17 years. Issue with them is very high. Some get away without
    issues for years but eventually it will hit


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    Peter Foldes, Jul 22, 2010
  9. I second the vote for Avast!
    The poster formerly known as 'The Poster Formerly , Jul 22, 2010
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    Just Me Guest

    I agree. One caveat though, I did a custom install so that I had
    better control of what was going to happen with the program. Changing
    some of the defaults in the setup was done as well.
    Just Me, Jul 23, 2010
  11. I suggest that you look at

    With its help, you can post a shortened link that points to the long link.
    Very useful.

    It also can provide for a preview to help allay readers' fears of poisoned

    There are other sites that are similar, and there are, I believe, plug-ins
    for some browsers to preview links more easily.
    Gene E. Bloch, Jul 23, 2010
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    Drew Guest

    There are many.. Microsoft security essentials for some. Avira or Avast or
    even Avg for still others. I have used most of these but I now use Vipre
    from Sunbelt software.runs about 19.95 a year or I believe 39.95 for
    unlimited home license (all your computers) great program and definitions
    are updated frequently never had a problem or a slowdown from it. Stay away
    from large system robbing pigs like Norton or Mcafee!

    just my 3 cents.
    Drew, Jul 23, 2010
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    Tom Ponta Guest

    If you opt for Norton, be sure you intend to keep it. Removing Norton can
    be a major PITA in my experience.

    I used AVG for years until it became too intrusive on my surfing and
    switched to Avast which works really well.
    Tom Ponta, Jul 23, 2010
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    Jim Guest

    Avast ( free ) , gives audio and visual warning(s) .
    Jim, Jul 23, 2010
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    webster72n Guest

    You people amaze me, he was asking for the "best free antivirus program",
    not whether you like the idea.
    webster72n, Jul 23, 2010
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    webster72n Guest

    webster72n, Jul 23, 2010
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    Fuzzy Logic Guest

    Free doesn't necessarily equate to 'crap'. Just one example:

    Most versions of *nix are 'free'. There are more than a few freeware programs that I use regularily that are as
    good as or better than their paid counterparts.
    Fuzzy Logic, Jul 23, 2010
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    webster72n Guest

    You don't owe 'anyone' an apology, Fuzzy.
    'Crap' always originates with the originator.
    webster72n, Jul 24, 2010
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    Fuzzy Logic Guest

    No worries...I wonder what they paid for their web browser?
    Fuzzy Logic, Jul 26, 2010
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