Free antivirus software recomendation

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by GT, Apr 10, 2008.

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    GT Guest

    I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
    still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
    any thoughts in this software
    GT, Apr 10, 2008
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    Mark H Guest

    AVG or avast! are both highly recommended in the free world.
    Mark H, Apr 10, 2008
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  3. You can use the free versions of either AVG ( or
    AVast! both are excellent, although I still recommend
    AVG (it has a more user friendly interface).

    With AVG you don't 'sign up' as such. During installation you are asked to
    'personalise' avg but that is all, i.e., ser Name, Company, Licence (the
    free version of AVG already displays the licence number on this page.)

    John Barnett MVP
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    John Barnett MVP, Apr 10, 2008
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    Donny Broome Guest

    Yes, AVG is still good enough. It uses very little RAM and it has the
    features you'll want.
    Donny Broome, Apr 10, 2008
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    f/fgeorge Guest

    Just remember to also run Windows Defender, it is not the best but is
    better than nothing and is also free. I use AVG on most of my 20 some
    computers but have been slowly switching to Avast. Avast has free
    anti-spyware built in. AVG has user definable scanning times, I have
    not found that on Avast yet.
    f/fgeorge, Apr 10, 2008
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    Kayman Guest

    There are many good free AV applications available, and almost everyone has
    his favorite. Most of the users are emotionally attached to their av
    application and will have excellent reasons for not recommending any other
    The most important thing here is that all of the available choices listed
    here are better in some respects than in others, and which choice is better
    for *you* depends on what you do, how you work, and which features you use.
    The way you use your PC is different from others.
    Have a look at this:
    and be guided accordingly.
    Good info can be obtained here:
    and here:

    If the above is too deluging consider this:-
    Real-time AV applications - for viral malware.
    Do not utilize more than one (1) real-time anti-virus scanning engine!
    Disable the e-mail scanning function during installation (Custom
    Installation on some AV apps.) as it provides no additional protection. In
    fact most experts believe that scanning incoming and outgoing mail causes
    e-mail file corruption.

    Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic - Free
    You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
    Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
    It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
    Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
    GMER technology.
    (Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
    Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
    AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
    (Choose custom install and untick the email scanner plugin.)
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 7.0 - Not Free
    ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Not Free
    and (optional)
    On-demand AV application.
    David H. Lipman's MULTI_AV.EXE

    A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
    The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
    oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
    cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
    products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
    another may miss, (grab'em all).

    SuperAntispyware - Free
    Ad-Aware 2007 - Free
    Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
    Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
    WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent spyware
    and worms to install to the OS.
    Interesting reading:,136195/article.html
    "...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
    changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
    the actual threat."

    A clarification on the terminology: the word "malware" is short for
    "malicious software." Most Anti-Virus applications detect many types of
    malware such as viruses, worms, trojans, etc.
    What AV applications usually don't detect is "non-viral" malware, and the
    term "non-viral malware" is normally used to refer to things like spyware
    and adware.

    Some more useful applications:
    SpywareBlaster - Free
    "SpywareBlaster is not a scanner application. It blocks the installation of
    most ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers and other
    unwanted programs from the user's computer. SpywareBlaster works by
    blacklisting the CLSID of known malware programs, effectively preventing
    them from infecting a protected computer and also allows the user to
    prevent privacy hazards such as tracking cookies."

    Rootkit Revealer - Free

    Crap Cleaner - Free
    If Windows Defender is utilized go to Applications, under Utilities
    uncheck "Windows Defender".

    CW Shredder - Free
    Kayman, Apr 11, 2008
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    Hami Guest

    I've a problem, plz help me out from this....

    When ever i switch to full screen of any application like youtube, game etc.
    it automatically restores because windows "switches" to the last application
    selected on "taskbar"... I 've tried antivirus as well but to no avail...

    Anyhelp in this regard will be highly appreciated
    Hami, Apr 11, 2008
  8. Yes. It's not more useless than other AV tools.
    Straight Talk, Apr 11, 2008
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    robinb Guest

    AVG free is totally free and it is one of the best antivirus programs out
    it does what the paid versions do
    I have been using it for 10yrs on all walks of OS's including vista
    robinb, Apr 11, 2008
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    robinb Guest

    Windows Defender is NOT an antivirus program
    it is an antispyware program
    robinb, Apr 11, 2008
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    f/fgeorge Guest

    BUT should be used in conjunction with any anti-virus! Not ALL users
    know, or believe that!
    f/fgeorge, Apr 11, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    It depends on what Anti-virus you are using as to whether you turn of email
    scanning or not.
    Avast works fine with it left on. Norton, McAfee, NO.
    Mick Murphy, Apr 13, 2008
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    Austin Guest

    From: PC Tech UpTime, AVG Authorized Reseller
    DATE: June 20, 2009

    AVG is without a doubt the best security software to install on your
    computer. The Free version is available at: It is for
    private personal use.

    For those in business there are several professional versions is available
    with 1 or 2 year subscriptions. You can get from 1 to 100 licenses. The best
    deal is the Internet Security (3) pack with a two year subscription for

    AVG beats nearly all the software that comes loaded on PCs today. Check out
    a 30-day trial version today and see. Nothing beats the stability and
    protection while being so easy to use.

    Check out our site to find out more!

    Austin, technician
    Austin, Jun 21, 2009
  20. You're funny.

    FromTheRafters, Jun 22, 2009
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