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Windows Best Free Anti-Virus Programs

Discussion in 'Software' started by Erm..., 14 Apr 2011.

  1. Erm...

    Erm... Witty Title.

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    Just builing a new system and so I was wondering which is the best, free anti-virus software ?
    I know AVG have an extremely good piece of software ( I'm using it right now !) I'm just wondering if there is any other programs I should know. Thanks in advance ! :thumb:
     
  2. Hawkest

    Hawkest I got some 4GB new RAM

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    I use avast on most of my systems except my main gaming rig. Never really come across many issues.

    Could be its not detecting them or I'm being really sensible in what I do.
     
  3. Booga

    Booga Cuppa tea anyone?

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    Well I answer like I do in all the other 'what's the best AV' threads.
    MSE

    :search:
     
  4. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    MSE, AVG, AVAST take your pick
     
  5. mjm25

    mjm25 New Member

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    +1 for Avast
     
  6. Sexton

    Sexton Member

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    Avast the best for me. Uses minimal resources, unintrusive and works very well... am yet to have a virus. Used to use AVG until they started releasing their later versions... they suddenly started hogging RAM and was just impractical for a gaming system.
     
  7. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    MSE - Microsoft Security Essential
    > non-intrusive
    > Super fast
    > 64-bit version
    > Minimal resources
    > Does not slow your computer boot time nor your computer
    > Won many awards
    > Detects all kind of Viruses, Worms, Trojans, malware, spyware
    > Feels like you don't even have an A/V running
    > Integrated in Windows Update
    > Really easy to use interface
    > All the most important features are in.
    > Free for home users

    This topic was talked a lot about. MSE is the winner from public opinion here on this forum.
    Next time use the search.
     
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  8. Stuey

    Stuey You will be defenestrated!

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    I used to use AVG but moved to Avast.

    Although, I might change back since Avast is getting more intrusive. I recently installed it to a new Windows 7 build, and it installed a status gadget that loaded at startup and proved to be quite difficult to remove.

    I've never heard of MCE but will give it a try.

    What worries me is how GoodBytes calls it unintuitive, lol.
     
  9. Erm...

    Erm... Witty Title.

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    I'm sorry I about all the other threads ! I looked for another one briefly bit couldn't find one !

    :sigh:

    Anyway, I see its divided between Avast and MSE. I'll have a look at them both !

    Thanks ! :lol:
     
  10. Zener Diode

    Zener Diode User Title

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  11. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Avira Antivir free edition has been my choice for quite some time now. There's a single Avira pop up advert with each update but one click and it's gone. Worth it for the freeness.
     
  12. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    AHHHhhhh pineapple! It's a typo!
    What I mean is not-intrusive. There.

    MSE is better then slice bread. I don't like Avira, and I don't like AVG.
    AVG is too heavy, and slows drastically the boot time of Windows... like if it does a virus check at that moment. Really annoying. Since than, and the annoying "buy the pro" ad, made me really hate it. AVG was good in the good old day. Now, it did everything it can to lose what was great about it. Also, it slows drastically my compilation time of my programming project.
     
  13. Stuey

    Stuey You will be defenestrated!

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    That's what I figured. =)

    Anyhow, you've convinced me to try it out, thanks!
     
  14. sWW

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    +1 for avast!
     
  15. Erm...

    Erm... Witty Title.

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    Most people say Avast, but then Goodbytes says MSE.
    Which one do I choose ! ? :)
     
  16. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    I changed from Avast to MSE. It's lighter and less intrusive. Not that the latest versions of Avast are very intrusive.
     
  17. Toka

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    Avira

    For no better reason than the file scan engine being called Luke Filewalker
     
  18. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    I don't know, this is the first thread that Avira wins in vote. The others where all MSE without exception. Well nothing stops you from trying both (not at the same time of course).
     
  19. bdigital

    bdigital Is re-building his PC again

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    MSE is really good. Very impressed
     
  20. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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