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Windows Best Free Anti-Virus Programs

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

  1. minimad127

    minimad127 CPC Refugee

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    http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_od_feb2011.pdf

    interesting as ever and funded by the aussie government so should have no bias however for those who cant be bothered to read through it basic details are

    Avira 97.5% detection rate
    Avast 98.4% (this was Avast 5 not the latest Avast 6)
    AVG 91.4%
    MSE 95.8%

    for those who like to compare to paid for solutions
    McAfee 96.8%
    Norton 95.5%
    NOD32 97.5%
    Kaspersky 97.0%
     
  2. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    MSE all the way.
    /thread
     
  3. Fizzban

    Fizzban Man of Many Typos

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    Avira Antivirus.
     
  4. TheManicGibbon

    TheManicGibbon I have no idea what's going on

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    Another vote for MSE :D
     
  5. Booga

    Booga Cuppa tea anyone?

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    I have tried most including Avast which was OK but I think MSE is the best atm.

    Mini your post only includes detection rates. Avast had a lot of FPs so was scored down.

    This is what you need.
    You can see MSE because of its very low FPs scored the same as Avast. I prefer MSE due to its ease of use and low foot print.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    But something to consider... all these tests mentioned look at if detects a Virus.
    Me too I can do a anti-virus solution which finds 100% of virus... Who? I mark all files as virus. Problem solved. Am I a good A/V?

    This is also something else to consider. Also performance.
     
  7. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    small print :- these tests were sponsored by (insert vendor here)
     
  8. NethLyn

    NethLyn Member

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    When the popup ad says 25% off I don't mind it- have now bought a 3-user to cover the whole family's machines, for £7 more than a single licence, thanks to their 25th Anniversary sale four months after the Christmas offer.

    Before a long gaming sesh I always hit the update just to make sure it doesn't kick in after 2hrs and ALT-TAB me but the suite above mine has a gaming mode to stop that happening.

    MSE failed to catch some spyware and it was gone in a flash, Avira's done the job and you get faster scanning with the middle (Premium) suite.
     
  9. emilyjohnson

    emilyjohnson New Member

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    Personally I use Norton Internet Security 2011.
     
  10. stuartwood89

    stuartwood89 Please... Just call me Stu.

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    The best antivirus is common sense.


    But that's not so common anymore so I would suggest MSE. It's not often that I would suggest any Microsoft software (apart from Windows), but I was running it on a fairly old laptop (WinXP - around 2005) perfectly fine before moving to Linux.
     
  11. shadow_boxer

    shadow_boxer Member

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    Another vote for MSEs and Malwarebytes.
     
  12. Edge102030

    Edge102030 Son, i am disappoint.

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    Avira antivir imo.
     
  13. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    I'll be voting Yes to AV!

    Ahhh...wrong thread....

    MSE.
     
  14. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Aye, I update as soon as I go online. I installed MSE on my mum's laptop but that's because an ad would freak her out and I'd get phonecalls. :)

    Tried a few others very briefly over the vears but Avira Antivir all the way for me.
     
  15. shifty27

    shifty27 New Member

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    I have used Norton antivirus products 5-8 years ago and they were the resource hogging days,
    today's best Paid Antivirus/Internet Security is by Kaspersky and Norton IMO.

    The best free Antivirus IMO is Avast, Avira and Microsoft Security Essentials.
     
  16. icanfly

    icanfly New Member

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    well , MES? i have a try
     
  17. bdigital

    bdigital Is re-building his PC again

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    Microsoft Security Essentials
     
  18. Kryten2340

    Kryten2340 New Member

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    Avast for me, never gives me any problems.
     
  19. GregTheRotter

    GregTheRotter New Member

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  20. J.Jani

    J.Jani New Member

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    AVAST is the best free anti virus to use. I am using it from about a year and never suffer from any kind of issue.
     

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