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Windows Best freeware AV software?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Throbbi, 20 Jan 2011.

  1. Throbbi

    Throbbi What's a Dremel?

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    Hey folks :)

    Looking for good, simple, freeware anti-virus software which is very light on resources.

    Was using AVG for absolutely aaaages but it slowly got more bloated and resource hungry. Switched to Avast! which was also excellent for a good while but no it also is becoming a litle sluggish.

    Is there anything else out there which is as effective and nicely streamlined?

    Pre-advice thanks ;)
     
  2. Gaming_freak_10

    Gaming_freak_10 Minimodder

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    I use Ad-Aware... its free... 2nd Avira Anti-virus software.. also free.. and 3rd is more of a spyware destroyer.. its called Spybot- Search and Destroy.. those 3 in combo.. are the best ones i could think of Throbbi.. shoot me a PM to find out where to get them Also they are not resource hoggers i believe..
     
  3. mike_dowler

    mike_dowler What's a Dremel?

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    MSE? (if you're running windows)
     
  4. lamboman

    lamboman What's a Dremel?

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    Your only free choice that truly meets all of your requirements is probably Microsoft Security Essentials (recommended above by mike_downler too). Went through the whole AV malarkey myself, and it was only sorted when this was released!
     
  5. mrbungle

    mrbungle Undercooked chicken giver

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  6. Salty Wagyu

    Salty Wagyu moo

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    MSE and Avast are rated highly in the freeware category. Avira, BitDefender, and Panda Cloud are other alternatives, also free.
     
  7. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    MSE (anti-spyware, anti-malware, anti-virus) and in 64-bit for added performance (well it's more your HDD limiting things.. but anything that can help.. helps).
    Super easy to use, very light, doesn't slow down Windows boot, doesn't slow down your computer, and it doesn't annoy you.. in fact.. it feel strange, it's like it feels you don't even have an anti-virus installed.
    Super good job.
     
  8. Throbbi

    Throbbi What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for all the replies folks :) MSE it shall be by the look of it.
     
  9. Matticus

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    I have been using MSE for over a year and I can honestly say it has not bugged me or done anything annoying across 4 different systems during this time.

    Microsoft really nailed it with this one.
     
  10. GilesM

    GilesM What's a Dremel?

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    I must also chime in with a vote for MSE. I recently installed it on a WIN 7 64 bit system and find it easy and unobtrusive.
    I was using AVG when I was on WIN XP (I missed Vista altogether for good reasons) but MSE is better than AVG I find.
     
  11. confusis

    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    I've been recommending MSE since I started using it a few months back when I switched to Win7.
     
  12. bdigital

    bdigital Is re-building his PC again

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    Microsoft Security Essentials. Its the nuts.
     
  13. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I use MSE at home, but at work we have to put Avast on customer machines. Though that is up for review soon and i think we will switch over to MSE.
     
  14. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    MSE + Malware bytes for me

    MSE on Permanently (Very Lightweight)
    Run malware bytes every now and again just to check for various things
     
  15. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I just got a license for Mbam, the live protection is great.

    Scanning for malware its good, but sometimes it doesnt pick up stuff that super anti-spyware does and vice versa, and sometimes combo fix picks up things that both of those dont!
     
  16. Booga

    Booga Cuppa tea anyone?

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    This. :thumb:
     
  17. mawkish

    mawkish What's a Dremel?

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    Avast, definitely.
     
  18. dangak

    dangak What's a Dremel?

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    Spybot S&D, without a doubt.
     
  19. Throbbi

    Throbbi What's a Dremel?

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    Been using MSE since starting this thread to ask for suggestions and it really is the proverbial dogs. Epic win for Micrsoft this time around.
     
  20. BRAWL

    BRAWL Dead and buried.

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    Avast!
     

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