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Best Anit-Virus Software?

by poohshaw / December 17, 2012 2:26 AM PST

Is there a very good anti-virus software program out there that is free??? I have used McAfee for the last 3 years and am tired of paying their fee.

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Nod to Avast, AVG and Avira.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2012 4:50 AM PST

The last AVG interferred with Windows 7 Snipping Tool so I tossed it out for Avast.

Remember that we can't count on these to stop us from doing dumb things. I'm sure your running into folk screaming "I hate ______ because it didn't stop a virus I got from a torrent."

My point is, you remain the best defense.
Bob

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Torrent
by pgc3 / December 18, 2012 11:08 PM PST

How many times have I heard that! There was an article out of Finland a while back a girl's L/T was confiscated, I believe she was 10 or 11 years old, because of Torrent downloads. Evidently some take such activities very seriously and rightly so, IMOP.

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Free A/V
by pgc3 / December 17, 2012 3:04 AM PST

Most would probably say AVG, AVIRA or AVAST, your pick. The only problems with freebies is R/T coverage and lack of malware/spyware protection, there are SOME freebies for that purpose as well. It depends entirely on how an individual uses his/her system, browsing, surfing etc.

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It's a matter of Opinion.
by MaliciousRogue / December 27, 2012 12:01 AM PST

It's a matter of opinion which antivirus is the best, but to me McAfee has always been heavy on resources, this goes the same with Norton. But I use Avast! Internet security and would recommend that, AVG, or Microsoft Security Essentials, as they have millions of users. People think that the more used an antivirus is, the less secure they are - this is NOT the case. The more antivirus users there are of a product, the more infections are reported, which means more virus Definitions are created, thus protecting your system from known viruses. However some antiviruses require a secondary defense method for malware, such as Avast! That I use Spybot Search and Destory with. I also have Windows Defender, which I have turned on anyways. However because Windows Defender is developed by microsoft as well as M.S.E., it is included with it, meaning M.S.E. protects against malware and viruses.

There are tons of antivirus and antispyware programs out there. But be cautioned. Only pick known softwares. Rogue antivirus software is a type of malware that poses as a legitimate antivirus program, but shows fake alerts and displays, from their scans, viruses that are not on your computer. They usually require you to BUY the product for $30-$100 in order to "Clean up" your system. Therefore it is unwise to trust certain softwares better than others.

Some real antivirus software are: Avast!, AVG, Norton Symantec, Microsoft Security Essentials, McAfee, Kaspersky, Bitdefender, ESET Nod, Avira, and Clam antivirus.

Some legit antispyware and antimalware products are: MalwareBytes, Spybot - Search and destroy, Windows defender (Not to be confused with the rogue, Win Defender 2011), and HijackThis.

So it's up to you what antivirus is the best, no one antivirus will ever stand out from the rest.

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