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Best free antivirus?

Discussion in 'Products & Tools' started by Rich Jinks, May 11, 2016.

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    I've only been using Windows Defender and want to make sure my laptop is protected properly now I'm using it for work.

    Anyone recommend any free antivirus softwares which are reliable?
    SEMrush
     
    Rich Jinks, May 11, 2016 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Nigel Lew

    Nigel Lew Notable Member

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    I have been using free avast + malware bytes for a decade and have never had any issues. I should note, you really want to be running adblock edge on ff or chrome as that will stop most drive by infections anyway.
     
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    DroneShop Greenhorn

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    Hello, I used to work in a Computer repair shop, so have removed millions of virus and spyware.

    To keep you computer running smoothly and virus free, I would recommend running CCleaner every week or so, Use free AVG antivirus, and run Spybot search and destroy once a month, which is also free.

    Another tip to speed up your computer is to organise the main folders like docs, downloads,desktop into one 3-4 folder, or even better move all the storage files to your D:drive, this will surprisedly speed up your machine.
     
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    Thanks, great answers both
     
    Rich Jinks, May 14, 2016 IP
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    I have used many, but one time I liked Guardian Anti Virus. But after using an year when I renewed, it was disturbing to my laptop's software. Then next I started to use Quick heal and Norton. Its better for me.
     
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  6. Rich Jinks

    Rich Jinks Greenhorn

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    Thanks, another good suggestion. I've ended up going with Bitdefender and using some of the other tools mentioned above along with it.

    I actually came across this article which put forward a good case for avoiding free software if possible, but for my current usage it sounds like the free option is fine. http://www.pensar.co.uk/blog/free-antivirus-ineffective/
     
    Rich Jinks, May 17, 2016 IP
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    i always used avast as well,i find it very good and not hogging the cpu like other programs.
     
    Marcus44, May 17, 2016 IP
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    I think, that best antivirus can’t be a free! Also, you can use Avira, Panda, AVG!
     
    JudySlean, May 17, 2016 IP
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    seoaceindia Banned

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    default microsoft's antivirus.
     
    seoaceindia, May 17, 2016 IP
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    DroneShop Greenhorn

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    Also, I meant to say, in CCleaner use the main program "Run Cleaner", then the registry "Scan for issues" first then "Fix selected issues".

    Then again on CCleaner, if you really want to add a professional touch go to "Tool" then "Uninstall" then a list of all your programs on your computer will show, use this feature to uninstall any unwanted or unused programs, or any extra internet explorer toolbars you don't use, or any programs you don't recognize or look unsafe (you can search google if you are not sure of what each program is",
    "don't touch any Microsoft Corporation's programs"

    Then on the same Tools page you will see start-up, go there and disable any programs that you don't need starting up when your computer starts, for example, the only programs I have enabled are AVG as we want the antivirus running all the time, and skype so I am alway online.

    Hope this helps you and many others who would like a faster, healthier computer.
     
    DroneShop, May 18, 2016 IP
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    avira
     
    Sroids, May 20, 2016 IP
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    rsfkii Peon

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    I use Avira, and I haven't had to use anything else in years.

    ...but as some of us in the IT industry say: The best anti-virus is common sense.
     
    rsfkii, May 23, 2016 IP
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    nosheen hayat Banned

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    I use mostly NOD32 antivirus. But as rsfkii said. Its depend on user sense, which antivirus he/she most like for use
     
    nosheen hayat, May 25, 2016 IP
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    I think if you are looking free antivirus then you need to check out avast antivirus.
     
    arifbca09, May 25, 2016 IP
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    Windows Defender is a good option. But if you want to go for a paid one, I suggest you to try SafeBytes. I have tried different Antivirus and among those SafeBytes provide better result. I have been using this one for more than six months.
     
    xendurinan, May 26, 2016 IP
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    Avira antivirus 2016 is a good option.
     
    VerdinaNET, May 30, 2016 IP
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    John Dave Active Member

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    The Best Free Antivirus Protection for 2016
    Panda Free Antivirus (2016)
    Avast Free Antivirus 2016
    AVG AntiVirus Free (2016)
    Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition (2014)
    Check Point ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 2016
    Lavasoft Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11
    Sophos Home
    Qihoo 360 Total Security Essential 8.6
     
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    At China, we using 360 Enterpise Anti-Virus, which is free and good. AVG AntiVirus

    In the market, if you willing to pay abit, I will recommend Norton™ AntiVirus software
     
    habangnet, Jun 14, 2016 IP
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    I'm using Microsoft Security Essentials it's amazing, i also do CCleaner once a week and that's it, working like a machine!
     
    Froggys, Jun 15, 2016 IP
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    Avast is currently the best on the market.

    As a computer tech, I've seen Norton and McAfee miss way too much. Windows Defender and MS Security Essentials are like swiss cheese. Avoid them!

    I personally use the Internet Security version of Avast, but the paid version works fine for most people. You should supplement your antivirus with a good antimalware program. Malwarebytes is good, but I like SuperAntiSpyware as well. CCleaner is a good temp file / junk manager. Spybot Anti-beacon removes tracking from Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
     
    mswengel, Jun 20, 2016 IP