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What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Eternal Rain » 08 Nov 2012 02:21

I just got a new computer not long ago and it came with a 90 day free version of Norton. It's about to expire though, so I just want to know, what's the best free software out there for protecting my computer from viruses and spyware (Windows 7 OS)? Preferably a program that won't interfere with other programs like games or Steam.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby GiriOni » 08 Nov 2012 02:37

My recommendations are AVG and (maybe) Avira. I only say maybe to Avira 'cause it spams you with ads to upgrade etc. So your best bet would be AVG.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Eternal Rain » 08 Nov 2012 03:26

I actually got avast at first, but then I found out they only let you use it for one year before making you pay for it. I uninstalled avast and got AVG instead. Things seem to be working perfectly fine right now, it doesn't effect performance and my computer actually recognizes it as "legitimately helpful anti-virus."

The service from this should do since I'm really only concerned with keeping viruses and spyware off my computer, I don't worry about that "spam filter" and other stuff because either my email already does that for me or I don't do any activities that'd require extra services.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Irritating Stick » 08 Nov 2012 03:33

From my experiences, all free AV software is pretty much the same as far as levels of protection go.

That said, I use AVG Free on my laptop and PC.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Devil_Rising » 08 Nov 2012 05:45

You can get Avast for free and renew the free license every year. It's worked great for me, and updates every day. It's not perfect, and depending on what features you want it to use, it can be a tiny bit of a resource hog...but it beats getting viruses.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby krzysio87 » 08 Nov 2012 11:01

Kaspersky is a good anti-virus, you can get it for free if you don't mind using a rebate.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Popple » 08 Nov 2012 13:51

Been using Microsoft's own Microsoft Security Essentials. It's good enough for me. To be fair, I only use my Windows machine for coding for school (Mac OS X otherwise) so I don't really need an extensive anti-virus but I've heard good things about MSE.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Triforce of the Gods » 08 Nov 2012 14:03

I use Avast. I stay the hell away from AVG ever since the free version told me I had to buy the full version to get rid of a virus that even Spybot: Search & Destroy could get rid of for free (and that's not even an anti-virus software).
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Mako » 08 Nov 2012 23:34

I would recommend you use either Avast or AVG. From my experience those are the two best options. Both have worked fine for me over the past few years. I use AVG free for my laptop and Avast Internet Security for my desktop.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby shadowbuster » 23 Nov 2012 22:00

Try Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby bomblord » 24 Nov 2012 04:17

Eternal Rain wrote:I actually got avast at first, but then I found out they only let you use it for one year before making you pay for it. I uninstalled avast and got AVG instead. Things seem to be working perfectly fine right now, it doesn't effect performance and my computer actually recognizes it as "legitimately helpful anti-virus."

The service from this should do since I'm really only concerned with keeping viruses and spyware off my computer, I don't worry about that "spam filter" and other stuff because either my email already does that for me or I don't do any activities that'd require extra services.


You can renew your license for free every year.

I personally recommend having a cocktail of Avast for antivirus Spybot Search and Destroy for Spyware and Malwarebytes as a backup in case something happens that neither of them can fix. (Only use Avast's real time scanner shut off spybot's teatimer as they can interfere with each other) Run a full spyware and virus scan every month or so just to be safe but in most cases nothing should get through that as long as you keep everything up to date and stay immunized with spybot.

In my personal experience AVG seems to be much more of a resource hog than Avast so I would use that to stay lightweight but I've heard some people claim otherwise. Spybot basically the best antispyware you can get for free everything else is either as good or worse and Malwarebytes is the most powerful scanner and virus removal utility you can get.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Serpent_Seed » 24 Nov 2012 17:05

I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials. Of course I was recently hit with a virus that made me wipe my system but I think it was because I didn't update it because I felt my drive was running low on space. I partitioned more space this time. I still recommended it but interested in what everyone else is saying.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby thresholdXCI » 24 Nov 2012 17:19

I always used AVG free, but it's really slows my computer down when I scan. My brother works in IT and raves about Microsoft Security Essentials so I'm planning on changing to that. Not got round to it yet though.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Autosaver » 25 Nov 2012 00:36

Most of these suggestions are awful and I assure you that you're slowing down your PC with the bloated useless anti-viruses you're using.

MY RECOMMENDATIONS

Microsoft Security Essentials
MalwareBytes

BOTH top rated, top used software out there.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Triforce of the Gods » 25 Nov 2012 00:58

Uh, yeah. Escuse me for not believing that Avast is bloating my computer when it was recommended to me by a certified, ethical hacker.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby bomblord » 25 Nov 2012 18:00

Any program that runs in the background "bloats" your computer, however you would have to have an incredibly slow computer to have any noticeable slowdown from avast.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Autosaver » 27 Nov 2012 17:23

There are far superior alternatives to AVAST. And I was specifically talking about the AVG recommendations.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby Triforce of the Gods » 27 Nov 2012 18:06

I haven't had a single issue after switching from Microsoft Security Essentials to Avast. But I agree AVG is terrible.
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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby misswliu81 » 27 Nov 2012 21:14

my favourite 2 are malwarebytes and smadav which is indonesian but it does the job

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Re: What's the best FREE virus and spyware program?

Postby bomblord » 30 Nov 2012 02:37

You'll want to check this out if your considering Microsoft Security Essentials

http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-57 ... t-av-test/
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