Best FREE Anti-Virus ??

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Best FREE Anti-Virus ??

Postby c327 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 12:58 am

I know this question has been asked here before but since new products and features have come to market over recent past and the war between all these program makers is alive and still kicking I visit this question again.

My opinion and take on what I recently read is that trying to select the best FREE Anti- Virus program is similar to trying to buy the best mattress ?? :o

A person can use the most unwanted utility and not have an ounce of trouble with it, and to them it's the best thing since Swiss Cheese.

I have been using AVG Free for years and really have had no issues with it as long as I didn't use the PC in a risky manner and kept the PC and network configured reasonably secure. When I really think about it, I don't know if there is an absolute way of protecting a PC from nasties outside of leaving it turned off. :roll:

Granted and understood that the FREE utilities are limited in what they can do, but does a person really need hiking boots if they won't be doing any hiking??

Even on these forums it seems to be a mixed bag of opinions. I am sure that a qualified person could pick the technical part of this apart until the cows come home but that is not what I am interested in.

In looking over what I wrote, it may be that I answered my own question??

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Postby Karlsweldt » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:57 am

There are many browser results to "best free anti virus" programs. Here are some..
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr ... ftware.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collecti ... ee_av.html
http://www.ehow.com/list_5832348_top-10 ... grams.html
Of course, reviews differ.
With any 'freeware' program, you may not get all the features of the same program you could purchase. But they are almost as effective as the premium programming. Some brands require a lot of 'overhead' memory use.. others not as much. Thorough scanning of all files is critical, as well as daily updates to stay abreast of the latest threats.
Any version of an anti-virus program will require extensive use of CPU cycles.. so consider fewer background programs to be active while the scans are in progress.
Some programs are more expensive than others.. without much gain in protection. But if running multiple systems (small office), you do consider the "bottom line" as to costs.

Myself, I prefer AVG.. have three active systems (all are not on every day!) and the package cost is very reasonable.

Edit:
Forgot to add.. that any system is most vulnerable when first started up, until the anti-virus and firewall programs are active. If possible, delay the Internet connections until after those programs have become active! Keeping the router or hub on a separate power switch is the simplest.
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 10:28 am

These have always been good:

Free AVG
Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Spybot Search & Destroy
CCleaner


Keep them updated, run them at least once a week, surf the web with common sense, etc. Then they should work fine for you.

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Postby c327 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:48 am

Karlsweldt wrote:There are many browser results to "best free anti virus" programs. Here are some..
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr ... ftware.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/collecti ... ee_av.html
http://www.ehow.com/list_5832348_top-10 ... grams.html
Of course, reviews differ.
With any 'freeware' program, you may not get all the features of the same program you could purchase. But they are almost as effective as the premium programming. Some brands require a lot of 'overhead' memory use.. others not as much. Thorough scanning of all files is critical, as well as daily updates to stay abreast of the latest threats.
Any version of an anti-virus program will require extensive use of CPU cycles.. so consider fewer background programs to be active while the scans are in progress.
Some programs are more expensive than others.. without much gain in protection. But if running multiple systems (small office), you do consider the "bottom line" as to costs.

Myself, I prefer AVG.. have three active systems (all are not on every day!) and the package cost is very reasonable.

Edit:
Forgot to add.. that any system is most vulnerable when first started up, until the anti-virus and firewall programs are active. If possible, delay the Internet connections until after those programs have become active! Keeping the router or hub on a separate power switch is the simplest.


What you mention in your edit is very true and an excellent reminder to those who may not have thought about that. This is especially true after one has just reloaded their O.S. I download an anti virus utility and put it on a flash drive and the first thing I install after the O.S. is the anti virus utility.
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Postby c327 » Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:59 am

BIGMAN131307 wrote:These have always been good:

Free AVG
Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Spybot Search & Destroy
CCleaner


Keep them updated, run them at least once a week, surf the web with common sense, etc. Then they should work fine for you.

:)


Yes they are good and some of them I do use (stopped using Spybot S&D). In addition to them I use Super Anti Spyware. This utility has found things all those that you mention have not found.

Good PC useage is a big part of it all. Some websites are just plain bad if you get the drift. My biggest problem is with well meaning good friends sending me mass mailing emails (I either block em or delete them without opening them and never view them in a preview pane). I find myself walking a fine line with the balance of all that. You just never know where it all originated from.
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Postby Karlsweldt » Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:33 am

Properly configured, an anti-virus program should run at least once daily.. and update itself automatically at least every four hours.. more so with numerous computers in a network.
Set scan times for a 'slack' time of day, when there is less activity by the user. For high-security systems, an hourly scan is not out of the normal schedule.
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Postby Mr T » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:20 pm

Best free antivirus is too not use M$windows of any form and use a free OS based on linux or BSD instead... Mac is good, but viruses are slowly proliferating into it, but they are really hard to get working within it compared to windows...

But...

from experience, almost all people who I deal with know windows and that is what I deal with and from that, all windows based AV will let a nasty into the system at one stage, even I have had them on my own systems after being scrupiosly careful...

To limit the choice of attacking virus do the following:

In Vista switch UAC on, it does become annoying but raises security levels.
In all forms of windows, set an administrator account and password protect it. Then set all the other accounst as general users and password protect them.
Switch on system restore - again a pain with Vista - due to 'Volume Shadow Copy', but going back to a previous restore point can resolve.
Be aware where you surf and what you open. A lot of websites are riddled with viruses esp porn sites and childrens game sites. Children are the biggest culprits when a virus strike happens due to them swapping so much on social media and thinking they can surf with impunity, plus click on everything thats an executable. I have lost count the amount of times I have had to restore or reformat my stepkids PC, it is a) annoying, because I educate them on it and b) can be time consuming and c) they lose all their stuff.
Clear your cookies and online files on a regular basis.
There are other browsers out there other than IE.
Update flash player regularly.
Update java on a regular basis too.
As well as ensuring windows is up to date.

Ok, I digress, back to the original question, what is the best free AV?

The answer is you first off. If you follow the above advice you should be pretty much OK.

On the software front though, none are, even the commercial ones are not wholly effective.

My favoured ones are:
MS Security Essentials
Avast

And thats it at the moment. I couple them with Malwarebyres Antimalware which does a great job of removing some of the more difficult ones, but it is not 'realtime' protection.

And even with all that, viruses have still got through on XP, Vista and win7.

It is one reason I have moved over to open source stuff, plus the fact it is a lot, lot quicker than a bug patched bloated windows operating system.
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Postby evasive » Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:28 pm

It is one reason I have moved over to open source stuff, plus the fact it is a lot, lot quicker than a bug patched bloated windows operating system.


Yesterday had to do a fresh install after my kids computer got struck by harddisk malfunction. 127 the first round, another 22 in the second round after which I thought it safe enough to surf (avast being installed/updated, flash updated, java updated, adblock plus installed). My biggest issue with migrating is I still have some windows-only programs for which there is no wine-solution yet. It's getting better but some POS manufacturers flat-out refuse to make open source/webbased administration tools :mb_badpc::
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Postby Mr T » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:47 am

evasive wrote:
It is one reason I have moved over to open source stuff, plus the fact it is a lot, lot quicker than a bug patched bloated windows operating system.


Yesterday had to do a fresh install after my kids computer got struck by harddisk malfunction. 127 the first round, another 22 in the second round after which I thought it safe enough to surf (avast being installed/updated, flash updated, java updated, adblock plus installed). My biggest issue with migrating is I still have some windows-only programs for which there is no wine-solution yet. It's getting better but some POS manufacturers flat-out refuse to make open source/webbased administration tools :mb_badpc::
And that is the reason why I still have some win2k/XP/Vista and win7 machines - slow, clunky and bloated.... :? It is still one reason why Edimax products are good, there is linux and mac support...
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Postby Hardware Junkie » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:18 am

Install the following:

AVG Free Antivirus
Super Antispyware
Malwarebytes Super Anti Spyware (turn off the monitor portion that starts up, just have it installed)


If you get infected after the first two are on your system, it was probably not going to be stopped by any corporate product either.

If you really want to avoid system infections, look into something like DeepFreeze
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