Skip to comments.(Vanity) BEST free antivirus/security program?
Posted on 09/03/2013 1:08:21 PM PDT by Doogle
Need to download a FREE program...need recommendations..
Look for one with the lowest memory footprint, as they call it. I’ve tried several, and Avast fits my bill.
AVG is pretty good. Ive heard good things about Avast as well.
I use Avast, not as intrusive as Norton and others.
I use Avast, not as intrusive as Norton and others.
I’ve put free Avast on five computers, no complaints here.
AVG seems to work well for me.
Been using Avast forever(10 years I think ), or go Linux
I like AVG.
I’ve been happy with Malewarebytes.
doooh you have a virus? should have used PC Matic!
AVG coupled with Glary Utilities and CCleaner............
nope...no virus...just getting ready
You're better off simply purchasing it. Also download Malwarebytes too.
Microsoft Security Essentials
I hear McAfee is a real killer.
What do you use with Malwarebytes? Malwarebytes alone isn’t good enough, it’s good for supporting other antivirus software.
Yeah, if you're using Windows Me. ROFL!
My guy told me that Avast actually reads a page before it loads. Others do not. I don’t know if that is accurate or not.
Malwarebytes / MS Security Essentials / Ghostery / AdBlock+ / CCleaner / Sandboxie
I’ve been using it alone. What do you suggest combining it with?
"..so far it's AVAST"
I’ve used AVG and Adaware for years. They both seem to work. I try to do due diligence as a user and haven’t had a Virus or other malware for years.
Download.com has lots of free software and also has editor notes and user comments.
Basically, none of them really work well, and virtually all will significantly depress system performance.
Your best bet is to set up a type of login account called a standard/limited account and use only that account for your work and use an administrative account type (the default) for any work involving new, removed, updated hardware or software.
There are certain viruses that can invade a standard/limited account, but they can’t damage the system and are easy to remove by logging off, going to the administrative account and running a scan from a program called antimalwarebytes.
You needc more that one, Doogie. I’ve got several, with Avast running all the time, others on request. I’ve found recently that SUPERAntiSpyware is the best program for wiping out tracking cookies, which all the others miss, or else delete all your cookies, or ask you to choose which to keep which to toss. CNET has good reviews of all such programs, but try to avoid downloading from there, as they wrap everything up in their own installer which carries free gifts of bloatware, adware and such.
Don't shag anyone you find in the County Hospital parking lot.
And don't click on blogs. It's the same damned thing.
AVG here...used it for years, and not a single problem.
(Have I told you I love your pics)? ;)
Man, if you need all that stuff, you might as well install Linux and be done with it....
I second that recommendation. Even though MS purchased it, they know their O/S better than anyone and it’s free, unless your Windows isn’t activated and is past the grace period.
MS SE and Malwarebytes should take care of your needs
Microsoft Security Essentials on my XP/SP3 - along with SuperAntiSpyware, and I run MalwareBytes manually every week or so. So far I’ve stayed clean, have had several warnings and blocks to scurrilous sites, and I traipse all over the net. You can’t rely on just one. Good luck.
If you were going to sneak in and take a picture of Krazy Kat, you could have just taken her with you. LOL
“Yeah, if you’re using Windows Me. ROFL!”
Microsoft Security Essentials isn’t that bad actually. I made the switch about 3 years ago and haven’t looked back. It’s not very intrusive and is updated frequently.
Prior to that I used AVG. I know several people that use Avast and like it.
I’d stay away from anything else :-). Too bloated and not worth the money.
FWIW I’ve never had a PC infected over the course of using AVG or MSE. I’m not one to run strange looking executables though :-).
I've tried AVG, Avast, MSE, etc and they all slow things down or even minimize my game to the desktop just to inform me of an update.
I now use Panda Cloud Free and it works like a charm for online gaming.
How totally last century.
Use a Google Chromebook like I do and NEVER get a virus.
I dunno, I always thought you get what you pay for.
For me, ESET, NOD 32.
Fire wall and virus for $40.00 bucks a year.
Cannot be overstated. DO NOT DL from Cnet. You'll spend hours removing the junk they toss in.
Also, Ccleaner is a good cleanup product. In fact, everything I've tried from Piriform is good - recovered some inadvertently deleted photos from an SM card with Recuva, pretty good stuff.
I second AVG. It’s saved my skin several times.
Just wish they had a few more flavors to choose from !
Or tucows or FileHippo......
I have something to say about this. I started using AVIRA some years ago. It’s not well marketed in the States, but it’s free, and it’s kept me clean and clear. (It’s popular in Israel and Europe.)
Another vote for AVAST - started using it when my PC got a virus that got by Microsoft Security Essentials.
Unfortunately, free gifts of toolbars, browser extensions, changes to your system and bloatware are the ‘new black’, and have been adopted by many software companies that have free versions of their products, as I have found last week, having to spend hours restoring my system after one careless download. Now IOBit Malware Fighter reminds me with every reboot that there is a new version and directs me to CNET (or download.com which is the same thing), and there is no way to download it pure. Oh yes, the ‘new version’ every week is another trick to tempt you to upgrade to a paid version, and to shower those free gifts on ya.
What do you have against paying people for their hard work?
Spy-bot for home users. They had been free for a decade and last year decided their work was commercially viable. I used their free version for years and donated $25 each year.
They now have an enterprise grade product with several nifty tools and I think the commercial version is $20 Per computer.
Get the free version for now, if you don’t have the money.
You will need to set certain featured such as when to scan, when to update, sites you want blocked, etc.
Same is true for all AV progs.
F-prot for home users. This product is used by most of the Fortune 500 and many ISP’s. I believe they have a free version. The paid version is $50 and covers up to 5 PC’s.
Malwarebytes for home users. You will need this if you ever get a virus.
CCleaner. We’ll discuss at appropriate time.
Drop all these onto a thumb drive. If an virus, scareware or other rogue orogram leeches onto your PC, you will want access to the programs outside your hard drive.