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(Vanity) BEST free antivirus/security program?
me | 09/03/13 | me

Posted on 09/03/2013 1:08:21 PM PDT by Doogle

Need to download a FREE program...need recommendations..


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: antivirus; computersecurity; help
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1 posted on 09/03/2013 1:08:21 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Doogle

Look for one with the lowest memory footprint, as they call it. I’ve tried several, and Avast fits my bill.


2 posted on 09/03/2013 1:09:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Doogle

AVG is pretty good. Ive heard good things about Avast as well.


3 posted on 09/03/2013 1:10:14 PM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Revolting cat!

I use Avast, not as intrusive as Norton and others.


4 posted on 09/03/2013 1:10:44 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: Revolting cat!

I use Avast, not as intrusive as Norton and others.


5 posted on 09/03/2013 1:10:45 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: Revolting cat!

I’ve put free Avast on five computers, no complaints here.


6 posted on 09/03/2013 1:11:23 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Doogle

AVG seems to work well for me.


7 posted on 09/03/2013 1:11:47 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (If govmt is stockpiling guns, ammo, food, & meds, don't you think it's a good idea to do the same?)
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To: Doogle

Been using Avast forever(10 years I think ), or go Linux


8 posted on 09/03/2013 1:12:57 PM PDT by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: OB1kNOb

I like AVG.


9 posted on 09/03/2013 1:13:23 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: Doogle

I’ve been happy with Malewarebytes.


10 posted on 09/03/2013 1:13:48 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Doogle

doooh you have a virus? should have used PC Matic!


11 posted on 09/03/2013 1:13:51 PM PDT by RBStealth
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To: Doogle

AVG coupled with Glary Utilities and CCleaner............


12 posted on 09/03/2013 1:16:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. .....Voltaire)
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To: Doogle
I'll throw in another vote for AVG. That's what I use. I've been using it for a while on several computers, so inertia is keeping me from changing -- there would have to be a substantial advantage, and I don't see one.
13 posted on 09/03/2013 1:16:39 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: RBStealth

nope...no virus...just getting ready


14 posted on 09/03/2013 1:17:12 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle
Avast! Hands down.

You're better off simply purchasing it. Also download Malwarebytes too.

15 posted on 09/03/2013 1:17:48 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Doogle

Microsoft Security Essentials


16 posted on 09/03/2013 1:17:58 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Doogle

I hear McAfee is a real killer.


17 posted on 09/03/2013 1:18:18 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: DoodleDawg

What do you use with Malwarebytes? Malwarebytes alone isn’t good enough, it’s good for supporting other antivirus software.


18 posted on 09/03/2013 1:18:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: mmichaels1970
Microsoft Security Essentials

Yeah, if you're using Windows Me. ROFL!

19 posted on 09/03/2013 1:19:26 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Doogle

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.


20 posted on 09/03/2013 1:19:58 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Doogle

Malwarebytes / MS Security Essentials / Ghostery / AdBlock+ / CCleaner / Sandboxie


21 posted on 09/03/2013 1:20:15 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I’ve been using it alone. What do you suggest combining it with?


22 posted on 09/03/2013 1:20:56 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Doogle

"..so far it's AVAST"

23 posted on 09/03/2013 1:21:05 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: justlurking

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.

TC


24 posted on 09/03/2013 1:21:07 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Doogle

Download.com has lots of free software and also has editor notes and user comments.


25 posted on 09/03/2013 1:21:40 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Doogle

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.


26 posted on 09/03/2013 1:22:19 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Doogle

Avast!

Arr!


27 posted on 09/03/2013 1:23:15 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of the Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: Doogle

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.


28 posted on 09/03/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Doogle
BEST free antivirus/security program?

Don't shag anyone you find in the County Hospital parking lot.

And don't click on blogs. It's the same damned thing.

29 posted on 09/03/2013 1:25:45 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Doogle

AVG here...used it for years, and not a single problem.

(Have I told you I love your pics)? ;)


30 posted on 09/03/2013 1:25:55 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: tomkat

Man, if you need all that stuff, you might as well install Linux and be done with it....


31 posted on 09/03/2013 1:26:53 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: CatherineofAragon

*SMILES*...YES


32 posted on 09/03/2013 1:28:23 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: mmichaels1970

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


33 posted on 09/03/2013 1:28:27 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it? Do you like it, Scott? I call it, "Mr. & Mrs. Tenorman Chili.")
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To: Doogle

linux?

:p


34 posted on 09/03/2013 1:28:59 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Doogle

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.


35 posted on 09/03/2013 1:29:18 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Doogle

If you were going to sneak in and take a picture of Krazy Kat, you could have just taken her with you. LOL


36 posted on 09/03/2013 1:29:31 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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“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 :-).


37 posted on 09/03/2013 1:31:01 PM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Doogle
AS an avid online gamer who needs an AV that doesn't try to stick its nose into what I'm doing every 10 minutes or so...

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.

38 posted on 09/03/2013 1:35:07 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Doogle

Antivirus?

How totally last century.

Use a Google Chromebook like I do and NEVER get a virus.

/snark


39 posted on 09/03/2013 1:37:44 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Doogle

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.


40 posted on 09/03/2013 1:38:03 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Revolting cat!
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.

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.

41 posted on 09/03/2013 1:39:23 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Vanders9

I second AVG. It’s saved my skin several times.


42 posted on 09/03/2013 1:39:38 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: proxy_user
From what I've read in the past couple days re MS's plans for 9 and beyond, Linux is definitely on the horizon (assuming I live that long)    d:^)

Just wish they had a few more flavors to choose from !              

43 posted on 09/03/2013 1:40:06 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: mountainlion

Or tucows or FileHippo......


44 posted on 09/03/2013 1:42:31 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Doogle

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.)


45 posted on 09/03/2013 1:43:40 PM PDT by golux
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To: Doogle

Another vote for AVAST - started using it when my PC got a virus that got by Microsoft Security Essentials.


46 posted on 09/03/2013 1:45:56 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (De IRS be my massa, sho' nuff.... / Repeal the Sixteenth!)
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To: mmichaels1970
Yes on windows security Essentials is far less intrusive than AVG.
It also seems to have a relatively small footprint.
I used AVG for nearly 11 years and I got sick of it always trying to sell me something. It just got annoying.
Malwarebytes is for the really bad stuff, but none has gotten through since I switched to Security Essentials.
Fingers crossed though.

47 posted on 09/03/2013 1:47:35 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
What are you running?
I am running 7 and it is coexisting very nicely.
48 posted on 09/03/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS... We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: jeffc

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.


49 posted on 09/03/2013 1:52:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Doogle

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.


50 posted on 09/03/2013 1:54:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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