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Best Free Antivirus?

Hi all,

I did some reading on PC MAG - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp - about the best antivirus programs. I'm looking for something FREE...although I might cough cough borrow a not-free version somehow cough cough...although is this not advised? I imagine I wouldn't be able to get auto-updates.

ANYWAYS, I was debating between avast, avg, and ad-aware. I'd be using avast, which I recall was great for blocking malicious websites. But, then I got tired of all the popups and requests for me to upgrade to their paid version. In addition, I read more on PC MAG and supposedly AVG (and also ad-aware though to a lesser extent) have much better "malware blocking". That's really what I care about. My comp is new and super clean. I just want to prevent viruses and spywhere from internet browsing and internet downloading.

Any input?

Thanks.
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  1. well, there is a series of independent tests, the result of real world test here>
    http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

    also, more tests here>
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/dynamic-tests/
  2. Avast is (as far as i'm concerned) the best free antivirus. you can disable the pop ups and audio notifications. (lots off how too's around if you google it)

    AVG is starting to pee me off personally (to the point i now hate there software). it's turning into scare-ware/add-ware. trying to get you to buy it's other products saying you have problems when you don't!

    Ad-aware i have no experience with personally so can't say good or bad about it.
  3. There are a number of best free antiviruses. One of them, actually, my favourite is Avast! Free Antivirus. The latest version is Avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1489 which is free of charge for non-commercial and home use. It has features like Anti-spyware built-in, web shield, automatic updates and many more.
  4. Best answer
  5. COLGeek said:


    Thanks for the link.

    TOm's Hardware's review seems to contradict PC Mags

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

    Not sure who to go with
  6. http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

    Bitdefender FREE is the new #1
  7. AVG used to be the best but it now just a bunch of annoying adds with a Anti-V attached to it. Avast seems to be the flavor of the month right now. Even TH crowned them king of the free Anti-V.

    Personally I use Eset Nod 32, it is not very expensive and is very resource friendly and Eset does a great job keeping it updated to protect you from the latest threats.
  8. If your not sure try all the ones you can't choose between they are free after all. Just don't try them at the same time you'll slow your computer to a crawl.
  9. Thanks everyone. I think I'm gonna go with AVAST.
  10. boomstick1 said:
    Thanks everyone. I think I'm gonna go with AVAST.


    Good choice! Have fun!!
  11. WAIT WAIT

    Everyone here is talking about the FREE version righT????

    That includes this study, right? -- http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

    I'd def be using the fREE version.
  12. Avira is a good A\V
  13. boomstick1 said:
    Hi all,

    I did some reading on PC MAG - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp - about the best antivirus programs. I'm looking for something FREE...although I might cough cough borrow a not-free version somehow cough cough...although is this not advised? I imagine I wouldn't be able to get auto-updates.

    ANYWAYS, I was debating between avast, avg, and ad-aware. I'd be using avast, which I recall was great for blocking malicious websites. But, then I got tired of all the popups and requests for me to upgrade to their paid version. In addition, I read more on PC MAG and supposedly AVG (and also ad-aware though to a lesser extent) have much better "malware blocking". That's really what I care about. My comp is new and super clean. I just want to prevent viruses and spywhere from internet browsing and internet downloading.

    Any input?

    Thanks.
  14. You have a brand new super clean laptop you say? Then don't be a cheapskate and purchase something to protect your investment. I'm not trying to be rude, but you spent the money on a on a new PC, so why take a chance on it getting all fudged up with crappy antivirus software. Purchase something like Kaspersky and get the 3 PC protection version for about $60 and split the cost with a friend or friends. I just don't see the point on dumping money into a machine that you obviously care about and not spending a few bucks to protect it.
  15. Some of the Anti V you can even try for free 1st like ESET Nod32.
    http://www.eset.com/us/download/home/detail/family/2/?trl=ea

    But if you really want a free one go with Avast.
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