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July 26, 2011 7:43:10 AM

ok i just installed avast free. i noticed it dorsnt have a firewall and adware protection and the like. i have no problem paying $40 for two years coverage, but is it worth it or is there other freeware that works as good or better? if so let me know but like i said if the avast complete package is worth the $40 for 2 years i have no problem paying, just dont wana if its not nessesary

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July 26, 2011 11:14:36 AM

Avast would be the last security software I would pay for. Get NIS 2011.
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July 26, 2011 1:46:20 PM

Plus 1 ^ :D 
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July 26, 2011 2:31:33 PM

I have no problems with Avast free edition. I've been using it for years and have had no problems. Also, windows has a built in firewall and your router most likely does too. They may not be as robust as others, but they work.
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July 26, 2011 3:10:39 PM

^+1
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July 26, 2011 3:19:21 PM

Use Avast free if you don't want to pay for an anti-virus. Otherwise if you are wanting to shell out the money, don't spend it on the protection. There are far better anti-virus' out there to spend money on.
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July 26, 2011 4:01:36 PM

Free

Antivirus and Antispyware


* Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx

* Avast Free Antivirus
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

* AVG Anti-Virus Free
http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free

* Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

* Superantispyware Free Edition
http://www.superantispyware.com/index.html

* Panda Cloud Antivirus
http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/

* Avira AntiVir Personal
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

* Outpost Internet Security Suite
http://free.agnitum.com/

* Comodo Internet Security
http://www.comodo.com/home/interne [...] curity.php

* Spyware Blaster
http://www.filehippo.com/download_spywareblaster/

* Spybot Search & Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

* PC Tools Antivirus FREE 2011
http://www.pctools.com/free-antivirus/
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July 26, 2011 4:22:45 PM

A few people I know run MS Security Essentials and they like it.
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July 26, 2011 5:11:39 PM

ubercake said:
A few people I know run MS Security Essentials and they like it.


I was having a good run with it until 3 of our machines at work got infected. Even after udating signatures and running a full scan it came up with nothing. Luckily malwarebytes is a little better at finding some stuff.

I'm not suggesting that you don't try it, just be aware that most times it seems like you need more than one tool to be safe.
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July 26, 2011 6:03:25 PM

Good to know that about MS SE.

I know what you're saying about Malwarebytes too. It's almost like they have some sort of side deal with hackers. Why is it their tool only detects some things?

What's funny is we run Kaspersky at work and before that McAffee. They wouldn't find malware for anything, then we'd run malwarebytes on an infected PC and malwarebytes would find it. Once malwarebytes ID'd the malware, the little message pop-up would come up for McAffee. It's like they're saying "Yeah! What he said!" Same thing with Kaspersky.
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July 26, 2011 10:31:41 PM

I have used AVAST 6.0 Free, and Zone Alarm Free for some time now & they provide sufficient protection. With respect to Windows Firewall, I believe when you install AVAST, it turns Win FW off.
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July 27, 2011 12:03:30 AM

ksiemb said:
I have used AVAST 6.0 Free, and Zone Alarm Free for some time now & they provide sufficient protection. With respect to Windows Firewall, I believe when you install AVAST, it turns Win FW off.


Avast left my win 7 firewall running. I did however go into windows defender and turn off real time scanning so that it wouldn't conflict. I instead just have defender scanning every night at 2:00am.
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July 27, 2011 9:26:46 AM

Avast leaves my Win 7 firewall running as well, but it does seem to turn off Defender as it takes over this function.
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July 31, 2011 1:40:18 AM

ok i guess i forgot to mention this is for a gaming pc. i want avast because of how little ram it uses. so should i get the paid version or should i get zonealarm for my firewall or is the one with windows good enough.
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July 31, 2011 9:11:11 AM

The Windows 7 firewall is fine. You shouldn't need anything else.
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July 31, 2011 2:04:19 PM

^+1 Agreed. Windows firewall is fine.
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July 31, 2011 7:01:33 PM

ok so theres nothing else i need then?
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August 1, 2011 9:33:32 AM

You have Avast? Then, unless something changes in the unforeseeable future, you're all set for now.

I've been running Avast for the past 5 years. I've had one issue because someone in the house opens every single thing her friends send her. Avast caught it and removed it. I've been to sites that host Google ads that occasional host malware. It always gets blocked by Avast.

I have 6 PCs in my house running Avast.

I haven't had to clean install Windows since I began using it.
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August 1, 2011 9:08:23 PM

ok thank you guys
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August 2, 2011 8:54:51 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
You should be good. Once a month or so you may want to give a full scan with malwarebytes too.

http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

I agree. This is a good idea too. Because of what I mentioned above, not that I've really needed the additional tool to this point - I've installed the pay version of malwarebytes on my highest traffic PC with multiple users; one of which uses terrible discretion when friends send them something. I do it because of what I've seen with the PCs at my job as mentioned above just to provide an added layer of checking. So far it hasn't caused any problems running along with Avast.
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August 9, 2011 2:24:44 AM

Best answer selected by Tjosborne.
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August 9, 2011 11:36:42 AM

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