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October 5, 2011 6:04:48 PM

I already have the full version of Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security installed on my laptop, but I've heard that, although it has other good features, its anti-virus is pretty pants. What's a good anti virus which doesn't take up much space?

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October 5, 2011 6:38:17 PM

+1 Nice Article.
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October 5, 2011 6:52:15 PM

+1 exactly the same rating I would give to them right now.

I always install Avast on any clients computer that doesn't have any.

Some people would not recommend it, but from my experiences It is the best free one
October 5, 2011 7:36:46 PM

dextermat said:
+1 exactly the same rating I would give to them right now.

I always install Avast on any clients computer that doesn't have any.

Some people would not recommend it, but from my experiences It is the best free one


I second this motion...
October 5, 2011 7:45:15 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is what I use.
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October 5, 2011 7:57:30 PM

I use GDATA Internet security.It's not free,but works well with low resources.It's a dual antivirus engine,Avast and Bitdefender!
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October 5, 2011 8:35:34 PM

i perfer comodo, i grant it's not for everyone

it is a bit like linux it has a steep learning curve but it can stop nearly everything when you get used to it

when things slip through its antivirus, the firewall part of the software stops it modifying system components and ask you for permision when it tries to directly access things like the keyboard (so it will stop things like key loggers)
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October 6, 2011 5:16:17 PM

i personally use avira + comodo + malware bytes
October 6, 2011 5:16:38 PM


This is an out dated article. Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 along with Superantispyware and Malwarebytes is a great combo. AVAST and others will bog your system resources down. I see more infected computers using Avast and Avira. McAfee and Norton are also awful.
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October 6, 2011 5:39:30 PM

I am using Microsoft Security Essentials on all my 3 systems.
October 6, 2011 5:54:19 PM

l7ete said:
Microsoft Security Essentials is what I use.


Ditto. I use the full versions of Norton and Kaperski on my main machines where I get email - but on all of the others, it is Microsoft Security Essentials. It may not be the best, but it is the least annoying and it seems to work fine.
October 21, 2011 12:47:41 AM

Trend Micro is rated one of the best, but there are a lot of free ones that do very adequate jobs, including Avast, Avira Antivir Personal and AVG. Immunet is also a free, cloud-based AV, and is the smallest of them all. I have used it but feel more comfortable with some of the larger ones.

I currently use G Data Internet Security 2012 on my laptop, after participating in many free beta trials of other prerelease candidates. It is more expensive than some, but has Avast and Bitdefender preconfigured by the company and so I believe it offers more protection than some. G Data was the first company to market an antivirus over 20 years ago. They also offer a free cloud-based webbrowser plugin, which they say will not interfere with other AV software installed:

http://www.free-cloudsecurity.com/

On my HP desktop I use the free Kingsoft AV, which is also cloud-based. It does an adequate job, if you can get a registry key emailed back from the company. Otherwise it cannot be updated. I have been unlucky to get any response from the company or to even log onto their company's forum to ask any questions. Perhaps some others would be luckier.



October 21, 2011 3:23:51 AM

I recommend Avast Free Edition

Out of all the free anti-virus software programs that I've used, Avast by far has the most features, runs the smoothest (is not bloated), and updates it's definitions multiple times per day. One feature that I really like (and has actually saved me a few times) is that it monitors your internet browsing live and will automatically block a website if it detects a threat and keep you safe.

To me, you're getting all the great features of a pricey Anti-Virus software for free with Avast.

Hope this helps!
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October 21, 2011 7:00:37 AM

Inferno1217 said:
This is an out dated article. Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 along with Superantispyware and Malwarebytes is a great combo. AVAST and others will bog your system resources down. I see more infected computers using Avast and Avira. McAfee and Norton are also awful.

^+1 exact combo i use on all my systems.
October 21, 2011 2:55:26 PM


You can also search for free trials of some really good AV and internet security programs. Norton Internet Security is good, and they may still be offering a free 120 day trial of their beta program:

http://www.avinashtech.com/anti-virus/review-norton-int...

You can also sign up here to be a beta tester for the Norton 360 Version 6.0:

http://us.norton.com/beta/register.jsp?pvid=n3606beta

This following are links to a couple of great sites for giveaways. Softwaregifts requires you to post a comment to be included in their monthly random drawings:

http://www.softwaregifts.nl/g-data-totalcare-2012-5-lic...

http://malwaretips.com/Forum-Giveaways-Promos-and-Disco...

Two other AVs you might want to check out are Bullguard and Vipre...both very good. Vipre is inexpensive compared to some others. These are descriptions/reviews of both:

http://www.vipreantivirus.com/software/vipre-antivirus/

http://www.thetechherald.com/article.php/201023/5722/Re...

http://www.bullguard.com/products/bullguard-internet-se...

You can get a free 60-day trial of the latest Bullguard Internet Security, which uses Bitdefender as its AV engine, combined with the Outpost firewall. It also has a number of other nice features included, such as Parental Control and PC Tuneup.
October 21, 2011 4:02:57 PM

+1 for MS Security Essentials...

MS has really done a great job with this.
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