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February 22, 2010 2:23:45 PM

I want to install antivirus for Windows 7 64-bits free version
advice me please
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February 22, 2010 6:06:31 PM

I use Avast!.

There's also AVG Free.
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February 22, 2010 6:08:11 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials is another good one. Pretty lightweight, and doesn't spam you with messages alerting you to every single thing it's doing.
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February 22, 2010 6:32:01 PM

If u are a heavy internet user -downloads,torrent,e-Shop,banking, don't use a free antivirus. Get a good one for 30-40$ at year. Is not too much. Free antivirus have an average of 60%-70% successful protection, a good paid one give always 96%-98% protection, some do even a goodly 99,6%. I clean every week a good number of computers "protected" by free antiviruses, especially Avast and AVG. Is your choice..this is my advice. Edit: surf always with caution and don't download any crap.
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February 22, 2010 6:41:58 PM

I've used Norton 360 and Avira. The Norton subscription cost ~$60 per year. Avira is free. I'm not sure about the virus scanner, as I don't use Avira's for the most part. But Avira has better internet security protection than Norton 360.
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February 22, 2010 6:46:39 PM

User education is definitely a more effective method of protection than any Antivirus program will ever be, but you're fighting a very steep uphill battle with that one.

Now if the user is educated on what is ok and what isn't on the web, they don't need a paid AV client - a free one will do just fine. Based on the original post, we can't really tell where the OP's level of computer education is at. He/She is simply asking for recommendations for a free antivirus client for 64 bit Windows 7.
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February 23, 2010 9:30:07 AM

Download & Install the following 3 freewares. It forms a free complete security suite for your system!
1. Avira Anvivir - http://www.free-av.com/en/download/index.html .
Avira has very good internet security, real time updates, great overall protection.

2. Malwarebytes - http://www.malwarebytes.org/ .
Malwarebytes is one of the best malware scanners.

3. Ccleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download .
Ccleaner is a great all purpose tool. The most useful tool is probably the registry cleaner.

The Best Security combo for all types of systems.
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February 23, 2010 10:30:35 AM

AVG is what I've always recommended people.
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a b $ Windows 7
February 23, 2010 11:22:56 AM

I just dumped Kaspersky (which is great security-wise but really bogged down my PC) and I tried the following:

  • MSE - installs great, performs great and doesn't slow down my machine. However, configuration is limited, especially when it comes to scheduling custom scanning.
  • Avira - one of the top rated free scanners. The downside I had was the free version had no e-mail scanning. Otherwise, another fine choice. Again, light on resources.
  • Avast - another great choice that is light on PC resources. What sold me was even the free version didn't have nagging screens, it did email scanning, etc. In fact, after running this for awhile, I decided to just get the Internet Security Suite from them and I love it.

    Kaspersky, as great as it was security-wise (and sometimes, it was TOO good that it blocked legit sites and I could NEVER get it to allow them through no matter how much tinkering I did with rules, etc) just slowed down my system. Boot up and login times were increased by 15+ seconds. It also affect the launching of applications, like Firefox, by causing them to take 10+ seconds to launch.

    Once I removed Kaspersky and installed Avast, my system responded SO much better.
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    April 2, 2010 12:43:58 PM

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    I want to install antivirus for Windows 7 64-bits free version
    advice me please


    How many of you did actually READ the question??? 64 bit!!!

    Although, 64 bit itself is not very vulnerable. Rootkits present most of the problems.

    Avira currently doesn't support 64 bit OS. Reference: http://www.avira.com/en/support/avira_antivir_proactiv_...

    And not many AV developers do that. 64 architecture is very different and requires different coding.

    Hence, MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) could be good answer for a free version.
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    April 2, 2010 1:47:31 PM

    If you would've read that, that's for the AntiVir ProActiv.
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    April 2, 2010 1:59:20 PM

    aford10 said:
    If you would've read that, that's for the AntiVir ProActiv.


    "Sigh"

    Quote from PDF of AVIRA:

    "Reference: Configuration options
    Important
    The option does not include any shortcuts, but refers exclusively to symbolic links
    (generated by mklink.exe) or Junction Points (generated by junction.exe) which are
    transparent in the file system.
    Search for Rootkits before scan
    If this option is enabled and a scan is started, the scanner scans the Windows system
    directory for active rootkits in a so-called shortcut. This process does not scan your
    computer for active rootkits as comprehensively as the scan profile Scan for rootkits,
    but it is significantly quicker to perform.
    Important
    The rootkit scan is not available for Windows XP 64 bit !
    "

    http://www.avira.com/images/content/documents/products/...

    And I mainly stated that 64 bit is slightly vulnerable to rootkits, didn't I?
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    a b $ Windows 7
    April 2, 2010 2:45:32 PM

    That may effect the 9 people that use XP 64 bit.

    No, you didn't. But you did go back and edit your post to make it look that way. :pfff: 
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    April 2, 2010 7:25:11 PM

    Free? The free versions won't help you much if a real threat comes along. They're lightweight. But you do have an x64 OS, so security isn't such an issue as with an x86 one. If you really want free (and legally so of course), I would say Microsoft Security Essentials + keeping Windows Defender on real-time alert for spyware. If you wanna pay, I like AVG or Panda (yeah it was a joke but now it's great); they're both very vigilant and light on the system (unlike Norton, McAffee etc.).
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    a c 215 $ Windows 7
    April 3, 2010 12:56:37 AM

    ptolomy_was_right said:
    If you wanna pay, I like AVG or Panda (yeah it was a joke but now it's great); they're both very vigilant and light on the system (unlike Norton, McAffee etc.).


    I feel the need to dispel to rumor that Norton products are still resource hungry. They are not. After having beta tested, and then using the final versions of both the 2009 and 2010 consumer oriented Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security, these 2 programs are no where near what they used to be like on system resources. Symantec really cleaned up their act after their 2008 products shipped. There was a lot of criticism over the resource usage (actually there had been a lot of criticism ever since their 2005 products appeared) and they finally decided to do something about it.

    And do something they did. 2009 was like night and day compared to how resource hungry 2008 and previous was. Not perfect by any means, but a huge step in the right direction. And when 2010 appeared, it was just as good. The folks at Symantec have really gotten it through their heads that a program that bogs down the system only makes their customers want to look elsewhere. So next time you want to make a comment like that, please make sure you know what you are talking about first.
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    April 3, 2010 10:58:08 AM

    Fair enough. You're right, I never went back to Norton after 2008, since it had been so ridiculously demanding. Still, it's expensive and there're plenty as good for less. well corrected though :) 
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    a c 215 $ Windows 7
    April 3, 2010 6:17:05 PM

    +1. MSE is another good one. I put either it, or the free version of Avast on any computers I work on outside of my job...
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    April 4, 2010 1:36:49 PM

    Last time I looked at the free version of Avast, it didn't seem to want to scan inside archives - is that still the case?
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