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January 11, 2009 9:11:20 PM

Is there any other decent free anti-virus program that works on Windows 7? I'm currently using the 14day version of norton 360 beta and was curious to see what everyone else was using. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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January 11, 2009 9:40:18 PM

I'm on a 91 day trial of Kaspersky. "Kaspersky Anti-Virus 8.0 Technical Preview for Windows 7".

Kinda annoyed it expires in 91 days tho. WTH? The Beta's going to go through August.
January 11, 2009 10:03:37 PM

I am using Avast Professional without any problems so far. It is a 60 day Trial.
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January 11, 2009 10:12:56 PM

Ive just installed Kaspersky and updated it. So far its working fine, Thanks for the help.
a b $ Windows 7
January 11, 2009 10:21:03 PM

AVG Free ver 8 seems to be happy with Win7.
January 11, 2009 11:52:40 PM

I am using Avast 4.8 Pro with the same key as my other 3 computers.
January 12, 2009 4:30:07 AM

AVG seems to work.
a b $ Windows 7
January 12, 2009 8:05:41 AM

+1 for avg, installed first day and have had zero problems.
January 12, 2009 8:56:44 PM

Jake_Barnes said:
You might want to check out some of these - many are free. Avast is top rated.

http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02
Thanks for the link, I was looking for something relatively current. The last test I had bookmarked was long in the tooth.
January 12, 2009 10:35:02 PM

AVG Free works fine :) 
January 12, 2009 11:52:46 PM

mitchellvii said:
AVG Free works fine :) 

For a second-tier AV solution, maybe ... personally, if i was using AVG, I'd use some of the better free on-line scanners as a second opinion.
a b $ Windows 7
January 13, 2009 6:04:27 PM

I'm running the Norton 360 v3.0 beta, and it is working great. I'm quite impressed - it is far better than the last time I tried Norton.
January 13, 2009 6:18:54 PM

cjl said:
I'm running the Norton 360 v3.0 beta, and it is working great. I'm quite impressed - it is far better than the last time I tried Norton.

Norton 360 V3.0 Beta Available for Download

For those who are interested in Symantec's security products.
January 15, 2009 10:40:22 PM

Tried using Trend Micro Internet Security 2009, pretty much locked the laptop up. Kept on warning about unknown processes that needed approval to run, much like it was for Nortons and PcCillin 5 or 6 years ago with XP.
Re-installed and am looking for something else. About the try AVG or the nortons 360 beta from the above link.
a b $ Windows 7
January 16, 2009 12:29:03 AM

mags said:
Tried using Trend Micro Internet Security 2009, pretty much locked the laptop up. Kept on warning about unknown processes that needed approval to run, much like it was for Nortons and PcCillin 5 or 6 years ago with XP.
Re-installed and am looking for something else. About the try AVG or the nortons 360 beta from the above link.


Try Norton - it's a massive improvement over the last time I tried a Symantec product (quite a while back), and also better than the Kaspersky beta, which slowed my computer down quite a bit.
January 20, 2009 10:49:59 PM

Nod32 suite v3 has problems, the firewall goes nuts on interactive. Using Kaspersky
January 21, 2009 1:51:23 AM

I'd knaw my arm off before I installed a Symantec product again.

You may call me crazy, but I haven't used a firewall / av in a good long while. I've been running WinServ '08 fully patched since its release, and I have had 0 problems to date. I scan every few months, needlessly.

I wouldn't advise it for the average user, but knowing your system and how to browse goes a long way. I'm posting this from a Win7 laptop running Windows Firewall. We'll see how far it goes. :pt1cable: 
a b $ Windows 7
January 21, 2009 3:53:05 AM

ibm650 said:
Nod32 suite v3 has problems, the firewall goes nuts on interactive. Using Kaspersky


What problem were you having exactly? It's working great for me, while Kaspersky slowed my disk activity down to a crawl. I know it was Kaspersky too - I uninstalled it in the middle of a huge disk operation, and it sped up about 2.5-3x the instant Kaspersky shut down.
February 3, 2009 4:28:59 PM

AVG is not working all that great for me; every night when it does the scheduled full scan, I get a BSOD. It rebooted fine every time, but AVG never finished a full scan.

I had Kaspersky's technical preview before that, but it just got annoying - telling me I needed updates, then saying no updates were available (this happened several times a day). Kaspersky also gave me some performance hits, even on a 2.2GHz dual core and 4GB of DDR2.

Looks like I'll be trying out Avast. It works flawlessly on my other (non-Win7) machines.
February 13, 2009 11:57:33 PM

I installed AVG 8.0 and it killed my performance and caused a blue screen error. I performed a system restore and was back in business like nothing happened. The overall performance and desktop improvements in Win7 kicks ass, but AVG killed it... I would recommend one of the other AV programs, or wait until W7 is released officially and see what is on the market at the time. I am little disappointed that MS didn't include an AV in the OS, that would have been cool.
Cheers
February 14, 2009 8:10:08 AM

I had a few issues with a couple of programs not installing properly in windows 7 so I switched to Norton 360 Beta and everything was ok.

The beta lasts for a long time. It prompts you to update and it's automatic.
You can install later beta versions from here.

If like me you already had Norton 360 (for XP etc) I believe your serial will work fine as soon as the beta is fully released.

Latest Version of Norton 360 Beta 4 is here. when you download the beta they send you a serial number to your email.
February 14, 2009 10:38:49 PM

I installed Avast and it is working GREAT!
February 23, 2009 6:28:20 PM

cjl said:
What problem were you having exactly? It's working great for me, while Kaspersky slowed my disk activity down to a crawl. I know it was Kaspersky too - I uninstalled it in the middle of a huge disk operation, and it sped up about 2.5-3x the instant Kaspersky shut down.

ESET Firewall is the issue here, it does not work under 7 and caused lots of errors, it also does not show outgoing on interactive setting.
a b $ Windows 7
February 24, 2009 4:03:10 PM

+100 for Avast!
Installed, updated and scanned with no issues at all.
The auto update works perfect too!
March 29, 2009 4:17:16 AM

Avast, I have installed it on several PC's and Laptops and it has for me performed about 99.999% perfect. I am speaking of the Pro versions, never tried the freebie although as I recall it the freebie is only different in that it doesn't protect bit torrent activity. Easy enough to read up on the website. I have used Kaspersky, Semantic, Trend Micro and had some issues with all of them. FWIW
April 28, 2009 2:23:20 AM

COMODO ANTIVIRUS works 100% and best of all it's free.

I highly recomend giving it a try you will LOVE it!

I opted not to install the firewall during installation however. Not sure if that plays nice with Windows 7.
Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
April 28, 2009 9:03:49 PM

panda anti virus best ive tested so far
April 29, 2009 9:54:36 AM

Eset NOD32 v4 Smart security Works great
May 1, 2009 2:05:54 AM

AVG 8; norton seems too bloated too much loading at startup...
July 5, 2009 4:32:29 PM

I was using Norton 360 ver. 3.0 in my system with Vista prior to intalling a clean install of Win 7 Ultimate Release Candidate. Norton 360 would no longer run - Win 7 kept saying the drivers were incompatible with this version of Windows. Then searching the Norton website for support assistance (there is a joke in there somewhere), I ran into the Norton Internet Security 2010 beta. Downloaded that and gave it a try - but it worked no better than 360 3.0.

I believe my problem may lay in the fact that Norton products don't like to be truly and totally uninstalled. I got a chat helper online and we were working through it, but pc had to restart and the tech guys remote access froze, so I lost connect with him.... I gave up at that point.

Deleted Norton and now using AVG free edition... so far no problems. Anyone else having problems with Win 7 RC running Norton 360 3.0 or Norton 2010?
a b $ Windows 7
July 11, 2009 9:25:37 PM

AVG didn't work for me; it would periodically grab 100% of the CPU. My ISP (Embarq) provides a rebranded version of F-Secure Internet Security, so I switched to that. NO problems at all! It's unfortunately not free for most people, but if you use Embarq DSL service for your internet, I'd definitely recommend Embarq Online Security for use with Windows 7.
July 11, 2009 11:39:21 PM

For the free alternative, Avast is not that good.. AVG is better, but the best is Avira Antivir. Avast doesn't have a rootkit detector, which is one of the most used method to hijack a computer. And Antivir works on 7.

From previous experiences, when I was installing Avast, Because I was told that it was good.., on many peoples that needed an antivirus, I ended up getting infected computer, when they shouldn't. Switching to Antivir now give me peace of mind..
August 5, 2009 4:43:49 AM

i just uninstalled norton 360 (norton internet security). it would work fine for a bit then slow waaay down to the point where Windows 7 thought my display driver had failed and kept resetting my driver!

I like Norton, but i dont think its ready for 7 yet. When you install it you get a warning about a known compatability issue. maybe what i experienced is it.

anybody else have trouble?
August 20, 2009 10:12:53 PM

You may want to try Bullguard, 60 day trial, BitDefender engine based, not bad at all on Win7.
Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
September 20, 2009 2:30:30 PM

I've found these have been great scanners:

FREE: Avira Antivir (has been rated top av for 3 yrs, and proven on http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02 to be the best for win7).
PAYED: Bitdefender Internet or Total Security - Worked like a charm on vista and xp for me and 40 other of my customers. suprised tests only gave 88/100 on win7 :S I'm yet to see it fail on me so far on my win7 32bit, had it installed for 3 weeks now
September 20, 2009 2:54:44 PM

seboj said:
I'd knaw my arm off before I installed a Symantec product again.

You may call me crazy, but I haven't used a firewall / av in a good long while. I've been running WinServ '08 fully patched since its release, and I have had 0 problems to date. I scan every few months, needlessly.

I wouldn't advise it for the average user, but knowing your system and how to browse goes a long way. I'm posting this from a Win7 laptop running Windows Firewall. We'll see how far it goes. :pt1cable: 
Agreed!
a b $ Windows 7
September 20, 2009 3:19:39 PM

AVG is also working fine for me while I run the RC. However, once I get my upgrades in place, I'll be going back to Trend Micro... it worked very well for me so far on Vista.
October 1, 2009 11:46:21 PM

I buy Bitdefender 2010 and don't work fine.

I use JDownloader and Bitdefender hang all downloads.
a b $ Windows 7
October 5, 2009 5:14:35 PM

AVG/Avast. Frankly, theres no reason to ever use a paid solution to begin with.
October 7, 2009 1:30:56 PM

in windows 7 ultimate x64 i ran kaspersky 09==> not good :non: 
then i ran eset nod32 x64 version 4==>not good :non: 
then i ran kaspersky 2010 x64==>the worst :fou:  had to format after that cuz the whole system freaked out :cry: 
now i run kaspersky 6.0 for windows workstations and that the best :sol:  :bounce: 
thats it have a nice day :ange:  and a better night :love:  :love:  ==> :sleep: 
October 7, 2009 5:01:35 PM

crowheart27us said:
Is there any other decent free anti-virus program that works on Windows 7? I'm currently using the 14day version of norton 360 beta and was curious to see what everyone else was using. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


I am using AVG and it is working great... Never caught a virus in the 6 months I have been using it and win7. I know that Avast and the Microsoft security essentials will work as well.
October 24, 2009 6:34:15 AM

We do a lot of Virus/Spyware testing and lately, in the last two months, Avira has been the best Free utility.

December 20, 2009 5:04:43 AM

jsoutter said:
COMODO ANTIVIRUS works 100% and best of all it's free.

I highly recomend giving it a try you will LOVE it!

I opted not to install the firewall during installation however. Not sure if that plays nice with Windows 7.



+1 on COMODO... put it on 4 installations of Win7 already and its been fine so far. I could do without the Firewall, i'm pretty safe with my machines to begin with

Out of the 4 machines, I actually have one where I purposely use it to test out the antivirus, so i go to a bunch of unsafe sites, download a bunch of dangerous files (basically, click all the things that a novice user would do) and its been pretty protective so far

With a free AV, I would normally run monthly scans always... but can't beat the price
December 27, 2009 10:56:52 PM

The best match for windows 7 and free to boot is "MS Security Essentials" :bounce:  not hard on system resources like some others.
Cheers,
goblok

December 29, 2009 8:57:04 PM

MSE is a great choice, followed by Avast! 4.8. I say MSE because of it's quiet updating, doesn't slow you, and most importantly, effective. I ran Avast! for two years, and although it updated every day (sometimes twice), I just got tired of the audible updating and in XP Pro it was always finding a pagefile virus of some sort, but they were false alarms. I scanned it with MSE several times, but found nothing. So that made my decision for me, although Avast! is still quality protection. Either way, you can't go wrong, but be prepared for false alarms with Avast!.
Anonymous
a b $ Windows 7
February 12, 2010 6:05:02 AM

Sometimes you need to scan messages comming to your mail to check if it contains some viruses or malicious programs. Also in situations like while downloading content you need to scan the content before you download.

February 12, 2010 6:17:32 AM

Use Microsoft Security Essentials.
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