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shermaine
post Apr 30 2010, 11:53 AM
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may i know which is recommended for good free scan?
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Alan_G
post Apr 30 2010, 01:14 PM
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Hi
on't know about recommended, but the free one that generally scores very highly in independant tests is AVG available from here
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Brunn
post Apr 30 2010, 07:14 PM
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This good too: http://www.avast.com/index
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Steve Schapel
post Apr 30 2010, 08:40 PM
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Avira http://www.free-av.com/ is awesome.
o is Microsoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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HiTechCoach
post May 1 2010, 10:36 PM
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See:
Best Performing Free Antivirus
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Steve Schapel
post May 1 2010, 11:17 PM
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Thanks a lot for that information, Boyd. And very interesting. I really like Security Essentials, not only performance but also friendly UI, but I was not aware of its good ranking in tests.
For the record, I would never touch AVG, and my experience with Avast is that it is very slow, clunky, and invasive.
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likajoho
post May 11 2010, 09:57 AM
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I have AVG but it did not protect me from an infection that stole resources, wouldn't allow me to add/remove programs, every few seconds flashed pop-ups regarding a security breach alternately with a pop-up taking me to a site to download anti-virus software, and that I could never identify to uninstall when accessing my computer through an alternate profile.
So, I'm on the lookout for a new program, but am curious why you "wouldn't touch AVG".
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DougY
post May 17 2010, 12:59 PM
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Sher,
You are asking for free scans? do you mean free AV programs (plenty of good ones listed by other members already in this thread) or free on-demand scanners?
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likajoho
post May 18 2010, 08:16 AM
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Actually, I have paid-for versions on my business machines. Anyway, trying to decide for sure about changing right now or waiting until my sub expires. And trying to decide which one to buy, so was curious what the other poster meant by "wouldn't touch AVG". I've found quite a bit about the free versions, but I may not qualify for some of them since I have two machines and may be getting to new ones soon--so a total of 4 needing protection and at least two used for business.
o would be interested on comments about any of the pay-for version as well.
Also needing a new one for my mom's computer so interested in one that is particularly user-friendly--free or not.
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HiTechCoach
post May 18 2010, 09:18 AM
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I would recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials for home and business. It is very user friendly. It can be used free of charge on any PC with a valid Windows license.
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Alan_G
post May 18 2010, 09:19 AM
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I can only speak as I find, and I use Kaspersky exclusively. I have different flavours of it installed on about 30 PC's with different specs/OS's and personally I rate it extremely highly.
Been using it now since pretty much v1 (so about 14 years) in all it's incartations, and whilst like most software it has it's little quirks I wouldn't want to change to anything else.
Horses for courses though as with everything, and that's just my opinion <
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DanielPineault
post Jan 5 2012, 09:30 PM
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AVG
Avast
Kaspersky
aspersky - has been known to not play so nice with other program but is good
AVG - I had several clients that have gotten infections with it running
Avast - typically what I recommend to my clients. I has successfully used it to cleanup computers that were infected with AVG installed.
If you google the subject you'll find lot of other programs and differing opinions. You'll have to try one and see how it work for you.
Another good idea is to install a host file on your computers and install a proper firewall (do not rely on the one built-in to Windows).
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dflak
post Oct 5 2013, 06:43 AM
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I was a big fan of Microsoft Security Essentials until I saw this article.
quot;Microsoft Now Recommends You Use a Third-Party Antivirus" http://www.howtogeek.com/173291/goodbye-mi...arty-antivirus/
Since I am one of the geeky types mentioned in the article, I will probably continue to use it at least in the short term.
We have 7 computers at home (for two people. Don't ask). Four of them are at least in weekly use. All use MSE. The only thing that my wife and I have seen in the past couple of years was something that was redirecting our browsers on two of the computers. We both got it on the same day and a SAFE Mode scan with Malwarebytes seemed to get rid of it. The regular mode scan probably would have worked, but once I see something I download the latest definitions then reboot in safe mode w/o networking.
A litter of PUPs on one day in several years isn't too bad, but still has me concerned. Otherwise MSE seems to be working.
The other thing that concerns me is why we both got the same infection on the same day on two different machines. Our browsing habits are different.
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TerryHiggins
post Mar 23 2020, 08:37 AM
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The best FREE antivirus is windows defender. It's going to be there anyhow, so you might as well get the most out of the resources that it will use regardless of whether you install another antivirus or not without extensive procedures to nullify it. Plus, it does just as good of a job as any other free antivirus.

Moreover, even if you see one of the <removed link>, you notice that eventually avast got the lead but when they talk about only free option then Windows defender is the winner.

Edit: Removed the link. See my post at the end of the thread. Doug
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cheekybuddha
post Mar 23 2020, 09:02 AM
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@TerryHiggins,

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I guess when the previous responses were written Windows Defender barely existed. IIRC it's the evolution of MSE which @dflak mentions.

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brittanymarshel
post Apr 5 2020, 08:58 AM
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As usual, the most common (and best) answer is... common sense. If you're looking for something free, then Windows Defender is your best bet. If you're willing to pay, then the best choices are Total Av or PC protect. I've used TotalAV and it's great but since switching to mac I don't need it anymore.

For more specific information you can view the results of independent antivirus reviews here <removed link> and then choose what suits your need and stay safe wink.gif

Edit: Removed the link. See my post at the end of the thread. Doug
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DanielPineault
post Apr 5 2020, 10:21 AM
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Why exactly are we rehashing a 7+ year old post instead of creating a new thread?

What's wrong with Windows Defender?

Also, having supported numerous clients, more importantly, cleaned up up various malware and virus infected PCs, both AVG and Avast failed miserably to protect my clients! AVG and Avast have been the PCs I have most cleaned up after.

Also, recent revelations regarding numerous Free antivirus that they track all your internet usage (for instance https://www.cnet.com/news/antivirus-firm-av...-browsing-data/ or https://www.howtogeek.com/540658/is-your-an...-spying-on-you/ ) ... should be a major privacy concern.

Nothing in life is Free, so ask yourself how you are paying them exactly, if not in money, you are providing some other currency!!!

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FrankRuperto
post Apr 5 2020, 11:53 AM
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QUOTE (David)
I guess when the previous responses were written Windows Defender barely existed. IIRC it's the evolution of MSE which @dflak mentions.

It used to be called "Microsoft AntiSpyware" until 2006 when Gates changed its name to "Windows Defender", and I'm sure MS will rename it again to something like "Microsoft Defender", the same way they renamed Office 365 to Microsoft 365.

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Also, recent revelations regarding numerous Free antivirus that they track all your internet usage

So free Defender is also tracking internet usage. I'm sure other built-in Windows components track internet usage as well. If I switch to an Apple Mac, then Apple will be tracking my internet usage, so it boils down to who do I want tracking my stuff, Microsoft or Apple?... Solution: Don't connect production and development machines to internet, and use a separate PC just for the internet.
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DanielPineault
post Apr 5 2020, 03:39 PM
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The issue is that these Free Anti-Virus companies weren't just tracking you, they were reselling your information, profile, habits, ... to 3rd parties at great profit.

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Don't connect production and development machines to internet

Great idea, but Microsoft already has you beat on this. If your PC doesn't call home every (30 or 90 days can't remember which) it will cease to work! I have had that happen with Office.

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cheekybuddha
post Apr 5 2020, 03:45 PM
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I would ignore these posts (Post#14 and Post#16).

They look like site-drivers to me.

I didn't delete them because thy are not doing anything 'overtly' bad, but you never know what may happen if you click any of the links on their linked sites: blush.gif .

I haven't had a chance to set up a sandbox to test.

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