Good but FREE Anti-Virus

Danesy

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I'm not sure if there is one out there. I had Kaspersky since I got my new laptop because it came for free for 6 months. When it expired I paid to renew it because I could afford to at the time and I got a discount from Best Buy. Then when that expired I manged to get a "key" from somewhere to keep it and it was fine until last week when I got the message that my key has been blocked. I can't go without Anti-Virus so I remembered that my ex told me to DL AVG. I did and it seems OK, but I just wanted to reach out to the guys on here to see if there are any better suggestions.

I REALLY loved Kaspersky, but can't find a way to keep that for ahem... free ... ahem ... so I guess I'm going to have to let it go. :(

Thanks for any actual suggestions.
 

fletcher

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AVG was pretty good from what I remember of my PC days, couple that with something like Spybot search and destroy and you should have the basics down. If you happen to "acquire" things from other means you might need stronger anti virus protection. Im a Mac, and Im lazy as fuck.
 

metallikat87

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if you have a frys nearby kaspersky is free right now, just picked mine up, not sure if you can do it online
well, mostly free, its on sale for 60 and they give you rebates for 60. so you end up just paying tax. you have to show proof that youve had a previous version of kaspersky to get one of the rebates but all they ask for is a photocopy of last years disk which i could email to you if youre interested
i think the rebates end soon though
 

whiskeyguy

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I use microsoft security essentials. Free and low impact. Not sure how good it is, but I've never had a problem.
 

Yesterdays Hero

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I have no anti-virus. Haven't since I got my first PC in 2000. I don't understand how people get Virus' on their hardware.
 
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I have no anti-virus. Haven't since I got my first PC in 2000. I don't understand how people get Virus' on their hardware.
(Uncle Paul voice) Dey always tryin da slip dem viruses on my computah. I gets an email bout buyin a 6 year old, I THOUGHT IT WAS WINE! Dem cops is always fibbin on me....
 
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(Uncle Paul voice) Dey always tryin da slip dem viruses on my computah. I gets an email bout buyin a 6 year old, I THOUGHT IT WAS WINE! Dem cops is always fibbin on me....
Oh, uncle Paul...
I have no anti-virus. Haven't since I got my first PC in 2000. I don't understand how people get Virus' on their hardware.
Same here. I've had three computers since 1998. Total combined time of ownership for all three has to be roughly 25 years. Only once did I ever get a virus. A 25-minute OS re-install solved everything.

Every AV program I've tried leaks memory or sends the computer thrashing. Would never try another one. Keep Windows up-to-date or go the gay route and buy an Apple Macintosh or whatever they call them these days..
 

Danesy

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Thanks everyone for your help. I'm going to stick with the AVG for now. I'm just worried since I DL a lot of stuff I dunno what could happen. I also got that Spybot just in case, although since I have AdAware it has said that it might conflict with it. So I might uninstall AdAware and just use the Spybot.
 

transit grinder

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Avira AntiVir has never let me down. Of course I've had it forever, so there's probably some new hotshot program out on the market getting all the ladies.
 

ruckstande

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Avast. AVG always sucked up a lot of memory and I found is a pain to temporarily disable when needed.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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I use Microsoft Security essentials as well. I've never had a problem with it.
Free, frequent updates, and works. Not a hobbled version, with a "this feature requires the pro version" crap. Just MS realizing people make viriuses for windows, and not wanting to get shit on, so they give it away. Can't ask for better than that.
 

stellarcomics

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I use Sophos Anti-Virus. Works, but stays out of the way of your system. And it self updates, and it's free.
 

Your_Moms_Box

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AVG used to be the best free anti-virus, but from what i understand the general belief is that Microsoft Security Essentials is better than it.

Plus MSE also detects spyware. (It is what I use on all my laptops and my PC and I haven't had any problems)
 

ShiftyMH

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Microsoft Security Essentials. Better than anything I've ever used.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Tried a bunch, settled for Avast!. Easy to turn on or off, it never monopolizes the CPU or bandwith, they don't bug you about switching to the pay version, and I haven't had any malware in two years (and I really put it to the test, ignore the browser's warnings about suspicious sites all the time).

So it's great for prevention. I did have to re-install a couple of times, because it just died on me, but it's really no big hassle.

Obviously, once you are infected, you're gonna have to put your google-ing hat on, because there is no one fix-it-all malware remover. That would be impossible to make.
 

Bobobie

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I've noticed fixing friends computers that AVG isn't working that great anymore. After cleaning up a nasty virus a few days ago, AVG was so fucked up that it was locking down IE. I could run Firefox Portable just fine by IE acted like there was no connection. I uninstalled AVG and the heavy system lag was gone and IE ran just fine. I installed Avast instead. It really seems to load down computers with single core processors.
 

Danesy

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I uninstalled AVG and based on everyone's recommendations I'm going with Microsoft Security Essentials. From what I've gotten from people AVG drags your PC down, and I don't want that. I just want something to protect my laptop since I download a lot of stuff. I also got Spybot just in case.

One more quick question... before I installed Spybot I had AdAware. Spybot recognized this as a conflict so I uninstalled AdAware. Then I ran the scan on Spybot, but it's still recognizing that AdAware is there and it found files associated with and I can't remove them. Does anyone know why this would be happening?
 

ruckstande

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I uninstalled AVG and based on everyone's recommendations I'm going with Microsoft Security Essentials. From what I've gotten from people AVG drags your PC down, and I don't want that. I just want something to protect my laptop since I download a lot of stuff. I also got Spybot just in case.

One more quick question... before I installed Spybot I had AdAware. Spybot recognized this as a conflict so I uninstalled AdAware. Then I ran the scan on Spybot, but it's still recognizing that AdAware is there and it found files associated with and I can't remove them. Does anyone know why this would be happening?
I read an article yesterday that compared free anti virus software and Ad-Aware came out on top. I didn't know that it was a whole security suite package now. Avast and Microsoft were right behind it.
 

Danesy

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I read an article yesterday that compared free anti virus software and Ad-Aware came out on top. I didn't know that it was a whole security suite package now. Avast and Microsoft were right behind it.
Well I don't think, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, that AdAware is an anti virus. It's something totally separate. I've been using AdAware for years, but a couple of people said Spybot was better for that. Since I'm finding that Spybot is being a pain cause I HAD AdAware I might just go back to what I'm comfortable with.