Can you recommend a free virus protection program?

miaoming February 6, 2010
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Is there any noteworthy virus protection programs available online for free? My McAfee subscription will soon be running out and I need to either renew or better yet get something for free. I’m a novice and so really need help from the ground floor on up. Thanks.

  1. Bradshaw Jeannie
    May 28, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I found a free antivirus go to http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials   it a 100% free and it works

  2. Taty
    March 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Highly suggest AVG free, one of the lightest anti-viruses in the market and does a very good job. It does take tons of resources when updating or scanning though, but that's common. McAfee is a pest...

  3. Anonymous
    February 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I am using NOD 32, by ESET, and it is doing a superb job. I have use AVG (kept CPU constantly running high) had to remove it. Had NORTON (slowed down computer and had problems with installed software) had a hard time deleting this program. With Mircosoft security essential (and perform all the tests, e.g. performance, speed, etc,) and NOD 32 it catches just about everything (make sure that you preform a malicious tool removal check up every so often). This will keep everything running just fine.

  4. Anonymous
    February 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Hi
    My Macfee as just run out & I am using Free Avast now on my laptop but have used Free Avg for the last 2 years on my desktop with no problems,also run the free Advanced WIndows Care & Iobit 360 available from Iobit.com. plus free Reevo uninstaller (also as some handy cleaning tools).Would recomend these to everyone,simple to use & keeps your machine clean & efficient

  5. Mark O'Neill
    February 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I have tried a lot of them out but I always keep coming back to AVG Free. The others were not ones that I got comfortable with and I think you need to be comfortable with your anti-virus program. AVG has never given me any real problems in the past and I would recommend it to everyone.

    Here's the link - http://free.avg.com

  6. Tina
    February 6, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hello miaoming,

    yes, there are several very good free antivirus programs available online.
    I use Avira AntiVir Personal, others will recommend AVG antivirus.

    Your question was also essentially answered in the following thread:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/security-progr...

    Once you have decided for a free program (more about that below) you should first download the new program, disconnect your internet connection, remove McAffee, then install the new program before you reconnect to the internet. This will reduce the risk of catching a virus while you're without antivirus protection.

    You must uninstall McAffee before you install a new antivirus program. Never try to run two antivirus programs at the same time, it could lock up your computer! You can go to > System Control > Software and uninstall the program there or use a free uninstaller like Revo Uninstaller.

    There are several articles on MakeUseOf that cover antivirus programs and more. This may be the time to go over your security setup and see what you're lacking. Here you go:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-programs-to-k...
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-security-tools-y...

    The following articles may be helpful regarding Revo Uninstaller:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-uninstall-a...
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/revo-uninstaller-w...

    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2010 at 2:29 am

      Hi TinaMUO

      Thanks a bunch. The links were also very enlightening I'll be making good use of the information you've passed on. One more Q why did you choose Avira over AVG?

      • Tina
        February 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

        There is no objective reason.
        It's a German company.

        • Anonymous
          February 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

          Ok! Thanks again.

  7. Mohnish Thallavajhula
    February 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Microsoft Security Essentials is a very good antivirus+antispyware software developed by Microsoft. It's a free software for Windows Users. You may find the product here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

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