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MUO-poll-2 It’s time for another poll. Today we are asking you to vote on your favorite antivirus program. Actually the goal is to find out what is the most popular free antivirus program among MUO users. So please vote !

If you don’t have a favorite antivirus program and you’re using the one that came with your PC then you can see what others have to say about it. If you decide to give something a try then check the antivirus download links right below the poll.

So here you go …

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* Among top 5 most downloaded security software on Download.com.

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Stay tuned for Mark’s AVG 2008 review tomorrow.

  1. Raymond Choi
    October 23, 2015 at 1:42 am

    :( Malewarebytes takes care of all my crap, and I can't see it up here. It scanned through my whole PC and found like 50 Trojan Viruses. More than McAfee. Yet I can't see it up there. :(

  2. Willem Downey
    September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    OR You could ditch your Windows install and overwrite it with Linux. Cost-free and virus-free!

  3. Lawrence Shimer
    August 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I don't see mine listed here, what a shame :(
    SecureAPlus is all it is advertised to be, powerful, fast, dependable, and always there.
    The whitelisting alone makes SecureAPlus an ironclad addition to any AV setup. But you add 12 AV scan engines to that and you end up with any viruses Kriptonite.
    To try it, is to love it. Its unique approach sets it apart from your standard ole AV scanner. So add SA-Plus to your arsenal Today ! Can you afford not to ?
    SecureAPlus has come a very long way over the years and is now one of the most trusted methods of protecting your PC from all types of threats. With the ability to not only Whitelist / Blacklist "Exe's" but also "Dll's" and "drivers"
    In this day and age you can't afford lesser protection. You can't afford to not have the best on the market.
    PC cost's are on the rise with all the innovations and improvements that can be packed into faster and leaner machines, and malware publishers are innovating at the same frantic pace.
    Trust SecureAPlus to keep pace and keep your investment out infront of the pack, and in a securely protected fashion.
    Millions have went before you, and that many can't be wrong. SecureAPlus earns high ratings and they deserve it.
    Simple AV programs are just not enough in this day and age, you need the protection that Powerful Whitelisting affords you, you need the assurance of not just one AV scanner, but over 10+ packed into this powerhouse of a product.
    One AV scanner engine can and will miss, but its harder to miss when when your packing nearly a dozen more to back up that lone and solitary engine.
    Give it a try and I think you will see that the piece of mind that this software affords you, is well earned, that your trust in it, will be well placed.

    Seriously,
    CyberGhosT.
    MFhHdGZ1YTVLKy9zRS9SU1g5K1R0Zz09

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Always pleased to see a new entry in our polls! Thanks for this one, Lawrence :)

    • Lawrence Shimer
      August 31, 2015 at 12:10 am

      No problem Mihir, always glad to help :)

  4. Literati
    January 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    AVG won't even detect my sour boot if it isn't updated! *sigh*

  5. Stefan
    January 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

    AVG Free Edition works for me… it detects and resolves threats.

  6. Antivirus
    October 19, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    AVG Antivirus Free Edition is rightly the number one free software. It takes up the least amount of diskspace on my laptop, so it does not interfere with my normal computer habits. It catches all the right spyware and malware without trying to delete healthy files, which other antivirus software often tries to do. The only downside is that it is not connected to the internet, so I occasionally check the AVG website to see if newer versions have been released.

  7. Buffet
    July 30, 2009 at 4:25 am

    I'm back with NOD32 and I'm staying there. It's the best. Aibek, if you're experiencing huge delays on startup, it's most likely time to update your processor. Also, try WinPatrol or Autoruns to see just what's truly going on at startup. Jerry - You are a fool!

  8. rahiz
    July 30, 2009 at 4:07 am

    i was using avg for few months..i was really happy abt it..but recently i found out that i does not detect certain kinds of worms..so i am searching for a new anti-virus.there is anyone who can advise me to buy or get free version of antivirus please..thanks in advance

  9. Buffet
    May 17, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I've tried both AVG and Avast for long periods. Each was acceptable. Eventually I gravitated to Nod32 which received the highest acclaim, for good reason. It shone brightly for several years, until it ran amok and rendered my entire copy on Windows inopertive. Nowadays I use Comodo, which seems to be working just fine.

  10. amit
    May 9, 2009 at 8:27 am

    NOD 32 ver 4

  11. James
    February 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Hi-using Norton 360.

  12. friendinme
    February 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I tried Norton and hated it, McAfee, Trend Micro, and Zone Alarm. I settled on F-Prot. After doing some research, I chose it because it is the best on keeping resource usage low.

    It is also inexpensive. One license covers 5 machines and the one license is cheaper than many of the others.

    It works well, as far as I can see, and it doesn't slow my machines down.

  13. Devicepedia
    October 30, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I use avg and it works really well for me. :)

  14. naveed
    October 25, 2008 at 10:55 am

    I will trust ESET NOD 32 . Virus never enters my computer.

  15. Borislav
    June 23, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Zone Alarm Internet Security is an excellent program!

  16. ZeK
    May 5, 2008 at 4:35 am

    I'll go for KASPERSKY..

    i already tried AVG but i didn't like its performance same also as McAfee.

  17. surfmadpig
    May 1, 2008 at 8:51 am

    AVAST, although I'd certainly vote for clamwin if it was there.

  18. gg
    April 30, 2008 at 6:41 am

    check more antivirus tools:
    windowsreference.com/windows-xp/list-of-free-antivirus-software-for-windows-vistaxp20032000/

  19. Kakang
    April 30, 2008 at 12:10 am

    AVG Free Edition works for me... it detects and resolves threats. also provide daily updates... try this one... i'll buy a licensed copy today.. thank you AVG... from DMSFH family...

  20. Blaine Brown
    April 29, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Antivirus software? No, I know how to use a computer.

  21. Miles
    April 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    moon secure antivirus
    it's clamwin with real time protection
    young, maybe still not fully reliable
    but very nice idea!

    :-)

  22. Bill
    April 29, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I use Comodo

  23. Christine
    April 29, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I used AVG before my cable/phone/tv provider offered paid McAfee part of the deal. So now I use McAfee. However, if I ever need to get rid of it, I will not be happy - They make it very hard to delete all traces of their stuff off your system. Glad google search found a McAfee delete all.

  24. Bob
    April 29, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    AVG is one of the best, but the new version 8 now has that crappy Yahoo toolbar bundled !!! It's installed automatically, and good luck trying to remove it. I had to unistall AVG, and it still remained in Firefox (had to deactivate it through the 'add-ons' menu.
    That's lame....

  25. AskTheAdmin | Karl Gechlik
    April 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

    AVG! Small footprint and ease of use. Avast looks good and I will be giving it a good testing in the near future.

    What does everyone this is the best AV for catching almost ALL infections? Anyone have any bad experiences using any of the above??

    Warm geeky regards,

    Karl "TheAdmiN" Gechlik
    http://www.askTheAdmin.com

  26. Jawker
    April 29, 2008 at 9:38 am

    was using AVG previously, but switched to avast recently and i never looked back.

    but im still a little tempted to try out AVG Free 8.0 though

  27. maven2k
    April 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I've run AVG Free Edition for years on every computer I've ever had and never had a problem. I hope I didn't just jinx myself!

  28. RegUser
    April 29, 2008 at 8:35 am

    AVG 8.0 beta (free) is out. Spyware search included.

  29. Brian
    April 29, 2008 at 2:57 am

    I moved to Avast after Norton became more of a problem than any virus I ever got. Avast is unobtrusive. It regularly automatically updates in the background, and it is extremely effective. I haven't been hit by a virus since I started using it a couple of years ago. Unlike Norton, I have never thought it was a nuisance and it has never interfered with a program.

  30. GK
    April 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I use clamwin, good lightweight antivirus, it uses small amount of memory than avg.

  31. Alisha
    April 28, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    I'm not really a fan of any of the free ones. They don't really do as well as the non-free ones in my experience. On my laptop though, since I don't want to purchase another license, I do go with a free one, but I don't care about the laptop. :D

    My favorite is NOD32, which has kept my main computer clean for years now.

  32. Ashutosh Mishra
    April 28, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Great way of promoting AVG by putting up their logo in a "should-be-neutral" poll!

    Anyway it really matters how effectively you use your antivirus that what antivirus you use for better protection.

    • Aibek
      April 28, 2008 at 11:41 pm

      I added their logo because I think it looks cool. I dont think anyone but people who use AVG will notice it. :-) Nonetheless you have a good point, I will try to use something neutral next time.

  33. Adi
    April 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    It looks like AVG is way ahead of its nearest competitor and both avg and avast are having good fan following, huh

  34. Vale
    April 28, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Avast. definitely avast!

  35. Shankar Ganesh
    April 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    I <3 Avast! ;)

  36. Jerry
    April 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I don't use any. I have not for years. If you are opening unknown .exe files, you are taking a risk. If you just surf the web, read email, play online games, you do not need a resource hogging, system crippling, impossible to uninstall AV program.

    • Aibek
      April 28, 2008 at 11:37 pm

      Opening unknown .exe files is not the only way you can get infected. If you're using an email client like Apple's Mail, Mozilla's Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook etc. the virus can arrive together with the message.

  37. Dan
    April 28, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Antivir because it updates automatically. AVG never did that for me.

    • Aibek
      April 28, 2008 at 11:34 pm

      I have AVG and it auto-updates as well.

  38. Ben
    April 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I got CA antivirus and spyware free from TigerDirect and it is really good. I may buy it when my subscription is up. Great piece of software. Highly recommend.

  39. Plat
    April 28, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    My company pays for the Norton license for employee's home computers. Works out as free for me.

  40. Fraser
    April 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I would have voted for AVG but the free version 8 may have caused serious problems with my DVD writer after I installed it on Saturday. I've reverted to Avast and voted accordingly.

  41. Famf
    April 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I use to like AVG, but it just doesn't seem so great anymore. I've moved on to Antivir. I never did like Avast. Clamwin is nice to have on a USB Drive, just in case. I hear NOD32 is the best non-free anti-virus.

    • Aibek
      April 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm

      See my comment above

  42. Adi
    April 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    AVG is the way to go. Ofcourse its a bit heavy on the system but considering the protection that we need and the daily updates that they provide its the best. It has been protecting many computers from the past two years, in which I have installed it personally. No problem with the so called virus till date.

    • Ashutosh Mishra
      April 28, 2008 at 10:40 pm

      AVG and heavy? So what are Norton (excluding 2008 version) and McAfee - sumos??

    • Aibek
      April 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm

      Heavy ? I don't think so, at least when compared to Norton, Panda or Kaspersky. The only antivirus that I think is faster is Nod32. But what I dodn't like about Nod32 is that sometimes it causes huge delays on Windows startup.

    • Adi
      April 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm

      It is heavy but not in comparision to Norton or Kaspersky. It slows down your startup a bit. Ofcourse I am asking for more but that's how you get the firms work for you, right.

  43. Mark O'Neill
    April 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    The technical problems surrounding the poll have now been resolved. VOTE AWAY!! :-)

  44. Dan
    April 28, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    You tell us to vote for a free antivirus but you write (not free) next to some of them. That's more than lame...

    • Aibek
      April 28, 2008 at 11:28 pm

      That was not intentional, I simply forgot to change the title.

  45. Mark O'Neill
    April 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Just to let everyone know that we are aware of the technical problems surrounding the poll and we are working to resolve them.

  46. Luke
    April 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Avast

    • thomas blake
      June 3, 2008 at 5:51 pm

      Do Question AVAST is the man!

  47. 2600
    April 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    clamwin on my usb drive

  48. Joe Boomer
    April 28, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I haven't really tried out any free anti virus, except for AVG which didn't work well for some reason. I bet whatever the issue was, it was fixed since I haven't tried it in a long time. My favorite anti-virus would have to be NOD32. It's very lightweight, and scans extremely quickly. It's the best I've had so far, and very light on system resources. The UI used to be archaic, but it has been jazzed up to keep up to date with the Vista look. The main reason I got it was for the low usage of resources, unlike that hog Norton, which I used to have.

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