The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs

antivirusicon thumb   The 10 Best Free Anti Virus ProgramsThis article really needs no introduction. There are many free anti-virus programs on the market, and you want to sort the wheat from the chaff. Fair enough. Documented here are the 10 best antivirus programs on the market.

While I won’t attempt to rank the programs here (in many ways the programs can’t be compared), I will attempt to give you an idea of under what circumstances they will be useful.

The order here for the 10 best antivirus programs  is mostly random, so be sure to read every entry if you want an idea of what will work for you.

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Released by Microsoft in late 2009, Microsoft Security Essentials sports more than a typically verbose Microsoft name: it’s also a really good antivirus. Lightweight enough to run on older machines without crippling their performance, yet competent enough to handle most viruses and malware out there.

Perhaps the best part of MSE is its simplicity. As you can see, the user interface is really clear, with large buttons for the most basic functions. This is important if you’re setting it up on a computer for someone who is not computer-savvy.

Finally, MSE is completely free – there’s no professional version you can upgrade to. In fact, it’s even permissible to use in business situations, meaning you can use it at work without breaking the law. This alone sets it above most of the other selections for the 10 best antivirus programs.

Read more about MSE in Stefan’s article here or download MSE here.

AVG Free

This one recently topped our Movers and Shakers list of the top downloaded free anti-virus programs. But just because AVG is popular doesn’t mean it’s not great.

AVG has become synonymous with free anti-virus, and there’s a reason for this: AVG offers complete malware protection, with considerably less bloat than the top pay-to-use antivirus clients. And while AVG Free does constantly remind you that you could pay for the professional version of the program, it does this without ever getting in the way of the program’s core purpose: protecting you from viruses.

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Though when it comes to upgrading one version of AVG to another, you need to make sure you’re good at reading what’s on screen, because the free download is only available via a tiny link at the bottom of the screen””the site really wants you to get the paid version. When upgrading to version 9 recently, for example, check out how hidden the free download was:

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Not exactly a big link, is it? Figure this minor inconvenience out, however, and AVG is a a really good free anti-virus. Download AVG.

Avira Free

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In terms of simplicity, Avira’s right up there with MSE. It’s fairly lightweight, too, so the comparison is quite apt. While Avira does have a paid professional version to peddle, much like AVG, it’s not quite as aggressive as AVG in peddling it. I’d say Avira is solid and worth looking into for sure. Download Avira Free here.

Avast! Free

2avast   The 10 Best Free Anti Virus ProgramsIf this competition were for the coolest name, the piratey Avast! would win hands down. Even though that’s not what we’re discussing, Avast! stands up pretty well. This is one of the top free anti-viruses on the market, and for good reason: it’s remarkably complete. Expect great all-around protection, including against trojans and spyware. You can also expect constant reminders that there’s a free version you can upgrade to, on your desktop and in your inbox. Still, the protection is solid.

Download Avast! here.

Malwarebytes

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Whatever your default anti-virus is, you need Malwarebytes too. This program doesn’t run in your system background and constantly protect you, but when you run into a problem running Malwarebytes will usually take care of what other programs can’t. I’ve saved more than a few unbootable systems by running Malwarebytes from safe mode. This program takes care of any form of malware you throw at it, so keep it around. In fact, I’d keep this one on your flash drive in case you ever need to fix a computer for a friend (and if you’re reading this blog, you probably will).

Download Malwarebytes.

ComboFix

Consider this the nuclear option. If you know you’ve got a virus, but your usual anti-virus program can’t handle it, and Malwarebytes can’t handle it, it’s time for ComboFix. This program isn’t friendly: it runs from a command window and is proud of it.  And this is not a program you should use if you don’t know what you’re doing, because it can have devastating effects in the hands of the uneducated. But when all else fails, ComboFix delivers. Every geek should have this one on their keychain.

Download Combofix.

Clamwin

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Clamwin is the Windows version of ClamAV, the main Linux anti-virus on the market. ClamWin is flawed in many ways: it simply scans instead of offering real-time protection, it doesn’t really do non-virus malware and it’s not exactly easy to use. Still, having ClamWin around doesn’t cost anything, and you can never have enough scanning tools in your arsenal.

Download ClamWin and see if you like it.

Panda Cloud AntiVirus

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At first I thought the idea of a cloud-based antivirus was stupid, because it would only work while I’m online. Then it occurred to me: why the heck do I need an anti-virus when I’m offline?

As the name suggests, Panda Cloud Antivirus stores its virus definitions online. There’s an upside to this: your definitions are always up to date. There’s a downside, too, however: your anti-virus is constantly making use of your network connection.

I’d say this is a really good idea for underpowered PCs with constant access to the net. Like, say, a netbook. But if you’ve got a netbook you shouldn’t be using Windows anyway; switch to Jolicloud and you’ll have a functional netbook operating system immune to practically every virus.

Read a previously published article on Panda Cloud. Then download Panda Cloud Antivirus if you’re interested.

Comodo Firewall + Antivirus

Comodo is best known for its free firewall, but it also offers a bundled firewall and antivirus program. While the Comodo firewall isn’t the easiest to use, and the antivirus doesn’t include protection for non-virus forms of  malware, this one’s worth mentioning if you’re looking for a free security suite which includes both a firewall and anti-virus protection.

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Download Comodo Free here.

Common Sense 2011

This one’s unusual in that it’s free and considered by far the best protection out there, yet can’t be downloaded anywhere. Without it, however, even the best security software is rendered useless.

If you haven’t already figured this out, Common Sense 2011 isn’t a product you can download so much as it is a state of mind. If you’re going to be free of viruses and malware you need to use your head while browsing the web. The most important thing to remember is this: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is””and your computer will probably be compromised.

Free porn usually isn’t. Warez are best to be avoided altogether. Nigerians that need your help transferring money are never actually princes or princesses. You get the idea: avoid shady sites online and you’ll find you’ll get far less malware on your machine.

Conclusion

There are a lot of great free anti-virus programs out there, but what you use is mostly a matter of preference. Myself, I use Microsoft Security Essentials on my Windows machine because it’s free, lightweight and will never ask me for money. But I also make sure I always have Malwarebytes on my thumb drive for quickly removing viruses and malware from the computers of friends and family.

What about you? Which free anti-virus do you prefer? Commenting is good for you, so do so!

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Rahul Singh

Avast! is the best.

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David levine

I currently use Microsoft Security Essentials and Common Sense 2011.

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Netchunks

I have always been an AVG fan, from the very first day I used it :)

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bluscarab

for home computers: MSSecurityEssentials with Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware.

for workstations and domains: TrendMicro Enterprise Security

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Josh Fox

I’m pretty sure Common Sense 2011 is an absolute must. It tells me to to stick with Linux.

However, I was fixing a Vista machine a couple weeks ago and between Clamwin, SuperAntispyware, Spybot, and CCleaner (all portable apps), it was cleaned, but there were unfixed problems left even after the virus was gone. When all else failed, I resorted to the sledgehammer of fixers: Trend Micro’s HijackThis. Even if an antivirus gets rid of a virus, some major problems can be left behind from it, such as altered hosts files, IE helper objects, etc. HijackThis fixes the problems that a virus can cause and security apps ignore. It’s not pretty, user friendly, or safe for people that don’t know what they’re doing.

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Josh

I’m pretty sure Common Sense 2011 is an absolute must. It tells me to to stick with Linux.

However, I was fixing a Vista machine a couple weeks ago and between Clamwin, SuperAntispyware, Spybot, and CCleaner (all portable apps), it was cleaned, but there were unfixed problems left even after the virus was gone. When all else failed, I resorted to the sledgehammer of fixers: Trend Micro’s HijackThis. Even if an antivirus gets rid of a virus, some major problems can be left behind from it, such as altered hosts files, IE helper objects, etc. HijackThis fixes the problems that a virus can cause and security apps ignore. It’s not pretty, user friendly, or safe for people that don’t know what they’re doing.

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BosseWeb

I think Comodo is the only one that is licensed to work in a corporate environment. Correct me if I´m wrong! :-)
But for home users I recommend Avast since version 5.0:
http://www.avast.com/en-eu/fre… Go there!

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BosseWeb

I think Comodo is the only one that is licensed to work in a corporate environment. Correct me if I´m wrong! :-)
But for home users I recommend Avast since version 5.0:
http://www.avast.com/en-eu/free-antivirus-download. Go there!

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Imee

For me it’s Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 (even when I was still on XP it was good). I’ve also used Avira while on XP until I discovered the former.

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squishy

I can’t believe you people actually rely on Microsoft Security Essentials.

Do yourself a favor and pull down the free version of Prevx (or use Trend Micro’s Free online scanner) and take a look at what Microsoft Security Essentials may be missing on your system.

I care for 17 small business networks and have tried several times (unsuccessfully) to use Microsoft Security Essentials on customers laptops and home PCs. It ALWAYS results in an infection of some sort within 30 days of installation.

It really saddens me to see Microsoft Security Essentials fail so miserably at keeping people safe. I mean, if Microsoft can’t keep their own operating system safe, how does that make their users feel?

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nicbot

This is usually attributed to a missing or corrupt install of Common Sense 2010 on the users machine ;)

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Ceteco

We feel penguinish and appleish.

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Jonathan Bennett

I’ve looked all over for Common Sense 2011 but can’t find it. Dang it, Google, improve your search!

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Norbert

Read the entire article before you jump to conlusions, LMAO!!!!

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Who

he was being sarcastic, idiot.

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Who

…that was in reply to the poster below.. ;)

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Johnny

I just want to point out that the provided link is not the best location to download Combofix. The disclaimer for Combofix shows that it is not affiliated with Combofix.org. I do have to give Justin kudos for his warnings as it should also be run only when supervised by a trained helper at various websites that can help recover if things go awry.

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Johnny

I just want to point out that the provided link is not the best location to download Combofix. The disclaimer for Combofix shows that it is not affiliated with Combofix.org. I do have to give Justin kudos for his warnings as it should also be run only when supervised by a trained helper at various websites that can help recover if things go awry.

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Dinesh

I use Microsoft Security Essentials and Avira Premium. Check out the independent AV Comparitives (http://www.av-comparatives.org/). They benchmark the various security suites out there, and rank according to detection capabilities, speed, etc. I went with Avira, as it was rated the best.

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RushArt

I’ve never had reminder using Avast! in my inbox. Even in the desktop is just some iamge telling you, without any pop up or message box.

And by the way, Avast! icon has been changed.

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Dinesh

I use Microsoft Security Essentials and Avira Premium. Check out the independent AV Comparitives (http://www.av-comparatives.org… They benchmark the various security suites out there, and rank according to detection capabilities, speed, etc. I went with Avira, as it was rated the best.

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sianz

no to avira, its nag-ware… i ended up switching to avast. also, for comodo, the firewall module is still unstable (at time of writing) i’m running win7-64.

i would stay away from those 2.

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deathgodbob

I use avira. Both avira and avast were rated really high by av comparatives (which touts itself as being an unbiased site). Now, admittedly, they used the premium version of said programs, but they’re still really good free virus scanners. Top it off with comodo firewall and spybot s&d… Although I am tempted to try malwarebytes…

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nicbot

Spybot = bloat. Malwarebytes and/or Superantispyware = just get’s the job done.

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morris young

Dont try it USE IT! There is nothing better around.Malwarebytes will find what the rest have missed.Every PC benefits from installation of this top class product.

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TCBinford

Can someone advise re: Malwarebytes? I have installed it and regularly update it (at least 2x/week) and scan my computer. Yet, it never finds anything. By contrast, I run scans with AVG (most often) or AdAware and find tracking cookies by the dozens. Any ideas why MWB doesn’t ever seem to find anything?

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Dana

Microsoft Security Essentials is good for me in WinXP

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Anand

I agree with you and use the exact same setup. Have MSE as my main AV and MBAM free installed and updated, scanning once in 2 weeks or if something doesn’t clean up with MSE.

Although CommonSense 2011 prevails most of the time :P

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Tony

I use Avira. It is very good at detecting virus, malware, trojan etc during a scan. The new version of Avira has also information about most common virus and trojans.

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Albert

I don’t suggest these all free anti virus programs except Avast. Better go with paid softwares.. :)

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Lenna

I use Avast…i like it… butmaybe I’ll switch to Microsoft Security Essentials.
Haven’t decided yet.
Any thoughts on this?

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turtaf

Moonsecure (www.moonsecure.com) is free, opensource and has got realtime protection.
Been using it for years and never had a problem.

Add it to the list, now!

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goofydg1

I’ve used Avast and AVG on different computers. Both work well.

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Arjun

I use

Panda Cloud Antivirus

on my Computer running on Windows 7
and on my Laptop I run Ubuntu so I think i don’t need any Antivirus.

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Mark

When I was using windows I have used both AVG and Avira and they
are very good.Now I am using Linux,but I have installed MSE and Immunet Protect in friends’ and family computers.

P.S You have forgotten about Immunet Protect.It is clous based.

http://www.immunet.com/protect

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Mark

When I was using windows I have used both AVG and Avira and they
are very good.Now I am using Linux,but I have installed MSE and Immunet Protect in friends’ and family computers.

P.S You have forgotten about Immunet Protect.It is clous based.

http://www.immunet.com/protect

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Meyra

Avast, although the free new version kind of gets on my nerves. in addition to that I have Kerio to keep all in control.

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Lenna

I use Avast…i like it… butmaybe I’ll switch to Microsoft Security Essentials.

Haven’t decided yet.

Any thoughts on this?

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Erik

Where are the anti-virus programs for Macs? Oh, that’s right. Hahaha. When I do need to work on (read that repair) PCs, I usually use AVG.

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nicbot

The year 2000 called and they want their commercial back.

Put down the latte’ and Google your heart out buddy…’mac antivirus software free’. You’ll find lots of interesting factoids. The first being that malware and viruses ACTUALLY DO exist…even on an over priced white-with-round-corners system. lol.

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LovesFLSun

Comodo makes me HOT!!

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DmanOnFire

I say use Eset Smart Security for all around protection. There is a 30 day free trial for everyone and you can keep re-registering with a different email address to have protection forever for free… lol

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lott11

I use Avira for Anti-virus Comodo for firewall & Emsissoft A Square for malware and Trojan and spy-bot and Malwarebites also Comodo’s hijack-this.
Avira and Comodo & Spy Bot are the front end or real-time scans, and one’s a week I run A Square and Malwarebites for a clean system never had a problem and I run 7 different OS.
XP pro 32 bit, XP pro 64 bit, and win7 64 bit, the other are UNIX base so then I just use Clam Av just for the mail.
Sense Unix & Linux dose not have this problems, there is no need to use anything else.

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Atlanta Computer Repair

Avast, MBAM, & Combofix are best free “AV” programs in your list. AVG is horrific in a business environment (think network issues galore). Avira is a joke… did you really publish that and MSE? really MSE is junk, believe me. ClamWin = Junk, Comodo = Junk, Common Sense 2011 = what? probably just as lame.

Do you have any real experience supporting of end users infected with viruses? It’s our specialty… we never format & reinstall. We fix the problem. We use Avast, Panda, Dr. Web, Spybot S&D, SAS, MBAM, Combofix, & SAV32CLI. If you really know what you’re doing you’ll script them from CD and run it in safe mode with command prompt. We change dir to the cd drive and run bentleypc.bat… then move on to the next computer. If that don’t do it, we hook the drive up to a linux box and run Avast Linux on it (doesnt work after updates anymore, please fix this dear avast developers; ok?).

If that don’t do it, we manually remove the virus by seeking and destroying files & registry keys associated with the infection. Yeah it takes a long time. No, we’re not going to format an accountants pc and reinstall Quickbooks 1999 – 2010, scanners, printers, office, all the millions of addons they need & about 30 other suites of software… that takes too long.

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jhpot

I’d never hire a tech support company that didn’t actively support Common Sense 2011; it’s by far the best protection on the market. Nothing else comes even remotely close.

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David

Dear ACR

Aren’t you pleased with yourself… So pleased in fact that you didn’t get the irony of “Common Sense 2011.” Oh yes indeed, probably just as lame…

I’m sure you’re very good at fixing the machine’s of the poor people forced to use your service but the average user will benefit far more if they can prevent malware etc, in the first place. I too fix people’s PC’s (on a “non-professional” basis) and try never to wipe and reinstall but the idea is to help people, not boast about how great you are… The average user really doesn’t care HOW their PC works, they just want to know that it does what they want it to and does so safely.

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Jmadison

I was a fan of AVG since about version 6, but now that program is so bloated and taxes my system so much that I have switched to Avira. I’m the kind of person that likes to be in control of everything on my computer. If I want to terminate a program it should be my choice. Avg took over my computer and wouldn’t terminate even if I wanted it to, so it had to go. It may be a good feature for some, but one thing I don’t like about AVG (and Avira even) is when I open up my file browser, each file in the folder I’m viewing is scanned, no exception.. with no way to turn that feature off.. slowing down my system and overworking my cpu. If I wanted to scan, I’d initiate a scan. I don’t need software taking over and slowing things down.

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Regor

Comodo does indeed offer protection from malware, they had a separate application called boclean which was free anti malware which is now part of CIS, I can also assume that they are one of only a few free anti virus suites which offers protection from buffer overflows and sandboxes untrusted applications – sure it isn’t the simplest to use but the level of protection it offers is second to none – and yes, it can be used in a corporate environment. The latest version 4 wasn’t even used in this review for some reason! they’re using 3.6 or something like that.

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Aibek

Thanks for the insightful comment. Personally, Comodo been my favorite
firewall for about two years, never used it as antivirus app.

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Aibek

Thanks for the insightful comment. Personally, Comodo been my favorite
firewall for about two years, never used it as antivirus app.

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Mark O’Neill

Call me boring if you want but I have ALWAYS used AVG Free. I always like to try new apps on the computer but for some reason, AVG has always been the virus checker for me. Nothing else has really “clicked” with me (no pun intended).

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Aibek

Mark, I have ben AVG fan for a long time as well. But then I discovered
that Avira is much more effective. There were couple of times when AVG
failed to detect stuff that I knew was infected.

Avira’s detection rate is very high.

Aibek

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Aibek

Mark, I have ben AVG fan for a long time as well. But then I discovered
that Avira is much more effective. There were couple of times when AVG
failed to detect stuff that I knew was infected.

Avira’s detection rate is very high.

Aibek

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kabuski

I just found my pc was infected. I ran AVG, then Avast. They cleanup a couple. Then I ran Malwarebytes. It found at more than the other 2 did.
I will be using Common Sense 2011. It has the feature: Do not let girlfriend use.

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Aibek

hey, nice feature!

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kabuski

I just found my pc was infected. I ran AVG, then Avast. They cleanup a couple. Then I ran Malwarebytes. It found at more than the other 2 did.
I will be using Common Sense 2011. It has the feature: Do not let girlfriend use.

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David

Dear ACR

Aren’t you pleased with yourself… So pleased in fact that you didn’t get the irony of “Common Sense 2011.” Oh yes indeed, probably just as lame…

I’m sure you’re very good at fixing the machine’s of the poor people forced to use your service but the average user will benefit far more if they can prevent malware etc, in the first place. I too fix people’s PC’s (on a “non-professional” basis) and try never to wipe and reinstall but the idea is to help people, not boast about how great you are… The average user really doesn’t care HOW their PC works, they just want to know that it does what they want it to and does so safely.

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Hamid Kaashif

I always prefer Microsoft Security essentials.
I’m not satisfied with the protection given by Avira, AVG, Avast..

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Hamid Kaashif

I always prefer Microsoft Security essentials.
I’m not satisfied with the protection given by Avira, AVG, Avast..

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Anonymous

Vipre Premium and the regular Vipre are the best, I can try to infect myself with known bad files from torrents, no go. Vipre stops these things in their tracks. I usually dont by antivirus, but Vipre is so awesome I bought it. I run Security Essentials with Vipre and I have never had a problem.

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tdk650

Check out and read this info about Vipre:
http://anti-virus-software-rev

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badru

kaspersky pure is the one of topten antivirus prodect for corporate and personal use

its cost ++ but it is the best and all in one solution

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badru

kaspersky pure is the one of topten antivirus prodect for corporate and personal use

its cost ++ but it is the best and all in one solution

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Denise

I use Microsoft Security Essentials plus Immunet Protect, both are free, and they run well together as compatible antivirus programs. Immunet is cloud-based, fast and light, and MSE works really well as additional protection while I’m offline.

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Geeks in Minutes

Avira should win this battle, hand down.

Geeks in Minutes

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Aibek

I have tried many, Avira and Avast my favorites. Micorsoft’s Securtiy
Essentails is really good as well.

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Geeks in Minutes

Avira should win this battle, hand down.

Geeks in Minutes

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Aibek

I have tried many, Avira and Avast my favorites. Micorsoft’s Securtiy
Essentails is really good as well.

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bana

avast is always the best

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morris young

A combination of AVG ,MALWAREBYTES,SUPERANTISPYWARE, THREAT FIRE and AD AWARE will secure your PC pretty well and using only freeware.
If you want a firewall try online armour .

Avira is a good freeware and a good paid for but if you dont remove the former before upgrading to the latter YOU WILL BE VERY VERY SORRY! Customer Service is shocking.

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morris young

A combination of AVG ,MALWAREBYTES,SUPERANTISPYWARE, THREAT FIRE and AD AWARE will secure your PC pretty well and using only freeware.
If you want a firewall try online armour .

Avira is a good freeware and a good paid for but if you dont remove the former before upgrading to the latter YOU WILL BE VERY VERY SORRY! Customer Service is shocking.

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username

Hitman pro 3.5 is amasiing

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goku

I agree with rahul singh avast is the best ever

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alan

i use avg before.for me its really great and faster too
until one day i’ll notice that avg starting to have problem that it detect a virus even though it shouldnt be.starting from it my laptop become slow until i needed to format it.so for now i use AVIRA and i try to install AVG but its cannot been install

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alan

i use avg before.for me its really great and faster too
until one day i’ll notice that avg starting to have problem that it detect a virus even though it shouldnt be.starting from it my laptop become slow until i needed to format it.so for now i use AVIRA and i try to install AVG but its cannot been install

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Hissae2

I use AVG it works for me but just in case I also have spybot.

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Bluegrasspro

Not all Nigerians are cyber criminals please

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jhpot

It’s true, but anyone you don’t know asking for money via email is. Sorry if
I offended.

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jhpot

It’s true, but anyone you don’t know asking for money via email is. Sorry if
I offended.

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Gouraiahashili

avast looks reliable whatever is the version.

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Bharath

guys can anybody tell me where from u get viruses!!. i use internet 16 hours a day…i advise u guys to go to only trusted sites ant use trusted softwares and i have been usin internet for 2 years on an average of 12 hours a day..and i never faced any virus issues. ony minor ones….a few time. and i use norton internet security for the last 2 months and before norton i was using avg free version….even before avg….i was using only windows firewall…please go to only trusted sites.

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anurag

hey guys i hav avg 8.0 but unfortunately its anti virus and anti spyware r outdated…i wnt to update it dut d update fails every time i start it.ny suggetions

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Rnatani53

avg can’t be good but avira can

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Marioo Ferreira

Hope this thread is directed to Free AVS .. theres much more powerfull AVS outhere compared to the ones mentioned … NOD is by far the best AV, with several prizes year after year by notorious IT companys and magazines ..

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Awesome

I Use Microsoft Essentials, Avast and Comodo Internet Security in my windows 7. Avira and avast in Linux, for removing Windows virus in USB and external HD.

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Al Reilly

When I used Windows I had Norton & MacAfee and it never detected viruses that the free Avasti did So I Highly reccommend the Avast!!

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Sumit Kukreti

hehe!! u r such a crap!

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Norbert

I used AVG – Not satisfied with it. Avast is really good. I was using it for about six months until i came to know about Microsoft Security essentials. The Malwarebyte mentioned in this article is new to me. I am going to try it today. Panda cloud is simple, powerfull and sometimes removes false positive programs and you cant recover them. So, my best choice is MS Security essentials.

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nicbot

I was a long time Avast user and when MSE came out I waited a couple months for the reviews. I then installed it on all my machines and haven’t looked back since. No nag, runs light, updates via Windows update and free99. Some things could be tweaked, but over all I think it’s a great AV tool.

IMO though, ALWAYS keep MBAM, SAS and ComboFix close by with any AV product just in case.