Which free anti-virus for Windows XP would you recommend? I want one that’s able to cover phishing which has become common. Though full free versions may be rare you may include 1 year free trial versions in your recommendations.
How about Immunet?
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There are quite a few people that might disagree with getting the paid version of Malwarebytes AntiMalware since it offers little more protection than the free version. The free version is better for most prior because it does not run in the background, slowing the computer's performance. It is best suggested for manual scans every so often for extra protection because what one security software misses, another might find and get rid of the issue (virus, malware, spyware, etc.) http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415302,00.asp gives a better idea on why the paid version may not be worth getting.
I recommend using Microsoft Security Essentials and combine it with the free version of MalwareBytes. That way you have Security Essentials monitoring and blocking for you in Real-Time and MalwareBytes is playing as a second defense. Inexpensive and protectedl sounds like a win to me.
Pl note on this url , that another respondent mentions with a link about Microsoft Security Essential's AV certification failure
That's why i recommended combining it with MalwareBytes; Being the primary protection, MalwareBytes; keeps the system in check and managed - of course the best choice is to buy it for $19.99 then the free version which is great and protects thoroughly and efficient. Microsoft Security Essentials is only meant to be used for the real-time protection that won't over use the system, won't take up much space nor will it take control of the system as seeing that it's the same system.
Get a Mac ;)
That then would have been a different question
Microsoft Security Essentials is always my first choice. You need at least Windows XP SP3 to install it.
Going to second this. You never need to worry about upgrades, because Microsoft offers it free, and it runs quite well on older computers. It may not offer the protection level of advanced software like Bitdefender or Kaspersky, but it's better in many ways than a lot of the mid-level paid software. Recommended.
Thanks to both
Pl note , that another respondent mentions with web-reference of failure of Antivirus certification for Microsoft Security Essentials
If you really care about security, you really should not be using Microsoft XP until now. Here's why http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/windows_security_whynot_admin.mspx?mfr=true
Security itself is like a multiple layer of onion, only relying on antivirus itself is definitely not enough. If you really care about security, I would strongly suggest you to upgrade your Operating System, Latest software updates applied and the way you access the internet.
You can read the Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software Report here http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report26.pdf
There is a lot of links out there and here is 2 of them,
Why You Should Give Up Windows XP For Good
Why Are You Still Using Windows XP?
Pl note advantages of win xp over advanced vista
I'mhht! :-) telling you it's Comodo Dragon Pro. Best anti-virus and firewall out there. In the 4 years since I switched nothing has ever got through! :-)
And a great addition to anti-virus is MalwareBytes http://malwarebytes.org
Appending a sub-question : Does antivirus also identify malware as virus?
Antiviruses reports things as they are.For example,Avast will display message that ~ 'a Malware was found and the file has been successfully repaired'.Similar message would be displayed for trojans and worms too.
For most Windows XP systems, they are the old, secondary computers, and either aren't as important as their newer, main systems, or simply have aged hardware.
In this instance, I prefer Panda Cloud Antivirus (Free) simply because how little resources it takes to run.
It's just one of those cases where its a toss up between security, and whether you're having enough trouble running a simple web-page, or have room to spare.
You make Win XP systems sound like they were 64KB RAM and a 8086 CPU. While Win XP machines may no longer be bleeding edge, the are still the primary workhorses for many people and corporations world wide. They can comfortably run ANY of the AV programs mentioned so far.
Of course, XP itself doesn't make them slow, but a majority of the XP computers I've seen weren't the best when they were new 5-10 years ago, and either hasn't aged well, or haven't been taken care of as well as they should have been.
I suppose if OP simply left out his OS in his question, and I would have recommended MSE, but since they specified XP, I assumed it was on the slow end.
i think microsoft security essential is better.& i recommend avast, avg avira are not bad.
I wouldn't recommend MSE to anyone - it's failed AV-TEST certification for a *second* time.
On the other hand, I've been using AVG Free for over 7 years, and it's only failed me once (a 0-day "Fake Antivirus" got through, and it was simple enough to remove in Safe Mode).
I shall check the link
Comodo Internet security or Sandboxi
Bitdefender free version
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
Kaspersky Free Malware Removal Tools
Norton ConnectSafe for Home
Secunia Personal Software Inspector
Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File
Security extensions for Google Crhome.:
HTTPS Everywhere,DoNotTrackMe, AdBlock,WOT,FlashControl, VTchromizer.and Safe Script.
Reboot Restore Rx™
That is many!
Pl customize your list as to which is most reliable and does not use much resources. If it covers malware and phishing would be added advantage
The long list mentioned by albert are tools to make your working in PC secure.All are not a list of Antiviruses.
Comodo Internet security
Bitdefender free version
Panda Cloud Antivirus
Other security apps:
Norton ConnectSafe for Home
Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
Stand-alone malware and virus removal tools
McAfee GetSusp http://mcaf.ee/fj1qs
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i always use Microsoft security essentials.. .. had have no problems with it.. just keep it updated and it'll do it's job :)
Pl note on this question page , that another respondent mentions of failure of antivirus certification for MSE
In recent tests of Antivirus labs, bitdefender scored higher rating than other competitive. I suggest you to use bitdefender free antivirus.
Bitdefender has a freee version now: http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html. That may be the best of both worlds...
Appending a sub-question : Is it true that there is not much difference between free and paid versions of Bitdefender except that Paid offers features in addition to antivirus coverage?
Here is a possibly useful breakdown. Basically it has the same power as the paid version but everything is automatic. There is little configuration available. Infections are immediately deleted or quarantined without the possibility of asking:
Being an Antivirus product of course it is not like an Internet Security one that has a firewall. So you have to use Microsoft's or download one, which is not so bad.
For extra phishing and malware protection through DNS servers, try using either the suggested Norton DNS, Comodo DNS: http://www.comodo.com/secure-dns/ (how to change the settings in XP:http://www.comodo.com/secure-dns/switch/windows_xp.html), OpenDNS (which allows blocking and whitelisting content asking with phishing protection): http://use.opendns.com/#winxp, or other secure DNS provider.
I checked the web-link for configuring DNS server
Appending a question to this procedure : Would changing of the configuration of numbers affect the network data access and original settings?
Changing these settings should only affect the internet addresses since the DNS providers would carry the cache of IP addresses associated to each website name and page. This would change virtually nothing as far as network settings for a home or business network for device to device connectivity, only outgoing internet access connectivity.
Since the above suggested DNS providers try to keep track of questionable and dangerous known sites, the protection from these sites is performed on the DNS server end before even reaching your computer.
Always ensure to protect your PC with the best Antivirus available whether it is free or not and the best antivirus is Bitdefender and even better, MakeUseOf is giving it away for 600 points. You can't get anything better than that.
Most of the Antivirus vendors offer trial versions of their paid products for a maximum of 30 days.The don't offer it free for 1 year.If they did,then it would be equivalent or equal to their free edition of their product.
Why not exchange your points to get BitDefender Internet Security 2013 from MUO by going to rewards section under "For Windows" section.
Other than period some avs differ by features in free and trial?
In trial mode,most of the products would offer you full features for a certain period of time whereas a free version cuts those and makes that free product available for 1 year or more.
you should try norton or bitdefender ....but they are not free
Bitdefender now has a free version!
What is diff between free and trial?
"What is diff between free and trial?"
FREE is forever (or until the corporate policy changes)
TRIAL is free for only a predetermined amount of time, usually 30 days. After the trial period expires, you pay for the product.
If a company makes free and pay-for software, free usually has some features turned off.
that's why i told that they are not free...........and thnx dragonmouth to explain the difference between free and trail version to de.sunil.....hope he understand what u have told to him......and Paul Pruitt its a free trail version that does'nt mean that it is free fore ever
No it's not a free trial version. Its free forever. Its something new...Its called Antivirus Free Edition:
Use the Windows Firewall and Bitdefender free edition. Then install Super Anti-Spyware or Malware Bytes and periodically do updates and manual scans and you should be fine. All for free.
Here is another link which proves there is an a Bitdefender version which is free: http://www.bitdefender.com/toolbox/freeapps/desktop/.
ya Paul Pruitt i agree with u its not trail version...it is free edition ....i have downloaded it and using free edition of bitdefender...so dr sunil here u go....u got what u want a free anti virus.....so mark ur question resolved....and thnx to Paul Pruitt to provide this link.....
Yes I would mark resolve this question
I would go for avira.
Is it memory hogging?
Of the recommended antivirus software, Panda Cloud uses the least amount of resources, Avira would use a little more, Avast even more, Norton about the same as Avast, Bitdefender near the same as Norton, and AVG would probably take more resources than the rest of the recommended. I had a system with a 2.4GHz Celeron and 768MB RAM using Avira and it did not seem to slow the system down. Panda Cloud requires internet access to be effective, which is part of the reason it uses so little resources.
That is very clear details about memory comparison of different anti-virus softwares.
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Panda Cloud Antivirus
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Thanks for unheard recommendation
Pl throw some light also on the following unresolved questions :
Is is ok to use panda cloud to protect computer even if not online?
there is an offline installer
Panda Cloud Antivirus even protects while you're offline.
Hi Dr.Sunil, check this out, include review : http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-antivirus-9-reviewed-and-rated-1057786
I shall check
I have checked the page and it looks v.informative
Use Norton DNS for phishing protection. Use instructions from here: https://dns.norton.com/
For antivirus, you can try Malwarebytes as well as other ones recommend here. You can also get 6 months trials of many antivirus programs from Facebook. Search it on Google.
If I were you, I would first try AVAST. AVIRA is also good (that's what I'm using at the moment), and uses significantly less resources. However, it has a problem with false positives for behaviour-based detection, and has nag screens, promotions etc, both of which make it a bit more of a hassle to use. AVG, as DaSan correctly says, it competent enough, but a resource hog.
Have you tried to change the security settings to "avnotify.exe" for all users (everybody) in order to keep it from running? It should disable the nag screen so you don't have to see it anymore. MajorGeeks.com uses to have a program that automatically disables the nag screen, but I don't know if there are any updates for the newer editions.
If you see in the link below,Avast doesn't offer Phishing protection in free edition -
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But I agree with you that one must go with Avast first.
Thanks for the tip DalSan!
Susendeep, regarding phishing, there are many other features which are not available in the free version (after all, the paid-for version must offer something!), but most major browsers have some form of phishing protection built in, so this seems like a fair compromise.
avast free does have phishing protection....you need to have avast webrep add on installed on browser......also avast free blocks malicious website and has many more features like sandbox.....I think avast is the best free AV out there which provides best protection as well as a lots of features for free.....
How to make avast from repeatedly notifying on net log in, but automatically add virus definitions?
It is asking to upgrade
With the exception of Microsoft Security Essentials (which is going through a rough patch at the moment and not recommended by us), all free AV products are essentially promotional tools. They hope that for every thousand downloads, SOME will convert into actual sales.
Therefore, don't be put off by the recommendations. You can continue to use AVG, AVIRA or AVAST (or many other free AVs) for as long as you like without paying!
Note that tis is different from "Trial versions", such as you may get with a new PC (Norton and McAfee are the most common ones), which will stop working after 90 days or so, and you would HAVE to pay to keep them running.
To disable to notification for updates and non-important information, check out this site to find out how: http://pctonic.net/disable-crazy-sounds-popups-avast.
Thanks to all respondents : Oron , Susendeep , Dalsan M , Samit
Pl tell : If avast free asks for upgrading or it would stop working then would it be better to uninstall and try new av?
Avast is a good antivirus and it very less often asks you to upgrade.It would be better for you to go to settings and tick on option saying that ~ " I'm always connected to internet". This will make sure that the Avast auto-updates automatically without nagging you.
In order to keep it working,you would need to enter license key(whether paid or free)
Short version: I agree with Susendeep.
Long version: AVIRA is a real nagger. AVAST, in my experience, hardly nags at all. It pops up messages when it's finished a task (e.g. after updating virus definitions, or scanning), or if there's a problem, and it also speaks some of these messages over the PCs speakers (this can be switched off). In terms of upgrading, it _ocassionally_ brings up a "splash screen" promoting their products, but at that point, you can simply close it. This does not happen often (not sure about exact frequency, but I'd imagine around once a month). For most people, that's acceptable.
There really isn't a time that Avast would require an upgrade or else functionality would cease to work unless the free trial version was installed. The freeware version wouldn't really "nag" that much for upgrading, not like Avira would. There are some ways to get rid of most of the nag screens in Avira, but not sure with Avast (other than what I already posted above). As Oron said, Avira also gives off false positives more often than the other suggested AV software, making Avast a better option for many users.
I don't think it is so much about the operating system as is it the system resources like processor type and speed as well as memory. Disk space can be an issue if you are low in storage. Avira is good and requires lower amounts of resources than some of the others, though the nag screens are a pain. Avast is highly recommended and also does well with lower resources systems. I would stay away from Microsoft Security Essentials since it had failed antivirus certification at least a couple of times, even though the integration with Windows is great and uses little resources. AVG does well for protection, but is a bit of a resource hog. Even though it can be a little more difficult to understand to use for some people, Comodo firewall would be good to use for extra protection. As always, install and use Malwarebytes AntiMalware free occasionally just for ensuring your system is clean is highly recommended (Malwarebytes free does not run automatically in the background, only when you open and use it to scan your system).
AVG: EASY AND LIGHT SPECIALLY FOR WIN XP
Why do free av ask to upgrade after 1 year to continue using?
All of the free versions of antivirus (not free trial version) will request the user to upgrade to the paid version in some way, mostly with popup banner ads. As long as the freeware version of these software is selected, it should require the user to purchase a license to continue using it; free trial versions usually will either request the user to purchase a license or else use a reduced functioning software. I haven't heard of any of the suggested free version antivirus programs ask to upgrade after 1 year in order to continue using it.