What is the best free anti-virus protection?

by on August 7, 2012

i want an anti-virus program that is 100% free but it still has to be good.


N0t Known Never Ever August 7, 2012 at 4:42 am

kaspersky is a good one and u can find free license keys on different websites

Ooops August 7, 2012 at 4:59 am

If you want free then I recommend Avast , superantispyware and Malwarebytes. coupled with Comodo firewall They are all free for personal use . It is safe to use two anti-spy products but never use more than one A/V as it can cause conflicts. You should run A/V and anti spy weekly.

Mike August 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

Getting Kaspersky(R) for free is illegal. You’re better off getting Microsoft Security Essentials, which I use and I find at least satisfactory. That is, it will find serious viruses that are extremely important. Don’t expect it to have anything too fancy though.

GameDay August 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

Most computer magazine articles will have biased articles because Symantec and McAfee have paid for advertising in the magazines. Virus Bulletin 100 is a top commercial website for IT professionals. Its a paid for site that most here probably don’t read.
the best are along the top right corner. Two of the best free ones are Avira free and AVAST.

they rate ESET NOD32 the top antivirus you can have and it carries their VB100 award. ESET has had this award since the late 90′s and no other AV program can claim that.

Recent reviews revealed a problem with Kaspersky being one of the slower ones. Evidently Norton has really upgraded their software, the tests showed they are now very fast. NOD 32 has always had a small footprint and used very little of your system resources. Avoid McAfee, it has so many issues. AVAST might be the best of the free ones because it includes rootkit protection and boot scanner.

Dont get the security system, just the antivirus program and run Windows defender – both protect around the clock. Apps like malwarebytes and superantispyware are scanners for when you get an infection, not for protection

Hope this helps

Still not sure about Microsoft Security Essentials
…Although the Beta release of Microsoft Security Essentials did poorly in PC Magazine tests, the official final release did significantly better in AV-Test.org tests. According to Neil Rubenking, a PC Magazine author, in an on-demand scan test that he conducted in June 2009, Microsoft Security Essentials Beta found 89 percent of all malware samples: It found only 30 percent of commercial keyloggers, 67 percent of rootkits and only half of scareware samples. The suite’s real-time protection found 83 percent of all malware samples and blocked the majority of them: In this test, Microsoft Security Essentials found 40 percent of the commercial keyloggers and 78 percent of the rootkits.[33] Later on October that year, AV-Test.org conducted a series of trials on the officially released version of the product in which Microsoft Security Essentials detected and caught 98.44 percent of 545,034 computer viruses, computer worms and software Trojan horses as well as 90.95 percent of 14,222 spyware and adware samples….http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Security_Essentials

here is an article where an expert intentionally infects his computer with the bug that is reaching epidemic numbers on the forums. His antivirus = Microsoft Security Essentials. It does not detect the bug, the installation and no warnings. Read it


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