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Best free anti-virus software?

Hey all

I have always been a bit sceptical of free anti virus software, in fact any anti virus software as I usually find they just slow my comp down to a dead stop.

Can anyone recommend a decent free anti-virus software please? I am getting a few messages on my comp which are concerning me, always been a bit lax when it comes to tinternet security.

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Avast.

I have used it for years with no problems.

I begrudge spending money on virus protection, as IMO many viruses are propagated by virus companies themselves so that they can stay in business..
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Microsoft essentials is also very good and doesn't use hardly any system resources unlike some other virus protection program's.
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Also, download something called super anti spyware which is free and gets rid of malware and other junk crap.
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That's brill! thanks gents I'll take a look now and get something sorted asap.
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The best antivirus product is knowledge
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Avast is good too
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The best antivirus product is knowledge
And not looking/doing things you shouldnt be!
My moto is, if you can't be good, be careful!
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Right on time Avast just blocked a malicious Facebook Link. I'll second the positive comments above. Avast has never let me down. Great piece of kit.
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another thumbs up for avast here. used it for the last 4/5 years and it's been bombproof
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have used avast without any problems for the last 8 or 9 years - when it came to re-registration this year, i thought i'd try out AVG.

what a mistake - its free, but full of ads and keeps reminding you of the other services they offer, which arent free.

so back to my efficient and quiet Avast it was
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I've used Microsoft Security Essentials for the psat 2 years, nothing has got past it yet and it has found and blocked the odd virus that has come by. Does for me.
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I am also running Spybot search and destroy to keep away malware.

That is free as well, and seems to do the job.
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Another vote for MSE here. The best advice is to do your everyday computing as a standard user, not an administrator.
 
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Microsoft get a thumbs down from me and I hold a number of Microsoft certifications in operating systems, including Windows 7.

After running paid for AV I tried Microsoft Essentials for 6 months. I noticed it found a virus and tried to clean it. I then scanned my backups and I worked out that I had the virus for several months since my old paid for AV supplier had released signatures for it.

I did complain to our Microsoft Account manager at work the next time I saw him.

Unfortunately you can't always tell if an AV product is actually any good if you keep using the same one with 'no problems'.
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Well I'm a complete ignoramus regarding anti-virus/spyware stuff, but I did just wonder if one did find something that another didn't, were the 'finders' after getting you to sign up with them and maybe pay for their service?
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I've tried a range of them over the years, including AVG and Avast. I currently use MSE as my resident AV product since it is low on resource use. I used Nortons for a while but never again as it is a bit virus-like itself.

Then once every week or so (or more frequently if necessary) I run Malwarebytes

If I am worried about a file or link I submit it to VirusTotal which has detected malware that the resident programs don't.

I also use the Web of Trust plugin for Firefox, and the NoScript plugin.

That and super high levels of paranoia. If you notice an odd process running, google it to find out what it is. Never click on a link without hovering over it to see what it really is. And change the default password on your ADSL router.

edit: and like CobolMan said - have two accounts, one with admin privileges and one as a normal user. Only use the former when you have to install stuff.

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Been using it for years on several machines...
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Avast here as well.
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Just run your computer logged in as a non admin user and don't surf for porn or visit obscure websites and you'll be fine.
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Just run your computer logged in as a non admin user and don't surf for porn or visit obscure websites and you'll be fine.
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Absolutely what Gersty said.
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Just run your computer logged in as a non admin user and don't surf for porn or visit obscure websites and you'll be fine.
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Absolutely what Gersty said.
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