best free antivirus

  paulhis777 01:43 AM 15 Aug 11

hello all can you advise what would be the best FREE antivirus and malware software ? at the moment i`m using avast thank you paul

  Nontek 07:21 AM 15 Aug 11

IMHO it is Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.

  Taff™ 07:27 AM 15 Aug 11

Avast is perfectly good enough and in my experience causes less problems than AVG or MS Security Essentials. Add Malwarebytes for it's quick scan facility to pick up something you suspect has infiltrated the computer and Emsisoft Antimalware for a thorough clean up.

  mgmcc 08:10 AM 15 Aug 11

You don't say which operating system you're using. With a slow PC, Avira AntiVir is good and doesn't hog resources to the same extent as some others. With a fast PC, I'd use Microsoft Security Essentials. Although I prefer Avast to AVG, in my experience it does slow the computer down, particularly with large file downloads from the internet.

  birdface 08:48 AM 15 Aug 11

I will go with Taff's selections.You won't get any better.

  RobCharles1981 10:27 AM 15 Aug 11

Using the Search form at the top of the left would saved your time!

  T I M B O 11:09 AM 15 Aug 11

Yes Taff has the idea. Also that Avast has a good Boot time scan, works very well.

  Strawballs 11:10 AM 15 Aug 11

I use security essentials, I used to use AVG but have found the latest one slows the PC down

  robin_x 12:01 PM 15 Aug 11

I use Avira. Avast 6 is great, but slows me a tiny amount.

  paulhis777 16:25 PM 15 Aug 11

thank you al i`m using win,xp thank you paul

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:29 PM 15 Aug 11

Free protection

For XP

Zonealarm firewall (XP firewall is incoming only)

Avast as a realtime antivirus antimalware

Spywareblaster as a blocker

Malwarebytes and or Superantispyware scan weekly to double check

Vista and W7

Windows own firewall

Microsoft security essentials as your real time scanner

SpywareBlaster as the blocker

Malwarebytes and or Superantispyware scan weekly to double check

There are no conflicts using these combinations


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