which is best free anti-virus

  iarno 21:32 15 Sep 08

Hi all,
Simple question, does anyone know which is the better of these two:- Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus, or AVG 8 FREE. I have the latter.

Thank you.


  Technotiger 21:37 15 Sep 08

I too use AVG Free - so I would say stick with that!

  dms_05 21:39 15 Sep 08

I use AVAST with Vista.

I did use Comodo with XP but it isn't suitable for Vista.

according to click here avira is the best av, again paid or free. click here

  iarno 22:01 15 Sep 08

Thanks for response.
I have XP Home, I,m not thinking of changing but would like an opinion on the difference between the two. My daughter has Avira. Does anyone else use it.


  DieSse 22:01 15 Sep 08

I've seen and read so many issues with AVG, that when people insist on a free AV I now always use Avast.

Features AVG free doesn't have - which make it less than stellar protection click here

I doesn't even protect you against malicious downloads or web pages.

I use and have always use eset (NOD) - which you pay for annually. It includes all levels of protection and is faster, smaller and generally all round superior to any AVG version.

What price a small annual fee for fast, unobtrusive, comprehensive protection.

  iarno 22:03 15 Sep 08

Thanks adman 2.


  DieSse 22:13 15 Sep 08

You should also note, that good as the Avira tests were at av-comparatives, this was for the paid, not the free version - and that it had many false positives.

Differences in what Avira free and paid versions provides. click here

  iarno 22:35 15 Sep 08

Thanks for your two posts. I,ve just been reading the comparatives and come to the conclusion there is very little difference. At least I now know. Will tick this as resolved.
If my daughter ever has any probs I will let you all know.

thank you very much.


  Taff™ 23:10 15 Sep 08

My Vote goes to Avast 4 Home Edition - Free.

Let`s not get paranoid about the tests sponsored by various people. AVG Free is probably on the same base level for their free edition as well as a few others. If you are worried about it just pay Norton or Mcafee £30 - £40 for their offerings. I personally have never known a "Home User" who has been let down by either AVG or Avast. (With a bit of common sense applied)

  woodchip 23:24 15 Sep 08

I have Avast on four Computer all running XP Home

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