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Is there good free anti-virus software out there?


Qquackers

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I'd appreciate some help and advice please. I need to update my virus checker, etc.on my laptop as my subscription is about to run out. I'm currently using McAfee and can update for around £40.00.

I keep hearing people say that they get theirs free but don't know enough about it to know what to go for and is this is the case.

My Broadband supplier is Virgin.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you

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Nontek

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The very best Free anti-virus is Microsoft Security Essentials. MSE

You should also use MalwareBytes too. MalwareBytes

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rdave13

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I can vouch for Avast free version as I use it on all of my PCs and Android tablets. Avast. Note on installing use the custom install so you won't download a toolbar offered (unticking the boxes). You will also need to register for a year's free protection and register every year.

Some people use others such as the free version of AVG.

Which ever free AV you settle on you should follow McAfee's instructions to fully uninstall it first icluding running the MCPR tool , McAfee removal.

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Jock1e

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Nontek

The very best Free anti-virus is Microsoft Security Essentials.

I will agree to disagree with you on that I think it is fairly poor but it is free. Qquackers is looking for the best free one and I would imagine MSE would be fairly low on that list.

Now if you have a Pay for version of any anti-malware program installed MSE would probably do if not I would find something else.

Not free but you can share this with the family and only £25.

Avast

Now if anyone uses that site make sure you type the correct e-mail address in as they send you the keycode by E-mail.

Or of course you could use the Free version.

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Forum Editor

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We all have our favourites. Mine is the free version of AVG. It runs on all my machines,and I can't remember the last time I had any kind of virus infection.

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Nontek

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Jock1e

Yes, I should have put IMHO .... However, I use MSE and MalwareBytes, and have never had any virus problems.

I believe in its early days MSE was probably not the best, but I further believe that successful improvements have since been made.

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Secret-Squirrel

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"We all have our favourites. Mine is the free version of AVG."

IMHO it's always best to check the results from independent AV testing companies when deciding on a such an important thing as computer security. AVG Free always seems to do consistently well - here's the latest report from AV-Test.Org.

" will agree to disagree with you on that I think it (MSE) is fairly poor but it is free."

I think you may be right there as there have been some very worrying press reports about MSE's effectiveness recently - have a look here and here.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Avast for me

Run Avast on an XP machine, MSE on another XP machine and AVG on a Vista laptop.

Avast gives less trouble and does not slow down the machine,

AVG definitely slows the Vista laptop even though it keeps giving me messages that the machine loaded 113% faster.

MSE seems very inconsistent and takes ages to update.

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Nontek

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I still have faith in MSE, updates automatically without any problems.

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