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Free antivirus software

Posted by: Daniel B.      24 Apr 2008 @ 13:27
Free antivirus software

Hi
Are any of the free anti-virus software programs any good? I have a subscription to norton and don't really want to have to pay for another year.

Reply by: David K. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Coventry, CV1      24 Apr 2008 @ 15:02
RE: Free antivirus software

Daniel

I would choose Nod32 or Bit Defender, both have a good reputation and do have a subscription. They also have a much smaller 'footprint' than Norton or McAfee.

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Reply by: Richard B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Edinburgh, EH1      25 Apr 2008 @ 14:30
RE: Free antivirus software

I agree with David, NOD32 is paid-for and a much better choice than Norton.

The first thing we tend to do when getting to a customers site is remove the damn stuff!

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Reply by: Ian M. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Stoke-on-Trent, ST1      25 Apr 2008 @ 20:50
RE: Free antivirus software

if you want free anti-virus look at AVG 7.0 free edition or Avast Home edition. You will have to email for the license to Avast, but it's totally free. Personally i'd go for AVG as Avast takes hours to scan but both are about as good as each other.

Bit defender is more of a diagnostic anti-virus tool & preventer rather than a virus remover, so by all means add Bitdefender, but be warned, after 12 months of having it free they insist you buy it. it's the best software there is though if you run a PC that doesn't ever go online or accept email, but don't trust it 100% if you do & use AVG alongside it if possible.

Nod32 is the way to go.. keep Norton off your machine if you can as it does tend to take over your PC making it very slow - OK if you have a 2.8GB CPU & a shed load of memory it will be fine & are running XP but on a 1GB CPU running Vista, expect problems & the other bad thing about Norton is if your next door neighbour starts sneezing or breaks wind it will probably lock your PC down in case if catches a virus as sometimes it is a bit over protective & it drives you mad.

Have a look at ESET security as it's supposed to be the daddy when it comes to Anti-virus these days & wins all the awards & scans fast without slowing your PC down.

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Reply by: jon s.      25 Apr 2008 @ 22:45
RE: Free antivirus software

To answer the original question, there are three free AV programs worth considering
AVG http://free.grisoft.com/
Avast http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html
Avira http://www.free-av.com/
All are worth considering, they are fully functional versions of commercial "paid for" programs. My preference is for AVG because I prefer its interface, but that implies nothing negative toward the others: its simply personal choice.

Also worth looking at is Comodo http://antivirus.comodo.com/ They also offer free antimalware and free firewall. I've not had a chance to try them out yet so cannot personally comment on them, but the company is reputable

Finally if you want an open-source offering there is Clamwin http://www.clamwin.com/ However my experience of this is that its slow and memory hungry. It also does not have a real-time scanner unless you additionally install the buggy "Winpooch" from http://winpooch.free.fr/page/home.php?lang=en&page=home

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Reply by: Colin M. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Torquay, TQ1      26 Apr 2008 @ 11:42
RE: Free antivirus software

After trying everything out there I settled in the end for Eset Smart Security (NOD32) and became that impressed that I ended up becoming a reseller for their range of products

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Reply by: Colin M. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Torquay, TQ1      26 Apr 2008 @ 15:12
RE: Free antivirus software

Now thats interesting you can now download AVG 8!!!!!!!!! Free Vrsion from here http://free.grisoft.com/ww.download?prd=afe

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Reply by: Jon S.      26 Apr 2008 @ 17:59
RE: Free antivirus software

but NOD32 isn't free. He wants free, that was the whole point of the question

Re the AVG, this new version is supposeed to have built in spy-blocking protection as well. Will be interesting to see how well it works

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Reply by: Colin M. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Torquay, TQ1      22 May 2008 @ 23:05
RE: Free antivirus software

Correct NOD is nt free ,but its trial is and I think he will be so impressed with it that he will not mind paying a subscription for it

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      22 May 2008 @ 23:56
RE: Free antivirus software

well.... since this thread started I've had one interesting machine which was infected with virii...and the main key infection was in the NOD32 executable itself. The software appeared up-to-date, but it still got infected. I can't remember what the actual infection was, but it got past the NOD32 protection and actually altered NOD32 itself. I won't be installing that on any customers machines!

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      23 May 2008 @ 08:15
RE: Free antivirus software

I was interested to read the comment by Jon S. on NOD32 as I have one particular client who uses this on his network. I tried to Google for instances of the NOD32 executable being infected by a virus but it is one of these things that is very difficult to search for because of the huge weight of standard references to NOD32 and viruses. I did find that NOD32 seems to have experienced some significant problems with false positives http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=210216

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