Advise on free AV software

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  1. jldjs

    jldjs Registered Member

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    I currently use NAV 2003 updated on my XP Home. MY license renews in June but I'd rather not pay Norton. Have looked at AVG, AVAST, and BitDefender 7 as free alterantives. Appreciate advice on which might be considered my best choice. I also use SpyBot, AdAware, Spyware Guard and Spyware Blaster plus my ZoneAlarm firewall.
    Thanks.
     
  2. the Tester

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    Another free av to consider is AntiVir PE.

    BitDefender free could be a backup scanner to whatever free av you choose.
    I favor AntiVir of the free choices.
     
  3. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    Bit Defender 7 wouldn't do, because it has NO real-time monitor.

    I suggest adding the free AntiVir-PE *Classic* to your list.

    As to effectiveness, check these two test reports...

    _/ #1- Here. Alwil is Avast. Grisoft is AVG. H+BEDV is AntiVir-PE.

    _/ #2- Here. Then click "Comparatives" button. The click "Online Results" on line "5.On-demand comparative February 2005" for the latest data.

    AntiVir-PE updates signatures ~5X weekly. Avg updates ~3X weekly. I have no experience with Avast.

    If you are on dial-up, be aware that each of AntiVir-PE's updates to its signatures now averages ~2.8MB daily. AVG's updates are incremental -- ~0.5MB each. Again, I have no experience with Avast.

    aloha... bellgamin
     
  4. AnthonyG

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    Microsfoft give a free 6 month usage of F-Secure. This is one of the best AV you can get.
     
  5. RejZoR

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    Shaw gives ShawSecure (rebranded F-Secure Internet Suite 2005) for free,lifetime license. If you need other stuff like firewall and anti-spyware,then you should try it. Just make sure you have DSL/Cable and pretty strong PC.
     
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    I offer a free PC-cillin 2002 6-month to anyone who needs it. PM me for it.
     
  7. RejZoR

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    2002 ? Isn't that a bit too outdated? I mean 3 years? I'd go with Shaw in such case...
     
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    I dont know...maybe the serial key works with newer versions tooo_O
     
  9. jldjs

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    I've updated the license twice. Since NAV 2003 came with the PC I bought, Norton charges me $29.95 to upgrade. I bought NAV 2004 for less than that for my other PC and they charge $20 to update it every year. I'm focusing in on Avast and AVG at this point but wanted some advice from folks that know alot more about the AV than I do. Appreciate the feedback.
     
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    AVG is really easy to use.

    Avast is feature rich, and has excellent support on their forum.
     
  11. EZ antivirus from CA has free 12 month trial but it lasts forever since a new download resets the date. Very fast & light, small daily updates, great for newbies or slow pc's.
     
  12. zfactor

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    i have tried most of these. i (not being rude or anyhting like that) do not like avg. maybe the new version is better but the old one was not all it is cracked up to be. no pun intended =) i did not see the light footprint a lot of people "say" it is. not did it protect me when i needed it to. it let to much through on a regular basis. if and when i had a question for grisoft i did not get any timely responses. it usually took 2 days to a week for an answer if i got one. for free bitdefender like said above would not be a good choice. only as a backup scanner as like said it does not scan real time. in my opinion free wise i would probably have to say avast from alwil. second i would say antivir. (i believe they had a free one) i am looking for a backup to nod and i am considering avast. dont know if this helped but just my thoughts
     
  13. bellgamin

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    I HAD a link for that EZ freebie -- it went to CA & thence to Microsoft. But the Microsoft part of the link is now dead. R.I.P.:'(

    Does anyone have a *current* link for the EZ freebie -- or is it discontinued?
     
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    Or you can try this one here

    bigc
     
  16. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    @ gerardwil & @bigc -- Many many many thanks! Domo arigato. Mahalo nui loa. Muchas gracias.
     
  17. JerryM

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    Would anyone feel inadequately protected if he had these free security utilities?

    Avast
    Mwav escan
    A squared
    Kerio 2.1.5
    Microsoft Antispyware Beta
    Spybot S&D
    Adaware
    Spyware Guard
    Spyware Blaster
    Win Patrol
    Startup Monitor

    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
  18. FastGame

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    Nope I'd feel perfectly safe :)

    I have the following and never had an infection...

    Avast
    Mwav escan
    A squared
    Kerio 2.1.5
    Winsonar
    Microsoft Antispyware Beta
    Spybot S&D
     
  19. Don Pelotas

    Don Pelotas Registered Member

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    I would go with Avast for a good free av-choice, if you choose Avast then you might be interested in RejZor's:

    Avast! External Control

    To compliment your securitysuite, you could add the free version's of Ewido & A2 (trojan-scanners)

    http://www.ewido.net/en/

    http://www.a-2.org/en/
     
  20. TAP

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    Me too.

    I have the following freebie on my personal laptop and never had infection too...

    avast! Home Edition
    Kerio 2.1.5
    SpywareBlaster
    Spybot S & D
    eScan toolkit Utility

    and I run the following freebie on my home network (3 computers) and never had infection too...

    avast! Home Edition
    Sygate Personal Firewall
    SpywareBlaster
    Spybot S & D

    avast! Web Shield is really useful in home network environment, not even it scans HTTP traffic in real-time but its Web filtering/URL Blocking can be posed as proactive protection and it has saved my home network from Win32:Bropia, Win32:Kelvir that spread via MSN.
     
  21. RadicalEdward

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    I like avast, because the real time scanning seems to play nice when run at the same time with other real time scanners.

    I didn't like how ShawSecure demanded that I uninstall every single one of my other active antivirus software, realtime and on-demand, so I never tested it. That warning message it displayed really ticked me off....
     
  22. rdsu

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    jldjs,

    since you had Norton on your computer you can perfectly use the avast! Home Edition.
    It's a very complete free AV that can compete against a lot of shareware AV's...

    About the other protection it seems that you have a nice protection and I only advice you
    to add the ewido (Anti-Malware) and the HOSTS File Manager ;)

    Regards
     
  23. Sputnik

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    Sure you can have nice security with free programs... This would be my list:

    avast! Home
    ZoneAlarm Free
    Spybot S&D
    Ad-aware
    SpywareBlaster
     
  24. jldjs

    jldjs Registered Member

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    Vampiric - Why do suggest I use ewido? How is it different from Spyware Blaster and Spyware Guard?
    BTW, thanks to all for the feedback.
     
  25. rdsu

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    ewido is a great Anti-Malware (Hijackers, Spyware, Worms, Dialers, Trojans and Keyloggers) and you can use it for free, but only on-demand.
    Even only with the on-demand is a good complement for your protection ;)
    The new version will be wonderful... ;) (I don't know where is out)

    SpywareBlaster is an immunizer of some types of malware, SpywareGuard is a spyware protector and ewido, with his guard enable, is a malware protector... ;)

    You can use all without problems...
     
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