Is Avast still among the top for free AV?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by masqueofhastur, May 30, 2007.

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  1. masqueofhastur

    masqueofhastur Registered Member

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    I just did a fresh install of Vista, had to do it quickly as my Beta license expired. While I was running the beta I wasn't worrying about malware, as the system had bugs of its own to begin with. I have gone ahead and downloaded Avast, as it's better to have something than nothing, but it'd be nice to have a short response on what's the best free one for now, so I can have something good running while I start researching AV programs the way I did when I was on XP. One thing I've already noticed so far is NOD32 might be slipping, it was my go-to program before, but it looks like I'm going to have to research from scratch.

    So, is Avast a good start, or is there another one that's really better for free (hey, AVG might have pulled ahead while I wasn't looking)?

    Thanks
     
  2. larryb52

    larryb52 Registered Member

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    I like it good detection good forum & AVG I respect as well but I'd choose Avast! over it, depends on what your looking for...
     
  3. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    avast is the best free one.

    its got the same security as the paid version, lacks of schedule scans or something and a script blocker (you get that if you use firefox or opera i believe anyway) , THATS IT!

    have a look: http://www.avast.com/eng/av4_version_comp.html
     
  4. the Tester

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    Depends on what you mean by the "best".

    Avast is a good choice.
     
  5. WSFuser

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    avast is good choice and so is AOL AVS.
     
  6. Seer

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    Hello.:)

    Yeah. Well, as far as detection is the criteria for "the best", Avira is also free. ;)
     
  7. RejZoR

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    When considering lower detection or that freakin update popup i'd go with lower detection anytime. avast! or AOL AVS are the main players now, forget about the rest...
     
  8. Seer

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    Hi. :cool:

    LOL. I know, my dad is using free Avira, and I'm always annoyed when I see that update on his screen. But he likes it. :D It's still a very good AV.

    Cheers. ;)
     
  9. MalwareDie

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    Avast is good. though i prefer Avira.
     
  10. rdsu

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    My favorite free AV is avast! Home, and I don't see other that can offer more useful features and support, than avast! Home...
     
  11. bellgamin

    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

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    Avira is ranked above Avast by AV-Comp.
     
  12. masqueofhastur

    masqueofhastur Registered Member

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    As my original post stated, I need something for now until I've been able to research.
     
  13. innerpeace

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    Avast is very stable here on my XP home. The web (http) scanner is a nice feature also. Oh and don't forget about the boot time scanner and screen saver scanning features. :)
     
  14. Arup

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    Avast and AntiVir are both genuinely good offering, free or paid.
     
  15. Kerodo

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    Using Avast here now on a clean XP install and running smoothly. Have used Avast off and on for years and have always liked it...
     
  16. YeOldeStonecat

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    AVS from Kaspersky through AOL is the one I use more on freebies lately. Avira is also good. If I use Avast...I get too many complaints of the system running slow as molasses. And AVG just doesn't have the detection rates anymore...eclipsed by other free ones.
     
  17. the Tester

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    AntiVir:has the best detection rate.

    Avast:updates are much easier for me.
    Has some nice real-time components and e-mail scanner.

    Either program is a good choice IMO.
     
  18. rdsu

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    AntiVir Free doesn't detect Adware/Spyware, and has a lot of false-positives...
     
  19. Menorcaman

    Menorcaman Retired Moderator

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    Sorry guys but I see this thread as a variation of the "which is best" or "X versus Y" type of thread.

    Therefore, in line with this recent Admin statement, I'm closing this thread.

    Regards

    Menorcaman
     
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