Looking for FREE AV Scanner

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by ler329, Mar 23, 2004.

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  1. ler329

    ler329 Registered Member

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    Hello

    I'm looking for a FREE AV Scanner. Currently I use Avast, but want to have a second one installed for extra security! Or is Avast good enough? Are there better ones?
     
  2. puff-m-d

    puff-m-d Registered Member

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    Hi ler329,

    Some free AV's are reviewed HERE.

    Just remember, do not run 2 AV's resident at the same time....

    HTH...

    Regards,
    Kent
     
  3. subratam

    subratam Registered Member

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    Hi ler,
    Avast is ofcourse a good anti virus :). and yes its no harm to keep a back up scanner.
    I have always been a great lover of AVG, and I will recommend AVG for you.
    One word of advice,
    Do NOT run the "resident shields" of antiviruses at the same time together.
    some more choices , which are more than useful
    F-secure, F-prot.
    There will be some more inputs soon. Its your decision at the end of day.
    good day
     
  4. Peaches4U

    Peaches4U Registered Member

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    AVG let me down & has been a tad problematic re updates lately ... am now using AVAST. Avast also has a support forum should problems be encountered. So far Avast has served me well except for one false positive ... better that than an infection. I believe Panda is also offering a free version AV which includes a firewall.

    It is not recommended to run two AV's at the same time because it may cause a conflict. If you choose to have two, then one should be used "on demand" only. I do not find that running two AVs necessary .... I will do a frequent online Panda or Trend-Micro scan as a second opinion from time to time.
     
  5. Blackcat

    Blackcat Registered Member

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    Check out these posts;

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=22057

    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=18929

    To supplement Avast, the ones which stand out from the pack are

    1. Escan AntiVirus Toolkit Utility- which uses the Kaspersky engine-

    http://www.mwti.net/antivirus/free_utilities.asp

    2. Etrust AntiVirus- Server edition- http://etrustantivirus-east.ca.com/v7/ - which uses 2 scan engines.

    3. EZ's Combined AV and Firewall- http://www.my-etrust.com/microsoft/index.cfm?

    4. Panda's Combined AV and Firewall- http://www.pandasecurity.com/surveymonkey/

    5. BitDefender- http://www.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=24#

    6. F-Prot for DOS- which is very popular as a back-up scanner; http://www.f-prot.com/download/home_user/download_fpdos.html


    If you are happy with Avast, stick with this as your main scanner and see which of the above will sit with it as a back-up scanner. Take into account that Panda's and Etrust's scanners are only free for 12 months.
     
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