What free AV do you recommend to your non tech savy friends/family?

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  1. CrusherW9

    CrusherW9 Registered Member

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    Just as the title says, what do you recommend? I've been trying out a few while considering ease of installation, use, and security and I like Bitdefender Free, Panda Cloud Free, and Avast! with a configuration loaded. I figured sending them my configuration and telling them how to import it isn't too hard so I kept it in the running. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Dark Shadow

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    Avast at defaults and all shields running.
     
  3. java dude

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    Avast! free with PUP on all scans and sensitivity cranked up to high. Hasn't been an issue yet. :)
     
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    Bitdefender Free
     
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    Microsoft Security Essentials.
     
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    Avast or COMODO all on defaults :)
     
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    It will turn into A vs B :rolleyes:
     
  8. JRViejo

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    er34, if it does, this thread will be closed.
     
  9. CrusherW9

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    Which is why I only asked what people recommend instead of what I should recommend.
     
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    Bitdefender Free

    - Light
    - No running scans
    - No actions to take
    - No settings to fiddle with
    - Detection rates of paid version, which is top of the industry

    The whole lack of a "no restore from quarantine" feature is overblown, as it is unlikely to quarantine the average user's files, and they would be restored automatically anyways after a definition update.
     
  12. CrusherW9

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    See, I was thinking that scheduled scans are a good thing. I'm not sure.
     
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    I might consider Bitdefender Free AV.
     
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    I would think that scheduled scans would be great since most people would most likely not run a scan and just have it run the way it is not checking up with scans to see whats on the system.
     
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    Bitdefender free, without a doubt.
     
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    For a non-techie who has low-risk browsing habits, I would recommend MSE because it generally runs quietly in the background and does not bother the user with prompts.
     
  17. chinook9

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    I am using, or have used everything mentioned so far. I would go with Avast at default settings. This is what I had on my wife's machine until we got Bitdefender Internet Security 2013 on sale. I have Panda Free on the machine I'm on, but I have had glitches with it so I don't consider it as reliable as Avast. I can stick with Panda on this machine because I have so many other barriers that I hardly need an antivirus.
     
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    Avira Free.
     
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    I am using Avira free in one of my machines. Was using Avast free, but can't stand the new interface of v8. In my case both are light. I don't have any experience with BD & AVG free. Also never tried MSE after seeing AV Comparative reports.
     
  22. anon

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    Off topic:
    You are not using Avira alone.
    You are using Avira free plus the ask crapware.

    Check your Antivir Desktop folder
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    Program files --> Avira --> Antivir Desktop folder => apnic.dll / apnstub.exe / apntoolbarinstaller.exe
    =
    http://i.imgur.com/u5ITB1g.png
     
  23. Solarlynx

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    As for free AV I would offer for non tech guys Avast, Avira, AVG, Panda Cloud, MSE, Bitdefender, Kingsoft, Baidu. As for paid - Kaspersky, Eset and all paid versions of above mentioned freebies (Avast, Avira, AVG, Panda, Bitdefender).
     
  24. century

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    You are right 7anon. But I have unchecked these installation options initially. And there is no "Ask Toolbar" in the browser. Is it okay?
     
  25. webbit

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    try amazon for cheaper versions of webroot, better protection and i just got a 3 pc licence for £7 in the uk for a year, a real bargain and as i say much better protection, once installed you dont have to do anything, and i installed it on many non tech savvy peoples customers
     
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