What is the best FREE computer anti-virus?

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NeedToKnow

London, KY

#1 Nov 19, 2013
I assume many people are using the free versions. Which one is best and why?
user

Barbourville, KY

#2 Nov 20, 2013
I have used Microsoft security essentials for years and have never had any problems with ii.
Tried Them All

London, KY

#3 Nov 20, 2013
I've tried them all over the years and they all had one sort of shortcoming or another. Then, I tried one many people have never heard of--Bitdefender Free. Since I've been using it, I never have to think about any issues and have had none. It is very light weight and uses much fewer computer resources than the others, in addition to doing a great job. Computer Magazine gave Bitdefender it's highest ranking as have other reviewers, which you can look-up for yourself. If you want the best for free, it's Bitdefender.
turk

Barbourville, KY

#4 Nov 20, 2013
avast works well on my system.
seller

Barbourville, KY

#5 Nov 20, 2013
NeedToKnow wrote:
I assume many people are using the free versions. Which one is best and why?
don't forget, if you are using free trial versions, when your free trial is over, don't forget to uninstall the old one before you install a different one. two antivirus programs on the same computer is very bad. they will sometimes try to fight each other and can really mess up your computer.
top

United States

#6 Nov 20, 2013
Avast

“ields of the Brave”

Since: Oct 13

Cannon, KY

#7 Nov 20, 2013
None of the free versions seem to work well.
FYI

Manchester, KY

#8 Nov 21, 2013
AVIRA

http://download.cnet.com/Avira-Free-Antivirus...

better yet go to avira's website and download it yourself without worrying about add on apps.

http://www.avira.com/en/index .

as an aside, run malwarebytes occassionally to catch anything that avira doesn't.
travis

Somerset, KY

#9 Nov 21, 2013
I love Microsoft security essentials its a great anti virus program it dose not bog your computer down like most anti virus programs do
Avast and AVIRA tend to bog your system down their good but I found Microsoft security essentials is much better then either one of them
I like malwarebytes but not the free pro is best but if you don't update any anti virus program and run it a few times a week your wasting your time no matter what you chose
Tried Them All

London, KY

#10 Nov 21, 2013
Bitdefender is awesome, however, for those who like driving a "stick shift" it is not for you. Why? It is completely AUTOMATIC: scanning takes place while your computer is idle and it updates itself. There is nothing for you to do. If an intruder is detected, it automatically eliminates it also without your assistance. You can look at the system logs, whenever you want, to see any scan results. It is so quiet and unobtrusive you'll forget about it. Once Bitdefender is downloaded, this "real time" anti virus goes to work and you will forget it's even there. If you click on an infected URL, it will notify you of the infection BEFORE you get to the site so you can avoid the problem. Unfortunately, Bitdefender has low name recognition in Eastern Kentucky but is widely known and used across America and the world. If you want a great antivirus that will not bog down your computer, and one that you don't have to constantly monitor, this is the one. Just go to the Bitdefender Free website to download or for more info.
Rumors

Winchester, KY

#12 Nov 22, 2013
travis wrote:
I love Microsoft security essentials its a great anti virus program it dose not bog your computer down like most anti virus programs do
Avast and AVIRA tend to bog your system down their good but I found Microsoft security essentials is much better then either one of them
I like malwarebytes but not the free pro is best but if you don't update any anti virus program and run it a few times a week your wasting your time no matter what you chose
Microsoft security essentials works really well. Especially if you go under settings and "tweak" the top three default actions.

Work about as good as anything you'll pay money for.
Rumors

Winchester, KY

#13 Nov 22, 2013
I just wish they'd have went with a better looking icon, anything besides that monopoly looking castle thing.

See? that's my only gripe...a fusking icon.
Rumors

Winchester, KY

#14 Nov 22, 2013
Rumors

Winchester, KY

#15 Nov 22, 2013
Tried Them All wrote:
Bitdefender is awesome, however, for those who like driving a "stick shift" it is not for you. Why? It is completely AUTOMATIC: scanning takes place while your computer is idle and it updates itself. There is nothing for you to do. If an intruder is detected, it automatically eliminates it also without your assistance. You can look at the system logs, whenever you want, to see any scan results. It is so quiet and unobtrusive you'll forget about it. Once Bitdefender is downloaded, this "real time" anti virus goes to work and you will forget it's even there. If you click on an infected URL, it will notify you of the infection BEFORE you get to the site so you can avoid the problem. Unfortunately, Bitdefender has low name recognition in Eastern Kentucky but is widely known and used across America and the world. If you want a great antivirus that will not bog down your computer, and one that you don't have to constantly monitor, this is the one. Just go to the Bitdefender Free website to download or for more info.
Bit Defender has done well according to independent testing.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/upl...

But Kaspersky has always been my favorite security suite. I’ve stuck with Kaspersky even when the big OEM’s back in the day were loading all their systems with sh!t like Symantec's Norton antivirus, or the god awful McAfee (what ever that junk was). Back in the day, people would almost worship Norton Antivirus, and it's never been worth a flying fusk. McAfee and Norton were and are more like a virus themselves than a security suite. Neither of those two program will go on any computer I mess with. I mean, who wants to clean a computer up, and get it running like a singer sewing machine, only to load Norton, or McAfee, and have all hell break loose?

Both those piles of sh!ts are liable to cause you to have to reformat and start over. Either format and start over, or sit for thirty minutes picking out and forcibly removing the 20 or 30 useless services and processes they overload your machine with. Which in turn bring it to a near molasses like crawl.
Rumors

Winchester, KY

#16 Nov 22, 2013
Cyclorama wrote:
None of the free versions seem to work well.
The only security protection you need concern yourself with Is called “Trojans”. Make sure your boyfriend has one snapped on before he penetrates your lower guts.
Tried Them All

London, KY

#17 Nov 22, 2013
Tried Them All wrote:
Bitdefender is awesome, however, for those who like driving a "stick shift" it is not for you. Why? It is completely AUTOMATIC: scanning takes place while your computer is idle and it updates itself. There is nothing for you to do. If an intruder is detected, it automatically eliminates it also without your assistance. You can look at the system logs, whenever you want, to see any scan results. It is so quiet and unobtrusive you'll forget about it. Once Bitdefender is downloaded, this "real time" anti virus goes to work and you will forget it's even there. If you click on an infected URL, it will notify you of the infection BEFORE you get to the site so you can avoid the problem. Unfortunately, Bitdefender has low name recognition in Eastern Kentucky but is widely known and used across America and the world. If you want a great antivirus that will not bog down your computer, and one that you don't have to constantly monitor, this is the one. Just go to the Bitdefender Free website to download or for more info.
I would like to add that I've used Bitdefender for a long time with ZERO security problems and ZERO hassles for me. How much more could you ask from a free program?

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