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Feb 1, 2013
 
Is there any free anti virus's that you can put on a computer that actually work? If so what are they? If you don't know of any that's free what do you recommend using and how much would it be. The computer is mostly used for.online classes and I'm afraid I'm gonna end up getting a virus and I can't afford to take any chances. Thanks for any and all help
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Feb 1, 2013
 
http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php...

Anti-virus Protection:
Every computer has to have some sort of anti-virus protection. Luckily, you have a lot of great free choices. Of the top of our head we can think of at least five decent, FREE anti-virus programs. Yearly subscription? Why bother?

1: Avira Free Antivirus
Avira Free Antivirus has been around for a long time. Overall Avira has good speed, accurate detection and removal and has been consistently rated a 4.7 out of 5 by our readers. A professional version is also available.
Download at: http://www.majorgeeks.com/Avira_AntiVir_Perso...

2: Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft finally got into the game with free protection for all Windows users in 2010. While the detection and removal is very good, it is easily one of the slowest scanners out there. Not a great choice for power users.
Download at: http://www.majorgeeks.com/Microsoft_Security_...

3: Avast! Free Edition
Avast Free Edition is another free anti-virus that has been around for a long time. Effective, nice interface but it does seem to generate more false positives than others. Overall not a huge factor.
Download at: http://majorgeeks.com/Avast_Free_Edition_d196...

4: Panda Cloud Antivirus
Panda Cloud is one of our favorites. It is lightweight and easy to use. Actually, you will probably forget it is there. It does not have the best detection rate out there, but then again all anti-virus programs tend to go up and down in quality over time.
Download at: http://majorgeeks.com/Panda_Cloud_Antivirus_d...
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computer tech wrote:
Is there any free anti virus's that you can put on a computer that actually work? If so what are they? If you don't know of any that's free what do you recommend using and how much would it be. The computer is mostly used for.online classes and I'm afraid I'm gonna end up getting a virus and I can't afford to take any chances. Thanks for any and all help
AVG is a very good one. I've been using it since 2002 and still have the same computer. Never had to have anything done to it and never gota virus. You do need to let your computer do regular updates and run a complete check on your system about once a month. The reason for the monthly check up is that tracking and spyware doesn't trigger the virus blocker. The monthly system check will catch them and put them in a vault that you can empty. AVG will stop viruses that Norton and McAfee won't. You can type in Free AVG into your browser and check it out before you download it to see if you want to use it. Make sure that it says AVG. Don't download it if it has any other name that says it will take you to AVG.
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Feb 2, 2013
 
AVG was a decent AV a few years ago,but it has since become bloatware geared towards encouraging the user to upgrade to their paid version,including several flawed updates that crippled many PC's over the last couple of years.
AVG not recommended......
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Microsoft Security Essentials is the best one to use if you dont have a very power cpu or alot of ram you can go in to settings and set the cpu usage down to 10 percent it want slow your pc down like avg dose avg uses 50 percent cpu usage at all time
avg free is a great Antivirus but avg pro is much better then free but avg free and avg pro both do slow your your systeam down big time

Avast! Free Edition is ok i dont realy like it
Panda Cloud Antivirus sucks it is easy to use but it dost realy protech your systeam

used it for years

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Feb 3, 2013
 
computer tech wrote:
Is there any free anti virus's that you can put on a computer that actually work? If so what are they? If you don't know of any that's free what do you recommend using and how much would it be. The computer is mostly used for.online classes and I'm afraid I'm gonna end up getting a virus and I can't afford to take any chances. Thanks for any and all help
travis is right about security essentials, but it won't slow down your computer. i have used it for years and have never had any problems.
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Many computers with an anti-virus get infected anyway. Once the infection is on your computer it is hard for your current anti-virus to detect since it didn't detect it in the first place. Thus, most people need a back-up plan--an anti-virus that does not scan your computer continually, but one that can be ran occasionally to see what your regular anti-virus has missed. These type anti-virus scanners don't use ANY POWER except when you choose to scan. The best known of these type scanners is Malware Bytes. However, having used it myself, it only does a fair job...better than nothing but not great. By far, the best one I have ever used is called HitMan Pro. It will find and eliminate viruses that your regular anti-virus (like Microsoft Security Essentials) does not find...and is MUCH better than Malware Bytes at finding hidden viruses. Recently, despite having Microsoft Security Essentials, I noticed my computer acting different. I scanner with M.S.E. and found nothing. A scan with HitMan Pro found the virus and eliminated it...computer back to normal. You can try HitMan Pro free for 30 days by going to their website...this will give you plenty of time to clean the stuff your regular anti-virus has missed...and you might be surprised at what you find hidden in your computer.
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Many computers with an anti-virus get infected anyway. Once the infection is on your computer it is hard for your current anti-virus to detect since it didn't detect it in the first place. Thus, most people need a back-up plan--an anti-virus that does not scan your computer continually, but one that can be ran occasionally to see what your regular anti-virus has missed. These type anti-virus scanners don't use ANY POWER except when you choose to scan. The best known of these type scanners is Malware Bytes. However, having used it myself, it only does a fair job...better than nothing but not great. By far, the best one I have ever used is called HitMan Pro. It will find and eliminate viruses that your regular anti-virus (like Microsoft Security Essentials) does not find...and is MUCH better than Malware Bytes at finding hidden viruses. Recently, despite having Microsoft Security Essentials, I noticed my computer acting different. I scanner with M.S.E. and found nothing. A scan with HitMan Pro found the virus and eliminated it...computer back to normal. You can try HitMan Pro free for 30 days by going to their website...this will give you plenty of time to clean the stuff your regular anti-virus has missed...and you might be surprised at what you find hidden in your computer.
the only way to keep a pc or laptop from getting infected with a virus is to never onpen the boxs it came in
HitMan Pro miss identifiey normally programs as virus but so dose just about all anti-virus prgrams the reson i like Microsoft Security Essentials it dosnt damage your os as bad as other anti-virus prgrams
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I appreciate your comments, Travis. Viruses are everchanging, unpredictable and usually agressive. No method is completely foolproof. The main reason my computer got a virus recently is because other people used my computer and someone changed the firewall settings...I guess that's what idiots do. However, even with that being said, my anti-virus SHOULD have stopped the invader in it's tracks but didn't. HitMan Pro found and eliminated the virus in 30 seconds. I know HitMan Pro is not perfect (nothing on Earth is), but it gives you a great SECOND OPINION about the state of your computer. In all the times I have used it, HitMan Pro has never never mis-identified a normal program for a virus and I reccomend it highly.
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Feb 3, 2013
 
KnowsComputers wrote:
I appreciate your comments, Travis. Viruses are everchanging, unpredictable and usually agressive. No method is completely foolproof. The main reason my computer got a virus recently is because other people used my computer and someone changed the firewall settings...I guess that's what idiots do. However, even with that being said, my anti-virus SHOULD have stopped the invader in it's tracks but didn't. HitMan Pro found and eliminated the virus in 30 seconds. I know HitMan Pro is not perfect (nothing on Earth is), but it gives you a great SECOND OPINION about the state of your computer. In all the times I have used it, HitMan Pro has never never mis-identified a normal program for a virus and I reccomend it highly.
the biggest problem ive found about any anti-virus program free or pay is ppl don't take the time to keep tham uptodated or do a full scan they think just because thiers a anti-virus program on thier computer its going to help its not most are set to update at 3am and only set to do a quick scan not a full system scan
or ppl will have two or more anti-virus programs on thier computer thats the biggest no no you can do
i tend to format and reinstall my os about two times a month but i am backing up things from other ppl computer so its best if i do that and i scan every thing for virus befor put it back on thier computer
when choosing the right anti-virus program you need to take in count your cpu size if its a singal core or duel core or better amount of ram hard drive speed the os and what Service Pack if any is on it befor choosing your anti-virus program
choose the wrong one it take for every for you computer to load thats one of the reson most ppl computers are so slow is the anti-virus program its self
ppl how use a third party company to down load thier anti-virus program from in the installer of the anti-virus program from a third party company may hide in other not so nice and back door programs and usaully dose

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Feb 3, 2013
 
travis wrote:
<quoted text>the biggest problem ive found about any anti-virus program free or pay is ppl don't take the time to keep tham uptodated or do a full scan they think just because thiers a anti-virus program on thier computer its going to help its not most are set to update at 3am and only set to do a quick scan not a full system scan
or ppl will have two or more anti-virus programs on thier computer thats the biggest no no you can do
i tend to format and reinstall my os about two times a month but i am backing up things from other ppl computer so its best if i do that and i scan every thing for virus befor put it back on thier computer
when choosing the right anti-virus program you need to take in count your cpu size if its a singal core or duel core or better amount of ram hard drive speed the os and what Service Pack if any is on it befor choosing your anti-virus program
choose the wrong one it take for every for you computer to load thats one of the reson most ppl computers are so slow is the anti-virus program its self
ppl how use a third party company to down load thier anti-virus program from in the installer of the anti-virus program from a third party company may hide in other not so nice and back door programs and usaully dose
I may be nuts but I dont feel that its wise to install 30 day trials. They may leave a little present if you decide you dont want them.
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Feb 3, 2013
 
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<quoted text>I may be nuts but I dont feel that its wise to install 30 day trials. They may leave a little present if you decide you dont want them.
thats true most 30 day trial program do leave you a little present if you decide you dont want them

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Feb 3, 2013
 
I use McAfee but I dont like it. It comes with my ISP.
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Feb 3, 2013
 
www.download.com u u can get avg or avast for free and it works lol
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www.comodo.com free internet security, I think if u try this one you will be well satisfied. Its got the best firewall that I have ever used beats microsoft hands down and its not a big resource hog. Just my opinion, ive used it for years.

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