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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 month ago liubomirwm

JonathanT, i can't understand why you put Microsoft Security Essentials above Avira and AVG. They are better. Also Avira and AVG are better than Panda.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 month ago innn

I don't understand . Do people still use MSE ? I thought that product is for past windwos versions , so Microsoft does not put any more effort or other kind of investment into a DEAD product.
I use Windows 8 now and it has Defender built-in and I cannot complain about it. Now that is up to date in its development. It is taken care of. Though, here there's no mention of it but of its moribund predecessor.
If you still like to use older Windows versions you HAVE TO install 3rd party such as those mentioned on this page. I concur with all the others that MSE does not belong here anymore. Am I wrong? Please enlighten me.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy I have a whole bunch of people, friends, neighbors and some ex customers all using MSE without getting infected. What exactly are you basing your query on? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 month ago JonathanT It's very difficult to categorically state one AV is 'better' than another. Generally speaking all the AV's listed here provide adequate protection for PC's provided some common sense and safe habits are used. Also, this article is geared more towards average users who want a user friendly solution, of which I like MSE. I do mention that AntiVir has excellent detection rates. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 month ago CuriousJM

Upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 and Avast has been deleted/removed. It seems it is not compatible with Windows 8.1

Please suggest a good AV which is compatible with windows 8.1

Currently I have to depend on Windows Defender which slows down the system

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 month ago GJW

Avast 2014 is working properly on Windows 8.1. You used likely an older version of avast. So, you just need to download and install avast 2014.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 3 weeks ago AJNorth

MS have updated their Microsoft Security Essentials to version 4.4.304.0 (digitally signed 2013.10.23); not able to locate a changelog at the time of this posting.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 3 weeks ago West Swan

Hello,

It is interesting that you recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for average users.

Windows Secrets, the website that Gizmo used to be a senior editor of, says that it is really only suitable for 'geeks' and those who use safe surfing practices. For average users they recommend other antivirus.

http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/questions-about-ms-security-ess...

Oh yeah, I'm not saying you or they are wrong, just pointing out that even experts differ in their opinions :-)

I for one use Avast. I make sure to change all the settings so that it asks me first before deleting or repairing or quarantining infected files etc.

Cheers,

Paul

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 2 weeks ago MikeR

Just a note to say that I'm getting fed up to the teeth with Panda Cloud AV. Ever since it was released, it has ticked away quietly behind the scenes. No fuss (not much information, either, but in terms of actually doing its job, no complaints from me.)

I've no idea what has happened to the company recently, but for the past week, every day -- every day, mark you -- Panda has splashed an alert across my screen when I'm the middle of doing something saying 'Updates are awaiting install'. . . and then after the installation is complete, another screen says 'Restart your computer now' (because Panda Cloud AV won't function again until you do: as WinPatrol confirms, if you don't stop whast you;re doing and re-boot, there's no AV protection on your cpomputer at all.)

I really cannot get my head around why any AV outfit would wish to embark on so preposterously disruptive a route as this: day after day. update after update, and each one requires the user to stop what they're doing and re-boot otherwise their computer is unprotected???

That's never been the case with ANY AV publisher I've ever dealt with, except where a completely new version has been produced and a major upgrade neeeds to be carried out. But Panda seems incapable of determining the difference between upgrade and update. I really would very much like to know what the heck is going on here because an antivirus which mandates the user to reboot EVERY DAY in order to complete an update is of no use to anyone.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 2 weeks ago Lumino

Jonathan,

In your review you say about Panda,

"Detection rates of real-world malware is slightly lower"

Yet according to rigorous tests such as this one in AV Comparatives from October

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/avc_factsheet2...

Panda has the best protection of all Antiviruses, better than the two above it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 week ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya mike I read your thread with interest.

Just to let you know I also have Panda Cloud AV Free Edition, and nothing like you have described is happening to me, Its still behaving as its suppose to.

Have you thought of downloading the latest version to your desktop, Then removing your current version completely, and then of course install the latest version.

I say this as....surely if these problems that you are having where universal then it should be affecting everyone including me.

Anyway good luck, and please note I have provided FEEDBACK and not CRITICISM, and I hope you take it in the spirit in which it was meant.

( I also have WinPatrol AND I prefer Scotty as a round icon on the task-bar not the square lol )

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Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 1 week ago JonathanT You are indeed correct. Based on the various tests available I'd say Panda scores 2nd highest, I will edit the comment. Having said that, I'd like to reiterate that all the AV's listed here provide excellent protection for the average user. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 2 days ago mehman

In the quick selection guide, for Avira you mention that both 32 and 64 bit versions available. However, it should be 32 bit but 64 bit compatible. Since there is no 64 bit version for Avira.

Do let me know in case I am wrong with my observation.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 12 months ago JonathanT Looks like you are right, nice pick up. :) view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago please55

What are your thoughts on ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall? I don't notice it on this list or the other 'Best Security List' thread.

I'd like to pick up a firewall as well and the package seems tempting but I haven't used ZoneAlarm in years and I don't know what the protection rate is like on this particular product is like.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago CuriousJM

Thanks GJW for the info;

Avast was set to update automatically (both programme well as data base) so I presumed it was the latest version. However Windows 8.1 removed/deleted Avast without any warning. I noticed it only when Action Centre showed a red flag that System was unprotected.

I tried to re-install Avast but couldn't because of compatibility issue. Perhaps the installation exe file was older version and had I downloaded the latest version it may have worked.

Any way for time being I have downloaded and installed Avira.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago vellen

Avast is the best free antivirus nowadays. I have it on multiple computers for more than 2 years, and had NO problems with viruses at ALL. I work as a PC support, and install Avast Free Antivirus to my clients too.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago lauriowayne

even though AVAST 2014 is one of the best free antivirus tool available in the market however, my last system check even if it is updated, the version of AVAST fails to detect common viruses than that MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS do.And it was only worm.nuqel.ac " I dont know why?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy There are several threads about the Nuqel worm in the Avast! forum going back to 2010 but the information they contain is not that comprehensive. Nevertheless it appears this malware is still being missed by Avast! Possibly this is because the code of the worm is being constantly changed into new "variants". One recommendation is to consider an additional program that protects specifically against malware that uses USB devices to spread. MD - Site Manager. http://www.mcshield.net/ view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago sicknero

Thanks for the rec, never heard of that one before.

I've had it running all day on two machines alongside Avast ... it seems very light and well behaved so far, tomorrow I'll see if I can find any reports on how well it performs and what exactly it does do.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago MidnightCowboy Your welcome. :) There are comments about it here: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=356284&highlight=mcshield http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=318166&highlight=mcshield http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=290985&highlight=mcshield There are also recommendations for it in other places, including the Avast! forum. http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=104046.0 As ever, this will be another tool to help in the battle against Windows malware in the knowledge that no one single product ever can. MC Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 11 months ago shunima

As for many others (see Avast's own forum) an update to Avast 2014 made my system unstable, messed with my network connections and made the Laptop (WIN 7 pro) almost unusable during the holiday season. Few days of attempts to fix this didn't help so finally it was bye bye Avast. All the other threats about Avast 2014 indicate that lots of us became beta testers of a produce not mature enough for a full release. I used Avast for almost 5 years and was always very happy. That unfortunately changed around Christmas but what worried me was that I was not alone with it. I changed to Bitdefender free. Works great (the fact that you can't set anything manually is a bit challenging to accept though :-) )is lightweight, no annoying purchase offers upon startup and does not render the Winpatrol popups Avast triggered from time to time (which is making the misses happy) Two weeks with Bitdefender and so far, I won't go back.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago naren

Currently running Bitdefender free antivirus. BD website mentions it shares the same protection technologies as their paid products.

Tested it & seems it provides the same protection as their paid products.
Tested offline too & find offline protection is also good, active virus control their behavior blocker also detected threats offline too. Its a cloud AV so definitely it will protect better online as it can connect to their server to perform other advanced analysis. But I find it offline protection good too & it updates often too. I think they keep smart local databases like most prevalent & latest malware signatures for offline protection.

Running light & without any probs here on Win 7 64 Bits.

They call it essential antivirus without additional things so no configs, maintenance, etc... They should also remove the requirement to login.

Excellent protection for average users.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago Chiron Thank you very much for this test. I was also under the impression that the free version of Bitdefender was very effective, and I'm glad to see that your test upholds that belief. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago Chiron Hello, my name is Chiron and I am the new editor for this article. I have just made a small change to the article (removing MSE due to very bad protection results). However, many more changes are coming once I have improved upon the new procedure I have come up with for comparing antivirus products. My aim is to differentiate between those products which just have good detection scores versus those which may have lower detection scores, but due to other technology can actually protect you better. Keep an eye on this article over the next few weeks for these improvements. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago naren

Nowadays I am testing BD Free often to confirm it provides the same protection/detection as BD Paid.

In my tests it seems to provide same protection/detection as paid.

Its good BD people provided same protection & not limited protection.

I find it excellent for average users with no configs, maintenance, etc... with excellent protection.

Hope they remove the login thing.

Lets see when you test how you find it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago Chiron Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago AJNorth

Larry Seltzer of ZDNET has an article some may find useful, "Antivirus on Windows 8/8.1 compared" - http://www.zdnet.com/antivirus-on-windows-88-1-compared-7000025359/?s_ci... (2014.01.21), which references the new test results from AV-Test (http://www.av-test.org/en/home/).

Though mostly discussing paid applications, a few consumer freeware are mentioned (and yes, Microsoft Windows Defender 4.3 was dead last).

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago Chiron Thank you very much for this link. I will take a look at this when revising the advice in this article. Also, AV-Test is one of the testing companies whose results I will be drawing on to compare the products. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago TomeWyrm

I've noticed a few issues with Avast lately that have caused me to jump ship back to Avira (whose major downside of annoying nag screens I can mitigate).

Issue number 1 has something to do with startup protection. Basically I can't mess with my startup entries with any of my centralized tools, like CCleaner.

Issue number 2: It recently had an annoying false-positive with my VoIP client ( RaidCall ), and then proceeded to not let me whitelist the program without going on the internet, doing research, and changing the settings on ENTIRELY too many things, instead of simply letting me say "Your last detection was a false positive".

The first one I was willing to work around until Avast updated to fix the issue, which might have taken many months (not that big of a deal. I check my startup entries once or twice a month). The second one cuts me off from effective performance in my cooperative games (group coordination is much more difficult without VoIP). That I'm not putting up with for even a week, because it's an implementation flaw as far as I'm concerned. False positives happen, and without a simple/easy way to unblock/undo those, this program is a loaded handgun being waved around by someone that isn't quite stable. What happens if it gets a false-positive on Windows Explorer next (probably signature/hash based whitelist for important OS files... but still, I'm not dealing with it), or maybe my browsers get targeted?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago Chiron Both Avast and Avira are very good choices. As for the startup protection, I was not aware of that, but I suppose the upside is that malware likely couldn't mess with the startup entries easily either. However, for a user desiring granular control I understand the issue. As for the false positive issue, all AV's will sometimes have false positives. Sadly, with the vast amount of malware out there this sort of aggressive signature is necessary. Thus, please report false positives using the information I have gathered in my other article here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-report-malware-or-false-posi... All AV's have had false positives in the past, sometimes with important files. This is sadly unavoidable. However, the AV companies themselves are also aware of this problem, and are constantly doing everything they can do to try and ensure that the important files are whitelisted, and will thus be excluded from detection. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 10 months ago bubbles

I am using Bitdefender, due to all the excellent reviews of their product. I did have a problem with Ccleaner locking up my system whenever I did a scan.
According to the forums on Bitdefender, to avoid this problem, all you have to do is turn off the virus shield on Bitdefender, whenever you run a scan with Ccleaner. Since I started turning off the virus shield, to run Ccleaner, I have not had any problems. Just make sure you turn it back on when you finish cleaning with Ccleaner. I love this anti virus, and I do not mind a little extra work, to keep it on my computer. I wrote this as a help to those that maybe having the same conflict with Ccleaner. I hope I was of some help with this issue.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago Chiron That's a very strange issue. I hope it's already been reported as a bug on Bitdefender's forum and will be fixed in subsequent updates. That said, I'm glad to hear of the workaround, and will let others know if I hear of anyone running into the same problem. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago cpuking

Chiron,

The conflict between Bitdefender Free Edition and Ccleaner, has not been fixed. I am still having the problem. From what I understand, Bitdefender has no plans to resolve the issue.They say that it would put the computers that their product is protecting at risk, to resolve the problem. I was told by Bitdefender to do the work around, of turning off the Virus Shield, when cleaning with Ccleaner, or to delete one or the other. Bitdefender is a little arrogant, when it comes to their product. I don't blame them for that. I think they have a very strong product. So if they think that resolving the problem would put my computer at risk, then I have to agree with them to not resolve the issue. Both Bitdefender and Ccleaner are great products to have on your computer. So I have chosen to do the work around.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago Chiron Thank you for updating us about this. I'm really not an expert in how products are coded and thus will not argue with them about this. However, it does seem strange that other products do not have the same issues. Either way, I suppose it's a relatively minor issue for a good free AV. Also, for anyone else reading this, if the issue is bothering you too much you can also switch to one of the other great AV's in this article. Thanks again. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago AJNorth

Avast! Free Antivirus was updated to version 9.0.2013 (86 MB) on 2014.01.23.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago miamoore1993

Hi!

I should say online activation is "optional".

Thanks.
mia

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago George.J Avast will run free only for 30 days unless you've activated it. Upon activation you get a 365 day license. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago AJNorth

Avira Free Antivirus has been updated to version 14.0.3.350 (2014.03.04; 132 MB).

(Again, the update nag screen has been eliminated.)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago dbnnet

Have been testing AVG, Avast! & Avira. So my 2 cents, for what its worth:

1. Whilst AVG certainly is very capable and suitable for the vast majority of users, it does tend to be a bit "heavy" and slow, but all round a solid product.

2. Avast! may well be rated highly, BUT be warned.... its a bandwidth hog, doing all sorts of strange things in the background. At first I thought it was a bug or something weird going on... but a quick search on Google shows that this is well known. If you are using 3G or any form of controlled bandwidth, suggest you leave Avast! well alone! Setting to a minimum file only protection did not seem to help the situation either.

3. Avira.... have since 2013 removed their intrusive ads (This needs to be updated in the above summary). I currently use this Anti-Virus, and have no issues so far!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago Chiron Thanks for letting me know about this. I have now updated the information in the article. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago Chiron I agree with George.J. Although it will run fine for 30 days without registration, it will stop running after that time runs out. Therefore, that is why I say that it requires registration. If you have any questions about that please feel free to ask. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago Chiron Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have now edited the information in the article. Let me know if you still see any issues. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago althu21

What about Qihu 360 Internet Security?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Only products with a proven history over a long period outside of their domestic environment are likely to be considered for this review. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago AJNorth

My pleasure, Chiron, and welcome aboard!

AJN

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago AJNorth

You're most welcome, Chiron (and thanks for updating the Avira description!).

Incidentally, Avira have added two additional enhancements by incorporating their "Protection Cloud" and "Browser Safety" features in their free A-V - http://www.davescomputertips.com/new-avira-free-antivirus-now-includes-c... (it will be interesting to see what effects this might have on future testing results...).

AJN

P.S. In case you don't follow his articles, Neil Rubenking, Lead Analyst for Security over at PC Magazine, does his own extensive in-house testing (along with relying on results from the various testing labs); his most recent overview of free anti-malware solutions (2014.01.08) can be found at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp . (Should you ever wish to contact him, Mr. Rubenking is very gracious about answering emails.)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago sonoffar

In hopes of hardening my older XP Pro lap top before the SHTF event in April, I loaded up Avast and was initially satisfied with how it did it's job. Then I reached a 30 day anniversary and the constant nags started. Now I have no working anti-virus and I am also unable to remove Avast or disable it's constant nag pop ups. As of this date I would rather be scalded than pay the Avast pirates a penny for their miserable product.
Anyone looking for free anti-virus I would advise stay well clear of this nasty, intrusive, offering.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago sicknero

The free version of Avast requires that you register with them to use it for more than 30 days.

I'm guessing that you didn't do that?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron As sicknero mentioned, did you register the product? Regardless, it should still be able to be removed (and if it can't this sounds like a bug), but the reason it's nagging could very well be because of the required registration. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Thanks. I've now added that it also includes the cloud. However, I did not see any indication that the new browser safety addition is yet included. It seems to be in Beta. Thus, I did not add that to the article yet. As for updating this article to better compare the products, I am still trying to find the time to do that. I have been very busy lately, but do still plan to update this article such that it will better differentiate between the real-world protection offered by these various products. At that time I'll be using the results from multiple testing agencies. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron I have removed the warning about Avira from the article. Apparently they now provide free users access to their cloud as well. I have updated the article to mention this as well. As for the other products, I will be updating this article (once I have more time) to better differentiate between the real-world protection offered by the various products. To do this I will draw on the results from several testing agencies. However, I am very busy right now and not sure when I'll find enough time for a drastic rewrite and research which this necessitates. That said, it will happen eventually. I was not aware of the issues which Avast causes on systems with slow internet. I assume that is likely caused by cloud-based activities. Has anyone else run into a lot of problems with Avast hogging the band-width? If so I'll update the article to warn about that. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Thank you. I am new to this article. However, I am not new to techsupportalert. I have published 13 other security and privacy articles on this website. In case you are interested in checking these out, they have been added to the bookmarks of my profile. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago davy

http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility
This will do the trick.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Yes. If users have trouble uninstalling Avast, or experience other problems after uninstalling it and then reinstalling it, this uninstall utility is very helpful. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Hello, I've just completed a major revision of this article. Therefore, if anything seems wrong, such as a link is not working or the wording is unclear, please let me know. This is still a work in progress, but I wanted to provide you with my new ideas, and testing criteria, now rather than later. Please let me know what you think of the new review. Your feedback is much appreciated, and will be very helpful. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago bernardz Although it is not as good an antivirus system as these above, MSE does have the advantage that it can run on slow machines without draining the power too much. It also has no legal issues about commercial or non commercial use. For these reasons for many people, it is actually a better solution. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron If you check the results for MSE, you will find that it consistently scores near the bottom. Thus, it does not offer sufficient protection for me to recommend it in this review. For users who find the other antivirus products in this review too resource intensive, I would recommend that they try Panda Free. It should be quite fast, even on slow machines. As per legal issues, Comodo Antivirus is free for commercial use, although if the company has many computers they may wish to consider Comodo Endpoint Security, which is paid. That said, there is still a free product recommended in this review which also works for commercial environments. Everything taken into account, I do not think that it is a good idea to recommend MSE. It just doesn't provide the level of protection which people deserve. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Check here http://www.raymond.cc/blog/which-free-antivirus-is-the-lightest-on-syste..., and you'll see that Avast is the lightest antivirus using least memory resources. The way it flushes/resets the memory after every 10sec is an innovative feature to keep memory usage under check. I admit that the results doesn't take into account the processor usage. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Roderunner

The 'Sandboxing' feature in Avast has been removed.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Agree with the top pick here...Although I'd say it's more leaned towards intermediate->advanced users. I'd suggest newbie's to stay away from Comodo. Other than that, the new Comodo 7 antivirus is smooth and amazing. You've the firewall defense (which is not included in most antiviruses), sandboxing feature (700% faster) and lot more features in the new version. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago sicknero

Isn't v7 in beta still?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron No it is not. The final version has been released to the forum, although those running V6 will not yet receive an automatic update. Also, I'm not sure whether the main download page directs users to V7 or V6. Regardless, the release topic on the Comodo forums will allow users to download V7 final. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago sicknero

Thanks Chiron, I'm running v6 CIS and as you say it isn't reporting any available updates.

I had a look around Comodo and FileHippo etc (the screenshots on FileHippo look like v5?) and the Comodo download appears to be v6 still, so I thought I'd ask here.

Cheers.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron I thought about this some more, and what I have ended up doing is I edited the information so it now reads V6.x. This way there will be no confusion. Once V7 is made available through the auto-updater I will update this to refer to V7.x. Thanks for pointing this out. Let me know if you see any other issues with this review. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago famewolf

"but I do with they made the process simpler." s/with/wish

Is comodo suitable for running on an htpc ie I don't mind getting popups to configure initially but don't want to be getting them constantly while trying to watch shows etc.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago famewolf

Not directed at Chiron specifically but is a direct link to the v7 download or topic to much to ask for? Normal download process gives me V6 and I'd like to avoid having to hunt through their forum for it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron I have updated the review to point towards, and reference, V6.3. However, if you would like to install V7 you can find it here: http://forums.comodo.com/news-announcements-feedback-cis/comodo-internet... Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron From my experience you won't get too many popups at all, even initially. It's really much, much, much quieter than it was even a few years ago. I think you'll likely find it to be a good match. Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you have any questions about Comodo Firewall feel free to ask. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron I was not aware of this. However, it looks like this was removed and the DeepScreen feature was added. I will update this review accordingly. Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J I usually visit Softpedia to download softwares and like their caption Updated One Minute Ago, they are very fast in updating their software list. Here's Comodo Antivirus 7 at Softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Comodo-AntiVirus.shtml view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago rseiler

Do you know why it's 220MB? I know software keeps getting bigger and bigger, but is there something in particular about this one that makes it perhaps the largest?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Comodo Antivirus is just 100MB download: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Comodo-AntiVirus.shtml The Internet Security version has firewall and such, which most basic antiviruses doesn't have. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago famewolf

If you follow Chiron's v7 download link you'll see the new version is 220mb.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Not sure what's happening there... Although they have given three different links, all link to the same setup file [220MB download]. I mean why should IS, Antivirus and Firewall have the same setup size. Softpedia link points to Comodo Antivirus 7.0 and is a 100MB download [x64 version]. Probably the link given in the forum is just one setup file. Edit: The x86 version is 220MB download while x64 version is 100MB. [puzzled]. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago famewolf

Although all listed their size as 220m I did notice all three had different md5sum's...can you post the direct softpedia link?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J x86 version is a 220MB download while x64 version is 100MB. [Link removed - direct download links are not permitted. Please use the site PM system for this] view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Also note: Comodo Internet Security at this Softpedia page: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/COMODO-Internet-Security-Download-... Shows an x86 and x64 version [both <100MB file] and a Universal Installer version [220MB], giving you free choice to install the version you like. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Thanks for pointing this out. I would advise that users download and install V7 rather than V6. It is the newer version, and appears just as stable. However, until the main Comodo Antivirus page updates such that it is V7 which is downloaded, I will keep the version listed as V6.x. This way it will not confuse users who are already running it, and try to see if there are any updates. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Unless I'm mistaken, the main installer contains the files for both the x86 and the x64 versions. During installation it will automatically install the correct files. It also contains the additional software, which I warn about in my review. I believe some 3rd party sources may remove those extra software. I hope this is helpful. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago naren

Chiron,

Why do you say "the level of protection provided is not identical with the paid" in BD Free review?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Perhaps I am wrong. Did you see somewhere where it said that the protection was identical? If so please provide a link so I can check it out. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago naren

From the BD Free Manual:

What is Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition?
Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition is an antivirus program designed to be fast and
to minimize user interaction, while sacrificing nothing of the malware detection and
removal capabilities that Bitdefender products are generally known for.

Also a BD staff confirmed in Wilders forum. His name is Iulika0069.
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=338408
He confirmed BD free provides same protection as paid. The thread is huge, its hard to find the post. There are many post by him & you will get all the info about BD free.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron I'll try to search through that later. It really is a huge thread. However, here is an excertp from the main Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition page here: They say that "Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition shares some of the revolutionary technologies that allowed our main product line to outpass major competitors such as AVG, Avast or Avira." http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html I'm not sure exactly which technologies the Free version does not have, but seeing as they specifically state that technologies have been removed from the Free version, I assume that the Free version also would not protect the system quite as well as the paid version. However, when I have the time I will look through that thread and try to see if perhaps I am wrong. If you run across a relevant post before I do please direct me to it. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago naren

The link you gave mentions all the features BD free has.
Realtime
Active Virus Control
Intrusion Detection System
B-Have
HTTP Scanning
Anti-Rootkit
Early Boot Scanning
Autoscan

The Wilders thread I mentioned, if you go through the thread, you will see BD staff confirmed on the above features too.

I think the missing stuffs in BD free compare to paid are the additional stuffs like, safepay, wallet, rescue disc, parental control, etc...

I will try to find few important info posted by BD staff on the wilders thread & let you know.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron I did notice that. What I'm not sure about are the further details. These are things such as, are signatures available just as quick to both, is the site-blocking feature updated just as frequently, is the heuristics used just as effective, is the cloud backend just as effective, etc... Marketing often just lists that both have the same features. The issue often lies with how effective those features are for both. Does anyone know about my above worries? Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy For me, no matter who says what about anything, the bottom line will only be evident when the free version is tested alongside the paid as with AVG in the AV-Test results. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Geert

Hi Chiron,

I think there's a typo in your last sentence about the top pick:
... I do with they made the process simpler.
I suppose you mean: I do wish...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Now corrected. Thanks Geert for pointing it out. Demonstrates admirably one of the failings of built-in spell check. MC - Site Manager view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Thanks for pointing that out. If you see any more errors please be sure to let me know. Thanks again. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Geert

@Chiron @MC
You're welcome.
Thanks for the work you put into this site.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J The only pain with Comodo Antivirus is with manual updation of definition files. After downloading the bases.cav file, ther's no easy way to update the definitions. Although I tried moving the file to /Comodo/Scanners, the program failed to detect the definitions file, and upon checking for updates again, it started downloading the whole 170MB file. Previously using Avast, everything was quite easy. Anyway I'm still happy with Comodo IS. :D view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Instructions on how to manually update Comodo Antivirus can be found here: https://forums.comodo.com/antivirus-faq-cis/where-can-i-download-the-lat... Let me know if it works correctly for you. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago naren

If you are not sure of the details then I think you shouldn't mention "protection level is not identical with paid".

Get the details & put it in the review. The wilders thread link I mentioned in one of my previous post, you will get all the info about BD free by BD staff i.e Iulika0069.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Thanks for pointing out the confusing wording. I have now updated it to read that "the level of protection provided has not been shown identical with the paid version, which is why I did not use the results for the paid version in my analysis". If anyone can show that the level of protection is absolutely identical then I can use the results for the paid version. This can be done for Comodo Antivirus. However, until someone can show me that the free version of Bitdefender offers exactly the same level of protection, not just the same components, I cannot use those results. I hope that makes sense. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago blueboxer

A few months ago I tried Comodo on my XP machine, and found I had to turn off the internet connection before I could boot it. Otherwise Comodo took over the machine, and just sat there doing who knows what (my guess: a download of the whole malware signature database, followed by a full-scale scan) that monopolized my computer and did not respond to any interrupts for hours on end. Fortunately that computer has a mechanical wireless on/off switch on the front so I was able to break in and try and tweak the thing into proper behaviour, but the mitigation was slight; I eventually wiped it in disgust. My experience with avast was nearly equally bad, just enough less offensive that, faut de mieux, I elected to tolerate it for now given the oncoming demise of MSE for XP.

Obviously, I need the best fortifications available constructed around my XP facilities. Equally obviously in the past few months there have been major changes in all the anti-virus offerings and how they work. Maybe things have improved.

Clarification is needed, too. I got an "update" notification from Comodo offering added features. But a close reading suggested (the weasel=wording and misdirection is shameful) that they were trying to sell me an upgrade, likely at exorbitant subscription expense. I could be wrong - but why are they playing this game in the first place?

I just want an antivirus that works, and don't mind running a selection of separate anti-malware programs should these be necessary. I know the internet is a dangerous place and will defend as best I can. But programs that take over and run away with my computer, or try con games with me, are not things I'm eager to take on - even with your recommendation.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Protection level is not just about the percentage of samples that an antivirus can identify, other features are added to a paid antivirus solution to keep you safer. Although a home user doesn't need all those "extra's", except for large business where data security is of utmost concern. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago George.J Thanks a lot :D But who keeps import function inside "About" :{ view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago Chiron Now that you mention it, that is a strange place. However, now that you found it is everything up and running correctly? view
Best Free Antivirus Software 2 years 8 months ago naren

What I am trying to say is........

For example - AVG free autoupdate is not often like paid. This too can affect the protection. No Webshield/Online shield in free like paid.

For example - VB RAP test - You can see there is difference in protection by Avira free & paid. Avira free doesn't provide Webshield like paid. Avira Browser Security in free is not like Webshield in paid, there is no HTTP scanning in free like paid. Avira too doesn't autoupdate often like paid.

I know there are tests available for these AVs & that can be put in the review. But the same thing can be said about these free AVs i.e protection not identical with paid. You didn't mention this for these AVs but you mention this for BD free, that kind of looks unfair to BD free.

About BD free - I am little busy, when I will be little free, I will try to scan Wilders links & provide you the facts/confirmation about BD features/protection by BD staff. If you have time, you too try to do so.

I have tested & compared BD free with paid & other free AVs too & I find it an excellent free AV especially for average users. I find it better than all the free AVs mentioned here in terms of protection & everything for average users, not including CIS as CIS is way better than all the AVs mentioned here & recommended for advanced-intermediate users. I know my tests doesn't count, just sharing my test experience.

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