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14 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I guess you've been a bit unlucky - I've run CIS free for two or three years now with very few problems, although I do always install onto a clean system.

I've not tried GeekBuddy but the Comodo forums can be helpful.

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14 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

We encounter these issues all the time with a variety of products and they are always local, due mostly to corrupt system files or the incomplete removal of other security software. MC - Site Manager.

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13 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software gem

It has been a long time since someone suggested Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 to be taken into consideration as possible antivirus solution. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10061-kingsoft-a...) and (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm?page=17)

Few months after that there was a quite interesting discussion about the possibility to run Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 alongside other AV without conflicts. This discussion did not end very well meaning there was no clear conclusion to the matter. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10752-could-i-ru...)

I come back here today with Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 (Cheetah) SP5.7 (http://pcdoctor.kingsoft.com) because i have been testing it for a while alongside KIS2013 on a pc with Win XP and on a pc with Win 7 64. I can tell you that i am quite impressed. No conflicts or compatibility problems so far. It is a cloud based antivirus, very light, with useful features, ability to fix vulnerabilities, USB defense function and it claims to be "Perfectly Working with Other Antivirus, Provides Outstanding Protection to End Users.". Although the software itself doesn't update frequently, the virus libraries do.
An interesting fact is that the company that makes the software is Chinese and apparently is no other than the guys from Cheetah Mobile that make known apps like Clean Master, Battery Doctor and CM Security for Android.

I just thought maybe we should give this one, another chance.

[Moderator's note: Link to non-English site edited out. Not allowed as per site rules.]

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13 weeks 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for pointing this out to me. I have now added a warning to the article.

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13 weeks 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I'm sorry to hear about this. It sounds to me like there may be an issue with your computer. Perhaps another program is actively interfering, there is some sort of corruption, or remnants from a previously removed software are interfering in some way. If you make a topic for this in the forum, and send me a link to it, I can try to help.

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13 weeks 44 min ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thanks for pointing this out. I will look into Kingsoft for the next update.

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12 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software TiagoDM

Please consider Qihoo 360 internet security: http://www.360safe.com/internet-security.html

Very well reviews product in av-test.org.

Thanks for doing this.

Tiago

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12 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I will be considering them for my next major revision.

Thanks.

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12 weeks 54 min ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Am back to using Qihoo 360 IS, and it's been excellent. Excellent independent lab test results, very light on resources and clean installer (which is not the case with most free antiviruses). The Total security version is too much for me, as it also includes Avira engine excluding the BitDefender engine, which is not needed for me. But overall, a perfect suite.

Moreover, it's good to see that Avira is offering a clean installer, which was not the case in the past. And also it's lab results are among the best.

Had to switch from Panda as it was slowing down my system to a crawl :(

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Qihoo is not a bad choice at all. I'm also happy to hear it's light on your system. From what I have heard Panda is generally light as well. However, the heaviness of an AV is always, to an extent, system specific. Thus, you may find that when you get a new computer it is Panda that is lighter and Qihoo which is heavier.

Thank you.

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11 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Honestly I expected Panda to be lightweight considering it being cloud antivirus. But the results just mirrored the lab tests at AV-Test with Panda rated lowest in performance, and lower than other Free antiviruses at AV-Comparatives for performance.

But like you said, it also depends from system to system.

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9 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software mrmxyzpltk

FYI, I just visited the Comodo site using the link provided in the article. Download page states that Comodo free AV is for "Operating System: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista", but nothing about WinXP. So I would not put it down to a computer problem - it's the second time this week I've run into this situation (I have a laptop and desktop w/XP, a desktop w/8.1). I'm sure that this will increasingly be the case, and wonder how many of the other AVs listed in the article no longer support XP. (No disrespect meant to the author - things change quickly.)

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9 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Update: It seems that the company has switched from 360 Internet Security (IS) and is favoring the Total Security (TS) version, as the last IS version dates back to January.

So far 360 Total Security has been amazing for me. Works great as an antivirus and as a total security suite.

Great performance, high detection, better zero day expolits (registry, files & system protection), keylogger detections, support and frequent updates, makes it awesome.

By the way am using only the BitDefender engine, but even with Avira engine enabled it still seems very light. But I don't wanna go around and update Avira engine, so not using it.

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9 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you very much for pointing this out to me, and I very much do encourage that any reader who notices an issue brings it to my attention. I do keep track of all issues reported, and, if possible, these will be addressed as soon as possible.

For this situation, I have edited the Quick Selection part to now explain this situation. There is an issue where there are significant limitations to Windows XP x64. These are such that if you are running the 64 bit edition I would advise that you use a different AV instead. However, Windows XP x32 should work fine.

Please let me know if this answers your question, or if you have noticed any other issues. Anything you can bring to my attention would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software darrin71

Good Day A ! Hi George.J ! I am a current user of 360 IS and am considering switching to 360 TS for support reasons as you know. I'm curious if you could tell me more about your experience with 360 TS compared to 360 IS regarding detection rate, resource usage, boot up time, scan time, and how well 360 TS plays with other software, such as MBM and SAS. Never mind George, I have already found answers to my questions.

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8 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Your warning: "Take care to avoid the default inclusion of the Chrome browser and OpenCandy during the install process by using the custom install option" (accessed 2014-08-24). That has been bothering me. :)

It would be very unusual to be given the option to reject OpenCandy. What you can reject are the downloads suggested by OpenCandy, but those come only AFTER OpenCandy itself has been installed, assigned you a permanent identifier, snooped through your stuff, phoned home info about your computer, your software, your geolocation, etc. It then selects downloads based on that info and on its previous interactions with you.

Last I checked, the user could avoid OpenCandy by not including the Software Updater component when installing avast or by removing it later. Note that Software Updater is not the avast updater.

the other thing: The OpenCandy offers are not made, or not only made, during the installation of avast. They come when the Software Updater functions, as long as it is installed.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

According to Open Candy's own information, the OC component itself installs nothing on your system unless you accept one of the bundled offers. I've checked this for myself and it's true.

What happens is that when you run an installer that includes OC, the installer runs a dll which activates the bundled offers.

If you refuse all the offers then the dll is terminated and deleted after the original installer completes and nothing is left behind. I've also tested this for myself.

However, if you accept any of the offers then OC will install an auto-updater along with whatever offer you accepted.

The OC dll will "phone home" anyway, unless you block it, with the following information;

"A. Operating system version and language, country location and timezone of the computer running the installer, and the language of the developer’s installer
B. That the developer’s installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled
C. Whether any third-party recommendations were made and if so, whether they were accepted or declined
D. If a third-party recommendation was accepted, whether the recommended app’s installer has been downloaded and the installer initiated
E. That the recommended third-party installer was initiated, and whether it was completed or canceled."

Note that the OC dll can be intercepted and blocked anyway, by programs like CIS.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

Not sure why anyone would be comforted by the fact that the dll is removed, when (1) the snooping has already been done at that point, (2) it leaves a permanent identifier on the computer, what OpenCandy used to call a "non-reversible identifier" [link with bad WOT rating removed as per site rules], and (3) its dossier on you is kept remotely.

Thus it is, or was, FALSE that "nothing is left behind."

In any case, you are describing the typical case in which OpenCandy comes with an INSTALLER. This is NOT the case with avast.

The dll is in fact NOT removed in the case of avast (not that it matters). You may "verify" that via the avast forum thread linked above. It remains and gets triggered repeatedly by avast's Software Updater component (which is something akin to the Secunia Personal Software Inspector).

Sophisticated users can block OpenCandy, certainly, but those are likely not the users seeking recommendations for free anti-virus programs. Also, the presence of OpenCandy gives insight into the values and ethics of the avast company.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

LOL. The link removed in the paragraph below because of the bad WOT rating was to OpenCandy's FAQ; accessed accessed 2011-03-27.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Although you might like to think it's funny, our site rules are designed to protect visitors from potentially harmful links. Of course there are grey areas and situations when having a bad WOT rating does not present a hazard, but once we begin to make exceptions the whole system becomes meaningless. We do however expect members to read the rules before posting and abide by them for the benefit of the community. MC - Site Manager.

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8 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

The comic element was the entrance of WOT in this particular conversation, in a rebuttal of the claim that OpenCandy is benign. The opportune arrival of reinforcements. I apologize for the unclarity.

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8 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software sicknero

I got the joke and enjoyed the irony too : )

I stand by my comments re; OC in general but fair cop, I hadn't properly looked into the situation with Avast in particular.

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

Excellent review as usual Chiron. I'd been using the free Avast AV/Comodo firewall combo for about 2 years but problems with Avast updating and your favourable Comodo AV review led me to ditch Avast and replace it with the full Comodo Internet Security free suite. Much less hassle having everything in one place and not having to worry about conflicts and creating exclusions etc. Things are now noticeably quicker.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I'm happy to hear that. It's very nice that users have the choice of whether to use Comodo Firewall with Avast Free. They are a very nice combination.

However, I personally also use Comodo Internet Security, and prefer it to any other combination. That said, each computer, and computer user, is different. Thus, the more top-quality options which can be presented the better.

Thank you very much for letting us know that Comodo Internet Security worked very well for you. If you run into any problems, or have any questions/suggestions, please do let us know.

Thanks again.

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7 weeks 18 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

One thing I didn't mention was what a nightmare it was to uninstall Comodo firewall to do a clean install of CIS Premium, even using your guide on the Comodo forums (Revo, both removal tools etc). Lost internet connection, CIS wouldn't install and restore wouldn't work due probably to either remnants of Avast or Comodo firewall. I finally got everything to work a considerable time later.

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7 weeks 15 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Did you make sure that the firewall driver was correctly removed before rebooting into Safe Mode? Sadly sometimes that is not removed by the uninstaller, and I don't believe the removal tools correctly remove that either.

Either way, it is true that Comodo Firewall doesn't always uninstall easily. However, the methods I suggested, which you followed, will allow it to nearly always uninstall correctly. It seems that you ran into some bad luck. By the way, how did you eventually get it to work?

Thanks.

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7 weeks 2 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software freestuffrocks

You're right about the firewall driver. Neither removal tool nor the uninstaller removed it. Your advice to remove it manually is several steps after rebooting into safe mode, so it hadn't been removed before doing this.

Regarding how I managed to get things to work, things are a little hazy due to a fair bit of red mist, but I went through the uninstall procedure again with Avast (2 removal tools like Comodo) and Comodo Firewall, still wasn't able to install CIS but at least restore then worked so as a last resort I restored to before trying to uninstall Comodo Firewall, and just went through the whole laborious process again and eventually it worked.

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7 weeks 8 min ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I think perhaps I should move the advice about manually removing the firewall driver into the main advice section of my topic. Then again, it's not something which most users would like to do. I'll have to think about it some more, but your experience has given me a lot to think about.

Thank you.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Well am back to using 360IS again. The reason is 360TS requires more resources on my system. The TS version uses around 150MB RAM while the IS version is very lightweight, using only around 30MB.

Additionally 360TS adds other features like SpeedUp, Junk CleanUp etc, which aren't actually required for me, although it might be useful for others. While 360IS is clean as a whistle, guess it's the best antivirus I've ever used. Sadly the product isn't updated frequently like 360TS version. :(

For a comparison betweeen 360 IS and TS in detection check this video review.

If you want to watch various community video reviews, you've got
360TS MazaiTest
360IS Review
360TS viktik
360TS without BD and Avira engines>
360TS yigido

Overall excellent results from all sides :)

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I agree with your findings although with an i5 and 8G in my dual booted desktop I'm not too bothered about resource use for anything. Unfortunately, 360IS is being discontinued in favor of 360TS so I'd rather use something that is being fully supported. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

360IS isn't discontinued. It just had an update today :D

It's just that they are concentrating more on the TS version.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Not yet it's not, but their plan is for TS to replace 360IS, although they haven't said when. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Honestly performance matters to me. Here's my findings

360TS is much heavier on the system than IS version.

Idle Memory Usage
360TS - >150MB RAM
360IS - <40MB RAM

Scanning Memory Usage
360TS - 320MB RAM , high CPU usage touching upto 95% at times, Disk Usage is also very high
360IS - <60MB RAM, low CPU usage less than 25%, Disk Usage very low.

You can see the difference. :D It doesn't matter if 360IS doesn't get product updates, I think I'll continue to use it. Maybe I'll stick with TS version on my gaming system. Still it's too heavy.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Krieg C

Well, I tried it, I'm sure it's a wonderful program, BUT, even after a careful installation, it nags the devil out of you to sign up for the stuff you didn't want. Have been using Bitdefender for a year, no problems. Before that, was using Avast, my favorite, but Avast changed something in their detection rules and it would not allow me the see my security cameras for remote sites. I have income properties in other states.
So, ran a scan with the Comodo antivirus, O (zero) detection. This tells me that the Bitdefender is doing its job, and I am ALL OVER the internet.
Sorry, I can't for the life of me see why anyone would rate this as their number 1 source for protection. It's intrusive, and it nags the heck out of to sign up for the add ons you didn't want in the first place.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Were these messages you saw in the lower-right corner of the screen in a small popup window? If so, then I just added advice on how to disable these advertisements to the article. I apologize, I had meant to mention this previously, but forgot to include it in a previous revision.

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Take a look at Tiranium Internet Security. A splendid antivirus with firewall. Seems to be getting rave reviews..

Certain community video review tests
Review 1
Comparitive review 2
Review 3

If you aren't interested there's also a Cloud Scanner that you can work with your current antivirus and a KeyLogger provided by the developers

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5 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Tiranium is an interesting project but is just a one man show with a small team of "helpers". We won't be featuring this here (or anything else like it) unless it develops a lot further and begins participating in recognized independent tests. MC - Site Manager.

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5 weeks 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

As MidnightCowboy said, at this time it is not a good fit for this article. However, I will keep an eye on it and see if it continues to improve, including testing by independent testing agencies.

Thanks.

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5 weeks 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I honestly wouldn't bother. After a bit more research I came up with these: MC - Site Manager.

http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/security-software/327316-do-you-trust-you...
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/do-you-trust-your-antivirus.368257/
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/tiranium-antivirus-tiranium-antiv...

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

An emotional Paste from DubSeven the developer, and the reactions

Tiranium will be closed in a month.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

One great comment.

"I saw how everything depends on money. The computer security is no longer about security but about money".

You could pretty much extend the first part to everything on the planet. MC - Site Manager.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

I guess you meant 'planet'.

I'm surprised that the developer is an 18 year old kid, and was 13 when he first coded Tiranium. Those insults must have hit hard on him. But he did some great work at such a young age.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Indeed. The trolls enjoy their work however and must be really pleased with the result. Some might even suggest that one or more of the established names in the industry might have been involved. It's well known that some vendors employ legions of fanboys and trolls to post good and bad "reviews" online about competing products.

Thanks for spotting my typo above which is now corrected. :) MC - Site Manager.

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2 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Real World Protection Tests at AV-Comparitives...

Panda scores 100% at the expense of too many false positives (34). Good results for Qihoo, AVG(IS) and Avira(Pro).

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2 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Qihoo is also in the top group of the VB RAP tests. MC - Site Manager.

https://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/rap-index.xml

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2 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

"Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition" has a serious problem, I tested it on three different computers running Windows 7 x64, and on each one the program/installer was in Romanian and the option to change the language was greyed out, this issue has been there ever since it came out and I never managed to find a solution for it.

Also, I'd like to know your thoughts on "ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall 2015" I've used it in the past and my experience with it was quite positive.

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2 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

That's a strange problem to have with Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. If you don't mind me asking, where did you download the installer from?

As for ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall, sadly it's not suitable for this article as it's more of an Internet Security Software than a straightforward antivirus program. This is a distinction we make with this article because all of these software must be able to run with a firewall of the users choice. For the article on the Best Free Internet Security Suite (which includes ZoneAlarm) please see here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-internet-security-suit...

Thank you.

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2 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

I always download it from Bitdefender's official website: http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html

Thanks for pointing that out, I will check the other article.

One more thing, I'm curious as to why "MSE" isn't included in that list? From my experience it's an excellent set-and-forget antivirus and correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it has been integrated in Windows 8 and higher.

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2 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

That's strange. Is it possible that it is detecting the language of the systems you are installing it to? What is the set language of the OS you are installing to?

Also, if anyone else has experienced this same issue with Bitdefender Free please respond and let me know.

Thanks.

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2 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

Not possible, all three computers I tested this issue on they are in English.

I also just tested right now on my own laptop (running Windows 8.1 x64) and I'm having the exact same issue.

Screenshot (before): http://i.imgur.com/JZInEn8.png

However I managed to find a workaround for this issue here:

http://forum.bitdefender.com/index.php?s=062f69887726794a3d52beac180a072...

Screenshot (after): http://i.imgur.com/aaOoAgd.png

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2 weeks 20 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you very much for the digging. I was unaware of this problem. However, I have now added a link to the post you discovered to the article. I'm sure this will help many others who otherwise would not have been able to use this quality software.

Thanks again.

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2 weeks 20 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

Indeed, I wanted to try it several times but was unable to due to that problem.
In any case, I'm glad I could help.

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2 weeks 18 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Leigh25

I too intensely dislike the newer Avast. I used to work really well, but starting this year (even though they said they still supported Windows XP) every attempted update crashes and will not complete. Secondly, it is constantly trying to change my search page to Bing or Yahoo will and not allow my current Google. I have read complaints from others who state that once having allowed the changes they cannot be undone. Point 3, the newest update has severely slowed my ability to use the internet and even do anything locally on my machine (once I uninstalled Avast, everything returned to usual).
I will no longer use Avast! Especially since the recommend Yahoo and not Google. I no longer use Yahoo because of spam issues.

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2 weeks 13 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

I am still curious as to why "MSE" isn't included in that list? It remains to this day one of my favorites and from my experience it proved to be an excellent set-and-forget free antivirus.

Also, could you state which antivirus require yearly (free) registration (such as Avast) in order to continue to function? Because the "set-and-forget" is an important factor for me since I tend to install AV on several PCs.

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2 weeks 13 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for reminding me of MSE. I have now added it to the article as one of the AV's I looked into, but which have protection scores which are too low for me to recommend.

The problem with MSE is that although it is very easy to use, the protection rating for MSE is lower than the vast majority of tested AV's. Thus, I would highly advise against using MSE. It used to be good, but has now fallen very far behind the rest in terms of true protection. Some tests even use it as the baseline against which all others are compared.

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2 weeks 4 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

Thanks for the clarifying that, it's good to know.

What about my second question? It's really crucial for my choice process.

"Also, could you state which antivirus require yearly (free) registration (such as Avast) in order to continue to function? Because the "set-and-forget" is an important factor for me since I tend to install AV on several PCs."

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1 week 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

I tried to download Qihoo's 360 Total Security to test it but I got this warning message from Comodo SecureDNS:

http://i.imgur.com/EFZh4aa.png

Any idea what's this all about?

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1 week 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

I tried it today briefly but it was disappointing. During the initial scan it stated that it found and cleaned 16 infected files which is highly unlikley considering the semi-empty PC I was testing it on, but even when I opened its log, it was empty. Also, the fact it has no options to speak of leaves a lot to be desired.

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1 week 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

That is a false positive from Comodo SecureDNS. I have reported it to them as a false positive. Hopefully the detection will be removed in the next few days.

If detection is not removed within 5 days please let me know. If it takes that long to remove a false detection I would rather advise people to not use the SecureDNS, but disable that particular feature. Thus, please keep me updated about this detection.

Thank you.

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1 week 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

Will do and you're welcomed.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

File Detection Tests

Real World Protection Tests

Avast does extremely poor in File detection tests and came last.

Excellent results for Avira (Pro) and Qihoo. Panda does a fair job.

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1 week 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

As per my methodology I only use the results from Real World Protection Tests. In those Avast has consistently been doing quite well. The issue with File Detection Tests is that they really only test what has become just one part of the job of an antivirus. These days what matters is how all of the protection layers add together to protect a system. Thus, focusing on just one, such as File Detection, doesn't really give a good picture of the protection capabilities. That is why I leave out any descriptions of file detection statistics, even though historically that used to be what was most important in terms of protection.

Let me know if you have any questions, or concerns, about this methodology. I am always looking for issues with it so that this advice can be improved.

Thank you.

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1 week 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Thanks but Avast faired poorly in file detection mainly because of the 140 false positives!! :|

Anyway these results change from time to time.

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1 week 22 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I have thought about including False Positive information, but still have to find some tests which I believe are decidedly real-world enough in terms of how likely users are to actually run across false positives of the type they are being tested against. I will look into including information like this in the next rewrite, assuming I can find some tests I am happy with.

Thank you.

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1 week 14 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

I thought you should know that it has gone worse, now Comodo SecureDNS completely blocks access to Qihoo's English website: http://www.360safe.com

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/RzL2fTp.png

It's worth noting that this didn't happen before, it was only blocking the download.

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1 week 12 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for keeping me up-to-date. I have been keeping an eye on it, and I believe the number of false positives it gives is too large. I have therefore updated my information for this article. I now recommend that users untick the option to Enable Comodo Secure DNS during installation.

Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.

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1 week 59 min ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

360TS now has it's own new website, totally for the product: http://www.360totalsecurity.com/

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1 week 48 min ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Wonder if this is the prelude to 360IS being discontinued? MC - Site Manager.

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6 days 7 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

That would make me sad :(

Anyway it's still getting product updates, although minor ones. 360 Internet Security 4.9.0.4902'D' has been released. Currently the IS version is more stable than the TS version.

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software UserError

If I may put my two cents in, Bitdefender free edition is not a good choice.

You have to download an installer -an offline intaller simply does no exist- and the installation needs several consecutive downloads even after the installation. The first definitions update takes a while and sometimes goes wrong, so the program forces you to start the updating process again. I know this because I tried installing bitdefender on different PCs from friends and relatives, so I can say the process isn't as smooth as you'd want.

The installer does not include an uninstaller, you have to download a third party one if you ever get bored (or annoyed) by Bitdefender. Also, you have 30 days to test the product, after that period you are forced you to create a free BitDefender account or login with facebook or G+ within the app to continue using the product.

IMHO, not the best of approaches.

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2 days 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Version 5.2 beta is now released. I don't understand why they are trying to make the UI similar to that of Baidu's.

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2 days 5 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

There appears to be some sort of agenda in play here. No doubt all will be revealed in time. Problem is the balance of opinion is still well in favor of IS over TS. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Malwarebytes have released the first beta version of their dedicated stand-alone anti-rootkit application, Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit (MBAR) -- http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/. They have a detailed discussion at http://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2012/11/meet-malwarebytes-anti-rootkit/ .

Ghacks.net also have a brief discussion -- http://www.ghacks.net/2012/11/11/malwarebytes-anti-rootkit-beta-is-out/?....

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1 year 41 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover Chiron

Can you please see if Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) would be well suited for inclusion in this article? It's already featured in the article about the Best Free Trojan Scanner and Remover:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-trojan-scanner-trojan-remover.htm
but it also appears to be quite good at finding rootkits.

Thanks.

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1 year 40 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover arcedo

Hi all! It seems that F-Secure's website doesn't provide BlackLight any more.

Provided link redirects to http://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/internet-security that is other product and it's not free. I have found a valid download link here: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/F-Secure-BlackLight-Rootkit-Detect... (it's a beta).

Thanks & regards!

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1 year 40 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the link. We would not advise the use of beta software in this category though for anything other than testing on a spare machine. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Bitdefender Labs have released a free rootkit remover tool -- http://labs.bitdefender.com/projects/rootkit-remover/rootkit-remover/.

Martin Brinkmann has a brief review article at Ghacks.net -- http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/bitdefender-releases-rootkit-remover-to....

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover Paxmilitaris

Why no mention of Vba32arkit?

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1 year 34 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover MidnightCowboy

This is beta software with a very sporadic development cycle and therefore not recommended. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TechRepublic have published an article many will find worthwhile, "Rootkit coders beware: Malwarebytes is in hot pursuit" (2013.03.18) -- http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/security/rootkit-coders-beware-malwareb... .

Though Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit is still in beta, an updated version has been released -- http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/mbar/ .

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Dr.Web CureIt! 8 on-demand virus scanner has been released - http://www.freedrweb.com/cureit/?lng=en . A favorable review by Martin Brinkmann at Ghacks.net can be found at http://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/06/dr-web-cureit-8-on-demand-virus-scanner... .

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1 year 2 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover RockyStunner

1) How can we know if some process is downloading something in the background silently ?

2)How to Identify which Process is downloading something in the background ?

3) How to track at what locations what files are being downloaded (other than the one which we choose to download at a particular location or the ones that we can usually see in the download managers etc.)

4) We can use the software like OpenedFilesView(http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/opened_files_view.html) which can give us an insight of which files are actively locked and being changed with the size, but one needs to be an expert to track what is happening.
So is there any software which can give us a realtime view of which process is downloading what thing from which site and downloading it to what location? (I feel Firewall does not give indepth information). This can help us find the Trojan/rootkit activities or the malicious softwares updating itself in the background or adding up space on our harddisk silently in the background without our notice.

Any Expert input on this will be highly appreciated.
Thanks in Advance :)

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1 year 1 week ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

TDSSKiller has been updated to v3.0.0.14 (2013.10.15)

Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit has been updated to v1.07.0.1007-Beta (2013.10.07).

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) Paxmilitaris

About MJ Registry Watcher:

How can you write "Installation is not required, simply run the program from whichever directory you un-zip it to." and then "There is no portable version of this product available."?

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1 year 3 weeks ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing this out. The wrong box was ticked when it was entered into our products database. MC - Site Manager.

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15 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) SkuterB

This may be old news to some here, but it was news to me today.
WinPatrol has apparently been sold to Ruiware.
According to the WinPatrol site, nothing will change and the new owner says he plans to continue as before.

I was aware Mr. Pytlovany has had some personal issues, I thank him for everything and wish him the best....

SkuterB

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15 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

Alliances and takeovers happen all the time in this industry and we as consumers are mostly unaware of them. Bill has always been upfront with his development objectives however and Bret Lowry appears to be in the same mould. You can read the product statement here. MC - Site Manager.

http://billpstudios.blogspot.com.br/2014/06/winpatrol-generation-ii.html

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1 year 37 weeks ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service howiem

Here's an online tax calculator I came across the other day. Have not had time to test it.
http://www.completetax.com/income-tax/calculators/federal.asp

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1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer parjanya

i use giant matrix Memory washer... its nice
do check it out

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1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer kendall.a

This product does appear to be free and the site is green (WOT). However, if you check out their FAQ, it states that for support you need to go to their forum. When you go to their forum, you will find 0 posts. Yes, there are absolutely no posts in their forum. I assume that this means that this is a brand new company and we know very little about them. And, I doubt you're going to get much support from a blank forum. So, just beware if you decide to download this software.

I would strongly suggest running this installer through Jotti or Virustotal.

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1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Memory Optimizer parjanya

@ kendall.a

what you say is right but i am using this product for a long time... i have old pc 512 ram and i do programming,and Photoshop so i need to clean ram constantly....

what you say about forum is fine... how care weather they give support or not. you can never ask much from freeware..the main thing is they are giving it for free..

worst come to worst scenario i terminate the program if it gives me trouble or simply uninstall it and find better alternative...

2 thing i want from freeware is that:
1) They should be completly FREE...no strings attached
2) should not contain any virus or malicious code

this program is really great and haven't given me any trouble but i agree that there maybe better alternatives

i just felt like sharing with others what i use and i wasn't in your list

please don't feel bad and forgive me if i am offending
parjanya

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47 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer wsalew

Does anyone tried this clean memory app?
http://www.koshyjohn.com
Using it for about a year and im satisfied with it, so i would be glad for some "professional opinion" about this software.

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47 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Memory Optimizer kendall.a

The site has a green WOT rating and he has 3 software programs that all appear to be free. In fact, at least 2 of them, for me, appear interesting. Both the memory cleaner and desktop search program look to be possibly worth testing.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time right now to test either of them. Maybe, someone else can or will?!

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37 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Memory Optimizer texastechy

CleanMem - very useful. I waited too long to install this since reading the "Special Note" near the top of this article... about windows 7 optimizing memory well, and third party Ram managers not being needed. (not true)

I'm happy to report that my Ram use after installing CleanMem on my Win7 64bit PC has shown a marked improvement. Now that I have 8 gb of ram it's not the issue it used to be. But it's always irritated me that certain programs use so much ram and don't seem to release it. Before installing CleanMem my free ram would remain in the 3-4 gb range. Now it's staying in the 5+ gb range even with many apps running. Apparently CleanMem DOES make a difference. I'm not going to tell you it's needed. You'll need to decide that. But it does work if you're looking to free up Ram use.

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37 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Memory Optimizer William2

CLEANMEM also increases overall system performance.

Read this:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/windows-7-memory-usage-whats-the-best-way...

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4 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Memory Optimizer 10basetom

Be sure to read this article before you install a free memory optimizer:
http://www.howtogeek.com/171424/why-memory-optimizers-and-ram-boosters-a...

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer ploubert

Just an update for the top pick (System Explorer) seems to have moved to http://systemexplorer.net/ the above links no longer work. ;-)

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1 year 31 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anupam

Thanks a lot :)... now corrected.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Collier

please remove System explorer link
I just downloaded and it was packaged with programmes which i cannot now remove!!!

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1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Process Viewer Anupam

I just installed it on my own computer, and there is nothing bundled with it. Are you sure it came from this software? I think it might have come from somewhere else.

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