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27 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I absolutely understand your concern, and it is one which I would likely worry about for others as well.

The difference between my approach towards rating these products and that utilized by other sites, is that I put protection first, and don't really care about detection unless it increases the protection. Most other sites put a premium on detection, which is not always a good indicator of the protection a product will offer.

Comodo Antivirus does not have the best detection, and as you mentioned Avast and Bitdefender do tend to have better detection ratios than Comodo. However, that does not tell you everything you need to know about the security product. The main difference between Comodo Antivirus and the others in the list is that Comodo Antivirus utilizes a default-deny architecture, whereas the rest utilize a default-allow architecture. What this means is that with Comodo Antivirus any unknown application (which includes all malware not already detected) will be partially isolated from the rest of your computer. However, with a default-allow antivirus all unknown applications (which includes all malware not already detected) will be allowed to access your computer.

Thus, I rank Comodo Antivirus higher than the others not because of detection, but because its ability to detect the user from real-world malware is much larger than the rest. Remember also that zero-day malware, which is what users should be most wary of, is not detected at very high rates. Thus, a default-deny architecture does provide significantly more protection, even though its detection rates may be lower.

Of course, the downside to default-deny architecture is that the same isolation will be applied to legitimate programs which are not yet trusted by Comodo. Thus, the user will have to interact with it more than they would a default-allow program. This is why I mentioned that my top pick for advanced or intermediate users is Comodo Antivirus. This is because it requires some additional interaction. However, for those who do not want a piece of software which requires much interaction my top pick is Avast.

I plan on making this distinction much clearer in my next re-write. I hope this explanation was helpful. If you still have questions I am more than happy to clarify/explain further.

Thank you.

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27 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Kleepto

You have not given me any reason to think that you are not biased towards this product and only told me things i already knew about comodo and I even created one of my viruses to target programs that Comodo trusted, I was hoping it would still check these but didn't appear too, maybe there is a setting somewhere that I missed to make it check these programs if there is how do I turn it on ?

Also how can you not rate cleaning as important i don't want to have to install another program to do the clean up if i get infected, i put 20 viruses on my comp and Comodo wasn't able to clean them up for me where as even Norman got half them removed and it is well crap not worth the memory it takes up

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27 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

These types of comments hold no authority at all because absolutely no details are provided. This is the very reason why Wilders forum now disallows posts about home made "tests" because they are meaningless. Please provide details of the code you are referring to, how the tests were conducted and on what system using our site PM facility to so that Chiron can pass this on the the Comodo developers. Once this has been done, we will be able to respond here correctly, but not until. MC - Site Manager.

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

Sometimes I'm concerned about lab tests too. I mean AV-Comparitives doesn't test the free versions of AVG and Avira, and compares it against the free versions of Avast, Panda, Forticlient, Qihoo, which is an unfair comparison. Infact Avira came out first in the latest results, but they tested the IS version, not the free one.

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27 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I've always been concerned about reliance on test results when choosing an antivirus solution but at least with the reputable labs you have access to the methodology. MC - Site Manager.

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27 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Please do create a bug report for this vulnerability in this area:
https://forums.comodo.com/bug-reports-cis-b132.0/
of the Comodo forums. I can then better evaluate this there and, if it does turn out to be a vulnerability, forward it to the Comodo devs for consideration.

I believe that the architecture of any software intended to protect a computer is of utmost importance. Sadly, most free products which refer to themselves as Antiviruses do not utilize a default-deny architecture. If there are any others I am not aware of please do let me know. However, realize that this article ties my hands when it comes to products other than those which refer to themselves in the name as Antiviruses.

As for cleaning, I considered including that in the comparison. However, the truth is that if a product has already allowed the system to be infected I would recommend using multiple products for cleaning. No one product can be trusted to entirely clean a computer. Therefore, I do not include cleaning because my main focus is on prevention of infection, not in cleaning an infection which is already there. Perhaps I should update the article to make this more clear.

Thank you.

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27 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Agreed, it is very frustrating. However, in order to try to introduce more impartiality to the review I stuck to using these reviews, which have stated methodology, and use only the results for the Free versions. Thus, I am not judging them with respect to each test, but over all three labs for the previous three times the Free version was tested. I also take into account AV architecture, meaning default-deny and default-allow, and use that in my recommendations. I use default-deny being higher, but less user-friendly. That is why Comodo AV is rated number one (as my main criteria is protection) but Avast is rated just after because of higher user-friendliness and detection rates.

If you believe there is a better way to go about this please do let me know. I went through a lot of ideas before I came up with this one, but I also realize that there are issues with it.

Thank you.

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26 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software cavehomme

I would not install Sky Shiled on my PCs. Why?

- New company / site since Feb 2014 according to Netcraft.

- Zero information on their website about who the company is and where they are located.

- zero reviews other than those placed by the company or its supporters.

Enough said, period.

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26 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Bhat59

Few have commented on 360 Internet security and have told to wait until it is mature. I din't understand what it meant. I have already switched to 360 Internet security on my Windows 7(and also on my Android phone). Earlier I had Avast, AVG, Panda Cloud and Bitdefender. I liked 360 IS because it updates quickly. Also it doesn't install unwanted software during installation. I am also interested to know why it is not included in FREE AV list.

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25 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software rfithen

360 Total Security Rocks!

It's like McDonald's "I'm lovin it!"

Yes I realize it is new. I've been on the net since all the others were new also. I too like to live dangerously.

* Patch windows with Windows Updates.
* Built-In System Cleaner.
* Built-In Start Remover.
* Built-In Sandbox. (similar to Avast)

One of the best guis I have seen in a while since others mucked theirs up. You ever try changing the detailed settings in newer versions of Avast?

It might just be me but it seems my machines run faster with 360 Total Security on. Probably because of the patches applied. It seems to find patches that Windows Update did not find.

* I have not run it on a purposely infected machine.
* It did remove startup items I did not want removed. (They were easily restored)

I would recommend only for an Advanced user for now. We don't know yet if their system cleaner is going to destroy something important.

Lenovo R60 Windows Vista 32-Bit
Acer Aspire 5532 Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

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

I'd be using it, if my internet was faster. To update 3 engines takes thrice as much time.

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25 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thanks for providing this very helpful information. During my next re-write I will very likely be adding this AV to the article. It'll be interesting to see how it compares in tests.

Thank you.

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25 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I will be considering this AV for my next re-write.

Thanks.

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24 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software andrew1879

I switched to FortiClient a few weeks ago too. The signature updates are automatic.
By default the software itself will only display an alert when a software update is available, but there is an option in File > Settings "Automatically download and install updates". Note that this option does not refer to the signature updates--which are always automatic in my experience--but to FortiClient itself.
So far I think FortiClient is worth a look - high detection rates, fairly lightweight and needs virtually no user interaction. The web filter is a nice bonus too. But I would like an option to not install its VPN component because it's useless for an average home user and it installs unnecessary virtual network adaptors.

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24 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I'll need to take another look at this as soon as I have the time but the updates were certainly not automatic on my machine. Furthermore, the FortiClient 5 documentation (page 69) refers only to the use of the manual "update now" button, unless the software is being used in conjunction with their commercial FortiManager. MC - Site Manager.

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24 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software andrew1879

In the current version of FortiClient (5.2.0.0519) the UI has been changed so that there is no longer an "Update now" button. Version 5.0 also updated automatically for me though, except when my firewall (Privatefirewall) blocked it and needed some configuration to allow the various FortiClient processes.

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

Is there any offline installer for Forticlient?

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24 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software andrew1879

I don't think that there is unfortunately. At least not for the free FortiClient.

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24 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Oldspice68

Seeing as my last post was deleted, because I dared to mention SERIOUS privacy issues with 360, check out this link.

http://www.ibtimes.com/privacy-issues-chinas-qihoo-360-technology-which-...

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24 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Your other post was deleted because of the racist content. Implying that something Chinese, or from any other source for that matter, must be bad will not be tolerated here. MC - Site Manager.

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24 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

This seems to be just an assertion. This does not necessarily mean it is true. Have you found any other sources which back this up. I found many which linked back to this same article, but are there any which have reached the same conclusion through analysis of the product itself?

Thanks.

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

Allright, do they provide offline database definitions updates like Avast, Avira, AVG? Also I couldn't find a way to pause/stop definition updates...

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24 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software andrew1879

I don't know, sorry. I couldn't see it on their website. You could try asking at the Fortinet forums.

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23 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software BroKen

avast FREE ANTIVIRUS now comes with OpenCandy.

"OpenCandy is integrated into SoftwareUpdater since a couple of months. We use it to offer additional software to our customers in avast Free under some conditions. It helps us paying for the traffic caused by Software Updater in Avast Free." (June 2014)
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=150764.msg1099392#msg1099392

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22 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software gruff

I've tried Comodo Antivirus and Avast and could not get either of them to install on XP SP3. Comodo was the worst. Three times I got to the 71% point (it also stops and reboots your computer at the 43% and 51% marks) and it told me that it failed to install and to install it manually, but how in the hell do I do that?

Then the 4th time it told me it was installed, but it wasn't. The only thing it installed was it's geekbuddy software, which apparently is the only help available for the free version. I have to say, both Comodo and Geek Buddy are rude and arrogant and want nothing to do with people who install the free version.

I'm now about to try Panda's Antivirus. One of these HAS to work, no?

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22 weeks 6 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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22 weeks 5 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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21 weeks 6 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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21 weeks 3 days 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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21 weeks 3 days 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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21 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

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

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20 weeks 5 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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20 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I will be considering them for my next major revision.

Thanks.

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20 weeks 2 days 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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20 weeks 2 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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20 weeks 2 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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17 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software mrmxyzpltk (not verified)

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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17 weeks 4 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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17 weeks 4 days 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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15 weeks 1 day 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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17 weeks 17 hours 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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17 weeks 10 hours 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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17 weeks 8 hours 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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17 weeks 6 hours 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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16 weeks 6 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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16 weeks 6 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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16 weeks 5 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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15 weeks 5 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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15 weeks 4 days 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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15 weeks 3 days 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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15 weeks 3 days 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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15 weeks 2 days 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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15 weeks 2 days 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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14 weeks 2 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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14 weeks 2 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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14 weeks 2 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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14 weeks 2 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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14 weeks 1 day 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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14 weeks 8 hours 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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14 weeks 7 hours 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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13 weeks 3 days 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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13 weeks 3 days 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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13 weeks 3 days 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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13 weeks 3 days 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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12 weeks 6 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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12 weeks 6 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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12 weeks 6 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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12 weeks 6 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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10 weeks 5 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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10 weeks 5 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 3 days 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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10 weeks 2 days 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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10 weeks 2 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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10 weeks 2 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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10 weeks 2 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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10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

Will do and you're welcomed.

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9 weeks 4 days 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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9 weeks 3 days 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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9 weeks 3 days 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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9 weeks 3 days 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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9 weeks 3 days 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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9 weeks 3 days 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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9 weeks 2 days 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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9 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

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

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9 weeks 1 day 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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8 weeks 6 days 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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8 weeks 4 days 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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8 weeks 4 days 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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8 weeks 23 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

The download link for "Panda Cloud Antivirus" is outdated, it's not working. I got it through the official website.

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8 weeks 13 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for pointing this out to me. The link should now be fixed.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software need3

I tried the latest version of Avast! (Avast 2015), and didn't like it: it is heavy and cluttered with useless stuff, it's an antivirus that tries to be cool and fashionable with social features, badges, prizes, karma and Facebook, which is not what I need from an antivirus.
At some point my computer was almost stuck: one of the Avast files was using 200+ MB of RAM and growing, and it was using at least 20% of the CPU resoruces, not sure for what reason, because couldn't tell from the user interface and it was unclear how to stop whatever it was doing. It's the kind of situation that makes me remove a software right away, because I don't like when a software does not show clearly what it is doing and ruins the performance of a computer.
Currently I removed Avast and I'm trying Panda (v. 15.0.3).

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