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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy None of us here, and I guess most outside, do not like OpenCandy or how it operates, but it is not malicious as indicated in our information page about it here. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra... We also need to remember that unless as individuals we never search for deals and have completely opted out of the consumer society we helped to create, then we are all responsible for OpenCandy's existence. The bottom line though is there are plenty of OpenCandy free alternatives for most software categories, and the offers it generates are easily avoidable if care is taken during the install process. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago cpuking1

Midnightcowboy,

I agree with everything you said 99% !! But what I have a problem with is that an antivirus program creator can be paid not to detect one thing or the other. That is a big problem !!
As far as Opencandy not being malicious, that is a matter of what your definition of what malicious is. My definition of malicious defines Opencandy as malicious. But that is not an arguable point. Just a matter of opinion. I think you could put a disclaimer with AVG that it does not detect Opencandy. Thank you for your response!! You will hear no more from me on this matter !!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Please provide links to substantiate your claims about AVG being paid not to detect OpenCandy otherwise you risk the inevitable conclusion that your posts are just trolling. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago cpuking1

Midnightcowboy,

I have no link to give you. I read it in a Magazine, and I do not remember off the top of my head what the name of that magazine was. It is not my intention to be trolling, Please feel free to delete my comments. If I find that magazine in the future, then I will be back to give you that info. Have a GREAT DAY sir !!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago sicknero

Not many AV scanners do detect OC inside installers.

For instance the FreeFileSync installer, which runs the Open Candy exec OCSetupHlp.dll, is passed by most of the major AV providers. Malwarebytes flags it as a PUP.

https://www.virustotal.com/en-gb/file/cd4ac9204652595b49a2213b9a7e295d9c...

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron If you, or anyone else, can provide a link which shows this I will look into it. However, the most I would do is put a disclaimer as the program would still be effective at protecting users from truly dangerous malware. That said, I will need to see a link before any action can be taken. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago cpuking1

Sicknero,

If you read my comments all the way through, then you will see that I have a bigger problem than just with AVG not detecting OpenCandy. I think that all the antiviruses in this list do detect OpenCandy in one form or the other.I am sure there are several out there that do not detect OpenCandy at all. In my opinion that is a mistake. At least detect it as a PUP.

Thank you for your response !!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago cpuking1

Chiron,

I read what I wrote in a Magazine. I do not remember the name of that magazine off the top of my head. I am going to do my best to find the proof of what I wrote here today. I will be back in touch when I acquire that information.

Thanks for your response

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago cpuking1

Sicknero

I clicked on your link, and if virus total is saying that Bitdefender does not detect OpenCandy, then that is just wrong! I had to update PDF Foxit Reader yesterday, and it comes with OpenCandy. My Bitdefender Free Edition did detect OpenCandy yesterday !! Then I proceeded to remove it from my system.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago cpuking1

I can not find that magazine article. I will keep looking.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago burrpenick

Quick basic help question concerning AVAST: I've been using AVAST free, the trial period is up, can I continue it as is, and will I have adequate protection? Will I now need to manually update and/or run it?

Thanks, George in Tallahassee

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Anupam If you use Avast free, you have to register for it, which is free. You can find the registration under Settings. When you register, the program can be used without any problems for an year. After an year, you can again register it. Or, if you reinstall Avast anytime again, you can register it again. Registration is free, so no problem. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron I'm sorry that I did not respond to this sooner. The PrivDog extension should not be installed if it was deselected. However, I do find that the area where this is deselected is confusing to find. That said, if you are sure that it was deselected, but it still installed, this sounds like a bug. If it is replicable please report it on the Comodo forums. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy I had a quick look today at 360 Total Security which is the new product replacing 360 Internet Security "in the near future". I activated and updated the additional engines OK, including Avira, but on running the program, no notifications for scanned downloads or indicators as promised when entering a shopping site, despite all of this being configured in the settings. Can't find any info about which browsers are supported (or not) but I tried using IE11, Chromium and Pale Moon. Guess I'll come back to this once it's had a bit more time to mature. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Anupam New antivirus. SkyShield Antivirus: http://skyshield.com/ view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy I like the way the "Learn more" button just scrolls you further down the same page with absolutely no other information about the product or where it comes from (unless I'm missing something?) :D MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Anupam Well, information about the product is there, but not about where it comes from, or anything else regarding that matter. I didn't notice that... thanks for bringing this up. Caution needs to be exercised then, or maybe wait before more information about this product comes around. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy I certainly would not install this (at the moment) into anything I had not already consigned to the bin for other reasons. :D Could not find anything for it either over at Wilders which is usually the first place stuff like this appears. There is a "review" for it at Softpedia which states: "It’s an appropriate solution if you just need a self-sustaining antivirus that does its job but on the other hand, if you might want to schedule a scan, grant permissions to certain apps or even view the quarantine, then you need to look for another antivirus. All-in-all, SkyShield Antivirus might not be all that buffed up with features and well, it’s not that versatile, but it is a straightforward and user-friendly solution that can fit well on any system". .... and then goes on to give it an almost 5 star rating for reasons I've yet to work out. :) http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/SkyShield-Antivirus.shtml view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Anupam I agree with you. I just saw the antivirus on one of the download sites, and just thought to share. I didn't give much thought on it. Should have :D. It's fairly new though, so it might turn up on Wilders soon enough, as more people catch up on it. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron I'll see about adding it to my article about How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-report-malware-or-false-posi... but from what is available about this product it seems to be a far cry from any AV which I could consider recommending. Perhaps that will change in the future. Thanks for pointing it out though. It's always good to see new players entering the field. I'll keep an eye on it. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy A series of long and mostly off topic comments have been moved here to the forum. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/13723-effectiven... view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago rickybobby

I like you list Chiron, and the update is right on spot. However, I would like share my view based on my constant AV installation / uninstallation process, if you don't mind.

Avast! => Was very good detecting viruses, but the other free antiviruses improved a lot. Also, some free-although-limited extras like the "sandbox" were removed. Expect some false positives

AVG => This is my AV for the time being. It had some compatibilty problems with certain programs, but nothing serious. Works on systems with low-RAM and does a great job removing scum such as OpenCandy while installing programs that contain it.

Avira => Good against viruses, but can cause some damage on infected systems. Its functions are very limited for such a big installation file.

Bitdefenter => Works effortlessly on the background and does a great job detecting and cleaning viruses. Its configuration options are almost non-existent, but has a small installation size.

Comodo => Great antivirus engine, maybe too good, as its Behavior Blocker can get too intrusive. It can become a resource hog depending on your PC configuration.

I just read MidnightCowboy's thoughts on the new 360 Security and I faced the same problems. He's definitely right on his recommendation to wait for it to get more mature before setting it as your default AV.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago wekslap

I've been using comodo since it became top recommendation. other than seeming a bit slower than avast my previous,it seems to work fine.

my main query and slight worry about it is that when I run a ccleaner registry scan it always shows up a registry entry that cannot be deleted. HKCR\CIS.CisDebugInjector is this safe? What is it? can it be deleted?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron Assuming that entry only started showing up after Comodo was installed, it seems that it is likely related to CIS. As for why it can't be removed, I do know that Comodo protects many of its files, and resists even trusted programs, such as ccleaner, from removing them. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron Thank you for sharing your experiences. The difficulty in creating a ranking system, such as is used in this article, is that it can be very subjective. That is why I narrowed down what I believe to be the most important criteria, and evaluated the programs based on comparable protection level. I will, however, consider your experiences for adding more information about each product during my next rewrite. As for 360 security, please do let me know if you believe it is mature. The scores for the previous version were quite good, and I am planning on adding it to the list, assuming the protection scores remain decent, once it is more stable. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago bo.elam

Wekslap, about the registry entry, you don't need to worry about that. The key seems to be from Comodo and you are using Comodo. I remember experiencing something similar when I used Avira 9 about 5 years ago, the best solution is for you to exclude that registry key in CCleaner Options > Exclude, Click Add, add registry key. Doing this, CCleaner wont scan for that key or delete it.

Bo

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy I've had the latest FortiClient running on several machines for a while now, one of which is mine, and everyone including me is very happy with the results. http://www.forticlient.com/ It's getting good results from AV Comparatives and VB for those who follow such things. https://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/rap-index.xml Be aware that the update process will kill you if you have a slow connection, but it's no worse than a lot of others. Also, the stated Application Firewall is disabled unless you are registered into their FortiGate system. The parental control/web filter is truly class leading and the configuration options are many, allowing for a considerable amount of fine tuning if needed. IMO in combination with WinPatrol and say ZoneAlarm free firewall for those who must use something other than Windows, this is an efficient solution. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 months ago Chiron Thank you for pointing this out to me. I will evaluate this AV and consider it for my next re-write. Thanks again. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago rickybobby

Thanks for considering my suggestions, Chiron. Your list is great, and I really appreciate your efforts.

Warmest regards

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago Chiron Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago MidnightCowboy The updates for FortiClient are on demand (manual) which won't suit everyone but if your habits are such high risk that you need updates every hour then IMO you should be using Linux anyway. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago Chiron Actually, for the purposes of this article I may still consider reviewing it, but without automatic updates it would certainly not be ranked too high. That would significantly lower the provided protection level. Thank you for the additional information. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago Kleepto

Chiron how can we trust your review when many other sites rate Comodo very low and you stated that you are "a moderator on the Comodo forums" this seems to me to be a bias toward a product.

As a software developer i created 5 viruses for testing with and Comodo only detected 1 of them while BitDefender and avast detected all 5

How can you assure me that you are not biased

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago George.J I'd be using it, if my internet was faster. To update 3 engines takes thrice as much time. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago Chiron I will be considering this AV for my next re-write. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago George.J Is there any offline installer for Forticlient? view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago andrew1879

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

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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... view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 week ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 week ago Chiron Thank you for pointing this out to me. I have now added a warning to the article. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 week ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 week ago Chiron Thanks for pointing this out. I will look into Kingsoft for the next update. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 5 days ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 5 days ago Chiron I will be considering them for my next major revision. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 days ago 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 :( view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 2 days ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 day ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 18 hours ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 4 days ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 4 days ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 days ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 days ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 days ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 days ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago 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 :) view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Not yet it's not, but their plan is for TS to replace 360IS, although they haven't said when. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago 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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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 2 weeks ago 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 view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 2 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 2 weeks ago 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. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 2 weeks ago 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... view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 2 weeks ago George.J An emotional Paste from DubSeven the developer, and the reactions Tiranium will be closed in a month. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 2 weeks ago 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. view

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