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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Avast Pro and Free uses the same engine.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Some news about Rising:
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/tag/yu-bing/

If this is true then it is quite worrying IMHO.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Thanks for the information.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

thanks for the info. that's good to know.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

As usual, wrong again!
I am Neither an avast, nor an AVIRA AntiVir user.
Above all, I am NOT a Rising user!
I'm a Software Security (Ph.D. level) Researcher,
and I cannot stand 'geniuses',like you,
spreading LIES to Average users!
I am Not here to promote any specific software!
Reading your posts, MidNightCowboy,
makes me wonder about your Irresponsible character!
Average users,please, do NOT take for granted
anything you read here!
There are many posters, here,
(I don't want to characterize them...)
who play the Software Security 'expert'/'guru'/'genius'.
Do NOT believe them, if you love your PCs!
Stay with what the Editors suggest!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I have installed BID FINDER in my computer .Any comments Stan

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

gee, Anonymous, for a Ph.D.-level researcher you're really managing to avoid the provision of any actual evidence for your claims against Midnight Cowboy!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Not really Jon. I never had hopes for this product or its associates.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software peter

I've had to delete &/or edit some of these posts. You're welcome to discuss the sware, but the expression of what I judge to be political opinions, isn't.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I've always believed that Rising is just a Nice GIU
to deceive the Naive Amateurs
who eventually know nothing about Security software!

Some posters, both Here and at WildersSecurity,
tried to promote Rising AV Free,
as if it were better than the Free editions of Avira and avast!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I gave some evidence, but you didn't notice.
http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

BTW, what kind of evidence has MidNightCowboy offered you
when he wrote about the effectiveness of Rising AV Free?

Want some more evidence?
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/tag/yu-bing/

If you want to believe untrustworthy 'experts', be my guest...
However, many average users prefer to Stay Away from Charlatans!!!

Over & Out!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/07/11/which-free-antivirus-is-t...
PC tools antivirus uses very little memory-a lot less than Nod 32 which is considered light! I use all their free products and feel protected-their antivirus, spyware doctor and threat fire. It should be in the list-it catches all viruses. They recently released a new version of the antivirus which is even better! I hate bloatware. It uses 12000% more memory yhan pc tools antivirus!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Comparing it to avg 8 below.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Hi folks -

I am just an everyday user that likes Avast more that other AV software. It does a good job for every thing I need it for. Avast updates my virus database at least once a day. (makes me feel secure - well, kind of)

It doesn't appear to be a resource hog and doesn't slow my computer down.

I also tried and used AVG - good stuff! - I liked Avira also.

Bob -- Akron OH

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

Yes - interesting too that you can 'research' anything that you haven't used?

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

If we refuse to consider software because of an 'inferred' link to corruption or 'dirty tricks' then many of us would end up looking at a blank screen!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Stop promoting CRAP-WARE like Rising AV Free!
You deliberately Ignore well-established companies
with Long Tradition in Security software,
and you propagandize Low-effectiveness
(not to say of inferior quality) firms!
Are you so Ignorant/Irresponsible that you advertise Crapware
-OR- are you getting paid for it?

You did the same with Poor-effectiveness/low protection
Firewalls against Comodo and Online Armor Free!

Then, you did the same by promoting Rising AV Free
over Avira Free and avast! free.

Sorry, but you are NOT a Trustworthy poster!
We cannot follow your postings as suggestions/reviews!

You are NOT someone we can Trust, Mr. MIDNIGHTCOWBOY.
Write/promote whatever you want...
We canNot follow/share your views!

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Pctools free av is also easy to configure imo, BUT did you note from your weblink that it did not detect the private trojan! Also, when i last tried it, it checks for def updates but doesnt auto download and install them. Am now back to Avira free.

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5 years 7 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

Since writing my first piece I've been appointed as Category Editor for HIPS so any trialing of AV programs I shall leave in the more than capable hands of JonathonT as I need to concentrate on my own category.

I'm repeating the same extract again below from my original statement because it appears that you have either missed the point or even missed "it" altogether.

"but does it all work? Detection rate tests can be pretty ambiguous at the best of times (especially VB) but if this performs half as well as it looks and navigates, for the average user like me it has be a top consideration. When and if I get enough time to make a proper evaluation I'll write more across in the forum."

As you can plainly see, the statement clearly questions the capabilities of Rising and then uses the words "if" and "consideration". This is not remotely a promotion.

As software consumers we all have preferences of course but as Category Editors we also have a duty to write and report about what people are using. Like it or not 1000's of people are taking up Rising AV, especially since Google began including it with their Google Pack in China. My own "trial" of Rising has now gone from my PC and been replaced with Avast! because that's now one thing less for me to worry about as I begin researching some alternative suggestions for HIPS programs. If in time it turns out that Rising AV is inferior then I guess we will continue to write about it because this is the best way to encourage the producers to make improvements. Currently I'm looking at DSA (Dynamic Security Agent) and DriveSentry - do you have any thoughts on these?

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I just had major issues with my network drivers under Vista x64. For example the DPC latency went up dramatically after the system had been running for a few hours and escalated until it was impossible to listen to audio or watch video or any kind of realtime apps. I reinstalled Vista x64 without adding any nonstandard drivers and still had issues with the drivers although different issues, for example BSOD and quite high DPC latency but not escalating. I have had Vista x64 intalled on this computer before without problems and the only real difference was that I switched to Avira anti-virus instead of AVG. So I just wanted to warn people who are running Vista x64 that Avira might have some issues with this OS currently.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Finally, somebody noticed. Amen, bro!

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

There is no rule-one-for-all applies when dealing with securing your PC. All security apps freeware or paid will have to claim their product is better somehow than the others. Always like that. Get over with it. Your choice is your choice. You have your own machine. Choose what is effective or what dances well with your machine. "Expert" opinions will only confuse the average users. If most of you here are computer savvy tech guy, then, you should have been convinced already of the kind of security apps you want to have and using them already. If so, then show the facts here on the forum and let the facts prove their worth.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

DSA? Still trying crap-ware, ah?
Dynamic Security Agent 2.0.11.22 FREE: 62% POOR
http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/results.php

Keep Mis-Informing users and
promoting Apps users should stay away from it!

A friend of mine reads a lot your postings!
He knows that when you write about a specific software,
he needs to avoid it!
It happened with Netveda, Rising, DSA etc.

It is very disappointing that they appointed you
HIPS-Category Editor, because you have you are NOT
an IT professional!
You have neither Studies nor Professional Certification
related to the field!
You are just a user; not an expert!
Therefore, what you write/suggest/recommend LACK any VALIDITY!

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

You are welcomed bro, too!
Stay away from the Charlatans who promote Rising AV Free!
They know NOTHING about Security software.
Do NOT believe their LIES!!!

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

it also shows avast home edition cannot detect private trojan either.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Please vote for your's favorite antivirus here:

http://www.matousec.com/info/poll-archive.php?poll=2

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

http://www.matousec.com/info/poll-archive.php

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

they're not the only ones that failed to detect it!

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

"And i don't agree about not keeping any antispyware on the system. Occasionally, spywares may hit your system, and good antispywares like SAS and MBAM are definitely worth keeping on the system."

i have used these softwares (sas & mbam) free versions in past. as you know they dont have real-time protection (free versions) and can be used only as on demand scanners. they have never found anything, so why i have to use them. if i use IE browser then it is must to have them. But with noscript and adblock, i dont think they are needed in pc.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I just don't know why you don't have Rising Anti-virus free 2009 on here because it is by far the best free product on the market in my opinion. I've used avast for years and still want to know which is really the better of the two. Since I got my first Pentium way back when Avast was always my saviour... I would like to hear others thoughts on Rising as well as the new rising PC Doctor 6.0 Beta. I look forward to hearing back from anyone on that topic. I think its the best free protection when ran along side Online Armor 3.0.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Well, if they never found anything, its good news. That means you are observing safe surfing practices, and you are keeping your PC quite safe from malwares/viruses. I hope you never get the need for them. :).

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Anti-Virus Free 2009
My comment on this software is it is spyware. I have been attacked by their malicious sites and installed spyware on my computer, removing my Destop options in properties, and changing my background to a virus warning, also flashing messages that I should get Anti-virus 2009 to fix the problem. I have read other articles on the web of people reporting this to be an annoyance when they actually downloaded the software and were searching for a way to get the rest of it off after they installed/uninstalled it.

Try uninstalling it and see if you don't get these random messages to get anti virus free 2009 software from time to time. Unless this has been removed,I wouldn't use it.

Think about it; who knows better than the people making Anti Virus software that are capable of putting such crap on your computer by an Exploit that hasn't been patched on your computer by sneaking it on there through a malicous bot?

Another Problem I have had with a malicious attack from a site was Ask.com putting their toolbar on my computer and then after uninstallation, they hijacked my HOme page settings. Even more so, I didn't even Visit ask.com. I found two programs on my computer contributed to this that the un-insall process doesn't remove. In my search on the web about this problem, I found other POSTINGS of people reaching out for help, and commenting on: " how could Ask.com stoop so low as to do this?"

How do I fix my mis-haps on the web of invasions. I give my credit of saves to ERUNT, a backup utility that restores previous saved versions of the Registry and has a Partner program to defrag the registry..

Even when I had NORTONS on computers where the Virus HI-jacked the computer, blocking our System Programs, folder options, regedit and deleting the SAFE MODE key from the Registry thus making the computer Cry for help, I ran ERUNT when the virus was still active and repaired my computer..

I don't care what Virus software you have, not all of them are %100 effective and it is very important to have ERUNT as a protection measure for Virus/spyware and Installations that go wrong.. In addition, I find I have less problems search the web without sucessful attacks when I use some other FREEWARE fireware vs Using the current firewall Windows has to offer.


My other opion on PC Doctors Anti-virus is that it slowed my computer down, and cause other problems. People stick with Gizmo's recommendations, I support them too...


netverse (yahoo)

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Antivirus 2009 is a rogue product, were you using this?
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/malware-removal/uninstall-antivirus-2009

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

It certainly has many features and a nice interface, but from the latest tests I've seen the detection of the AV is still relatively low.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I am not against any free antivirus software from any company. I hope someday in future Kaspersky, Nod and Norton will have free editions like Avira, Avast and AVG for people who couldn afford them to use their home pc's. I did not try Rising free antivirus, but I saw the results below, maybe it is helpful to you to decide which one to you.

http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

Avast! (Alwil)--- 99.3%(malware on demand)--- 98.3%(adware / spyware on demand)
Rising --- 83.4% --- 77.5%

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Rising AV is just a nice GUI and nothing more!
The developer of Rising AV is a company with Unethical practices:
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/tag/yu-bing/

As far for its effectiveness,

http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

(Malware-Spyware Rates)
-avast!: 99.3%-98.3%

-Rising: 83.4%-77.5%

Both here and at Wilders some Shills tried to promoted
Rising AV Free against the Free editions of Avira and avast!

Do NOT believe them!

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Hi, Thanks for all the info on these products. I am going to try Avast. I have been using pctools along with ad-aware 2008, & have had little to no problems. Then ad-aware Aniversary edition comes out & I upgraded. I now cannot get this version to load on my computer, so I am trying spybot for the malware & syware. It seems to work good, but my computer has slowed down considerably since I loaded it. I am not sure about PC tools antivirus. Since I have gotten it, it has detected nothing, not one thing. I think I will try Avast for this reason alone & maybe another spyware blaster.

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

any news on comodo internet security antivirus?

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

does anybody know how good the ikarus antivirus is with a-squared free?

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Ikarus is excelent, but has some false positives.

Check out the latest AV-Test results here: http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

PCTools AV free- apparently silent updates have been requested for future updates

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

You can also consider getting Superantispyware free and Malwarebytes Antimalware free.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-adware-spyware-scumware-remove...

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5 years 6 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Don't be DECEIVED by the nice GUI of Rising AV Free!
It is a Resource-HOGER and has a Low Detection rate!!!
In simple words, stay with Avira Free and avast! Free.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

very good very good

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

go to comodo w.p.
download
try
see what happens

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

--- " it is by far the best free product on the market in my opinion " ---

this is YOUR OPINION for the time being, but when it will be real by confirmation of independent antivirus tests people will use it for sure.

for now wait for the further development of rising. dont look at the gui. use avast and/or avira. dont direct people to wrong antiviruses.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

i meant, is there any recent test results that show how good or bad it is.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

go to google etc
search
wait a sec
see what comes up

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Gustavo Zamudio

Unlike CONVENTIONAL windows security software. Comodo Internet Security (AntiVirus + Firewall + Proactive Security) is based on the concept of DEFAULT DENY protection that actually PREVENTS malware from gaining access to your PC in the first place, rather than letting it in and then trying to find and delete it the way conventional security software works.

More info:
http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/index.html
http://www.livepcsupport.com.dev/trial/index.php

To Download Comodo Internet Security:
http://download.comodo.com/cis/download/setups/CIS_Setup_3.5.57173.439_X...

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

out of all these comment's .. who can tell me what the best download is .. i'm using windows live one at the momment .. but that download tells me nothing but my pc is OK .. can any one help me with this .. this is my first pc .. thank you ..

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software peter

Why don't you just accept the editor's choice:
Avira AntiVir Personal Edition
Our reviewers put massive effort into testing and evaluating products, & are at least reasonably knowledgeable. Anyone can write a comment; who are you going to trust?

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

i use it as my main av along with geswall . all good . as long as your machine is clean when drive sentry goes on there's no probs . cheers . uk peter

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

If i use avira free and avast home together, will it cause any confliction in the pc?

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Never use two (2)AntiVirus products Together!!!

You can Combine an AntiVirus (avast! Home OR AVIRA AntiVir Personal
with an AntiMalware (a-squared Free) OR AntiSpyware (SUPERAntiSpyware Free).

The AntiVirus will offer you Real-Time (On-Access) Protection.
The AntiMalware OR AntiSpyware will offer you extra On-Demand Protection.

You need to scan your PC almost each day if you surf a lot and visit Risky sites! Therefore, you must have a FULL-Scan session with your AntiVirus.

Every two (2) days, you need to have a FULL-Scan session with your
AntiMalware OR AntiSpyware which is your BackUp scanner!

Try this combination:

- avast! Home (+) a-squared Free if you have a Fast PC.
- AVIRA AntiVir Personal (+) a-squared Free if you have a Not so Fast PC.
- AVIRA AntiVir Personal (+) SUPERAntiSpyware Free if you have a Slow PC.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

"Never use two (2)AntiVirus products Together!!!"

okey i know the rule (i mean you are right). but i am not using kaspersky, these are avast and avira free editions. i want to ask is there anybody using them together, and if so in what conditions (mean setup preferences). should i have to deactivate antivir guard for example everytime i started pc.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

The article says "Using more than one real-time antivirus can cause conflicts and uses much more system resources, so I recommend you only choose one antivirus for real-time protection."

If you're looking for ways to increase your protection I suggest you check out this article:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-to-secure-your-pc.php

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

how about gdata (in 2008v avast+kaspersky, in 2009v avast+bitdefender). then 2 antivirus can work together (if you dont care about ram consumption, and slower pc etc)

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

- avast! Home (+) a-squared Free if you have a Fast PC.

i installed a-squared free, it is very good (i am not sure how long it will be free this kind of software) but avast+a-squared is a good choice i guess.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

No, it doesn't (at least on my 3 machines).

I'm sick and tired of these "EXPERTS" who keep telling people you can't use two antivirus together. You can, but let me qualify this. In MY EXPERIENCE with my three machines, Avira and Avast Tango very well and they might as well join Dancing with the Stars because they really perform extremely well together. Now, I can't say Avira with Kaspersky nor Avira with Nod 32 nor Avast with Kaspersky nor Avast with Nod or the other antivirus combinations. I have not tested other combinations.

Yes, you can use Avira and Avast together. I have not experienced any problems at all with my three machines running Windows XP SP3.

The right question should not be: Can I use..? Rather, should I use Avira and Avast together. The answer to that is simply, IT DEPENDS. If you have a fast machine with a treasure of RAM, why not? If they work well together on your machine, why not?

To immediately and ignorantly say you can't use Avira with Avast together is simply ignorant. If the question was, Can I use two antivirus applications together? My answer would be test and tweak for the better combinations.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

The problem nowadays with anti virus software is the amount of false positives. To be sure you need several anti virus engines installed on your pc but that would slow your pc down. So here http://simplyfree.site90.net/?p=128 is a list of online services that analyzes suspicious files, just to be sure!.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I have 5 Antivirus programs with virus removal capability of which I usually only run 2 together at any one time. They all have their goods and bads, but very handy for scanning while I sleep. What one misses or cannot remove, the other ones get. So far, I have had no conflicts (accidently) running a mix of up to 3 AV's at a time. Resources are an issue tho.

I also manually dual scan by running any 2 of the programs at the same time. It's best to have lots of memory and reasonably fast processor to cope. Minimum of about 2.4GHz dual and 2GB RAM should be about right. The more and faster, the better.

PS: This sometimes generates an access conflict when the same file is accessed at the same time by both scanning processes.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

PPS: Avast is a pearl. Never seems to conflict with any other security program, or any other program I have ever used, and that's squillions. So far, Comodo antivirus with the firewall appears fully compatible too after configuration of some protocols in the firewall.

The experts. Sure they are. There might be an antivirus program that conflicts somewhere, but not found it yet.

Would any Expert reading this please quantify the conflicts and with which programs they refer. No gobbledegook, just in simple speak would suffice.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Test and trust the one that dances well with your machine!

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Absolutely and totally 100% agree.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

This site is an excellent one. Great stuff and great opinions. Keep up the good work. Free and open.

- - -
Free Is Enough!

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

seems like a lot of paranoid people are posting comments recently. i can't remember the last time i got an infection or had avira even alert me to a virus. we all must have different surfing habits that keep one computer safe and another one that gets infected. just stick with the ones that the editor recommends and you should be fine. i'm not an expert, maybe not even a novice, all i know is mbam, sas, comodo internet security (firewall only), and spywareblaster is all i need.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

download.com has avira antivir personal 9.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Well, two antivirus running together... hmmmm.. not recommended, but well... ok. But, scanning the computer with both the antivirus simultaneously, i think, is too much. I wouldnt even scan my PC simultaneously with an antivirus, and antispyware.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Rizar

It now includes some antispyware protection, but it doesn't have the premium version's "advanced antispyware".

"The latest version introduces antispyware protections, scanning tech that can crack open "locked" files, improved internal security to prevent AntiVir's files from being maliciously altered, and one-click threat removal--no more baby-sitting" (CNET).

Interesting thread: http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=85103

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I dont understand how this is possible. 90% of the cracks, keygens, patches that are surfing in the net really infected.
I think you are only observing (watching) web pages, even not try to download a software. In my opinion if you have been downloading softwares (not the free ones like here) it is impossible of avira couldnt get that infected files. There are no paranoid people, and i think you dont need that antivirus in your pc too.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Hello,
From what I just read in a couple of websites it looks like Avira 9 has included spyware detection and removal in the latest version. Can anyone verify that?
Cheers
Adanacs

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Yes, your probably right about the scanning, but I have had no real issues so far. Doesn't mean that problems won't occur as all these types of programs are different from each other. I'll post again when, and if, a real problem happens.

I have had one conflict running an antispyware and an antivirus scan together. So, you are somewhat right in this instance. If I can recall it was somthing to the effect that cannot access something as it is being used by another program, then one of them just closed. Not a real bg issue still.

As for running, not scanning, there is absolutely no evidence submitted by anyone that has identified any program conflicts anywhere on the web. Lots of talk about it, but Zero info that backs up their sweeping comments. I feel it is simply a ploy made up by certain software manufacturers in a feeble attempt to keep clients from switching from their product. Again I could be proven wrong. Time and facts will tell.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

It's mentioned on download.com and their forum.
http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10198484-12.html
http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=85047

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Scoffer

Yes please. All those who say you cannot run more than one antivirus at a time, please put your hand up by posting KISS evidence here.

I think this a good one for Myth Busters.

I remember when overclocking was a no-no. Now it is highly encouraged by most manufacturers of some PC hardware. I think this Antivirus issue falls into a similar scenario. A bygone protocol that really has no modern basis.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Scoffer

Hi Anupam.

Who has not recommended it, and did they say why?

We musk ask these questions rather than just accept an answer without explanation. Without this, the Earth would still be deemed flat and the Moon made out of Cheese. :-D

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Hey Scoffer, well, yeah I haven't seen any strong proof against using two antivirus together. It is said that they conflict each other. But, I have seen this recommendation on many places, and so, I take it as true.
Anyways, even if it isn't true, I still don't like the idea of using two antivirus together. First, it would be heavy on system resources. Also, I am not that much paranoid, as to use two antivirus running together. I would like to have one product running of one type. I have Avast, and I trust it and I have faith on it, and I don't need any other antivirus. Although, I do have Avira setup on my computer, in case I might need it. Still, I wouldn't run two antivirus together.
And even if running two antivirus scans together might not/has not cause/caused a big problem, I still quite feel right about running scans together of two antivirus simultaneously. Anyways, why would anyone want to do that? Don't have time... don't have enough patience.. why? Call me old fashioned, or not ready to experiments, but I would still like to run the scans individually. It just dosent seem right.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Scoffer

I am somewhat paranoid as I use my PC to help others with theirs and it needs to be kept squeeky clean. However, I never recommend, or un-recommend (if that's a word) running dual antivirus to my clients, with one exception. Comodo Security with it's in-built antivirus, and a stand-alone such as AVAST, AVG or their choice. Unless they have their own of course.

Had no complaints on this issue as yet.

My personal favourite free stand-alone is AVAST, and my favourite spycleaner is SuperaAntiSpyware. I also use Sanboxie as a download and install section on my hardrive to trap real and potential problems as I surf and download lots of potential nasties. Always looking for the best stuff for the least cost.

I also download and run a current secondary stand-alone rootkit at times. Depending on mood. Yes. Paranoid to the extreme I suppose.

As for time, I usually run scans while I sleep and check results next morning.

So far in past 2 years or so, all is well nothing too nasty needing removing. Still get a couple of sneaky adware things from time to time, but generally purrrrrrrfect on my newer and older PC's and laptops.

I do have several others that I run from time to time, but this is for double blind purposes mainly.

I have enough resources on my newer PC to run lots of things, so it's not as much as an issue as for lower end machines. XP Pro, Quad, 8G RAM. Was running Vista but there was painful security and driver issues and it did nothing more than XP except DX10 compared to DX9c for XP. But that's a Microsoft release issue. Another story.

Scoffer

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

IIRC conflicts can occur if one AV detects a new file being written, then opens the file to read it, then the second AV detects the file being read, and scans it, and so on.

I tried running Avast with AntiVir on my computer. AntiVir seem to detect some of Avast's (update?) files as malware, and if they encountered malware my computer seemed to lag a bit. If I changed Avast to High protection then every time they encountered malware my computer would completely freeze.

Also, what works for you might not work on someone else's computer. So I believe it's best to recommend that one only uses one real-time antivirus, as a general rule.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Scoffer

Thanks JonathanT.

Finally some useful info. It's a good start.

OK, So it appears AntiVir/Avast is a conflict. Haven't tried AntiVir yet. I'll see if I can get a download and run it with some of the others. Just hope I'm not infringing on any copyrights etc.

I appeciate that it might not be consistent or compatible with other systems, but it is really just a fact finding mission at this stage.

Any more data of this nature is highly appreciated.

Thanks again.

Scoffer

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Even a novice will tell you that
using two (2) AntiVirus programs Together
is a Waste of Resources that offers NO Incremental Security.

Whether it is the FREE editions of avast! and AVIRA AntiVir
OR the Paid ones,
it does NOT matter!
Two AntiVirus programs MUST -Not- exist in the -SAME- system!

As I explained before, -ONLY- one AntiVirus is needed
+
another On-Demand scanner for BackUp:

- a-Squared Free (AntiMalware)
OR
- SUPERAntiSpyware Free (AntiSpyware)
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Of course, many PARANOIAC will suggest you to use
2 or even more AntiVirus programs...

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I just installed Avira Antivir 9. In look and feel, it's basically the previous version, though it does claim to scan for a wider variety of items. Even the scanner is still cheesily called "Luke Filewalker." I am noticing, however, that my shutdowns now take two or more minutes to complete. Also, when I run a scan, the "Action for concerning files" settings, which is supposed to allow you to postpone actions until AFTER the scan is complete have no effect. Makes me wonder what else doesn't work as advertised...

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

One interesting idea I've seen mentioned is running Avast with the real-time shields you need (web, e-mail, etc) except for the resident shield, and AntiVir for the resident protection. Apparently there were no conflicts this way.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

its working ok for me

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Download Avira Antivir 9 It's now available for download at www.download.com and now includes anti-spyware protection, and still includes rootkit scan. Go to www.tanaya.net/AntiVir and follow instructions to configure AntiVir for maximum protection. Next install Arovax Shield to protect areas of computer that AntiVir can't. Install PC Security 2007 and scan computer with it. The results I got are FIREWALL: 100% GOOD PROTECTION-
ANTI-VIRUS: 100% EXCELLENT PROTECTION AND ANTI-SPYWARE: 100% EXCELLENT PROTECTION RATINGS. AntiVir & Arovax Shield stopped all the exploits cold in their tracks. make sure to set Arovax to automatic setting and uncheck the browser protection for those browsers you don't use. good luck. Troy

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

You are Right!
Paranoid users who are behind a Router with NAT/SPI (=Hardware Firewall)
and still use:

-Software Firewall
-HIPS
-AntiVirus
-AntiSpyware
-AntiMalware/AntiTrojan
-Hosts File software
-Sandbox
-Instant System Recovery/Imaging software
and so on...

Relax, guys.
The entire Malware Population will NOT attack your PC!

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

on vista ultimate sp1 (x86), no problems. i feel faster scan speed compared to v8.
The only thing happens related with updates. updating 1 or 2 minutes to occur and a few cases it downloaded big files (around 8 mb) then needed a restart of pc. should i reinstall it? are there any other person faced this situation?

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

avira antivir 9 with comodo internet security with defense+ gets the same results.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I have just upgraded to Avira AntiVir 9 and to get an email scanner I have Avast also installed with only the Internet Mail function activated. If you need to increase the protection levels it is possible to activate more functions in Avast.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

Me too. It's suggested not to wear two left shoes but you don't see people hopping down the street just because it's possible.

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5 years 5 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

PC Security 2007 is scareware.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

nobody uses all. if you are so smart then dont use a antivirus soft and try download softwares including keygens, patches. run them in your computer with a big pleasure.
everyone looks for the basic protection in here without paying $$$$ like you. i understand you paid for all shareware in your computer, then why are you here, what are you doing here, smart guy?????

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

You are right. PC Security 2007 is scareware. One of the best vulnerability scanners is that included with Kaspersky Internet Security so if you really must, download the trial version and use that. Trouble is on many systems it will uncover so many 'flaws' you might wish you hadn't bothered. Suffice to say that a properly configured AV and firewall, safe browser and sandbox are all you really need. If you do want an alternative scan to check your PC try this which is excellent.

http://www.prevx.com/freescan.asp

The parent program is not free but the scan software is.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

I can see no logical reason for the setup you describe, only a possibility for conflict between the two programs. There are those who say you can run some AV's together in tandem, but this still doesn't make it either advisable or beneficial. Running Avast! in this way is like buying a car and taking the doors off. OK, so you've made it lighter but it still needs petrol and oil. It is also worth confirming just what Avira's email protection capabilities are. This is a Moderator's reply to a similar post on their forum.

"Not the same way, but AntiVir Classic does scan emails in real time, if you have the guard set to scan on Reading and Writing. The difference is that the dedicated Mailguard in the Premium versions scans before the mails are written, whereas the Classic only scans as the mail is written. You can confirm this by checking the "last scanned file" in the guard tab when downloading some mails".

In other words, as JonathanT says above, you are still protected.

75million people now think Avast! is a very good program and I agree with them. Because it is a much more complete solution than Avira, and if no one is going to pursuade you to use just one, then I would use Avast! in full, deactivate Avira's real time guard, but keep it updated and use for on demand scanning only.

If you still feel hesitant because of Avira's restrictions why not just use Avast! on its own? The on demand test results are negligible, http://www.av-comparatives.org/ and although there's a bigger margin for proactive defense, in reality, unless you surf crack sites and Russian porn you're never going to notice the difference. If you do surf crack sites and Russian porn then neither of these is going to save you!

Ultimately it is what you feel most confidence in using, but usually too many is too much.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Oh, calm down. He's doing fine. The attractive bit about Avast is that the individual modules, including the AV, are all toggleable. If he likes the mail scanner better, he can use it, and live happily.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

We always try to advise in what we believe to be the best interests of our readers. There are many articles and much evidence to suggest that running two AV programs simultaneously is neither advisable or beneficial. This one contains a lot of information but it is presented in a more digestable way than some of the others.

http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles%2F2...

The article itself is now somewhat out of date but the results and advice are still relevant. Disabling some of the guards may make a difference but is it really worth the risk? I still feel that the best chance of "living happily" lies with using only one AV instead of two.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

You may possibly find this link of interest too.

http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?article=articles%2F2...

As I said in another reply the article is now out of date but the information it contains is still relevant.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

No, it doesn't (at least on my 3 machines).

I'm sick and tired of these "EXPERTS" who keep telling people you can't use two antivirus together. You can, but let me qualify this. In MY EXPERIENCE with my three machines, Avira and Avast Tango very well and they might as well join Dancing with the Stars because they really perform extremely well "together. Now, I can't say Avira with Kaspersky nor Avira with Nod 32 nor Avast with Kaspersky nor Avast with Nod or the other antivirus combinations. I have not tested other combinations.

Yes, you can use Avira and Avast together. I have not experienced any problems at all with my three machines running Windows XP SP3.

The right question should not be: Can I use..? Rather, should I use Avira and Avast together. The answer to that is simply, IT DEPENDS. If you have a fast machine with a treasure of RAM, why not? If they work well together on your machine, why not?

To immediately and ignorantly say you can't use Avira with Avast together is simply ignorant. If the question was, Can I use two antivirus applications together? My answer would be test and tweak for the better combinations."

The only sensible comments I have read so far.

- Free Is Enough

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

AV-comparatives has released a new report on on-demand detection.
http://www.av-comparatives.org/

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I agree,Avira is one of the top picks in antivirus,also paid.But I have recently found PC tools Threatfire to be so much better than almost anything else,regarding rogue/spyware.Yes also Spysweeper..
But if you use Avira with a good firewall like Online armor,and Threatfire,nothing will reach your computer.Threatfire has a very light footprint like Avira.So if you like to go to porn sites,its highly recomended.
Because I use a hardware firewall,I only use Online Armor and Avira.I have used this combo in over a year,and not one bad thing has entered my machine.Very good combination.

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5 years 4 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I agree with you on 100%
For me, in this moment, best free combo:

Avira 9 + Online Armor + ThreatFire, just add to this list FireFox (with WOT and NoScript) + Sandboxie.

If you need scanners, take this apps - A-squared, SAS, MBAM.

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