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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

You should keep the Avira Antivir. Comodo Antivirus is not as good as Avira. But the firewall is good.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

In many countries now, PC addiction - especially internet & online gaming addiction is almost becoming an epidemic. So too is the generation of fear, anxiety and rage from computer use. Suicidal thoughts, and especially homicidal thoughts are a great concern, so unless your comments are a joke or just a "turn of phrase" please discuss your feelings with a family member or someone else you feel you can confide in.
This may seem funny to some but I have to deal with the results of such feelings within my profession and believe me they are no longer funny then.

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Rising AntiVirus appears to no longer support a freeware version as of their updating to the 2009 version.

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

neither avira antivir, nor avg, support WinME.
avast! is continuing to support ME, but only for the remainder of 2009.

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software DesElms

Good analysis and commentary.

The new free version of

Indeed... Comodo's competitors should be looking over their shoulders.

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

avira is good but not free version bcs it doesn't has antispyware and avast really weak in talking trojans so i would like to go with avg 8.

AOL ACTIVE SHIELD BY KASPERSKY is also good.

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Avira and Avast are both better than AVG. I was using AVG earlier, and it let virus creep into my PC. I used Avira for sometime and it kept me safe.
For a long time now, i have been using Avast, and am very pleased with it. It has saved me from virus on numerous occassions.
Recently, my cousin had AVG on her system. Virus got into the system, and AVG would detect it, but it couldnt delete it, neither quarantine it, and the virus ultimately took AVG down. And then the virus wouldnt let any other AV install on the PC. With difficulty, i somehow got Avast to install, and it got rid of the virus. I would highly recommend Avast.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 23 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software peter

You should come to:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forums-moved.htm

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software searchlight

Has anyone tried DriveSentry?

I have used it for awhile, and it seems to be quite good. Unobtrusive, and light on resources. A combination HIPS/Anti-virus. Incorporates downloadable signatures, and a community based approach to detection, and more.

Take a look: www.drivesentry.com

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software peter

Malware News

Originally posted at the PCMag security blog, "New Rogue Anti-Malware Pushes Fake PCMag Review"

Thanks to bleepingcomputer.com for pointing out a new rogue anti-malware attack with a twist: one that adds entries to your HOSTS file so that if you go to any of a number of technology sites, you are instead brought to their site and are shown their content.

It's not unusual for malware to make changes in the HOSTS file, but usually to prevent you from going to security sites in order to remove it. Adding review content seems to be a first. And rogue anti-malware is also a very old problem.

In order for you to be shown these reviews, you must have already executed the malware on your system and do so while logged in as Administrator. Almost any decent anti-malware system would recognize the changes to HOSTS and warn you about them, so you probably can't be running any of those. So anyone who gets taken in by this has lowered defenses to begin with.

bleepingcomputer uses the name Anti-Virus-1 for this malware and provides a removal guide if you're infected.

Originally posted at the PCMag security blog, "New Rogue Anti-Malware Pushes Fake PCMag Review"

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

yesterday uninstalled avira antivir in favor of CIS with the antivirus enabled. today ran a AV scan and found a total of 18 threats. HEUR.PCK.MEW was reported 16 times, HEUR.PACKED.UNKOWN 1 time, and HEUR.PCK.PE.CRYPTOR 1 time. anyone else have similar results? false positives?

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

False positives or not, will depend on what the filenames were on which these threats were detected. Can you tell the filenames?

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

most threats were found in c:\windows\system32.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

You could upload the files to VirusTotal.
http://www.virustotal.com/

And maybe also scan with Superantispyware free and Malwarebytes Antimalware free.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Then most probably they are virus. But i find it strange that Avira didnt pick it up and Comodo AV did.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

These are heuristic detections not guaranteed "signature" hits. Did you leave the default heuristic setting on "low"? Anyway, with Comodo still giving a multitude of problems (see their forum) why change from Avira which has the highest detection rate? With Avast 4.8 also giving some problems and AVG just not up to scratch if you really wanted a change why not try Rising. Its detection rate is still not up with Avira but its far better than Comodo and as a package its also far more complete. Also uses the same design architecture as Avira. Comodo promises much and has a loyal following but in reality their deliverance never matches the hype except for the firewall although this too now seems to generate system problems for many users. I know that this will seem like a real pain but my opinion is that ANY of these complex applications need to have Windows reinstalled first so that they enter a truly clean environment and do not inherit any existing system problems.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

i did change the heuristic scanning level to high. i might try avast or just go back to avira. thank all of you for your comments and suggestions.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

I have been using Avast 4.8 with absolutely no problems at all. What problems are you talking about? I think Avira and Avast are the best of the lot. Stick with either of the two.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Does the free version of Avira have a daily nag screen to buy the pro version? I read that it does on Snapfiles. If that is the case, Rising seems like a better deal as it scans for spyware also. I've read AVG is not as good as it was.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software woodshed

Anyone tried PC tools Internet Security Suite yet? Ive just picked up for free at For-Free-On internet.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Yes, Avira has a nag screen, and its there when u update the definitions. But, Avira being such a good antivirus, i think the nag screen shouldnt be much of a problem. Also, on this topic, or somewhere on this site, there is a workaround to turn off the nag screen.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Rizar

It is a general use nag screen during updates only for all kinds of information, updates, etc. Sometimes for their Premium version. But the article right above has a link to instructions to disable them completely, and you can even disable the splash screen. It also has invisible modes for certain scheduled tasks.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software u-ultima

what would be the best on demand scanner to be run with avira anti virus

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Why do you want an on-demand scanner when Avira is there? Avira itself is a good antivirus with built-in scanner.
If you are looking for anti-spywares in addition to Avira, then use MalwareBytes Antimalware and SuperAntiSpyware.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software davy

i agree with anupam,you can get what you need from this website.davy

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software woodshed

Superantispyware.
On the 22nd I asked had anyone tried PC Tools Internet suite well today I have removed it.as it locked the whole computer.
Now I think I will stay with Avira

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Okay, but what if I want to avoid all of this and actually buy a low-cost (is there such a thing) reliable product that will do it all? Which should I choose?

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software kendall

I hate to disagree with our fabulous editor, but I just wanted to share my recent experience with Avira.

I used Avira Free for quite some time. I really liked it. I recently paid for the Premium version 1) to add the spyware function; and 2) to show my appreciation for the free version and honor their work.

First of all, I had to totally uninstall the free version AND use their registry tool to delete all the registry entries before installing the Premium version. After installation, it worked fine for a couple weeks. But, then it began locking up and causing blue screens. At first, it was a srframe.mmf file. After putting that file in as an exception, Avira found another file to lock up on.

I spent the better part of 2 weeks trying to fix it. At first, I was told it was competing antispyware programs, and not upgrading to IE7 or SP3. Then, I needed to run System File Checker (I had major issues with that.) I tried running the "modify program" within Control Panel, to no avail.

Ultimately, I gave up on Avira, uninstalled it and installed Avast. Avast installed easily and quickly. I ran my first full, thorough scan (and update) with absolutely no problem. It's been running now for a couple days with no problems at all. My only problem with the free version of Avast is that you cannot schedule scans.

For those of you interested in my trials with Avira, you can read all about it at:
http://forum.avira.com/wbb/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=82922

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

There is no one product that does it all. I firmly believe that layered freeware is FAR superior to all in one products like Norton and McAfee. We use McAfee enterprise at work and I CONSTANTLY use Malwarebytes and Superantispyware to clean infected machines. Avira is an excellent product. If you want to pay look into NOD32 or one of the other highly rated STAND ALONE AV products and avoid suites like the plague.

-J

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software louis058

though i much prefer free antivirus and antispyware like the other person but if you really want a paid solution, i suggest either Avira Premium or Kaspersky, or Norton 360 if you want something that isn't intrusive, as in it conducts scans and updates in the background, so it would do all those things an antivirus does but never asks you to do anything, even the HIPS is automated i think, BUT, its detection rates aren't as high as Avira or Kaspersky

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

It's not a big surprise that you had problems with avira paid. I don't think it's a bad reflection on Avira. Some times certain software won't work on certain computers. I never could get Kaspersky to run right on my computer. Worked on it for a week and just gave up. I have a couple of friends who use Kaspersky and have no issues at all. Go figure. I used the paid version of Avira for 6 months and never had any issues. Just one of those things with software.

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I have on my PC installed: AVG and Avast!, and both work together fine.

But, when I also installed Avira Antivir, it immediately started giving me alarms about malicious files that are quarantined in the AVG Virus Vault. The alarm would only stop after manually deleting those files, for which I had to shut dowm AVG.

Because this problem recurred several times, I finally decided to uninstall Avira Antivir, and that was the end of this problem.

My conclusion: AVG and Avast! live happily togetherm on my PC, and hopefully one complements the other in the job of detecting and neutralizing incoming viruses.
However, Avira Antivir appears to be incompatible with AVG. I therefore hereby wish to draw this issue to the attention of the Avira Antivir people. As soon as they have ameliorated this bug in their program, I'll happily re-install their program on my PC.

Thank you,
Pinchas

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5 years 22 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

This is not a bug in the Avira Antivirus. Firstly, it is not recommended to have two antivirus on your PC, because they conflict with each other. And thats what happened when you installed Avira with two other already present antivirus on your PC!! What more result could you ask for. Also, having more than one antivirus will slow down your system.
Avira is a quite a good antivirus, and please do not judge the software based simply on your initial experience.
Rather than having multiple antivirus on your PC, have a single good antivirus like Avast or Avira... and go for a firewall along with the antivirus. That will make your PC more secure.
You can have on-demand scanners on your system, if you are that paranoid about getting viruses. Having multiple antivirus installed on the PC certainly doesn't help.

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Yes, 2 antiviruses on a pc is not needed. But I think that the worse is to have a firewall installed. Several times in past I have tried to use free firewalls like comodo, online armor and zone alarm. I think they are more open to any kind of conflict to your softwares installed and it is much much more difficult to use a pc with them. And also they are a bit hungry for ram.
My taughts about best system protection is that; a free antivirus like avira and/or avast, mozilla firefox 3.06 plus its addons noscript and adblock (never use IE as a browser or use it with a very good ad, popup blocker) and finally use windows firewall and make sure windows updates is open. This can give safe surf and fastest pc you ever have. You dont need any additional spyware removal software if you have firefox with addons indicated above. And if you are not sure about a crack and/or keygen which is usually downloaded from web with your antivirus scan results, then use virustotal from internet.
And finally download kaspersky virus checker once in a month to check your complete system with it.
There is no virus harmful than installing different antiviruses and firewalls repeatedly to your system and this is the main cause of crashes in windows i think.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

The numbers viewing the new forum security section are increasing every day now, so why not register and join in?
Regulars over there will know that I have been passing the odd comment recently about HIPS and firewalls. For what it's worth I've also been asked by two of the guys from the local electricity Co. here (Ampla) to have a look at Rising. They have to buy their own laptops for work (shame) and have just switched from Avast! First impressions of Rising are that if I had to hold a gun to a top designers head he could not come up with a better design than this! Makes Avira look like it was written on the back of a beer mat! Also, the configuration options are nothing short of awesome, allowing individual settings for chosen applications across a whole range of protection issues, and this is in addition to the automated defaults! USB/CD drive protection included (wake up other vendors!)..... 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. See you there?

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

You are so right - some PC's will crash at the mere sniff of a highly strung firewall like Comodo or OA. Varies enormously depending on the state of the machine into which they get stuffed, but the various forums are almost making an industry out of bug reporting. You do not of course have these problems with the likes of Jetico (V1), NetVeda or Sygate. Sygate in particular has a huge PDF available on the net and a more user friendly privately written configuration guide with screenshots. The logs are amongst the best of anything - new or old - and make monitoring a pleasure. We all know that Windows is about as safe as a grenade with the pin out but some vendors are only escalating the paranoia with their product propaganda. To give yourself the best chance follow the advice above. Two simultaneous active AV's is not just overkill, it's plain daft! GData even tried to build this into one application and just look what a system drain that is - with detections no better than Avira.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

Great! Another exponent of the "layered solution"! Please register and come on over to the new forum so us guys can give the 'suite bangers' a run for their money!

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

On one of my machines Avira constantly flagged files in System32\tools which I eventually tracked down to my motherboard install drivers! Avira is well know for false positives - you just need to be really careful with what you take out. Even putting the wrong files into quarantine can render your Windows unusable if the right set of circumstances hit later.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

You only have to look on their forum first page about 4.8 web guard. So far over 600 reads and 40 replies - and this is just one topic! OK, so some of these are compatibility issues notably with CFP3 and Threatfire, but as Avast! is (I think) the biggest AV vendor why do it's customers have to accept a product that cannot or will not work with other class leading applications?

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

I agree - one of the machines I look after for someone had issues right from the start with Avira Premium which is a pity because it was me that recommended that they buy it! Could never track the cause down which was no doubt just a combination of particular issues with that PC. There certainly is no guarantee that paying for a supposedly upgraded version will get you a better product. Also worth bearing in mind that as soon as a particular vendor receives a bit of adverse comment or forum activity.... bingo! - suddenly there's a free license available for 6 months. Mcafee, Kaspersky and Avira have all done it! And my people?...well, they first tried Avast! and didn't like it so switched to Rising (about 4 months ago) and haven't had any problems. Can't suggest in fairness that they are in any sort of "risk" group while surfing but there's malware everywhere these days so well done Rising.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

People have different experiences with firewalls. Some run them without any problem, and some have loads of problems. I think it all depends on the user's machine, and the knowledge of the user. Until some time ago, i used to stay away from firewalls, because, i used to read, that they are nothing but trouble, and require proper knowledge to handle them.
Now, i have tried some firewalls, and i didn't had any problem till now. Firewalls are not the kind of softwares that you install, and forget. They require inputs from the user, and that's where users may find trouble. Nowadays, there are firewalls which are configured keeping normal users in mind, so as to give least problems, and i think people may start with those kind of firewalls.

If safe surfing practices are followed, i think there wont be a need for firewalls or real-time antispyware monitoring. Definitely, Firefox with AdBlock and NoScript, and now WOT, has made surfing quite safe, but a user has to be careful too about what sites he visits.

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. And PC should be scanned regularly with them, alongwith other on-demand scanners, like the Kaspersky Scanner you mentioned.

Crack and keygens are definitely a no-no, crack sites are major source of virus and spywares. Anyways, nowadays, there are lots of quality freewares out there, so you dont need to go for cracks/keygens :).

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

By firewall are you referring to third party firewalls with outbound protection or Windows Firewall?

Thanks

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

I was referring to the third party firewalls :)

Anupam Shriwatri, India

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software morrig

Anon..you should no that you should run only one on-time Anti-Virus,as it can cause problems like you have had.Ok to use a seperate A/V as a sanner now and then.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

MidNightCowboy,

First, you suggested inferior Firewalls over Comodo and Online Armor.
Now, you are talking about Rising Av over avast!
Well, here it is the most recent AV Test having avast! and Rising:
http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

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

-Rising: 83.4%-77.5%

I don't know why Editors -Still- allow you
to spread False information out and Misinform readers!

I hope Editors will Not erase my post so that
readers can realize that some "experts"
know Nothing about Security issues!

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software manoj91

i keep coming back here. you haven't got vipre in your list.
it's got 15 day trial.
it's enough to decide to purchase it.
i bought it without even installing it first.
i knew this was the one.
i saw that it was from sunbelt, it had it's counterspy integrated into the antivirus.
done deal.
i've tried all the antivirus programs avlb.
i was this close '---' to buying avira, but in 1 day i found out about vipre just by chance. i got it immediately via paypal.
it's absoultely the best.
it rocks.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software peter

We only deal with freeware, not trialware.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MIDNIGHTCOWBOY

No doubt we shall see you registering then now so that you can discuss issues with us in the forum out in the open instead of hiding behind anonymity?

VB is well known not to be the most reliable of testing establishments. The following is extracted from their reply to F-Secure.

"After some investigation, we discovered that the product submitted for the test did not include the latest updates available at the submission deadline. After retesting with these updates in place, F-Secure comfortably detected everything on the WildList, and would easily have qualified for the VB100 award had the correct data been supplied. Their customers, with the benefit of automatic updates, would certainly have been protected by this solid and reliable product."

What this demonstrates mostly is the importance of updates. It's easy to stuff your product with updates and then submit it for testing. What's not so easy is to have it checked by Av Comparatives who do retrospective as well as on demand testing. The inference here of course is that even if the detection rates are high, but the updates infrequent then the overall performance is degraded.

I never have expressed any "expertise" in any field (except psychology) and what I said about Rising was.....
"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."

I guess from your tone that you might be an Avast! user which is and always has been a solid product although recent issues (from their forum) would indicate that quite a number of users are experiencing difficulties. Writing stable and efficient security software is becoming more complex and more difficult, as is the use of it for many people. There are certainly issues at the present time that will dissuade some from trying Rising, but on the other hand Google would not have gone down this road in China without much thought and deliberation. I am maintaining this software permanently on one machine and will still report on how I feel about it. How others seek to use this information and/or access the reliability of it is of course up to them.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

avast pro. test results 60-day trial. $39.95 to buy, not freeware. avira premium security suite test results. 30-day trial. $53.95 to buy. not freeware either.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

I hate to disagree with our fabulous editor, but I just wanted to let others know that A2 free no longer supports Win 95 through ME. This change occured two months ago.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Avast Pro and Free uses the same engine.

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5 years 21 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 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Thanks for the information.

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5 years 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

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

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5 years 21 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 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

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

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5 years 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 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 21 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Comparing it to avg 8 below.

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5 years 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

Finally, somebody noticed. Amen, bro!

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5 years 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

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

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5 years 20 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 20 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

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

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5 years 20 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

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

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5 years 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 20 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 19 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 19 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 19 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

any news on comodo internet security antivirus?

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5 years 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

very good very good

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5 years 19 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anonymous

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

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5 years 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 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 19 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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