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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy The majority of software vendors collect user data for either marketing or product improvement purposes. Exactly what they do collect is detailed in their FAQ and EULA which users should read before installing the software. Additional information that may be of concern to some users can be found in their own support forums, and in the case of security software, in the Wilders forum. http://www.wilderssecurity.com/ Gizmo's Freeware will not be including this type of information in reviews unless there is a major concern about any one product which would likely be removed anyway. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 month ago George.J Exactly it's just that these users are too paranoid about privacy, when most of the information collected are non-personally identifiable. Also FAQ section of good software's covers what information they collect. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 month ago mrinmoyjk

On their website ( http://www.comodo.com/products/free-products.php ), it says Comodo Internet Security is free. I've no idea as I've never used it. It also scored well: http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-7/julaug-2013/ .

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 month ago whycue

My new PC came with Windows 8 - are there any recommended free antivirus/antispyware programs I can use with it?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 month ago Anupam Any of the AVs suggested in the review will work fine. You can also read the comments to look for suggestions which are not covered in the review. I personally use Avast, and it's working great with Windows 8. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 4 weeks ago Paxmilitaris

With Avast, you have to be careful not to get stuck with the Internet Security.

How does http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/free.html rank?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 4 weeks ago AJNorth

Some may find the following post in the Avira Support Forum of interest:

"We’ve listened: Goodbye Notifier Ads!

Dears Customers,

The so called “Notifier” which for the Free Antivirus users pops up once a day (if you didn’t install the Avira Search Free Toolbar) to sell you something is about to disappear.

Starting with October 1st, you will never see it again.

For more information, please have a look here: http://techblog.avira.com/2013/09/27/weve-listened-goodbye-notifier-ads/en/ ."

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In addition, the first Beta of Avira Free A/V 2014 has been released.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 4 weeks ago AJNorth

Greetings,

Having used the Comodo Firewall (in various incarnations) for over a decade on several machines (with high regard), and their full suite off-and-on, my experience with the current version running on a client's Win 7 laptop (I7-3630 QM, 8 GB DDR 3) for the past four months has been quite favorable.

Comodo I.S. has enjoyed a reputation for keeping a clean system clean; its ability to remove detected malware had been somewhat low previously, but has been improving of late.

A recent overview by Tom's Guide of the various free antivirus solutions discussed above, and a few more, can be found at http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-free-antivirus-software-2013,review-178... . From their conclusions:

"If, in your eyes, protection against malware is more important than the defenses against phishing and Web threats, then Comodo wins with some top-notch real-time defenses."

As that well-known disclaimer goes, your mileage may vary. Best of luck.

Cheers,

AJN

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy IMO their conclusion is a bit ambiguous considering most malware now comes from web threats. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago AJNorth

Indeed; all the more reason to employ a defense-in-depth strategy, which includes (amongst other things) using a secure browser (such as Firefox with an add-on such as NoScript) -- not to mention not doing casual browsing with administrative privileges (or much of anything else, for that matter...).

Still, the results reported by AV-TEST are impressive.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 4 weeks ago Chakra

They should have done this a lot earlier, but I will take it. Any news on the webshield and the ask toolbar in the free version?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 4 weeks ago AJNorth

The only description of the 2014 Beta I am able to find at this time is at http://www.softexia.com/anti-virus/avira-free-antivirus/ . Under "What’s new in Avira Free AntiVirus 2014 14.0.0.373 Beta," it describes a fix to the ask [sic] installer, so it appears that the toolbar has been retained, unfortunately (hopefully as a selectable option). They also provide a download link (the executable is 117 MB).

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago JonathanT That is excellent news! view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago AJNorth

I agree, JT.

Of course, it remains to be seen just how well v. 2014 will perform, so Neil Rubenking's testing & review (PC Magazine), along with those of the various A/V testing labs, are eagerly awaited. (Too bad they're apparently retaining the Ask toolbar...)

As a side note, given the recent positive reviews that Comodo Internet Security has garnered (AV-TEST; Tom's Guide), might you consider putting it in the queue for a review?

Cheers,

AJN

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago sicknero

Interesting that this announcement follows their recent relatively poor performance in AV tests. They used to be regularly in the top few but seem to have slipped lately, perhaps this is a way to offset this.

I don't use it any more though and can't say the advertising ever bothered me that much anyway.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago mrinmoyjk

"Microsoft has admitted Windows users should install antivirus above and beyond its own Security Essentials, describing its protection as merely a "baseline" that will "always be on the bottom" of antivirus software rankings."
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/384394/microsoft-security-essential...

So, how about replacing MSE with Qihoo or Comodo antivirus?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Please supply the quote from Microsoft stating this and not the interpretation of their meaning from a media publication that obtains revenue from commercial security software. In fact no such quote exists from Microsoft and if users read the whole article they will obtain a more balanced view, including that related to tests. This is just another example of the 'mine is better than yours' scenario whereas ever since malware first appeared no single application could guarantee to protect against 100% of it unless additional measures were taken "above and beyond" its own capabilities. Of course the vendors of commercial products continue to claim this because they want users to buy their software instead of using free solutions. In this respect, MSE will always have a place in this review. Thousands around the world use MSE without getting infected and I still receive emails from owners of top commercial programs that have failed to do so. In summary, PC security does not revolve around the installation of one single product and thereafter being safe. If users employ MSE as their "baseline" solution and then adopt the same measures necessary to compliment other products, then the resulting level of safety will be the same. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago mrinmoyjk

I just quoted what the website said. I have no problem if Gizmo's freeware review MSE. I too have good experience with it regarding protection. Specially zero false positive. But I had some performance issues on two different computers while using it though.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I too experienced very high intermittent CPU with one installation and was never able to effect a permanent cure. This was quite some time ago now though so maybe this is no longer an issue. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

Windows Security Essentials does not run on Win8. Windows Defender runs by default and now includes virus detection. http://tinyurl.com/o997cha

A good review of Defender and other Win8 protections can be found here:
http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6624
However, they too state that "Microsoft has said that Defender on Windows 8 provides an 'acceptable minimum level of protection', and that it will disable itself automatically if another antivirus suite is installed"
Maybe MS is just being honest. :)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago Joe A.TT

You should be careful not to confuse MICROSOFT Security Essentials with WINDOWS Security Essentials. Believe it or not, there are some questionable sites offering the latter, e.g. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Windows+Security+Essentials

Rogue antivirus programs have been known to take advantage of people who are careless about the exact name of a program.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

My Bad, Joe. Seems I can't edit that anymore to change to MS.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago cybersun

Listen, I am a bit surprised to read your review. I just ended up reading an article in HOW TO GEEK where they specifically say that even MS recommends now to use 3rd party AV, as their MSE now ranks last in the list of FREE AV Software. Isn't that info available to you also? In fact all agree in saying that AVAST is the best Free AV but has a loaded interface... I would be thankful to read any comments by knowledgeable individuals on this topic. I have trusted MSE for over 3 years now, I haven't had any issues, but reports such as the one in HOW TO GEEKS (yesterday newsletter) worries me. Of course MS reputation for their blunders help in not feeling to safe about MSE or its future in fact.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy This website and others are taking what Microsoft actually "said" out of context. Most of what was "said" relates to the ability of MSE to pass tests which is what they and other vendors spent a lot of resources on previously. In yours and my real world, these tests are as irrelevant to antivirus programs as Matousec is to firewalls. You could of course keep a log of your internet and other computer activity activity, spend 6 hours a day comparing this with what your antivirus "fails" on in various tests, find one that matches and say Oh yeah, I went to this site on 19th July so maybe I was at risk. This of course is impossible and would also be a ludicrous exercise, even if it was. What Microsoft did say was this: "It’s not as efficient to have one kind of weapon. "Like anything you must have that diversity. It’s a weakness to just have one." This is what we here have been saying ever since the site was set up. Multiple layers are necessary in order to provide optimum protection including browser extensions, a DNS filter and the adoption of safe surfing practices. No one single product can achieve this on it's own although many vendors claim to. This is described in more detail here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm The bottom line is, if you have been using MSE for three years and not been infected, why now should you suddenly be at risk? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago JonathanT The main reason it'll disable itself automatically is to avoid conflicts that may arise from multiple AV's running at the same time. Worst case scenario would be system crashes and so on. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago searchlight

After reading several positive reviews of Microsoft Security Essentials, I decided to give it a shot thinking that my PC would be well protected.

I then came across this article today which I think should be shared will the readers of this forum who believed in MSE. After reading it, I quickly removed the product and switched to Avira Free for now which no longer has the nag screen.

http://dottech.org/130828/microsoft-admits-microsoft-security-essentials...

Since there is now so much controversy, imagined or real concerning MSE and its effectiveness, I think Gizmo should remove MSE as a recommended product until we learn more.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Presumably you did not read the other comments below? This is just another attempt to slag off MSE by taking what Microsoft actually "said" out of context. In fact this is just copied verbatim from PC Pro as indicated at the bottom of their article. There is nothing more to learn from this other than Microsoft are being more honest about the capabilities of a single security product than other vendors. They already explained their strategy here. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/01/16/lessons-learned-from-... False positives also remain an issue with other products, this being just one recent example. http://www.devexpress.com/Support/Center/Question/Details/Q526760 You will also find plenty of reported infections by users of every antivirus product, including Avira. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago Rolandkeys

Thanks for an excellent site,am currently testing 360 internet security,seems very good and light on the system,run this with malwarebytes free and windows firewall,comodo dns server,privdog and wot,Firefox.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago searchlight

I did read the comments, and the person to who you refer in your quote is different than the one in the quote I mentioned.

Regardless, if Microsoft Programming or Software Managers cannot get their stories straight, they both seem contradictory to me, I would rather deal with a product that is more proven and established as effective.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago searchlight

If you like MSE, then stick with it. It is just a matter of opinion.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy IMO this is prime example of how the media are able to manipulate readers into believing something that isn't true. The quotes from Microsoft in the article you referred to are no different (of course) from the source they were copied from. http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/384394/microsoft-security-essential... The fact remains that no one security product will protect users from everything no matter if the vendor calls it "360", "Total" or anything else that sounds like it will. Member cybersun comments below that he has used MSE for three years without any issues, and yet was considering changing on the strength of this article. This is what these folks want you to do of course because the revenue they generate does not come from MSE but from the advertising and so called "offers" they promote for paid antivirus. This is just tabloid journalism come to tech media. Maybe the author used to work for the Sunday Sport. :D MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago searchlight

If you look closely at the articles, these are not examples of media manipulating readers but contradictory quotes by Microsoft's own people. That being said, Microsoft should be making one consistant statement across the board regardless of test results or efficacy debates.

If a company cannot, will, or appears not, to stand behind their security product, then I personally am not comfortable using it.

Like I intimated earlier, useage boils down to personal preference.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 weeks ago AJNorth

Might Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11 be placed in the queue for future consideration?

They have replaced their Viper-based scanning engine with one from Bitdefender, and v.11 has garnered a positive review from CNET's Editor (and several users) -- http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Aware-Free-Antivirus/3000-8022_4-10045910.ht... .

Thanks.

AJN

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 week ago Rolandkeys

too many false positives will,go back to Panda cloud av

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 1 week ago JonathanT Thanks for that AJ, I'll definitely take that into consideration. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 5 days ago windyctyprog

AJ,

I just went through a miserable week with Ad-Aware...

I downloaded V10.5 a week ago Friday, installation went well, light on resources, didn't seem to slow down any application.

On Monday, V11 was released and things went down hill from there.

It was a mess.

On Wednesday they released another version, not an update, but another version.

I had all kinds of issues, I had to start monitoring manually, the tray, a separate .exe file, would never initialize, nothing would work.

I went to the forum, they had me delete services and other components they said were from Version 9 (how could this be, because I never installed anything from Lavasoft before V10.5).

This was supposed to be the root cause of the problems.

After I deleted what they said was a "service" from V9, nothing ever worked again - I couldn't get it to even manually start.

I also don't like the idea of having their browser protection software included, frankly I never understood if it was initialized or not. I know the toolbar was not installed, but as for the software running, I don't know.

It was listed as a separately installed program in both Windows Ad/Remove and in Geek's removal program, and even after I uninstalled Ad-Aware, I had to remove the Browser Protection separately.

I am not going to reinstall it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 days ago Tod

"The fact remains that no one security product will protect users from everything no matter if the vendor calls it "360", "Total" or anything else that sounds like it will."

I'm a little confused now. I was wondering which one would be better, Bitdefender or Avast 2014. Do you think both are so good as each other?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 days ago MidnightCowboy Both are very different in that Avast! is a full on application whereas Bitdefender adopts a more minimalistic approach. In this respect the configuration options are limited which might not suit users wanting to have total control of their security configuration. The detection power of Bitdefender however is top notch so overall the protection performance will be very similar. Both program though will need some supplementary assistance to achieve optimum system protection. See the link below for some suggestions. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 3 days ago Tod

Thanks, MC. I checked that page. Very informative! It helps me a lot.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 2 days ago AJNorth

Windy,

Thanks for taking the time to detail your experience with Ad-Aware Free A/V+ 11; I'm sorry to hear that it was so miserable (it appears that Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11.0.4516.0 is the current version, released on 2013.10.09).

That version 11 currently garners an overall user rating of 4/5 stars (from 29 reviews) at CNET, perhaps your difficulties were in some way related to your particular system and configuration (another positive review was posted by Thetechhacker -- http://thetechhacker.com/2013/10/10/lavasoft-ad-aware-11-editions-review/).

In any case, it will be interesting to see both what additional formal tests reveal and other users' experiences over time are (to be fair, I have not experimented with it yet).

Take care.

Regards,

AJ

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 20 hours ago AJNorth

Hello JT,

There's one other free application I've recently read about that may be worth a look when you've the time, CYSEC Free Anti-Virus, which garnered a very positive review from the UK publication Security Magazine -- http://www.seczine.com/article/information-security-news/180813/CYSEC-Fr... .

Cheers,

AJ

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 18 hours ago MidnightCowboy No information at all about how CYSEC was tested, and against what. Unlike Avast! and AVG however, it has no web protection or email security so in the real world it will be practically useless. It also requires the user to download a separate installer every time they want to do a full system scan. IMO users will be better off with one of the more complete products listed in the review above and using VirusTotal for secondary opinions. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 11 hours ago sepulchre

Hello,

I've used Avast for years with good results (no viruses - good protection, etc.) but I've become disenchanted with them. Lately, the last year or so, they have become more and more involved with Google. That's okay I suppose except that the last time I updated the program it installed Chrome on my machine without giving me a choice. As far as I'm concerned that's tantamount to being an invasion - the very thing the program is supposed to protect against!

Also, it has become harder and harder to do manual updates. Automatic are fine, until the day you are recording a guitar part and in the middle of the best take there comes a "update successful" voice. Yes, the audio can be turned off but I don't want Anything going on while recording. And it's constantly nagging to turn auto-update on.

That's really why I'm here; to find a different AV that won't become a virus itself like one of the big names did. (Thought I'd never get that off my machine.) So maybe Avira. Guess I'll give that a shot.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 9 hours ago AJNorth

Thanks, MC.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 9 hours ago sepulchre

Okay, after 2 1/2 hours of struggling with Avira I never could get web protection to work. So I went back to Avast. But now they charge for features I used to get for free... I mean I got those features 3 hours ago and now they want to charge.

Oh yeah, and they installed Google Chrome again without even telling me they would much less giving me a choice!

So maybe I'll just have to pay for protection (though until a few hours ago I got the best I ever had for free . . except for the Chrome thing). But you can bet I will NOT get Avast. [Commercial reference removed]

But it really stinks that the guys I used to trust are trying to stick it to me now. I guess Google bought them so the good times are gone.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 7 hours ago Anupam There are clear checkboxes on the installation window to opt-out of Google Chrome, if you don't want it installed on your system. In case you update Avast via its internal updater to a new version, then too, after updating, a window pops up where you can opt-out of Google Chrome. Maybe you missed those? Avast has a free version, since long time, and it continues to have it. So, again, maybe you downloaded the wrong setup file? Avast still remains an excellent choice amongst free antivirus. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 7 years 5 hours ago liubomirwm

JonathanT, i can't understand why you put Microsoft Security Essentials above Avira and AVG. They are better. Also Avira and AVG are better than Panda.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 12 months ago innn

I don't understand . Do people still use MSE ? I thought that product is for past windwos versions , so Microsoft does not put any more effort or other kind of investment into a DEAD product.
I use Windows 8 now and it has Defender built-in and I cannot complain about it. Now that is up to date in its development. It is taken care of. Though, here there's no mention of it but of its moribund predecessor.
If you still like to use older Windows versions you HAVE TO install 3rd party such as those mentioned on this page. I concur with all the others that MSE does not belong here anymore. Am I wrong? Please enlighten me.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 12 months ago MidnightCowboy I have a whole bunch of people, friends, neighbors and some ex customers all using MSE without getting infected. What exactly are you basing your query on? MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 12 months ago JonathanT It's very difficult to categorically state one AV is 'better' than another. Generally speaking all the AV's listed here provide adequate protection for PC's provided some common sense and safe habits are used. Also, this article is geared more towards average users who want a user friendly solution, of which I like MSE. I do mention that AntiVir has excellent detection rates. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago CuriousJM

Upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 and Avast has been deleted/removed. It seems it is not compatible with Windows 8.1

Please suggest a good AV which is compatible with windows 8.1

Currently I have to depend on Windows Defender which slows down the system

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago GJW

Avast 2014 is working properly on Windows 8.1. You used likely an older version of avast. So, you just need to download and install avast 2014.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 10 months ago CuriousJM

Thanks GJW for the info;

Avast was set to update automatically (both programme well as data base) so I presumed it was the latest version. However Windows 8.1 removed/deleted Avast without any warning. I noticed it only when Action Centre showed a red flag that System was unprotected.

I tried to re-install Avast but couldn't because of compatibility issue. Perhaps the installation exe file was older version and had I downloaded the latest version it may have worked.

Any way for time being I have downloaded and installed Avira.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago AJNorth

MS have updated their Microsoft Security Essentials to version 4.4.304.0 (digitally signed 2013.10.23); not able to locate a changelog at the time of this posting.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago West Swan

Hello,

It is interesting that you recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for average users.

Windows Secrets, the website that Gizmo used to be a senior editor of, says that it is really only suitable for 'geeks' and those who use safe surfing practices. For average users they recommend other antivirus.

http://windowssecrets.com/langalist-plus/questions-about-ms-security-ess...

Oh yeah, I'm not saying you or they are wrong, just pointing out that even experts differ in their opinions :-)

I for one use Avast. I make sure to change all the settings so that it asks me first before deleting or repairing or quarantining infected files etc.

Cheers,

Paul

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago MikeR

Just a note to say that I'm getting fed up to the teeth with Panda Cloud AV. Ever since it was released, it has ticked away quietly behind the scenes. No fuss (not much information, either, but in terms of actually doing its job, no complaints from me.)

I've no idea what has happened to the company recently, but for the past week, every day -- every day, mark you -- Panda has splashed an alert across my screen when I'm the middle of doing something saying 'Updates are awaiting install'. . . and then after the installation is complete, another screen says 'Restart your computer now' (because Panda Cloud AV won't function again until you do: as WinPatrol confirms, if you don't stop whast you;re doing and re-boot, there's no AV protection on your cpomputer at all.)

I really cannot get my head around why any AV outfit would wish to embark on so preposterously disruptive a route as this: day after day. update after update, and each one requires the user to stop what they're doing and re-boot otherwise their computer is unprotected???

That's never been the case with ANY AV publisher I've ever dealt with, except where a completely new version has been produced and a major upgrade neeeds to be carried out. But Panda seems incapable of determining the difference between upgrade and update. I really would very much like to know what the heck is going on here because an antivirus which mandates the user to reboot EVERY DAY in order to complete an update is of no use to anyone.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago Lumino

Jonathan,

In your review you say about Panda,

"Detection rates of real-world malware is slightly lower"

Yet according to rigorous tests such as this one in AV Comparatives from October

http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/avc_factsheet2...

Panda has the best protection of all Antiviruses, better than the two above it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago Thomas J Thomas

Hiya mike I read your thread with interest.

Just to let you know I also have Panda Cloud AV Free Edition, and nothing like you have described is happening to me, Its still behaving as its suppose to.

Have you thought of downloading the latest version to your desktop, Then removing your current version completely, and then of course install the latest version.

I say this as....surely if these problems that you are having where universal then it should be affecting everyone including me.

Anyway good luck, and please note I have provided FEEDBACK and not CRITICISM, and I hope you take it in the spirit in which it was meant.

( I also have WinPatrol AND I prefer Scotty as a round icon on the task-bar not the square lol )

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 11 months ago JonathanT You are indeed correct. Based on the various tests available I'd say Panda scores 2nd highest, I will edit the comment. Having said that, I'd like to reiterate that all the AV's listed here provide excellent protection for the average user. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 10 months ago mehman

In the quick selection guide, for Avira you mention that both 32 and 64 bit versions available. However, it should be 32 bit but 64 bit compatible. Since there is no 64 bit version for Avira.

Do let me know in case I am wrong with my observation.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 10 months ago JonathanT Looks like you are right, nice pick up. :) view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 10 months ago please55

What are your thoughts on ZoneAlarm® Free Antivirus + Firewall? I don't notice it on this list or the other 'Best Security List' thread.

I'd like to pick up a firewall as well and the package seems tempting but I haven't used ZoneAlarm in years and I don't know what the protection rate is like on this particular product is like.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago vellen

Avast is the best free antivirus nowadays. I have it on multiple computers for more than 2 years, and had NO problems with viruses at ALL. I work as a PC support, and install Avast Free Antivirus to my clients too.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago lauriowayne

even though AVAST 2014 is one of the best free antivirus tool available in the market however, my last system check even if it is updated, the version of AVAST fails to detect common viruses than that MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIALS do.And it was only worm.nuqel.ac " I dont know why?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy There are several threads about the Nuqel worm in the Avast! forum going back to 2010 but the information they contain is not that comprehensive. Nevertheless it appears this malware is still being missed by Avast! Possibly this is because the code of the worm is being constantly changed into new "variants". One recommendation is to consider an additional program that protects specifically against malware that uses USB devices to spread. MD - Site Manager. http://www.mcshield.net/ view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago sicknero

Thanks for the rec, never heard of that one before.

I've had it running all day on two machines alongside Avast ... it seems very light and well behaved so far, tomorrow I'll see if I can find any reports on how well it performs and what exactly it does do.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Your welcome. :) There are comments about it here: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=356284&highlight=mcshield http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=318166&highlight=mcshield http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=290985&highlight=mcshield There are also recommendations for it in other places, including the Avast! forum. http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=104046.0 As ever, this will be another tool to help in the battle against Windows malware in the knowledge that no one single product ever can. MC Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago shunima

As for many others (see Avast's own forum) an update to Avast 2014 made my system unstable, messed with my network connections and made the Laptop (WIN 7 pro) almost unusable during the holiday season. Few days of attempts to fix this didn't help so finally it was bye bye Avast. All the other threats about Avast 2014 indicate that lots of us became beta testers of a produce not mature enough for a full release. I used Avast for almost 5 years and was always very happy. That unfortunately changed around Christmas but what worried me was that I was not alone with it. I changed to Bitdefender free. Works great (the fact that you can't set anything manually is a bit challenging to accept though :-) )is lightweight, no annoying purchase offers upon startup and does not render the Winpatrol popups Avast triggered from time to time (which is making the misses happy) Two weeks with Bitdefender and so far, I won't go back.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago naren

Currently running Bitdefender free antivirus. BD website mentions it shares the same protection technologies as their paid products.

Tested it & seems it provides the same protection as their paid products.
Tested offline too & find offline protection is also good, active virus control their behavior blocker also detected threats offline too. Its a cloud AV so definitely it will protect better online as it can connect to their server to perform other advanced analysis. But I find it offline protection good too & it updates often too. I think they keep smart local databases like most prevalent & latest malware signatures for offline protection.

Running light & without any probs here on Win 7 64 Bits.

They call it essential antivirus without additional things so no configs, maintenance, etc... They should also remove the requirement to login.

Excellent protection for average users.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago Chiron Thank you very much for this test. I was also under the impression that the free version of Bitdefender was very effective, and I'm glad to see that your test upholds that belief. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago Chiron Hello, my name is Chiron and I am the new editor for this article. I have just made a small change to the article (removing MSE due to very bad protection results). However, many more changes are coming once I have improved upon the new procedure I have come up with for comparing antivirus products. My aim is to differentiate between those products which just have good detection scores versus those which may have lower detection scores, but due to other technology can actually protect you better. Keep an eye on this article over the next few weeks for these improvements. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago naren

Nowadays I am testing BD Free often to confirm it provides the same protection/detection as BD Paid.

In my tests it seems to provide same protection/detection as paid.

Its good BD people provided same protection & not limited protection.

I find it excellent for average users with no configs, maintenance, etc... with excellent protection.

Hope they remove the login thing.

Lets see when you test how you find it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago Chiron Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago AJNorth

Larry Seltzer of ZDNET has an article some may find useful, "Antivirus on Windows 8/8.1 compared" - http://www.zdnet.com/antivirus-on-windows-88-1-compared-7000025359/?s_ci... (2014.01.21), which references the new test results from AV-Test (http://www.av-test.org/en/home/).

Though mostly discussing paid applications, a few consumer freeware are mentioned (and yes, Microsoft Windows Defender 4.3 was dead last).

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago Chiron Thank you very much for this link. I will take a look at this when revising the advice in this article. Also, AV-Test is one of the testing companies whose results I will be drawing on to compare the products. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 9 months ago TomeWyrm

I've noticed a few issues with Avast lately that have caused me to jump ship back to Avira (whose major downside of annoying nag screens I can mitigate).

Issue number 1 has something to do with startup protection. Basically I can't mess with my startup entries with any of my centralized tools, like CCleaner.

Issue number 2: It recently had an annoying false-positive with my VoIP client ( RaidCall ), and then proceeded to not let me whitelist the program without going on the internet, doing research, and changing the settings on ENTIRELY too many things, instead of simply letting me say "Your last detection was a false positive".

The first one I was willing to work around until Avast updated to fix the issue, which might have taken many months (not that big of a deal. I check my startup entries once or twice a month). The second one cuts me off from effective performance in my cooperative games (group coordination is much more difficult without VoIP). That I'm not putting up with for even a week, because it's an implementation flaw as far as I'm concerned. False positives happen, and without a simple/easy way to unblock/undo those, this program is a loaded handgun being waved around by someone that isn't quite stable. What happens if it gets a false-positive on Windows Explorer next (probably signature/hash based whitelist for important OS files... but still, I'm not dealing with it), or maybe my browsers get targeted?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago Chiron Both Avast and Avira are very good choices. As for the startup protection, I was not aware of that, but I suppose the upside is that malware likely couldn't mess with the startup entries easily either. However, for a user desiring granular control I understand the issue. As for the false positive issue, all AV's will sometimes have false positives. Sadly, with the vast amount of malware out there this sort of aggressive signature is necessary. Thus, please report false positives using the information I have gathered in my other article here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-report-malware-or-false-posi... All AV's have had false positives in the past, sometimes with important files. This is sadly unavoidable. However, the AV companies themselves are also aware of this problem, and are constantly doing everything they can do to try and ensure that the important files are whitelisted, and will thus be excluded from detection. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago bubbles

I am using Bitdefender, due to all the excellent reviews of their product. I did have a problem with Ccleaner locking up my system whenever I did a scan.
According to the forums on Bitdefender, to avoid this problem, all you have to do is turn off the virus shield on Bitdefender, whenever you run a scan with Ccleaner. Since I started turning off the virus shield, to run Ccleaner, I have not had any problems. Just make sure you turn it back on when you finish cleaning with Ccleaner. I love this anti virus, and I do not mind a little extra work, to keep it on my computer. I wrote this as a help to those that maybe having the same conflict with Ccleaner. I hope I was of some help with this issue.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago Chiron That's a very strange issue. I hope it's already been reported as a bug on Bitdefender's forum and will be fixed in subsequent updates. That said, I'm glad to hear of the workaround, and will let others know if I hear of anyone running into the same problem. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago cpuking

Chiron,

The conflict between Bitdefender Free Edition and Ccleaner, has not been fixed. I am still having the problem. From what I understand, Bitdefender has no plans to resolve the issue.They say that it would put the computers that their product is protecting at risk, to resolve the problem. I was told by Bitdefender to do the work around, of turning off the Virus Shield, when cleaning with Ccleaner, or to delete one or the other. Bitdefender is a little arrogant, when it comes to their product. I don't blame them for that. I think they have a very strong product. So if they think that resolving the problem would put my computer at risk, then I have to agree with them to not resolve the issue. Both Bitdefender and Ccleaner are great products to have on your computer. So I have chosen to do the work around.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago Chiron Thank you for updating us about this. I'm really not an expert in how products are coded and thus will not argue with them about this. However, it does seem strange that other products do not have the same issues. Either way, I suppose it's a relatively minor issue for a good free AV. Also, for anyone else reading this, if the issue is bothering you too much you can also switch to one of the other great AV's in this article. Thanks again. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago AJNorth

Avast! Free Antivirus was updated to version 9.0.2013 (86 MB) on 2014.01.23.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago miamoore1993

Hi!

I should say online activation is "optional".

Thanks.
mia

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 8 months ago George.J Avast will run free only for 30 days unless you've activated it. Upon activation you get a 365 day license. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago AJNorth

Avira Free Antivirus has been updated to version 14.0.3.350 (2014.03.04; 132 MB).

(Again, the update nag screen has been eliminated.)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago dbnnet

Have been testing AVG, Avast! & Avira. So my 2 cents, for what its worth:

1. Whilst AVG certainly is very capable and suitable for the vast majority of users, it does tend to be a bit "heavy" and slow, but all round a solid product.

2. Avast! may well be rated highly, BUT be warned.... its a bandwidth hog, doing all sorts of strange things in the background. At first I thought it was a bug or something weird going on... but a quick search on Google shows that this is well known. If you are using 3G or any form of controlled bandwidth, suggest you leave Avast! well alone! Setting to a minimum file only protection did not seem to help the situation either.

3. Avira.... have since 2013 removed their intrusive ads (This needs to be updated in the above summary). I currently use this Anti-Virus, and have no issues so far!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron Thanks for letting me know about this. I have now updated the information in the article. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron I agree with George.J. Although it will run fine for 30 days without registration, it will stop running after that time runs out. Therefore, that is why I say that it requires registration. If you have any questions about that please feel free to ask. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have now edited the information in the article. Let me know if you still see any issues. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago althu21

What about Qihu 360 Internet Security?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Only products with a proven history over a long period outside of their domestic environment are likely to be considered for this review. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago AJNorth

My pleasure, Chiron, and welcome aboard!

AJN

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago AJNorth

You're most welcome, Chiron (and thanks for updating the Avira description!).

Incidentally, Avira have added two additional enhancements by incorporating their "Protection Cloud" and "Browser Safety" features in their free A-V - http://www.davescomputertips.com/new-avira-free-antivirus-now-includes-c... (it will be interesting to see what effects this might have on future testing results...).

AJN

P.S. In case you don't follow his articles, Neil Rubenking, Lead Analyst for Security over at PC Magazine, does his own extensive in-house testing (along with relying on results from the various testing labs); his most recent overview of free anti-malware solutions (2014.01.08) can be found at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp . (Should you ever wish to contact him, Mr. Rubenking is very gracious about answering emails.)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago sonoffar

In hopes of hardening my older XP Pro lap top before the SHTF event in April, I loaded up Avast and was initially satisfied with how it did it's job. Then I reached a 30 day anniversary and the constant nags started. Now I have no working anti-virus and I am also unable to remove Avast or disable it's constant nag pop ups. As of this date I would rather be scalded than pay the Avast pirates a penny for their miserable product.
Anyone looking for free anti-virus I would advise stay well clear of this nasty, intrusive, offering.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

The free version of Avast requires that you register with them to use it for more than 30 days.

I'm guessing that you didn't do that?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron As sicknero mentioned, did you register the product? Regardless, it should still be able to be removed (and if it can't this sounds like a bug), but the reason it's nagging could very well be because of the required registration. Thanks. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron Thanks. I've now added that it also includes the cloud. However, I did not see any indication that the new browser safety addition is yet included. It seems to be in Beta. Thus, I did not add that to the article yet. As for updating this article to better compare the products, I am still trying to find the time to do that. I have been very busy lately, but do still plan to update this article such that it will better differentiate between the real-world protection offered by these various products. At that time I'll be using the results from multiple testing agencies. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron I have removed the warning about Avira from the article. Apparently they now provide free users access to their cloud as well. I have updated the article to mention this as well. As for the other products, I will be updating this article (once I have more time) to better differentiate between the real-world protection offered by the various products. To do this I will draw on the results from several testing agencies. However, I am very busy right now and not sure when I'll find enough time for a drastic rewrite and research which this necessitates. That said, it will happen eventually. I was not aware of the issues which Avast causes on systems with slow internet. I assume that is likely caused by cloud-based activities. Has anyone else run into a lot of problems with Avast hogging the band-width? If so I'll update the article to warn about that. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago Chiron Thank you. I am new to this article. However, I am not new to techsupportalert. I have published 13 other security and privacy articles on this website. In case you are interested in checking these out, they have been added to the bookmarks of my profile. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 7 months ago davy

http://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility
This will do the trick.

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