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Old 05-08-2010, 02:52 PM   #1
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Antivirus, spyware stuff

Anyone have any links to a good FREE program??
Im using webroot now and it expired like 2 weeks ago

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Old 05-08-2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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AVG is the only "free" one I have cone across that does a good job

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Old 05-08-2010, 03:33 PM   #3
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Before I went over to the Mac side of computing I remember Black Ice had a free version of their AV available. Go to downloads.com and search for free anti-virus and you’ll get a ton of options.
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Go to DOWNLOAD.COM . Most are free to try but you can still find free programs. I use AVG as well.
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Old 05-08-2010, 05:00 PM   #5
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Avira AntiVir is another good free option.

Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir
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AVG is what I use
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Old 05-08-2010, 05:25 PM   #7
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AVAST

Less of a memory hog
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:04 PM   #8
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I like avast better than avg. Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com (a cnet site) is a great place to find free stuff.

The "cost" of "free" is that it is difficult to find the free stuff now. You have to look around on the sites and avoid the crapware you don't want.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:14 PM   #9
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Microsoft Security Essentials is pretty good, I rock that because it was free.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:20 PM   #10
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Gonna make this a lil lengthy, but that's because I'm a computer nut and I try to avoid viruses as much as possible without sacrificing performance...does this mean I'm right and everyone who disagrees with me is wrong? Nope. Just my opinion. Take it for what it's worth.

AVG - ONCE UPON A TIME...it was great. The best...even better than many programs that you had to pay for. But that time is over...now it's not bad, but it eats resources for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to your computer to scan while you're using it, forget it...unless you go out and buy some super high end machine. AVG is a resource hog and while it does a good job at what it's designed to do, it brings your computer down to its knees in the process.

Avira - Great program for the most part...but I have had newer viruses slip past undetected until AFTER the computer had become infected. I knew the file was suspicious...I manually ran a scan on it. Clean. Opened the file. BLAM! Virus warnings... computer was infected out the wazoo. Ended up just formatting it. Also, it uses a lot of resources while scanning (not quite as bad as AVG though). Lastly...Avira is ad-supported and you have to deal with a pop-up ad every time it updates. It's only once daily...but it can be a very slight annoyance. Oh and their update servers can be very unreliable with the free version...especially after the release of a major update.

Avast - My personal favorite.. I have had the least amount of viruses slip past while using Avast. It can be tweaked so its presence is barely noticeable at all. I have it update and scan my computer daily, but I honestly cannot tell a difference in performance when it's scanning and when it's not scanning. I'm sure there IS a difference, but it's small enough that I can't tell during normal computer use.

For spyware/adware removal there are only 2 programs I utilize...

Superantispyware - personal favorite and typically the most effective
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware - not usually as effective as Superantispyware, but often catches what SAS doesn't catch.

Hijack This! is nice for people who know what they're doing as well...but isn't for the average Joe.

This is a GREAT site for getting reviews on various types of free software...check it out...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/

From that site:

Reviews on Best Antivirus: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...s-software.htm
Reviews on Best Spyware/Adware Removal: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...re-remover.htm
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If you're on cable, your cable company probably supplies it for free. Just go to whoever it is's home page.
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I just went through a week of hell with one of my computers, I ended up getting some professional help, got rid of all the antispyware stuff I had and went with the free stuff and its dioing a bettr job...
Avast -
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:37 AM   #14
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thanks everyone...Im gonna look into all these programs

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