The best free anti virus

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  1. dileepchacko

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    Hi All

    Which one is the best free anti virus for windows vista home edition
     
  2. jpanhalt

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    I have used Avast for a couple of years now and am completely satisfied with it.

    Previous experience was with Norton, McAfee, and Kaspersky. In my opinion, McAfee is more of a virus than anti-virus, particularly when you try to remove it. Trashed two computers when I tried to uninstall it. Kaspersky wasn't bad, it installed and uninstalled easily. The last time I used Norton was too long ago to be relevant.

    John
     
  3. shahnawaz

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    symantec endpoint protection(symantec 11) or symantec 10.2. both are exilent. but you must update both twice time in a week. you can get the updated file from internet or directly run from the antivirus software.
     
  4. dileepchacko

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    Thanks for your suggestion, but symantec endpoint protection is not free software.
     
  5. Dave

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    Another vote for Avast.

    Dave
     
  6. beenthere

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    I an happy with AVG Free combined with Spybot Search and Destroy.

    It helps to be picky about sites that you visit, too.
     
  7. FixThat

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    I personally use AVG free and it's so far so good. For free, I don't think you have
    many choices.
     
  8. gregdevid

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    The Best anti virus software out there. Its called Avast, it downloads free updates so your computer is always safe.
     
  9. shahnawaz

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    hi
    you can get symantec endpoint protection software from 9down.com.
    i got it also from this web site.
     
  10. bertus

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    Hello,

    Next to a good virus scanner a good firewall is recommened.
    The free comodo firewall pro seems to be good.

    Greetings,
    Bertus
     
  11. jpietrowiak

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    Another vote for Avast. Use to use AVG but had some problems with the upgrade 8.0 and could not get them resolved.
     
  12. branson

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    It seems Avast win most votes.
    Well,vast is a good choice for home users for virus protection.
     
  13. cumesoftware

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    I would vote for Avast too. I'm pretty satisfied with it.
     
  14. Natakel

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    Yet another vote for Avast. I have used it for several years now on Windows 98, 2000, and XP machines - not had an opportunity to test it on Vista but anecdotal evidence indicates vista users have a good opinion of it.

    Very small footprint.
     
  15. Enigmatic Entity

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    Using Avast! <---That gets annoying...

    According to sources on the internet, AVG has some problems that create too much doubt for me.
     
  16. jpanhalt

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    How about referencing your unnamed sources? What are the problems that AVG has that others either don't have or don't have equivalent or greater problems?

    John
     
  17. electronictech

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    You guys must spend a lot of time looking at porn, how else would you know whats the best virus software?

    Personally I think you should use an operating system that is not compromised by viruses as easily as windows....perhaps using a Linux/UNIX distribution.
    99% of all viruses are geared toward Windows OS's.

    I have a couple of machines, one for my CAD work which is a windows machine, but I don't use it for internet, and the other is my Ubuntu Linux box from which I write this post.

    I suggest you get your windows machines off the net.
     
  18. jpanhalt

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    I hope you meant that as a joke.

    Assuming you have any virus program installed, one criterion important to me is how slowly my machine runs with with the antivirus software (Avast really shines over Kaspersky, IMHO). Another is how easy it is to remove (McAffee is horrible in that respect), and how much nagware the antivirus installs too (McAffee and Norton). And finally, cost.

    Maybe you can give us your views on how well they work on porn sites.

    Yes, but you use Windows too. Windows is virtually unavoidable.
    That is my approach too. I do it with two machines. However, some programs virtually require you to connect to the Internet, such as SolidWorks (without the dongle) and Adobe suite, for registration.

    John
     
  19. RAH1379

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    i used avg for a longtime but recently switched to avira, i really like it.I also use Advanced System Care and Super Antispyware which work really good with vista. All Free
     
  20. infomercialscam

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    Hello Friends,

    As i have used so many anti-virus system as per your opinion i am fullt agree with you about Mcfee particularly when you try to remove it. Trashed two computers when I tried to uninstall it. Kaspersky wasn't bad, it installed and uninstalled easily. now a days there escan antivirus system are there and i am quite happy with that jus get it from site it is a really good one.thanx..
     
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