# need recommendation for antivirus freeware

#### strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
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I use kaspersky, but my sister has dropped off her computer for me to expunge of viruses. I'm going to reformat it, but I wanted to install something that will prevent me from having to do this again next month.

#### JoeJester

Joined Apr 26, 2005
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I've recommended and known people who used the free version of AVG antivirus for years with no problems. About once per year, when the automatic definition updates stop, you'd have to update it to the next free version.

I use norton on my primary laptop. My secondary laptops, the ones the grandkids may use, has AVG on them.

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#### Wendy

Joined Mar 24, 2008
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I gave up on AVG due to bloat, and went with Avast. They have a pretty decent boot up scan option. I'm not sure but I thing AVG does to.

A site I'm fond of, MajorGeeks.com, has a forum devoted for vetted people (John Public can not interfere) to help people with problems like this, and a suite of programs to help clean the infected machine out (with a procedure to match).

#### #12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
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I gave up on AVG due to bloat, and went with Avast.
Exactly what I did, but that is NOT how I avoid viruses. I make a backup copy of the C: drive and hide it where the owner can't lose it. DVD in a baggie, hidden partition, spare HDD that isn't plugged in...

Usta use Norton Ghost but got a free copy of Acronis True Image with a HDD purchase, and I like it. That one doesn't require a whole partition for each backup copy.

#### strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
6,339
Exactly what I did, but that is NOT how I avoid viruses. I make a backup copy of the C: drive and hide it where the owner can't lose it. DVD in a baggie, hidden partition, spare HDD that isn't plugged in...

Usta use Norton Ghost but got a free copy of Acronis True Image with a HDD purchase, and I like it. That one doesn't require a whole partition for each backup copy.

#### #12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
18,224
The brand with free Acronis is, "Seagate".

As for cloning the OS to a different computer, Micro\$soft figured out how to stop that a LONG time ago. They even figured out how to stop Magical Jelly Bean. I used to use that so I could install XP from any OEM disk I had, then change the secret number to the valid number on the sticker on the side of the computer, then go online and activate the install. The last time I tried Magical Jelly Bean, it wouldn't change the validation number that my OEM disks had to the one on the computer I was fixing. Just another way to make sure you have to buy a new computer when you lose the original install disk. Great reason to clone a brand new computer before the owner starts changing things.