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Garabaldy

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free antivirus
« on: December 29, 2008, 02:12:39 pm »

Can some one help me find a decent free antivirus package?  Ive tried getting the free version of AVG but the past couple i have downloaded were corrupt files :((
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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 03:07:39 pm »

I have been using AVAST free edition for the last several years - seems OK to me :-))

http://www.avast.com


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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 03:33:28 pm »

Try Ad Aware 2008 NO 4 on the list at     http://www.download.com/windows/     as well as barriew link.

Hopefully your not just using free antivirus to protect you computer.

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008, 09:12:24 pm »

Can some one help me find a decent free antivirus package?  Ive tried getting the free version of AVG but the past couple i have downloaded were corrupt files :((

ive never had a problem with AVG its one of the best ones ive used  O0
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Garabaldy

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008, 11:17:50 pm »

cheers guys.

I actually managed to get it back.  It seems i was downloading the file from a 3rd party site instead of directly from avg.

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2008, 10:52:39 am »

Recently my AVG in the laptop decided it would not recognise that it had updated itself, so I installed Comodo, also a well spoken of freebie.  It does firewall and anti virus, and the corresponding Comodo BOClean does anti malware. They set up easily, did a rather long but hopefully thorough scan, queried a great deal of activity, and have settled down nicely,

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Garabaldy

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2008, 01:10:11 pm »

thats what my avg started doing.  So i decided to reinstall it but of course i forgot to back up the set up files when i uninstalled it.  Thats what sparked this thread.  Since reinstalling it everything seems to be ok again.  I use zonealarm too which provides me with a firewall along with some other things i cant remember!
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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2008, 04:13:06 pm »

One of the best free anti virus software is Avast. Its consistently at or very near the top of industry rated comparisons. I would not recommend AVG to anyone. Its pants and nearly always comes bottom in the same industry rated comparisons. People think it does a good job but it doesnt. Be warned!
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Garabaldy

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2008, 04:15:46 pm »

Really?  I was allways told on good authority that avg was one of the best.  Im at work at the moment but when i get home i will look into avast.  Are these industry comparisons shown anywhere on the web?
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2008, 04:23:07 pm »

Then please read this. The link is for Page 2 of the outcome results.

http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivirussoftwarereviews/a/freeav_2.htm

AVG comes out worst with a score of just 30 compared to 94 and 89 for others out of a possible 125.

AVG simply is not good enough and is often 'highly rated' by word of mouth.
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Reade Models

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2008, 04:26:59 pm »

We've gone from Norton 360 (absolutely horrendous) through AVG (even worse), and have now settled on Kaspersky - what a pleasure... Not free admittedly, but only a fifth of the price of the others.  I bought a five licence pack on the web to do all of our PC's and laptops for around the same cost as one Norton 360 licence.  It gets very good reviews too.

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2008, 04:38:22 pm »

I just run with F-Secure 2008  (update in Fed to 2009) and also had  Ad-Aware 2008. but dropped it as I felt that it wasn't needed.

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2008, 04:44:32 pm »

ive never had a problem with AVG its one of the best ones ive used  O0

I have had some small problems with AVG but have to agree that it is one of the best packages out there.
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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2008, 05:51:45 pm »

I use Steganos, same as Kaperskey but cheaper. Seems to do the job OK and doesn't get in the way.

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Garabaldy

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2008, 07:30:00 pm »

can anyone seee any problems with having avast and avg installed at the same time?
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2008, 07:37:49 pm »

It's not a good idea to have two anti virus programs operating simultaneously as they can trip over each other. Having said that, I find that my Steganos seems to co exist peaceably with Windows Defender.

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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2008, 10:03:16 am »

As long as they don't conflict with each other..usually one does the job.


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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2008, 06:08:22 pm »

I have the avg freebie, every time I log on to the net I get "tracking cookie" warnings,AVG cannot get rid of them, even if I clear the tracking cookie log they are still there, hidden somewhere. Going to try one of the above recommendations, many thanks
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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2008, 06:56:04 pm »

Cookies are I.D.Tags to help recognise your computer when you revisit their sites. I don't think there too harmful but from time to time I delete my  temporary internet files, cookies, history. saying that no doubt there is some amongst that have had trouble with them.


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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2009, 02:35:58 pm »

So, reading all(?) that seems to be written about FREE antivirus software - it would appear that AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic is probably about the best available. I must admit that this is a new name to me. It all comes down to personal choice and confidence in the product that you choose to use. Having no virus problems is good news to any user.
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Re: free antivirus
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2009, 05:52:15 pm »

There is a free year of Kespersky if you do on line banking with Barclays. Might give it a go.  :-))

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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2009, 06:30:12 pm »

OK, I have paid for my version of Kasperski, but it is well worth it.  Pete M
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