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Best free Anit-Virus??

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Luke77, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. Luke77

    Luke77 "Get Some!"

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    I'm looking for other options besides Norton for my anit-virus. Do any of you use a free antivirus that works well? If so, can you tell me where to find it and what it's called?
     

  2. Ljunatic

    Ljunatic On The Fringe

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    Best? I use AVG also. Never needed to try anything else.
     
  3. biblefreak

    biblefreak

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    I like AVG. I really like the new version. Hit the link mantioned above and see for yourself. It takes up precious little resources as compared to its bloated counterparts too.
     
  4. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    You know, AVG is still very useful, but in upgrading to the 7.0 version, I have seen a few PC's take upwards of 8 MIUNUTES to load XP after the 'upgrade'.

    Dozens have had no problems at all.

    AVAST! gets installed on the balky PC's that don't get along with AVG.

    Both have 100% effectiveness awards credited to them, so take your pick.

    AVG is easier to set up and maintain, while I have seen AVAST! pull virii that AVG couldn't delete.

    Just grab one; they are both on the "A" list!!

    Good luck,

    FastVFR
     
  5. Glocker74

    Glocker74

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    I run AVG, but my Zone Alarm firewall tells me there is no anti virus protection on my computer.???
     
  6. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    I've been using AVG and it's been great. I use the free version, "6". Isn't "7" the commercial pay-for version? Just now hearing of Avast.
     
  7. AVG Free Edition 6 has been discontinued for AVG Free Edition 7.It seems Avast is updated more often than AVG.
     
  8. Moprine

    Moprine

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    AVG and AntiVir XP have both worked well for me. I run AVG daily and AntiVir 2 a month as a "secondary."
     
  9. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Erm....Zone Alarm has....how shall I say...ISSUES.

    I prefer Kaspersky Anti-Hacker or Sygate myself.

    I use a Linux solution (Smooth Wall) and a NAT hardware FW in the router now, though...so I have no need of a software FW.

    Black Ice is pretty good, too.

    Glocker74, maybe if you DL the installer for AVG 7.0Free, rip your old AV install and set the new version up it'll see it?

    Good luck,

    FastVFR
     
  10. paulgla

    paulgla

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    Why do you not want to use Norton? I have found this to be the best product on the market. I have worked in IT consulting for a number of years and recommend it to everyone.

    It is worth the cost when you get attacked by a virus that one of these freebees can't block!
     
  11. nickg

    nickg

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    i haven't had any problems with zone alarm. between using that, plus AVG, plus Ad Aware for spyware, i've been in pretty good shape with my PC as of late. a lot more than i have in the past, that's for sure.
     
  12. tpiini

    tpiini

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    I was a die-hard Norton-everything user for many years. I started having problems with their firewall last year and found that no matter how many configuration hoops I jumped through, I couldn't use hyperlinks on another car forum I visit regularly. I dumped all of the Norton programs out of my system and tried a few free firewall & antivirus programs. I was amazed at how much my computer sped up without the Norton products running on it.

    I'll not go back.

    Tom