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Can you recommend a "FREE" Virus Protection Progra

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by bearwitme, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. bearwitme

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    Looking for a "Free" Virus protection program. What have you used that you can recommend..Thanks

    Connie :whistling:
     
  2. Big Al 24

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    AVG, Avira, Avast, are the ones I have used. AVG free is pretty good, Avira works but it has an annoying pop-up once a day when it updates. Just try some out.
     


  3. IndyGunFreak

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    Avg and Avast are my favs, with a slight edge to Avast.

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  4. Big Al 24

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    There's also Comodo internet security. They have a great firewall, and now they bundle it with a free virus scanner as well.
     
  5. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

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    AVG (Free) is running on 3 desktop PCs and 4 laptop machines, here.

    ZERO viruses.

    PC-Cillin ($$$) is on two desktop PCs. ZERO viruses.

    With any anti-virus, you should have a firewall (ZoneAlarm - Free) and anti-spyware (Ad-Aware or SpyBot - both Free).
     
  6. IndyGunFreak

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    I personally hate software firewalls. Always have, always will. In my opinion, everyone should be behind a properly configured hardware router/firewall, and just skip the software firewall... at least thats what I do.. :)

    IGF
     
  7. RaiderRodney

    RaiderRodney Just Win Baby

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    Been using AVG for several years and it works great. I am tempted to try Avast as well ;)
     
  8. unit 900

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    Let me pass along something that happened to my laptop involving Avast.
    http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=964782
    When I ran Auslogics disk defragmenter, a series of error files were written to the Avast log file. In short order, it filled up 32 gb, putting me at point where my drive was virtually full. It took some searching to find what was clogging things up and I ultimately uninstalled Avast and went back to AVG. YMMV
     
  9. Bronson7

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    Avast. I tried AVG but was having a problem with the update feature. I had been using Avast for a long time with no problems. I've been using nix for about a year and a half 99% of the time but on the rare occasion I do need Windows, Avast has always worked well.
    Bronson7
     
  10. IndyGunFreak

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    I've still got AVG on my Laptop XP partition, and its OK, but I notice it doesn't auto update anymore. I don't know if thats a feature of the the paid version now, or what. When I manually update it, it works fine.

    IGF
     
  11. justinsn95

    justinsn95 Im in jail...

    Yeah seriously dude get AVG. It automatically self updates, that way you stay current and have a better chance of catching the new viruses that come out. A lot of the other free antivirus/spyware programs don't do that.
     
  12. Bronson7

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    Avast does the same. Good to go either way.
    Bronson7
     
  13. burnd4life

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    I run a paid program on my personal, but I add AVG when I'm routinely asked to "fix," friends and family's PCs
     
  14. for windows:
    I don't run persistent anti-virus software. Ocassionally I'll do a check on pandasoftware.com or housecall.trendmicro.net.... But I haven't used windows in a long time.

    for linux:
    I run chkrootkit and rkhunter on occasion.