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Posted: 1/22/2009 9:07:39 AM EDT

It seems that the most common / popular choices for FREE AV protection are:

AVG

Avast

AntiVir


I've typically used AVG with good results, however, at this point it seems to be a bit of a resource hog or "bloated" or whatever ... and I'm thinking that one of the other options may be a better choice now.

So which one have you found works best ?  Which one do you prefer ?  

Or, if you use some other ("freeware") application that is better than any of these - which is it ?


... poll incoming ...
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:19:19 AM EDT
[#1]
Ad Aware by Lavasoft
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:20:27 AM EDT
[#2]
Linux.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:23:23 AM EDT
[#3]
I've been using AVG for the past year or so. I barely notice it and I haven't had a problem, so I guess it works.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:25:28 AM EDT
[#4]
Avast

ex-AVG user.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:26:26 AM EDT
[#5]
"OTHER"

Mac.

Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:27:13 AM EDT
[#6]
Quoted:

Ad Aware by Lavasoft


Although I use Ad Aware as well, it isn't what I would consider an anti-virus program ...

Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:38:37 AM EDT
[#7]


Quoted:



Quoted:



Ad Aware by Lavasoft





Although I use Ad Aware as well, it isn't what I would consider an anti-virus program ...



True that.  It's not an AV program.  Not even close.  

phlegm, why did you think it was, and who gave you this retarded information?
 They lied.  It's an anti-spyware program.



Most IT providers will give you an AV/AS suite with security.  Its in their best interest to keep you safe.





 
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:49:12 AM EDT
[#8]
I use Avast.

It plays well with my XP64 setup.

2 months and I like it fine so far.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:51:40 AM EDT
[#9]
AVAST. It is the least resource intensive of all Anti-Virus software.
AVG is second, but I understand they will be charging for their product in the near future.
Also, a good sypware program is Malwarebytes.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:52:36 AM EDT
[#10]
Avira, best free antivirus I've used.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:55:25 AM EDT
[#11]
AVG  for me.

Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:57:05 AM EDT
[#12]
Quoted:
Avast

ex-AVG user.


Same here...
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 9:58:48 AM EDT
[#13]
How do Avast and AVG compare to Norton?

I've been using Norton for a few years and have never had a problem (to my knowledge) with viruses.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:01:27 AM EDT
[#14]
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:01:37 AM EDT
[#15]
I've used McAfee Enterprise & Norton Government editions for years with no problems.

Wife somehow manages to still get viruses.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:10:47 AM EDT
[#16]
Norton and McAfee are extremely resource intensive and will slow down your boot time and performance. Worst of all they charge for their products.
Try uninstalling Norton and you will find your computer is a bit faster booting and during normal operation.
Then go online and download either Avast or AVG. Make sure you have only ONE A/V software running.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:13:51 AM EDT
[#17]
tag
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:14:11 AM EDT
[#18]
I've seen it many times before. Systems running Norton getting infected.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:14:59 AM EDT
[#19]
I run Avast! as my resident AV program.  I've been very impressed recently w/ Malwarebyte's Antimalware for delousing a system.  With it, Icesword, Process Explorer, and Autoruns I've had good luck cleaning up systems.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:20:41 AM EDT
[#20]
Same, same. The best thing about both Malwarebytes and Avast is if the infection kills internet access, even in the base builds (the download w/o updates) I've been able to clean systems enough to get back online, run updates and run the scans until the systems are free from infections. That's something Norton and McAfee have trouble doing.
And yes, you have to have them already downloaded. I keep the base builds on a USB thumb drive.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:29:06 AM EDT
[#21]
I prefer none, don't install and download stupid shit on your machine, follow good network practices and you should be fine.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:30:12 AM EDT
[#22]
Avast
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:33:17 AM EDT
[#23]
Quoted:
AVAST. It is the least resource intensive of all Anti-Virus software.
AVG is second, but I understand they will be charging for their product in the near future.
Also, a good sypware program is Malwarebytes.



AVG appears to only offer a 30 day free trial now.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:35:44 AM EDT
[#24]
Quoted:
Quoted:
AVAST. It is the least resource intensive of all Anti-Virus software.
AVG is second, but I understand they will be charging for their product in the near future.
Also, a good sypware program is Malwarebytes.



AVG appears to only offer a 30 day free trial now.


Since when?
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:38:35 AM EDT
[#25]
Quoted:
I prefer none, don't install and download stupid shit on your machine, follow good network practices and you should be fine.


Some of us don't have that option.  I have to clean things that other people break. If I'm running on a Windows box I'd still rather have something.  I've seen reputable websites infect a system so Firefox & Avast is my minimum level of protection I'm comfortable with.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:42:48 AM EDT
[#26]
I used to use AVG but I switched to AntiVir when AVG version 8 came out.

AntiVir catches stuff the AVG would normally ignore.

The only issue I have with it is, when it updates you get a pop-up asking you to but the full software. AVG started to do the same thing so it really doesn't bother me.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:56:52 AM EDT
[#27]
Quoted:
I used to use AVG but I switched to AntiVir when AVG version 8 came out.

AntiVir catches stuff the AVG would normally ignore.

The only issue I have with it is, when it updates you get a pop-up asking you to but the full software. AVG started to do the same thing so it really doesn't bother me.


This
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 11:03:26 AM EDT
[#28]
I'm another one that has to fix what other's break. Some folks just don't pay attention and click "OK". By the time they realize what they did, it's too late.
Especially true with gaming/games sites.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 11:04:52 AM EDT
[#29]
I use AntiVirus 2008 seems to work great
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 11:10:05 AM EDT
[#30]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
AVAST. It is the least resource intensive of all Anti-Virus software.
AVG is second, but I understand they will be charging for their product in the near future.
Also, a good sypware program is Malwarebytes.



AVG appears to only offer a 30 day free trial now.


Since when?


I have no clue since when. Their website now says it's free for 30 days. AVG Trial

Link Posted: 1/22/2009 11:18:46 AM EDT
[#31]
I have always used Norton product in the past, but it's come to the point that they are a huge resource hog, so I started using avast.  I have since switched to AVG and like that a lot better..



I like being able to schedule scans with AVG.  Avast did not give you that option
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 12:23:51 PM EDT
[#32]
www.pctools.com/free-antivirus/  has done well for me.  I've also used AVG and liked it.

I agree with an earlier post, Norton and McAfee are both a pain.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:22:40 PM EDT
[#33]
tag
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:27:26 PM EDT
[#34]
Been using avast for a couple of years. Never had a virus.. then again, I'm not stupid and download obscure email attachments either.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:31:51 PM EDT
[#35]
Quoted:
I've seen it many times before. Systems running Norton getting infected.


Yep Norton sucks anymoe
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:34:02 PM EDT
[#36]
Quoted:
I use AntiVirus 2008 seems to work great


Why haven't you upgraded to Antivirus 2009?
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:41:01 PM EDT
[#37]
Not free, but...  Norton 360 and its been beautiful, man!!
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:44:03 PM EDT
[#38]
I run a combination of AVG (Antivirus) & Ad-Adware & Spybot S&D (anti-spy/malware), and they seem to work well in conjunction.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:50:45 PM EDT
[#39]
NONE. Anti virus programs are a scam. I've been a nerd all my life and I'm telling you: viruses have NEVER been the problem that these companies say they are.

Spyware (adware, etc) is another thing altogether... and these programs do nothing to address them.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:52:15 PM EDT
[#40]
Quoted:
Ad Aware by Lavasoft


+1
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 1:54:12 PM EDT
[#41]
Symantec








Link Posted: 1/22/2009 2:15:49 PM EDT
[#42]
Quoted:

Quoted:

Ad Aware by Lavasoft

+1


Dude ...


From this very thread ...

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:

Ad Aware by Lavasoft


Although I use Ad Aware as well, it isn't what I would consider an anti-virus program ...

True that.  It's not an AV program.  Not even close.  
phlegm, why did you think it was, and who gave you this retarded information?  They lied.  It's an anti-spyware program...



Link Posted: 1/22/2009 2:27:54 PM EDT
[#43]
I can't recommend Malwarebytes enough. Keep it installed on your computer and update it weekly. If and/or when you get an infection run a quick scan and in 10+ min or so, the majority of your problem is gone. Even though it's labeled as a spyware program, many times it finds virus's in addition to sypware.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 2:35:07 PM EDT
[#44]
Comodo
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 2:36:30 PM EDT
[#45]
Quoted:
Quoted:
I use AntiVirus 2008 seems to work great


Why haven't you upgraded to Antivirus 2009?


I like both of them.  They make me money!  
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 2:39:23 PM EDT
[#46]
Kapersky labs, its by far the best.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 2:44:10 PM EDT
[#47]
Avast and Zonelabs (firewall).

Work fine together on an old Dell w/ XP

Probably 8 years, no issues.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 4:44:00 PM EDT
[#48]
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 4:50:37 PM EDT
[#49]
Quoted:
I run a combination of AVG (Antivirus) & Ad-Adware & Spybot S&D (anti-spy/malware), and they seem to work well in conjunction.



Exact same as me.  No issues.  If I have to start paying for AVG, I'll switch to Avast.
Link Posted: 1/22/2009 10:59:42 PM EDT
[#50]
AntiVir/Avira has the best rating of the bunch, and has for a long time.

http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02
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