Mcafee due to expire, what anti-virus is best?

March 20, 2012 at 09:55:00
Specs: Windows Vista
My Mcafee subscription ends next month.

Should I renew (Mcafee keep bombarding me with a 1 yr £35 offer for Macfee security centre) or look elsewhere?

Obviously want one that keeps upt to date with new threats etc. What is the best value and best for keeping my PC secure?

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March 20, 2012 at 14:01:19
Microsoft has a free one. I've been pretty happy with it so far.

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March 20, 2012 at 15:32:48
Avast Free is the best free AV none! Much better than MSE as suggested.
many more features and NO schedules scans needed, etc, plus it updates daily...MSE turns off your protection until you do a scan when they want you to. If you don't see it on the taskbar in green, you are unprotected...a real dumb setup for microsoft.

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March 20, 2012 at 19:20:50
MSE turns off your protection until you do a scan when they want you to.
[citation needed]

MSE also has daily updates. How quick each AV gets a signature of a new virus, I do not know.

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March 21, 2012 at 00:50:21
Latest comparison reviews can be seen here:


Avast previously came out top of the free programs but I haven't seen a recent comparison review. With the cost of paid-for security suites coming down if you shop around - for example BitDefender can be bought for £17 on-line for the 3-licence version, useful if you have two friends.

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April 16, 2012 at 06:03:31
Thanks for the replies.

I’ve finally decided to purchase one of the most popular (Mcafee, Norton, AVG) anti-virus protectors.

I’ve got one question about the Norton products. One is £22 (Antivirus 2012) and another (Performance pack) is £40. I understand that the performance pack has fragmenter and other tools with it but if I want to but one of these products purely for internet protection is there any need to purchase the performance pack?

I already have an AVG product for fine tuning my PC, and also have CCleaner and Malwarebytes.

Any help on this is appreciated.

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April 18, 2012 at 18:53:30
Keep in mind that no matter what you use, it is up to the person using the comp to refrain from doing the wrong thing. Here is an extract from the link below.

"There is no magic involved. The majority of malware is installed by the user themselves"

Malware Prevention and Avoidance
ScareWare Prevention and Avoidance
Secure your computer

I use MSE & Windows firewall because there are very few tricky questions, in other words very little intrusion.

Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE )
System requirements
Can Microsoft Security Essentials ( MSE ) protect me from online banking and shopping.
If you choose to use Security Essentials, please follow the steps in this thread first, especially the part about removing all existing realtime antimalware:

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