what's a good free antivirus program

March 2, 2014 at 13:51:57
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, AMD A6-3420m 4gb ddr3
Something that doesn't do dumb s--- in the background without asking me if possible. I despise norton and mcaffe

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#1
March 2, 2014 at 14:45:14
Avast free
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...
is the BEST in my opinion...you will hear about MSE, but it is not 1/2 as good as Avast...BUT...the choice is yours

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#2
March 2, 2014 at 15:10:01
I know what you mean - those pesky prompts to update to full versions and other annoying stuff. If you are looking for no intrusion at all (except when a virus is stopped) Bitdefender (Cloud) is worth considering and does well in detection reviews.

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#3
March 3, 2014 at 09:57:10
I've tried all the freebies at one time or another & the one I liked the least is the one that gets recommended the most - Avast!

"If you are looking for no intrusion at all (except when a virus is stopped) Bitdefender (Cloud) is worth considering and does well in detection reviews"

I agree. I switched to BitDefender after an infection got past Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) & haven't had a problem since.

http://www.bitdefender.com/solution...


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#4
March 3, 2014 at 13:34:26
I've been very happy with both Bitdefender and Avast freebies.. - since being pointed to them some of the chaps here… Be sure you download the "freebie" version - not a trial version (runs for 30days).

And another that is OK is Sophos freebie. Sophos say it will happily co-exist with any other installed anti-virus utility too… I have checked that claim by having M$ SE installed with Sophos; no conflicts…

But Bitdefender and Avast seem to be the current flavours of the month...


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#5
March 5, 2014 at 17:04:25
I agree with Avast but unfortunately it does annoy a little bit with their rising box on the lower right that tells you about what it is doing and speaks up that it has updated.
The BEST non-intrusion I have tried, you unfortunately have to pay for and that is Webroot's Secure Anywhere. You almost never hear from it unless it finds something and I prefer that it opens in the webpage instead of an infected or seriously suspect site with the warning but option to allow. It is not expensive, available in 3 and 5 license discounts online and I have occasionally seen it on newegg with rebates making it nearly free for the first year.
My personal experience, but it has been a good one for quite a few years.

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#6
March 5, 2014 at 20:21:33
Avast sounds can be turned off as well as you can choose what you don't want popping up...I leave mine in silent/gaming mode...no problems at all

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#7
March 6, 2014 at 04:13:38
echoing XpUser here - sounds and popups can be disabled in Avast.

One issues with Avast though... On Mac OS X 10.8x (at least) it blocks M$ Office\Outlook 2011 access to mail (pop3 etc.) servers - both ways! The only way I have managed resolve that is to disable the web-mail protection (one of the three levels/areas of protection it offers)... Comments on the web about this are out there; and consensus is to that as Mac systems aren't generally (if at all) hit by nasties (thus far...) one can live without that web-mail option?

My brother found that with M$ Office\Outlook 2010 and win-7 he had the same problem; whereas I find that with M$ XP Office\Outlook and win-XP it doesn't happen...

Emailed Avast support about it; had a reply asking for details of in/out servers etc. and port settings; which they received.. Since then "silence" - almost month ago...


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#8
March 6, 2014 at 08:46:39
trvlr

I might have mentioned this before but it is not too uncommon for AV's to mess up email because they usually take over the handling of it. I always turn off email checking. An unopened viral email does nothing and if you try to open it the AV will pick it up anyhow - just a bit later. Although it is old I subscribe to the view here:
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tut...

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#9
March 6, 2014 at 09:35:02
Derek: merci mon ami... as certain wee rotund little Belgian was wont to say..

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#10
March 11, 2014 at 02:19:17
I am currently having Immunet Plus in my system and it works great. Here are some of the preferred antivirus programs which you might want to use:

Immunet - http://www.immunet.com/free/index.html
McAfee - http://home.mcafee.com/store/free-a...
Panda - http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/
Avast - http://www.avast.com/index
Kaspersky - http://usa.kaspersky.com/downloads/...


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#11
March 11, 2014 at 08:49:08
McAfee seems to have a bad name around these parts and I don't think it does very well in detection reviews. It is not free either - just a trial.

I've not seen Immunet in reviews.

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