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Windows 7: I need a new anti virus program

16 Feb 2012   #1

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I need a new anti virus program

I was using AVAST as my anti-virus software. It was supposed to be the free version, but it stopped working the other day and they wanted me to buy. I can't spend any money for a new program. I live on a fixed income and have to budget everything closely. Does anyone know of a good, reliable, free anti-virus software program?

What about Microsoft Security Essentials?

Linda


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16 Feb 2012   #2

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16 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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16 Feb 2012   #4

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I think I have AVAST removed. It wasn't easy. The regular uninstall didn't do it. Is gthere a way I can find out if it is entirely removed?
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16 Feb 2012   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Please remove Avast via the link below....
http://files.avast.com/files/eng/aswclear5.exe


Replace with

Microsoft Security Essentials - Free Antivirus for Windows

Good luck!
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16 Feb 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Good thread I am looking for a new Anti-Virus program as well currently am using AVG free.

I am looking for something that is non-resource heavy how is MSE in comparison to AVG? Or just in general?


cheers
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16 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Is your free AV tool a ‘resource pig?’ By Fred Langa
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For me — for now — nothing in these numbers would alter my recommendation — and personal use — of Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s free, it’s in widespread use, and it has proven itself in the real world. And on most systems, it has little effect on system resources.
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16 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

As posted here many of us recommend MSE and using Windows 7 built in firewall. Many also use Malwarebytes Anti Malware because it also works great and works well with MSE.
Linda661 how did you remove Avast?
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16 Feb 2012   #9
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobright View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JMH View Post
Good thread I am looking for a new Anti-Virus program as well currently am using AVG free.

I am looking for something that is non-resource heavy how is MSE in comparison to AVG? Or just in general?


cheers
I use AVG paid version on the computers here so I would recommend that.
Have used it for years with success & see no need to change at this point.

From a BSOD perspective we recommend MSE.
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16 Feb 2012   #10

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I used aswclear.exe. I had to go into safe mode first. I hope it was as effective as aswclear5.exe which you guys are recommending. Can something bad happen if I didn't get it all out?
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