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Windows 7: What's the Best Anti-virus?

02 Oct 2010   #31
darkphantom

W7 64bit ultimate
 
 

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Yes!


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02 Jun 2011   #32
Vinny

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 
Which is the best "free" antivirus available...?

Great forum guys...! And coming to my question as we all know there are many free av's availabe..i cant afford to get a paid version for my desktop..so guys can you tell me amongst the available free av's which is best(for win7 or does it matter which os i have)...? Avast or avira...or any other...? And which other security softwares can be accompanied with the av program...
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02 Jun 2011   #33
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vinny View Post
Great forum guys...! And coming to my question as we all know there are many free av's availabe..i cant afford to get a paid version for my desktop..so guys can you tell me amongst the available free av's which is best(for win7 or does it matter which os i have)...? Avast or avira...or any other...? And which other security softwares can be accompanied with the av program...
Many definitions of best. One that causes the least BSOD's. One that has the fewest false positives/negatives. One that uses the least system resources, etc

This is the age old question. It is the one you will use intelligently. Each major variant will have its zealots, each best for them.

Disclaimer
I dont use Microsoft Security Essentials ( and no I wont tell you what I do use) but it causes the least BSOD.s, uses few resources (~50 Mb) and sits quietly doing its job

Virus, Spyware & Malware Protection | Microsoft Security Essentials
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02 Jun 2011   #34
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

The best AV available is a matter of opinion not necessarily based on fact.

There are a number of companies that regularly test and review anti-virus software. It's a good idea to check these out as it will give you an idea of the level of performance of the software you're looking for.

Keep in mind though, test results vary (for many different reasons) A program that got the top spot in one test, may not be the best in another. That's why I recommend you visit a few different sites and compare the results.
A few good places to start are:
{Google these}

AV-Comparatives
Virus Bulletin


If you are still unsure about a product, you can always download a trial version and test it out. Most vendors offer trials on their websites.


Also suggest you consider using SuperAntiSpyware & Spyware Blaster as well. Both have free versions.


SUPERAntiSpyware.com | Remove Malware | Remove Spyware - AntiMalware, AntiSpyware, AntiAdware!

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03 Jun 2011   #35
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
AV-Comparatives.org

This site produces comparison reports on AV software:
AV-Comparatives - Independent Tests of Anti-Virus Software - Welcome to AV-Comparatives.org

You could read their latest report before choosing.
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04 Jun 2011   #36
Vinny

Windows 7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

ok...thank you...
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04 Jun 2011   #37
ahmedaxhar

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vinny View Post
Great forum guys...! And coming to my question as we all know there are many free av's availabe..i cant afford to get a paid version for my desktop..so guys can you tell me amongst the available free av's which is best(for win7 or does it matter which os i have)...? Avast or avira...or any other...? And which other security softwares can be accompanied with the av program...
I would suggest Avast free anti-virus.
It does not bother you and moves any threat detected to it's vorus vault.
Here's the link:

Avast Free Antivirus - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Downloads
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04 Jun 2011   #38
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ahmedaxhar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vinny View Post
Great forum guys...! And coming to my question as we all know there are many free av's availabe..i cant afford to get a paid version for my desktop..so guys can you tell me amongst the available free av's which is best(for win7 or does it matter which os i have)...? Avast or avira...or any other...? And which other security softwares can be accompanied with the av program...
I would suggest Avast free anti-virus.
It does not bother you and moves any threat detected to it's vorus vault.
Here's the link:

Avast Free Antivirus - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Downloads
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04 Jun 2011   #39
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

The best AV usually turns out to be the one you feel comfortable with and keep up to date with the latest defs.

But also having common sense to use safe surfing habits, avoiding shady sites and resisting the urge to click on something when it pops up screaming "YOU'RE INFECTED!!!!! CLICK ME NOW!!!!!" goes a long way.
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04 Jun 2011   #40
I be he

Win 7 64 premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vinny View Post
Great forum guys...! And coming to my question as we all know there are many free av's availabe..i cant afford to get a paid version for my desktop..so guys can you tell me amongst the available free av's which is best(for win7 or does it matter which os i have)...? Avast or avira...or any other...? And which other security softwares can be accompanied with the av program...
I would choose between Avira, Avast, Panda, or Mse. If you add Sandboxie to the mix, it wont matter as much which one you choose as long as its not crashing your rig of course. Sandboxie free is the answer
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