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Windows 7: Free AntiVirus

06 Oct 2010   #11
Francis93

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
MSE - Microsoft Security Essentials

The best! Used by many SevenForum contributors.
+8

I agree!


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06 Oct 2010   #12
s31

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

MSE +9
best anti-virus in the benchmarks

also worth getting malwarebytes anti malware
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06 Oct 2010   #13
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by outlaw18 View Post
Thanks Karlsnooks.... I am currently using this software now. I think it is very useful.
Great! Glad to have been of assistance. You will be well pleased with your choice.
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06 Oct 2010   #14
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Avast! Free

Free AntiVirus-av.jpg Free AntiVirus-mse_vb.jpg
*latest results.


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06 Oct 2010   #15
Borg 386

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

MSE finds stuff that even the "paid versions" fail to find, consistently ranks high, integrates with windows smoothly and uses little sys resources....what more do ya want?

If I had a choice between a "paid version" and MSE....MSE would be the choice
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06 Oct 2010   #16
madtownidiot

 

I run a computer repair shop and sell used computers for a living. I'm not an expert by any means, but for the past few months things have been kind of slow and I've had plenty of spare time. I think most reviews are bullsh*t to say the least so I spent a little cash and a couple hundred hours in the past two months doing a little testing of my own.. and nobody paid me a dime for it.. nor will I get paid because my opinion means nothing.. but here's what I came up with:

If I were to choose between paid versions, with money as no object, I'd just download the free version Comodo and buy Malwarebytes, specifically for it's RT updating of malicious IPs and the website blocking feature.

It's funny how conspicuously Microsoft excludes Comodo and Malwarebytes from their website. All other AVs use a definition based system and a hueristics engine that generates mostly false reports. The paid version of malwarebytes and defense+ in the free version of CIS both virtualize the file system and isolate unrecognized applications in a virtual environment but let them run until they can be deemed either safe or malicious depending on what they try to do or until testing from the central support site confirms either. People who say Comodo is for advanced users, myself included in the past, just haven't read the manual. Kind of a sad excuse when trying to protect months or years of accumulated work..
When properly configured CIS 5.0 walks all over just about every other AV I've tested including MSE, Avast, and Norton Internet Security 2010 in terms of effectiveness and system load. Unless actively running a scan CIS running side by side with the full version of Malwarebytes on a 2Gb 64 bit windows 7 system only uses about 40MB of RAM and adds a total of 6 seconds to boot time, vs more than 120MB/ 20 seconds extra boot time for MSE alone, 140MB/ 24 seconds for Norton
I spent a lot of time looking for sites serving up malware, and found quite a few, but the only computer setups that never got infected with anything had malwarebytes with the protection module activated..and/or CIS with the sandbox active and defense plus set in clean PC mode, if you use them both correctly, I don't think there's much of anything that can get past it.. not to say anything is 100% effective
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06 Oct 2010   #17
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by outlaw18 View Post
Thanks Karlsnooks.... I am currently using this software now. I think it is very useful.
I used to use AVG Free but after some suggestions here i started using MSE a while back and never looked back since

Regards,
JDobbsy1987
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06 Oct 2010   #18
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by outlaw18 View Post
Is there any free edition Antivirus that can be download online?

I note MSE has been highly recommended to you here.

Just to give a bit of balance to this thread - there are many people who choose / use a different free AV successfully as well.

Refer the below links for more information.


Top 10 Free Antivirus Programs for Windows - Free Virus Protection

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06 Oct 2010   #19
hackerman1

W7-Enterprise + WS-2008 (Converted to Workstation)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
The paid version of malwarebytes and defense+ in the free version of CIS both virtualize the file system and isolate unrecognized applications in a virtual environment but let them run until they can be deemed either safe or malicious depending on what they try to do or until testing from the central support site confirms either.
i believe you have misunderstood Defence+ ?

Defence+ is not a sandbox, it´s HIPS....

however, the latest version also has a built-in sandbox.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
....and/or CIS with the sandbox active and defense plus set in clean PC mode...
Defence+ in "Safe mode" is more secure...
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06 Oct 2010   #20
SevenNerd

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I also love MSE.. but has any1 used the new norton antivirus 2011? It's absolutely insane... Installs under 1 minute and only uses 20MB of ram on idle! MSE uses about 75-80!
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