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Windows 7: currently unprotected

19 Jul 2012   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
currently unprotected

suggestions to which antivirus that is free to use is best?

I have tried
and a few others bout a year or 2 back

-i like both, more preferebly avast. It seems to be less annoying, lighter, and blocks webpages really effectively

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19 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install

For me MSE is the best. Made only for Windows by the makers of Windows. I tried Avast for a while and it does not seem as efficient at removing virus.
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19 Jul 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


Both are recommended here, so I think you will be happy with either.

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20 Jul 2012   #4

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

Most of my systems have MSE, but I do have one with Avast.
I also use MBAM Pro (AM - Anti Malware) on all of them.
No complaints or problems with this setup for me.

I would not use an "unprotected system"... i install an AV (and AM) as a top priority.
Either AV is free and preferable to nothing.
The longer you use an unprotected system, the more likely you are to have virus/malware problems.

You can always change to a different AV later if you don't like something about what you install now.
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01 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

I've used MSE before, and if you're running a low end machine, all I can say is that it SUCKS! I mean, it does a great job at protecting your system, but no better than Avast does. That's why for the longest time I chose Avast, because it's a lot less resource heavy, and doesn't have all the crazy popups every single time you click something (an exaggeration, sort of). That being said, I also find AVG free to do a slightly better job than both of these, and have never noticed any performance decrease when going from Avast to AVG. I'd suggest either Avast or AVG for you.
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01 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

I use Avast! (free) and MalwareBytes Pro (paid) on all of my Windows installations without any problems. I am quite happy with their performance and once set up to automatically update/scan, they can be left to their own devices. Of course, manual updates/scans can still be performed.

I have mine set up to do a quick scan with both Avast! and MalwareBytes Pro daily Monday to Saturday, with full scans of each being done on Sundays. In addition, I have enabled the Flash scan feature of Malwarebytes Pro, and that scans after each update.
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01 Aug 2012   #7


I use AVG (paid) never had a problem.
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01 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

I used Avast for years (free) with no problems and was very happy with it. I switched to MSE 2 days ago and so far at least am happy with it. I switched for no other reason than to try it out. I think any of the major AV programs will do the job if you use a little common sense. Which is "the best" is subjective and really depends on your own needs and machine.
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