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Windows 7: free antivirus protection

21 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
free antivirus protection

hey guys. my trial for norton internet security just ended and im stuck looking for software to protect my laptop.

i have downloaded avast antivirus and looking to use comodo firewall with this, will they be a good combination?
also im not sure if i should also install an internet security software. if so which should i use?

ps. i not sure what the difference is between antivirus and internet security or what not.
pps. not sure if this is in the right thread. this has only been the second time ive been on the forum.

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21 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

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21 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

Avast is fine, but I prefer MSE personally. Windows firewall does fine in Windows 7 & 8. In older versions Comodo is decent, but to be honest I haven't used it at all for a couple years. The best solution for a firewall is having a router or modem with one built in. Internet security software is usually software that contains both an antivirus and firewall, possibly with other, typically pointless, features. I recommend downloading and installing MalwareBytes Antimalware Free (say no to the free trial) and running a scan, after updating, at least once every two weeks. No antivirus catches everything all the time, and MBAMs on-demand scanner works fairly well.
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21 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

MSE is by far the most bug free and best antivirus. It has no compaitabilti issues what so ever and my pc has never got a virus thanks to it
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21 Dec 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

I use Avira (the free version). once you disable the popup (plenty of tutorials, just google) it's pretty good and very light on system resources. MSE is ok, but doesn't shine if you actually do dangerous or stupid things.

"internet security" is just a name they give to lighter antivirus.

Windows 7 has its own firewall that to the contrary of XP's one is actually useful, stick with that.
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21 Dec 2012   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Most anti viruses and firewalls will keep you safe but they don't play well with Windows 7. They cause many many problems.
This is what I use and they work well and play well with Windows 7.
Built in Windows 7 Firewall
Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes Anti Malware

Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
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21 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Thanks for the replies.
Will have a look at MSE since you all recommended it.
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22 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I would suggest trying either Avira or Avast, both are known to be very good and relatively lightweight. I'm using Avira myself and it does a good job, while using Avast on my work computer.
I think MSE is waaaay overrated in this forum too. It tried it, and while it does a fine work, it's still far from more complete professional suites, and most important, has a low detection ratio, ie, misses a lot of viruses. It's lightweight and ad-free though, a very good thing.
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22 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

I too am in the minority here and recommend Avast. MSE, when I tried it for a few months, did let a virus into my system. I DO go to some ..... shall we say....not very safe sites though. Avast caught them all beforehand and after I reinstalled it. I too would recommend windows built in firewall, MS did finally get it right as they did for so many things in 7.
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22 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit

MSE oand kingsoft antivirus 2012 run very smoothly together. I have both on all my window 7 machines. Both are free
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