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can anyone recommend a good anti virus software we have just had macafree as a freebie but it has just run out, we have tried another freebie avast but that is making the laptop soooo slow dont mind p… Read More
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
can anyone recommend a good anti virus software we have just had macafree as a freebie but it has just run out, we have tried another freebie avast but that is making the laptop soooo slow dont mind paying for one, we just need a good one, thanks for your help :)
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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#1
freebie use Avira Antivir
#2
Have you tried the new AVG 9.0
free download
http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage


well worth downloading Malwarebytes anti-malware too so you are better protected
free download
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
#3
AVG free is all I have ever used
#4
If you're a Barclays customer you can get Kaspersky free.
#5
DAMNOME
well worth downloading Malwarebytes anti-malware too so you are better protected
free download
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php


Can't agree enough.
#6
tightasagnatschu
If you're a Barclays customer you can get Kaspersky free.


yeh the hubbie is a barclays customer but he has only justt registered for online banking and doesnt have that white pad yet to be able to log on properly so cannot take advantage of that, is avg the avast one as that what we got at the mo and he not able to watch no youtube videos as it keeps stopping it i presume for virus checks it worked great for 2 days but now seems to have slowed the whole computer down
#7
keli
yeh the hubbie is a barclays customer but he has only justt registered for online banking and doesnt have that white pad yet to be able to log on properly so cannot take advantage of that, is avg the avast one as that what we got at the mo and he not able to watch no youtube videos as it keeps stopping it i presume for virus checks it worked great for 2 days but now seems to have slowed the whole computer down


AVG is different to AVAST, AVG is much better - but I prefer Avira... less resource hungry and would be an ideal put you on till hubby gets his proper log -on details

http://www.barclays.co.uk/onlinebanking/security/factsheet/#6
#8
rep left to all you guys for the help x
#9
I have used AVG free for years and have never had a problem
#10
Avast only slows your PC down when you start it up and it downloads the latest virus files.

Apart from that I dont think it has any effect on performance.

A lot of people who know a lot about computers say that Avast is the best free deal.
#11
i'm surprised you say Avast slowing your pc as i use Avast & have done for quite a while & never had a moments trouble.
#12
I use McAffee since being attacked and fingers crossed, so far I have been ok. I also use noscript for Firefox
#13
Eset Smart Security. way better than all that free trash.
AVG, Avast and Avira are just limited scanners, thats all.

you need a lot more protection if you're a very regular internet user.

free ones are free for a reason, they're a sample of what you COULD have if you buy the full version and they all do a full version.

if the free one was so awesome, why bother doing a premium one?
why not just do the premium one for free? why, cos it covers a lot more things.

anyone who has used free AV's and not had a problem, fair enough, but you PC could be vulnerable to so much more than you realise.
#14
AVG is the best freebie. My brother has just put Panda on my computer - he is a bit of a computer boff and swears by it. I like it as you can scan stuff instantly before downloading anything and also if you computer crashes there is a central system that backs up the computer so you don't lose anything. Hope this is helpful. Debs x
#15
slackrat77
Eset Smart Security. way better than all that free trash.
AVG, Avast and Avira are just limited scanners, thats all.

you need a lot more protection if you're a very regular internet user.

free ones are free for a reason, they're a sample of what you COULD have if you buy the full version and they all do a full version.

if the free one was so awesome, why bother doing a premium one?
why not just do the premium one for free? why, cos it covers a lot more things.

anyone who has used free AV's and not had a problem, fair enough, but you PC could be vulnerable to so much more than you realise.


Rubbish.....

The free AV progs are as good if not better than some paid versions............Like Norton

I work in I.T and have used free AV for years without any problems.

To say that All Free AV's are nothing but limited scanners is a pretty bold statement to make! Can you substantiate that with some link or finding that can differentiate between free and purchased?


renagade27
#16
renagade27
Rubbish.....

The free AV progs are as good if not better than some paid versions............Like Norton

I work in I.T and have used free AV for years without any problems.

To say that All Free AV's are nothing but limited scanners is a pretty bold statement to make! Can you substantiate that with some link or finding that can differentiate between free and purchased?


renagade27


if the free AV's are not limited scanners or cut down versions, then why do the premium versions of AVG etc offer more security.

the free version is just an antivirus, it may have some spyware detecting capability too.
its not an internet security suite.
a free sample such as these may be fine for beginners and light users.
but it only offers a very basic level of service, thats why its free.

why does this seem such an alien concept on here?
i know this is about finding the best deals out there, but in my experience of working, repairing personal and business computers, a free antivirus software on its own just won't cut it.

not exactly a free vs. paid comparison but
http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report23.pdf

Avira premium-many false positives but fast scan
having said that, its premium detection rate is very very good.

AVG scores less than Norton.

this debate could rage on forever.
I firmly believe that with internet security systems, you get what you pay for.

if you pay nothing and have to use 5-6 bits of software all running at once to achieve the same level of cover as 1 purpose built paid for suite, then thats your choice.

the likes of AVG fund their virus research by selling the product to small businesses, so it MUST offer more than a standard virus scan, otherwise there'd be no point in charging for it.
the free home use ones generally have limited or no support directly from the vendor either.

something like, for example Norton 360, does have free online and telephone support.

it may seem redundant when everyone has a 'mate who is a proper computer whizz', but its not something offerred by the free AVs.

AVG itself doesnt contain a firewall.

take a look at this one too.
http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report22.pdf

it shows the likes of AVG found many false positives, identifying something as a virus when its not.
Again, Avira Premium does very very well in this.

Am not saying that all free AVs are BAD, they just don't offer the same level of cover as a full security suite does, and because it's free, its not the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
add in the other programs you need to make up the rest of the cover and its all a drain on your CPU, RAM and system resources.

Even the much hates Symantec products fare well in these tests.

people are spending more and more time on their computer, downloading more and more, often from dubious file sharing site/programs.
getting attachments from emails and the likes of MSN.

if your security isnt up to date or hasn't good a good detection rate, you'll suffer.

if you've managed with freebies this long, thats fantastic. personally, the data on my PC means way too much to me, and despite regular backups, the hassle of having to format and reinstall due to something nasty coming down the net, isn't my idea of fun.

everyone has their own personal view on which security software is best, if you've been burned once, you'll always hate it.
i try to keep an open mind and see whats on offer. having tried several of the new redesigned Norton products this year, I found them to be very light on resources and far less intrusive than previously.

my fav for the past 2 or 3 years has been Eset Smart security, the full version of the NOD32 antivirus.

my pc is on 24/7 and i've not once had any kind of attack get through.
I buy and bank online, no keyloggers or anything like that have ever infected me.

for me and a lot of heavy internet users, especially downloaders, a free AV just isn't enough.

if it works for you, cool.
but the the truth is that the free versions offer limited support and features.

if you prefer not to pay for something, thats up to you.

up until being made redundant 18 months ago, I too worked in IT.

http://www.isoftwarereviews.com/professional-antivirus-vs-free-antivirus-software/
#17
You still have not provided a link of proof of what you said..............


I think the statement made about free versions being as bad as you said and just link scanners is not strictly true.........I think the free versions are way better than you have proposed, and there are more people I would imagine here and elsewhere that would agree that the free programme suits there needs.

I agree with what you said about if your data is that important, then buy the premium version. But for me and lots of other I.T freelance and corporate I.T guys and girls, the free versions do the job well.

I still don't think the links and pdf files you provided show a difference on the scale your comments on the free AV products insinuated. I think the FREE versions now are closer to the paid versions than you made out.................but I know you will disagree and you are right to if that is what you believe. Me? I would never pay for AV or FW or any security software in 2009/2010 onwards......................there is no need....YET!!! :)

renagade27
#18
theres not really a link thats shows proof of my own experiences working in the repair tech field.
as I personally never worked for a company that used free Av's but we had tons of home customers that did and I worked on hundreds of computers that used them and as mentioned, the one that impressed me the most was Avira. the rest I never found anything that special about them.

but software is all down to personal choice, thats why theres so much variation.

choose your risks and pick your battles.

for me having a full premium internet security is a must. a free one just doesnt cut it.

if it works for you, nice one.
but having tried a lot of different ones, some of the worst ones are the big names, but some of the worst ones have HAD to get better or lose custom to the likes of the free alternatives.

you make your own choice.

just going from the volume of people commenting on here about having AVG and still getting problems with infections, I often wonder what people do with their damn PCs.
I suppose its hard to look back to being an inexperienced user, as when i was, there wasn't really much to worry about for the home user.

i remember getting my first virus under dial up in 1997. booted up my machine, it said "not today" and closed down.
the next day it was fine!
before dial up, viruses were something passed around on floppy disks.

now in 2009/10 its an absolute minefield of cybercrime.
without a handle on it and someone tech minded, nearby for advice, its no wonder people get hit by phishing scams and have their card details ripped off online.

am sure the one thing we can all agree on, is that the internet is not a nice place to be, despite all the amazing information it contains!
#19
slackrat77
theres not really a link thats shows proof of my own experiences working in the repair tech field.
as I personally never worked for a company that used free Av's but we had tons of home customers that did and I worked on hundreds of computers that used them and as mentioned, the one that impressed me the most was Avira. the rest I never found anything that special about them.

but software is all down to personal choice, thats why theres so much variation.

choose your risks and pick your battles.

for me having a full premium internet security is a must. a free one just doesnt cut it.

if it works for you, nice one.
but having tried a lot of different ones, some of the worst ones are the big names, but some of the worst ones have HAD to get better or lose custom to the likes of the free alternatives.

you make your own choice.

just going from the volume of people commenting on here about having AVG and still getting problems with infections, I often wonder what people do with their damn PCs.
I suppose its hard to look back to being an inexperienced user, as when i was, there wasn't really much to worry about for the home user.

i remember getting my first virus under dial up in 1997. booted up my machine, it said "not today" and closed down.
the next day it was fine!
before dial up, viruses were something passed around on floppy disks.

now in 2009/10 its an absolute minefield of cybercrime.
without a handle on it and someone tech minded, nearby for advice, its no wonder people get hit by phishing scams and have their card details ripped off online.

am sure the one thing we can all agree on, is that the internet is not a nice place to be, despite all the amazing information it contains!


Well using there pcs for the likes of mininova does not help even with the best AV and then there is Bebo.......hacks delight........new BT hub.............backtrack3 e.c.t...... easy.........say no more. Even a freebie on this site for Norton is being stubbed with 1 comment saying they would rather run the machine with nothing than use Norton.................That is what I would think.

Free and paid? Not much margin, not today.


renagade27

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