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Sorry but free is better - Use AVG or Avast for Free- Forever!

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I've used CA products for years, in my opinion their AV finds a lot more than many free alternatives. Their OEM packs do work out cheaper from Ebuyer though.

Steve

We use the corporate version at work and it's incredibly resource hungry. I wouldn't actually say that free IS best but AVG is a fairly good choice. The Kaspersky deals at the mo look good value and their engine is used in a lot of other AV products.

I use AVG free myself but I've been working with, building and repairing PCs for years and wouldn't necessarily recommend it to lesser experienced users. I'd recommend a full Internet Security suite that pretty much works without any user input needed after the initial set-up.

However, this wouldn't be the first I'd recommend either.

I used a free copy of CA AV for a year. Very impressed with it, so I just paid the renewal subscription. The main thing for me is that it is not resource hungry.

I also bought mine from the US website, £19.99 or $19.99. Let me think about that one.

Free or not, how can anyone compare a virus protection program to a complete security suite?

Are members cold voting because of some freebies out there? It's absurd to say something is better because it's free!

I've used quite a few different security suites and had a free trial from CA which I found very effective without problems. I'm currently looking for the best protection at the best price. I think I'm going to go for Kaspersky.

I'm not anti-freebie protection but I'm reluctant to use it because AVG actually offer complete protection at a price.


Here's a quote from PC Pro:

AVG is unarguably one of the most likeable products around, but in our tests it simply wasn't among the most effective.
[RIGHT]By Arien Graham-Smith

][COLOR=#0000ff]PC Pro: Product Reviews: Labs: Antivirus software: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition[/COLOR] [/RIGHT]

PoisonJam

I use AVG free myself but I've been working with, building and repairing … I use AVG free myself but I've been working with, building and repairing PCs for years and wouldn't necessarily recommend it to lesser experienced users. I'd recommend a full Internet Security suite that pretty much works without any user input needed after the initial set-up.However, this wouldn't be the first I'd recommend either.



PoisonJam, what full Internet Security suite would you recommend?

retropolis

PoisonJam, what full Internet Security suite would you recommend?



Personally, I'm using Zone Alarm pro on my home PC, it's brilliant.

retropolis

PoisonJam, what full Internet Security suite would you recommend?



To be honest, whatever PC Pro recommend :thumbsup: And right now that's Kaspersky. PC Pro perform the most vigorous and fair labs tests out of all the PC web/mag resources I know of.

I use AVG myself and my router provides me with a hardware firewall (arguably better than a software one). Firefox is my browser of choice. I don't have any Spyware/Adware protection as when I did run them they found harmless cookies and not much else. I also don't have any spam detection software as I use webmail services as opposed to Outlook or Thunderbird.

When you have such predictable internet usage as I do, i.e. I frequently only use around 30-40 trusted sites, and you know what to be wary of then AVG is more than sufficient.

Many thanks for your comprehensive reply PoisonJam! :thumbsup:

Emma, thanks also for your contribution! :thumbsup:

Personally I would go for Kaspersky suite, if you want to give it a try first I think its PCPro is offering a 180 day trial on their cover DVD - £4.99 for the mag, with a free upgrade to Version 7 which comes out tomorrow - highest rated AV programme virtually every testers choice. I have used it for 6 months, and now installed on my Dads.
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