Found 5th Aug 2008
Im currently using Norton Internet Security and the subscription ends in 21 days. Just wondering what the best, free anti virus software is? And where can I get it from? Im guessing I will need firewall software etc as it was previously included in Norton?
And one last question... I've read on here before that Norton takes up a hell of a lot of memory etc, how do I go about completely deleting it off my computer?
Any help will be much appreciated!

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Have a look ]here for software

Norton removal tools ]here

AVG free works well for me and its FREE

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RedIron;2678548

Have a look ]here for softwareNorton removal tools ]here


Thanks, found AVG on there :thumbsup: and will give the removal a go!

unleashing1;2678559

AVG free works well for me and its FREE


Does the AVG include everything I need or do I need to download anything else to keep my pc safe? Thanks

i used to use avg, dont like the new version i now recommend avast

guerilla;2678667

i used to use avg, dont like the new version i now recommend avast



personally, I think all free virus software is pants. If you have anything worth guarding on your pc, buy the software and guard it properly.

Mcafee is £10 with a link on here somewhere, and it dont use alot of memory.

what proof have you that paid for software is any better than the free alternative?

i use bullguard, used it for 4 years now no probs, its not free, but can get it cheaply off amazon, personally id rather pay for ur security than have the free version, just my prefrence tho

I use AVG but I do not like version 8 as it sometimes says certain .exe files are viruses but when I use / run then on version 7 they are safe to use with no problems.

]Bitdefender 10 is a good free Anti Virus:
BitDefender Free Edition is your chance to use one of the world's most effective antivirus engines for free!

BitDefender Free Edition uses the same ICSA Labs certified scanning engines found in other BitDefender products, allowing you to enjoy basic virus protection for no cost at all.

* Virus scanning and removal
* Scheduled scanning
* Immediate scanning
* Skinable interface
* Quarantine
* Reports

**Kaspersky or Nod32 are IMO the best paid for AV

If you have got a barclays online banking account you can get kaspersky internet security 2009 for three computers free....

If you want to slow down your Pc use Norton Internet Security or Mcafee for that matter .Totaly intruesive & bloatware . For freebies use AVG 8 as suggested or Avast . for a bought one I would recommend Kaspersky . I've been using this for a couple of years now without any problems .

aircanman;2678683

personally, I think all free virus software is pants. If you have … personally, I think all free virus software is pants. If you have anything worth guarding on your pc, buy the software and guard it properly.



Companies that supply free AV software (like AVG) only do it free for home users, they sell it for businesses, and they sell their security suites, so there is no evidence their "free" AV software is worse than Norton etc.

In fact in product reviews AVG often beats Norton.

guilbert53;2679568

Companies that supply free AV software (like AVG) only do it free for … Companies that supply free AV software (like AVG) only do it free for home users, they sell it for businesses, and they sell their security suites, so there is no evidence their "free" AV software is worse than Norton etc.In fact in product reviews AVG often beats Norton.



Well, I believe AVG is quite introusive. You need to know what u are doing to deal with it sometimes. Avast is the same, and the stupid Virus database has been updated is just stupid.

I may not have evidence in McAfee doing the job, but I bet AVG is letting through more than McAfee.

aircanman;2682594

Well, I believe AVG is quite introusive. You need to know what u are … Well, I believe AVG is quite introusive. You need to know what u are doing to deal with it sometimes. Avast is the same, and the stupid Virus database has been updated is just stupid



Avast isn't intrusive, I hardly know it's running. There is a notice that pops up to tell you the virus database has been updated but that can be turned off if you don't like it.

(program options>updates(basic)>details>untick 'show sliding box after updates' I think)

aircanman;2682594

Well, I believe AVG is quite introusive. You need to know what u are … Well, I believe AVG is quite introusive. You need to know what u are doing to deal with it sometimes. Avast is the same, and the stupid Virus database has been updated is just stupid. I may not have evidence in McAfee doing the job, but I bet AVG is letting through more than McAfee.



LOL, now if you'd said NOD32 or similar then maybe....but McAfee, you have to be kidding right? :whistling:

AVIRA, Avast! and AVG blow many paid for Anti-Virus programs out of the water: av-comparatives.org/sei…php. Being "intrusive" (i.e. letting you know if there's a problem, when it needs updating/has updated etc. is not a problem in my book) is a small price to pay for almost 100% protection (99.6 in the case of AVIRA.....).

EDIT: Link doesn't work, just go to av-comparatives.org/ and look up the most recent comparatives, the Feb '08 On-demand comparative is the main one.
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