Can anyone recommend a good free anti virus softwere that works with visa??

25 replies
Found 25th Jul 2009
trying to frind a good anti virus softwere but i dont know which one to download what do u people recommend

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eh dont know any tht work with visa, but if you want one for vista i would reccomend Avast :thumbsup:

Yep ... go with Avast.

Avast is the one.

I've been using AVG Free 8.5
Seems ok, easy & no problems so far.

use avg 8.5 also, never had a problem

BeeKeeper;5847909

I've been using AVG Free 8.5Seems ok, easy & no problems so far.



i used to use AVG but it ****ed up my lappy had to restore, i only think it was AVG cos i reinstalled everything including AVG and id ****ed up again so i restored again reinstalled everything but used avast this time and sits runnin fine :thumbsup:

micoo;5847827

eh dont know any tht work with visa, but if you want one for vista i … eh dont know any tht work with visa, but if you want one for vista i would reccomend Avast :thumbsup:



Yep, Avast, takes a little bit of getting used to with the "car stereo" type interface, but is very good, dont know about anyone else but with Vista i use:

Spywareblaster (Runs silently in the background, but have to manual update once a week)
javacoolsoftware.com/spy…tml

Avast
avast.com/eng…tml

SUPERAntiSpyware free edition
download.cnet.com/Sup…tml

You have to update the last one every day, but at least you know its protecting you daily and it take a few seconds,

Would also ensure that you uninstall any remnants you have of your last antispyware program as if you have it still installed it can corrupt the others, so download ccleaner,

download.cnet.com/ccl…col

Install the program and firstly run the cleaner, then click the "tools" option and use the "uninstall" option to remove any unwanted programs, then once done, click the "registry" option and run the cleaner,

Damn that was a long reply, but hope it helps,


Cdm:thumbsup:

Thats a vast selection

AVG or Avast are the best, not much between them at the mo. Avira comes a close third.

You can get Kaspersky AV for free if your a Barclays customer. ]HERE

imo its the best AV out there.

why does it have to be a free one?

broke or don't you think £30 odd a year is a small price to pay to keep your computer safe?

works out cheaper than having to get a repair shop to format and reinstall....

they're free for a reason.

very limited cover.

go buy Eset Smart Security instead. money well spent

slackrat77;5849455

why does it have to be a free one?broke or don't you think £30 odd a year … why does it have to be a free one?broke or don't you think £30 odd a year is a small price to pay to keep your computer safe?works out cheaper than having to get a repair shop to format and reinstall....they're free for a reason.very limited cover.go buy Eset Smart Security instead. money well spent



£30 is not a small price to pay, the free ones (Avast and AVG + others) do the job just fine. And why would someone have to get a repair shop to format and reinstall? Its as easy as installing antivirus software in the first place :roll:

jah128;5849502

£30 is not a small price to pay, the free ones (Avast and AVG + others) … £30 is not a small price to pay, the free ones (Avast and AVG + others) do the job just fine. And why would someone have to get a repair shop to format and reinstall? Its as easy as installing antivirus software in the first place :roll:



they may do a job just fine but an Antivirus is only ONE part of what you need.

you could have 4-5 bits of free software all running at once and have to **** about configuring them all, or you could pay money and BUY software thats a lot more comprehensive and does a better job all in one, uses less RAM and system resources and prudces a lot less false positives than kack like AVG.

if their free versions were so good, why do they do a premium paid for one?

why would ANY business give people an Antivirus they have put time and research into for free?
why?

because they want you to see how good it is and then see how much better the paid for one is and how much more it offers.
not because they like you and want to give you things for free.
that doesnt make any money
and am sure the people behind AVG, Avast etc are into making money.
how else do they fund keeping their software developed?

and as for having to pay to have windows reinstalled or viruses removed....not everyone can do it.
I spent 4 years working for a PC repair store and 99% of repairs were just that, virus removal and reinstalling an OS.
people dont always keep or make backup & recovery discs.

might surprise you, but I actually do know what I'm talking about here.

a bought internet security will always save you money in the long run.

don't be so friggin tight!

can get a serial for the paid version of AVG if you want.

slackrat77;5849860

they may do a job just fine but an Antivirus is only ONE part of what you … they may do a job just fine but an Antivirus is only ONE part of what you need.you could have 4-5 bits of free software all running at once and have to **** about configuring them all, or you could pay money and BUY software thats a lot more comprehensive and does a better job all in one, uses less RAM and system resources and prudces a lot less false positives than kack like AVG.if their free versions were so good, why do they do a premium paid for one?why would ANY business give people an Antivirus they have put time and research into for free?why?because they want you to see how good it is and then see how much better the paid for one is and how much more it offers.not because they like you and want to give you things for free.that doesnt make any moneyand am sure the people behind AVG, Avast etc are into making money.how else do they fund keeping their software developed?and as for having to pay to have windows reinstalled or viruses removed....not everyone can do it.I spent 4 years working for a PC repair store and 99% of repairs were just that, virus removal and reinstalling an OS.people dont always keep or make backup & recovery discs.might surprise you, but I actually do know what I'm talking about here.a bought internet security will always save you money in the long run.don't be so friggin tight!



thts just not true for 5 years ive used windoes firewall and avg free untill last month i switched to avast and have never had a virus or anything

slackrat77;5849860

they may do a job just fine but an Antivirus is only ONE part of what you … they may do a job just fine but an Antivirus is only ONE part of what you need.you could have 4-5 bits of free software all running at once and have to **** about configuring them all, or you could pay money and BUY software thats a lot more comprehensive and does a better job all in one, uses less RAM and system resources and prudces a lot less false positives than kack like AVG.



A lot more comprehensive and does a better job is very debatable, a combination of Avast or AVG with a decent free spyware tool works fine.

slackrat77;5849860

if their free versions were so good, why do they do a premium paid for … if their free versions were so good, why do they do a premium paid for one?



For business customers and for users who consider £30 for a 'more comprehensive package' ie a glossier program good value.

slackrat77;5849860

why would ANY business give people an Antivirus they have put time and … why would ANY business give people an Antivirus they have put time and research into for free?why?



As it will create more users, driving up knowledge, sales of premium packages and most significantly business interest.

slackrat77;5849860

because they want you to see how good it is and then see how much better … because they want you to see how good it is and then see how much better the paid for one is and how much more it offers.not because they like you and want to give you things for free.that doesnt make any moneyand am sure the people behind AVG, Avast etc are into making money.how else do they fund keeping their software developed?and as for having to pay to have windows reinstalled or viruses removed....not everyone can do it.I spent 4 years working for a PC repair store and 99% of repairs were just that, virus removal and reinstalling an OS.people dont always keep or make backup & recovery discs.might surprise you, but I actually do know what I'm talking about here.a bought internet security will always save you money in the long run.don't be so friggin tight!



For someone who's spent years working in the PC business, even if it is just working for a trivial PC 'repair' store - you seem to have a very weak grasp of the many different concepts to generating revenue through software. Thousands of people dedicate a lot of time and money to creating software which ultimately is available to the home end-user, legally, for free. This doesn't devalue the software, it doesn't mean a paid-for solution is better. Its simply a different philosophy to how software be designed, coded, financed and made available. Home users rarely pay for software to search the internet, browse the internet and send emails these days - why should antivirus be different?

jah128;5850552

A lot more comprehensive and does a better job is very debatable, a … A lot more comprehensive and does a better job is very debatable, a combination of Avast or AVG with a decent free spyware tool works fine.For business customers and for users who consider £30 for a 'more comprehensive package' ie a glossier program good value.As it will create more users, driving up knowledge, sales of premium packages and most significantly business interest. For someone who's spent years working in the PC business, even if it is just working for a trivial PC 'repair' store - you seem to have a very weak grasp of the many different concepts to generating revenue through software. Thousands of people dedicate a lot of time and money to creating software which ultimately is available to the home end-user, legally, for free. This doesn't devalue the software, it doesn't mean a paid-for solution is better. Its simply a different philosophy to how software be designed, coded, financed and made available. Home users rarely pay for software to search the internet, browse the internet and send emails these days - why should antivirus be different?



OK so just take AVG for example.
how is its research funded?
how are its employees paid?
if the free version is not devalued by the premium versions, why not just offer the premium one for free too?

All businesses need to make money to survive, thats a very very simple concept.
unless they are dealing with open source software.

with the ones that offer free versions of their software, the free version while it may be a standalone product, is often a very limited or crippled version of the premium one.
why?
in the hope that the home user will enjoy the product so much they'll want to pay for the extra features.

We can give you this much protection for free, or THIS MUCH for a yearly charge.
thats what they rely on.
Companies need to make money.
they dont do this for any other reason.
don't fool yourself that they do.
offerring a free slice of the pie is an incentive, nothing more.


However as has been commented on here, if you've been using a combination of free software for years and never had any problems, thats fine, it doesnt make what I'm saying any less true.
I never said 100% of all the repairs we did were down to viruses and I never said they were all caused by people using free limited software.

there is no product that is 100% safe, thats why theres so much choice.

if your choice is 4-5 separate bits of software that all need to be installed and configured to work together, thats up to you.
my own personal choice is to have one program containing all the stuff I need, all made my the same people. using less system resources, and me knowing that my hard earned is paying for further development of said product.
in my case, I have been using Eset products for the last 3 years or so and never once had any problems.
my PC at home is on 24/7 as its used as a server too.

for an excellent FREE internet security package (firewall + Antivirus) i am using comodo on my vista. download from personalfirewall.comodo.com/dow…tml

Banned

Anything but AVG as thats rubbish now.

AVAST / COMODO / AVIRA would be my picks

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Banned

hypnoticstate;5851744

]Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Gets rid of stuff my other virus scanners … ]Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. Gets rid of stuff my other virus scanners dont/cant.


maybe cos its a malware scanner and not anti-virus perhaps!

csiman;5851797

maybe cos its a malware scanner and not anti-virus perhaps!


and what do you think a virus is?
Malware means malicious software. Malicious software=virus. Malware is ANYTHING that harms your computer, so a virus is a type of malware. Therefore, it's better to have a malware scanner than a virus scanner because the malware scanner will search for every type of threat.

Although i think its best to have a few types of scanner. Malware, virus, spyware and trojan specific i'd recommend.

slackrat77;5851703

OK so just take AVG for example. how is its research funded? how are … OK so just take AVG for example. how is its research funded? how are its employees paid? if the free version is not devalued by the premium versions, why not just offer the premium one for free too?



Through sales of its premium software to home-users, and through sales to businesses, corporations, servers etc. And from licensing technology to Microsoft etc.

slackrat77;5851703

with the ones that offer free versions of their software, the free … with the ones that offer free versions of their software, the free version while it may be a standalone product, is often a very limited or crippled version of the premium one.why?in the hope that the home user will enjoy the product so much they'll want to pay for the extra features.



You enjoy anti-virus software? You must lead an exciting life ;-)

slackrat77;5851703

However as has been commented on here, if you've been using a … However as has been commented on here, if you've been using a combination of free software for years and never had any problems, thats fine, it doesnt make what I'm saying any less true.I never said 100% of all the repairs we did were down to viruses and I never said they were all caused by people using free limited software.there is no product that is 100% safe, thats why theres so much choice.if your choice is 4-5 separate bits of software that all need to be installed and configured to work together, thats up to you.my own personal choice is to have one program containing all the stuff I need, all made my the same people. using less system resources, and me knowing that my hard earned is paying for further development of said product.in my case, I have been using Eset products for the last 3 years or so and never once had any problems.my PC at home is on 24/7 as its used as a server too.



If its a server its not a typical home-PC by any stretch of the imagination - though to be honest Windows is a pretty poor platform for server use anyway. If you are happy with spending £30 a year on your software then good for you, but if you go making blanket statements like "a bought internet security will always save you money in the long run. don't be so friggin tight" you are sadly mistaken and naive. Knowledge of the causes and sources of virus, malware and phishing techniques is far more useful than any amount spent on 'security' software :thumbsup:

jah128;5852262

Through sales of its premium software to home-users, and through sales to … Through sales of its premium software to home-users, and through sales to businesses, corporations, servers etc. And from licensing technology to Microsoft etc.You enjoy anti-virus software? You must lead an exciting life ;-)If its a server its not a typical home-PC by any stretch of the imagination - though to be honest Windows is a pretty poor platform for server use anyway. If you are happy with spending £30 a year on your software then good for you, but if you go making blanket statements like "a bought internet security will always save you money in the long run. don't be so friggin tight" you are sadly mistaken and naive. Knowledge of the causes and sources of virus, malware and phishing techniques is far more useful than any amount spent on 'security' software :thumbsup:



sadly its the people using free software that are the naive ones.
believing a bit of crippled software will protect their PC from all the sh*t that lurking out there.
it will do some of the job but not all of it.

if all the free AV software did the job fine, there would be no need for paid for versions.
simple.

it depends on the use of the PC by the user.
it might seem like a blanket statement to you but in my experience its true.

it may just be coincidence but we generally found that the people using the free AVs who objected to paying out money to protect their investment (as thats what a computer should be, if you're shopping online, even using this website, you're looking to save yourself money, thats an investment), also objected to paying money for music and movies.

but like I say, could just be coincidence!

I don't think theres anything naive about wanting my computer to be fully protected to the utmost level.
i store a lot of valuable data on my PC and although its regularly backed up, i'd like to avoid the hassle of having to reformat and reinstall due to some piece of crap virus or malware invading my system.

anyone using free AVs, its also worth doing some online scans with the likes of trend housecall to see how vulnerable your system is.

then again, according to one customer I had, viruses are created by the companies who make the AV software in order to get us to part with our cash out of fear.....
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