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    Can anyone tell me if there is any free anti virus software that runs particularly well with Vista?

    Was just gonna go for Avira but wondered if anything better?

    cheers

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    i use avast on vista no probs

    Microsoft Security Essentials

    The Therapist

    AVG



    I use the free version of (Grisoft's) "AVG" (as linked aboved) as well.

    BFN,

    fp.

    Avast has been excellent for me on XP and Vista for the past 5 years!

    avast for me as well

    if on the off chance you have a barclays account you get kaspersky 1 year licence on 3 pcs free

    also if you are with virgin media you can get a free virus/spyware scanner of the website which i think also uses a kaspersky engine



    Avast never let me down .

    Why cant you use the search function???!!! - These kinds of threads start off all sorts of arguments. Speaking of which, I find the best out of the freebies is Windows Security Essentials - AVG is pants, as is Avast IMO.

    avast

    I often use MalwareBytes Antivirus - its free and often finds viruses that paid for AV dont find,,,

    I'd stick with your initial plan and go with Avira personally.

    AVG is a resource hog, I use Avast personally but Microsoft Security Essentials is highly recommended too.

    For free Panda Cloud anti-virus is pretty good, gets one of the highest detection rate % over on av-comparatives and is very light weight, my only complaint with it is it seems to find too many false positives. Avast is ok and many swear by MSE. Avoid AVG!

    If you bank with Barclays they will give you a free 12 month copy of Kapersky Anti virus which is also very good.

    Banned

    inb4 some ignoramus mentions avg (a PC repair man's wet dream!).

    Comodo or Avast

    AVOID AVG AT ALL COSTS!

    csiman

    inb4 some ignoramus mentions avg (a PC repair man's wet dream!).Comodo or … inb4 some ignoramus mentions avg (a PC repair man's wet dream!).Comodo or AvastAVOID AVG AT ALL COSTS!



    Too late, we already did.

    What do you find so poor about it (that other free software does better)?

    BFN,

    fp.

    Banned

    fanpages

    Too late, we already did.What do you find so poor about it (that other … Too late, we already did.What do you find so poor about it (that other free software does better)?BFN,fp.


    Lost count of the number of times I have had to repair all my mates' computers. 9 out of 10 times AVG has let a virus through. You only have to look at people with viruses seeking help in MISC. Nearly all have AVG running.

    Used to be good a couple of years back but it is seriously flawed now

    Banned

    Also had AVG free on an old PC upstairs. Got hold of a free version of kaspersky and it found 3 trojans that AVG had ignored for the past 3 years! People think AVG is great cos it doesnt find any viruses. That speaks volumes.
    Edited by: "csiman" 2nd Sep 2010

    A good pop up blocker is also key to stopping viruses, most infections I've seen recently use the old "you've got a virus pop up" trick, the user clicks on the pop up to scan the PC and it downloads some horrible virus. Use something like ad-block, there's a plug in for firefox and google chrome, this and a good anti-virus package should keep you safe.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for all thoughts guys and gals!!!

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    The Therapist

    AVG

    The Therapist

    AVG




    do not use AVG. lets lots of major viruses in often and is always high up on the resource list. Microsoft security essentials has the best UI and never had a single virus since i've had it.

    Banned

    scoopy2scoops

    A good pop up blocker is also key to stopping viruses, most infections … A good pop up blocker is also key to stopping viruses, most infections I've seen recently use the old "you've got a virus pop up" trick, the user clicks on the pop up to scan the PC and it downloads some horrible virus. Use something like ad-block, there's a plug in for firefox and google chrome, this and a good anti-virus package should keep you safe.



    you still have to download and run it. any person with half a brain would release its a trick anyway.
    Edited by: "ryman1000" 2nd Sep 2010

    ryman1000

    you still have to download and run it. any person with half a brain would … you still have to download and run it. any person with half a brain would release its a trick anyway.



    Not true, clicking anywhere in inside the pop up window is enough. Malware is designed to be easy to install X)
    You can get a virus from a malicious flash advert which is even easier to become infected by. So block them before they have a chance to even download.

    Edited by: "scoopy2scoops" 2nd Sep 2010
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