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Free antivirus software recomendation

#1
I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
any thoughts in this software
 
M

Mark H

#2
AVG or avast! are both highly recommended in the free world.

"GT" <GT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
Edition

> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
sign-up?

> any thoughts in this software
 
J

John Barnett MVP

#3
You can use the free versions of either AVG (http://free.grisoft.com) or
AVast! http://www.avast.com) both are excellent, although I still recommend
AVG (it has a more user friendly interface).

With AVG you don't 'sign up' as such. During installation you are asked to
'personalise' avg but that is all, i.e., ser Name, Company, Licence (the
free version of AVG already displays the licence number on this page.)


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"GT" <GT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
> Edition
> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
> sign-up?
> any thoughts in this software
 
D

Donny Broome

#4
Yes, AVG is still good enough. It uses very little RAM and it has the
features you'll want.


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"GT" <GT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
> Edition
> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
> sign-up?
> any thoughts in this software
 
F

f/fgeorge

#5
On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:15:01 -0700, GT <GT@xxxxxx>
wrote:

>I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
>still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
>any thoughts in this software
Just remember to also run Windows Defender, it is not the best but is
better than nothing and is also free. I use AVG on most of my 20 some
computers but have been slowly switching to Avast. Avast has free
anti-spyware built in. AVG has user definable scanning times, I have
not found that on Avast yet.
 
K

Kayman

#6
On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:15:01 -0700, GT wrote:

> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
> any thoughts in this software
There are many good free AV applications available, and almost everyone has
his favorite. Most of the users are emotionally attached to their av
application and will have excellent reasons for not recommending any other
brand.
The most important thing here is that all of the available choices listed
here are better in some respects than in others, and which choice is better
for *you* depends on what you do, how you work, and which features you use.
The way you use your PC is different from others.
Have a look at this:
http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
and be guided accordingly.
Good info can be obtained here:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20
and here:
http://www.av-comparatives.org/

If the above is too deluging consider this:-
Real-time AV applications - for viral malware.
Do not utilize more than one (1) real-time anti-virus scanning engine!
Disable the e-mail scanning function during installation (Custom
Installation on some AV apps.) as it provides no additional protection. In
fact most experts believe that scanning incoming and outgoing mail causes
e-mail file corruption.

Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic - Free
http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html
You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
or
Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
GMER technology.
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
(Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
or
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
http://free.grisoft.com/
(Choose custom install and untick the email scanner plugin.)
or
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 7.0 - Not Free
http://www.kaspersky.com/homeuser
or
ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Not Free
http://www.eset.com/
and (optional)
On-demand AV application.
David H. Lipman's MULTI_AV.EXE
http://www.pctipp.ch/ds/28400/28470/Multi_AV.exe
http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
English:
http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/01/09/scan-your-computer-with-multiple-anti-virus-for-free/

A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
another may miss, (grab'em all).

SuperAntispyware - Free
http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefreevspro.html
and
Ad-Aware 2007 - Free
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html
and
Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
and
Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent spyware
and worms to install to the OS.
Interesting reading:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136195/article.html
"...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
the actual threat."

A clarification on the terminology: the word "malware" is short for
"malicious software." Most Anti-Virus applications detect many types of
malware such as viruses, worms, trojans, etc.
What AV applications usually don't detect is "non-viral" malware, and the
term "non-viral malware" is normally used to refer to things like spyware
and adware.

Some more useful applications:
SpywareBlaster - Free
"SpywareBlaster is not a scanner application. It blocks the installation of
most ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers and other
unwanted programs from the user's computer. SpywareBlaster works by
blacklisting the CLSID of known malware programs, effectively preventing
them from infecting a protected computer and also allows the user to
prevent privacy hazards such as tracking cookies."
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html

Rootkit Revealer - Free
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Utilities/RootkitRevealer.mspx

Crap Cleaner - Free
http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
If Windows Defender is utilized go to Applications, under Utilities
uncheck "Windows Defender".

CW Shredder - Free
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Popup-Ad-Spyware-Blockers/CWShredder.shtml
 
H
#7
I've a problem, plz help me out from this....

When ever i switch to full screen of any application like youtube, game etc.
it automatically restores because windows "switches" to the last application
selected on "taskbar"... I 've tried antivirus as well but to no avail...

Anyhelp in this regard will be highly appreciated

"GT" wrote:

> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
> any thoughts in this software
 
S

Straight Talk

#8
On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:15:01 -0700, GT <GT@xxxxxx>
wrote:

>I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
>still good enough to use?
Yes. It's not more useless than other AV tools.
 
R

robinb

#9
AVG free is totally free and it is one of the best antivirus programs out
there
it does what the paid versions do
I have been using it for 10yrs on all walks of OS's including vista
robin
"GT" <GT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
> Edition
> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
> sign-up?
> any thoughts in this software
 
R

robinb

#10
Windows Defender is NOT an antivirus program
it is an antispyware program
robin
"f/fgeorge" <ffgeorge@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:15:01 -0700, GT <GT@xxxxxx>
> wrote:
>

>>I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
>>Edition
>>still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
>>sign-up?
>>any thoughts in this software
>
> Just remember to also run Windows Defender, it is not the best but is
> better than nothing and is also free. I use AVG on most of my 20 some
> computers but have been slowly switching to Avast. Avast has free
> anti-spyware built in. AVG has user definable scanning times, I have
> not found that on Avast yet.
 
F

f/fgeorge

#11
On Fri, 11 Apr 2008 13:48:16 -0400, "robinb" <robinbk9_nospam@xxxxxx>
wrote:

>Windows Defender is NOT an antivirus program
>it is an antispyware program
>robin
BUT should be used in conjunction with any anti-virus! Not ALL users
know, or believe that!

>"f/fgeorge" <ffgeorge@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>news:ck4tv3p91q524ndt6p512sn7qlkhah1mo6@xxxxxx

>> On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:15:01 -0700, GT <GT@xxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>>

>>>I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
>>>Edition
>>>still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
>>>sign-up?
>>>any thoughts in this software
>>
>> Just remember to also run Windows Defender, it is not the best but is
>> better than nothing and is also free. I use AVG on most of my 20 some
>> computers but have been slowly switching to Avast. Avast has free
>> anti-spyware built in. AVG has user definable scanning times, I have
>> not found that on Avast yet.
 
M

Mick Murphy

#12
It depends on what Anti-virus you are using as to whether you turn of email
scanning or not.
Avast works fine with it left on. Norton, McAfee, NO.
--
Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia


"Kayman" wrote:

> On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 11:15:01 -0700, GT wrote:
>

> > I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
> > still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
> > any thoughts in this software
>
> There are many good free AV applications available, and almost everyone has
> his favorite. Most of the users are emotionally attached to their av
> application and will have excellent reasons for not recommending any other
> brand.
> The most important thing here is that all of the available choices listed
> here are better in some respects than in others, and which choice is better
> for *you* depends on what you do, how you work, and which features you use.
> The way you use your PC is different from others.
> Have a look at this:
> http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
> and be guided accordingly.
> Good info can be obtained here:
> http://www.majorgeeks.com/page.php?id=20
> and here:
> http://www.av-comparatives.org/
>
> If the above is too deluging consider this:-
> Real-time AV applications - for viral malware.
> Do not utilize more than one (1) real-time anti-virus scanning engine!
> Disable the e-mail scanning function during installation (Custom
> Installation on some AV apps.) as it provides no additional protection. In
> fact most experts believe that scanning incoming and outgoing mail causes
> e-mail file corruption.
>
> Avira AntiVir® PersonalEdition Classic - Free
> http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html
> You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
> http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
> or
> Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
> It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
> Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
> GMER technology.
> http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
> (Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
> Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
> or
> AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
> http://free.grisoft.com/
> (Choose custom install and untick the email scanner plugin.)
> or
> Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 7.0 - Not Free
> http://www.kaspersky.com/homeuser
> or
> ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Not Free
> http://www.eset.com/
> and (optional)
> On-demand AV application.
> David H. Lipman's MULTI_AV.EXE
> http://www.pctipp.ch/ds/28400/28470/Multi_AV.exe
> http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp
> English:
> http://www.raymond.cc/blog/archives/2008/01/09/scan-your-computer-with-multiple-anti-virus-for-free/
>
> A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
> The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
> oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
> cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
> products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
> another may miss, (grab'em all).
>
> SuperAntispyware - Free
> http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefreevspro.html
> and
> Ad-Aware 2007 - Free
> http://www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
> http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html
> and
> Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
> http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html
> and
> Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
> WD monitors the start-registry and hooks registers/files to prevent spyware
> and worms to install to the OS.
> Interesting reading:
> http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136195/article.html
> "...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
> changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
> the actual threat."
>
> A clarification on the terminology: the word "malware" is short for
> "malicious software." Most Anti-Virus applications detect many types of
> malware such as viruses, worms, trojans, etc.
> What AV applications usually don't detect is "non-viral" malware, and the
> term "non-viral malware" is normally used to refer to things like spyware
> and adware.
>
> Some more useful applications:
> SpywareBlaster - Free
> "SpywareBlaster is not a scanner application. It blocks the installation of
> most ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser hijackers, dialers and other
> unwanted programs from the user's computer. SpywareBlaster works by
> blacklisting the CLSID of known malware programs, effectively preventing
> them from infecting a protected computer and also allows the user to
> prevent privacy hazards such as tracking cookies."
> http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
>
> Rootkit Revealer - Free
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Utilities/RootkitRevealer.mspx
>
> Crap Cleaner - Free
> http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
> If Windows Defender is utilized go to Applications, under Utilities
> uncheck "Windows Defender".
>
> CW Shredder - Free
> http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Popup-Ad-Spyware-Blockers/CWShredder.shtml
>
 
F

free anti-virus/spyware software

#14
"GT" wrote:

> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
> any thoughts in this software
 
K

Kayman

#15
On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 02:22:00 -0700, free anti-virus/spyware wrote:

> "GT" wrote:
>
> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions.
Ensure to remove (uninstall) the AV program *completely* from your
operating system! Some makers provide an 'uninstall' tool.

> Is AVG Free Edition still good enough to use?
AVG has become bloated and lust its lustre.
Good quality (free) alternatives are:-
Avira AntiVir® Personal - FREE Antivirus
http://www.free-av.com/
(The free version won't scan your emails.)
You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm

--or--

Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
GMER technology.
http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
(Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)

Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm
Ensure your e-mail program is configured to display e-mail messages in
'Plain Text' only.

> when using the software does user need to sign-up?
No.

> any thoughts in this software
Either one is adequate for the average homeuser, though AntiVir appears to
be a better application (IMO).
 
F

Flight

#16
"Kayman" <kaymanDeleteThis@xxxxxx> schreef in bericht
news:eRTc1#qAJHA.4440@xxxxxx

> On Wed, 20 Aug 2008 02:22:00 -0700, free anti-virus/spyware wrote:
>

>> "GT" wrote:
>>
>> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions.
>
> Ensure to remove (uninstall) the AV program *completely* from your
> operating system! Some makers provide an 'uninstall' tool.
>

>> Is AVG Free Edition still good enough to use?
>
> AVG has become bloated and lust its lustre.
> Good quality (free) alternatives are:-
> Avira AntiVir® Personal - FREE Antivirus
> http://www.free-av.com/
> (The free version won't scan your emails.)
> You may wish to consider removing the 'AntiVir Nagscreen'
> http://www.elitekiller.com/files/disable_antivir_nag.htm
>
> --or--
>
> Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
> It includes ANTI-SPYWARE protection, certified by the West Coast Labs
> Checkmark process, and ANTI-ROOTKIT DETECTION based on the best-in class
> GMER technology.
> http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
> (Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
> Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
>
> Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
> http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm
> Ensure your e-mail program is configured to display e-mail messages in
> 'Plain Text' only.
>

>> when using the software does user need to sign-up?
>
> No.
>

>> any thoughts in this software
>
> Either one is adequate for the average homeuser, though AntiVir appears to
> be a better application (IMO).
I must say: Avira is for me one of the best.
 
C

Chris

#17
A review of free AV products:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm

Cheers!

"free anti-virus/spyware software" <free anti-virus/spyware
software@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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>
>
> "GT" wrote:
>

>> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
>> Edition
>> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
>> sign-up?
>> any thoughts in this software
 
F

Flight

#18
"Chris" <q0mw8sm02@xxxxxx> schreef in bericht
news:OInxWjZBJHA.3400@xxxxxx

> A review of free AV products:
>
> http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm
>
> Cheers!
>
> "free anti-virus/spyware software" <free anti-virus/spyware
> software@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:55D3FFDB-8B50-4D64-86F7-E17210654B79@xxxxxx

>>
>>
>> "GT" wrote:
>>

>>> I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free
>>> Edition
>>> still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to
>>> sign-up?
>>> any thoughts in this software
>
And they agree with me, as you can see: Avira is the best.
 
R

Ramesh MVP

#19
R

rigopopybo

#20
I need that software free, I am broke.

"free anti-virus/spyware software" wrote:

>
>
> "GT" wrote:
>

> > I'm not going to renew my current antivirus subcriptions. Is AVG Free Edition
> > still good enough to use? when using the software does user need to sign-up?
> > any thoughts in this software