What is a good Free Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware software?

Brink

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richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Welcome
Brink has suggested great anti virus, anti malware software. There is other software, however. My personal choice is the free Microsoft Security Essentials and the Free Malwarebytes for free scanning back up for malware
Malwarebytes : Free Anti-Malware
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
One feature of Security Essentials that cannot be claimed by Avast is that Security Essentials is made only for Windows, unlike Avast, one size fits all. Good luck. Whichever you choose you will be happy with the results.
 

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ilikefree

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Any of the above would be my answer but remember not running two at the same time is important.
 

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AVG is good, as is superantispyware, but it is a bit of a pain sometimes
 

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ilikefree

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I thought AGV was good a while ago but not as good now.
In fact last test results I saw put Avira AntiVir on top
I still go with Richard though.
Super AntiSpyware mainly gets cookies that you can get rid of with CCleaner
 

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    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
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    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
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    15 inch
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    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
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    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

Rawkfist

Member
Welcome
Brink has suggested great anti virus, anti malware software. There is other software, however. My personal choice is the free Microsoft Security Essentials and the Free Malwarebytes for free scanning back up for malware
Malwarebytes : Free Anti-Malware
Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
One feature of Security Essentials that cannot be claimed by Avast is that Security Essentials is made only for Windows, unlike Avast, one size fits all. Good luck. Whichever you choose you will be happy with the results.
Ok I got Microsoft Security Essentials. Do I also need Malwarebytes?
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Rawkfist,

You don't need it, but it wouldn't hurt to use the free Malwarebytes as well in addition to MSE. :)
 

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  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

DonnaB

Malware Fighter
Member
I think I'll weasel my way in and add my two cents to the above .......

Though I have been sold on Avast for quite a few years, I do like MSE and have it installed on my machines with smaller HDD's due to it's lightweight footprint.

AVG poses to have way too many False Positives as far as I am concerned, though many dote over it. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it.

Avira is good, though I have had the darnedest time in the past trying to remove it from one OP's system who decided to change AV's, and found that many other Avira users had the same problem.

In the end, it doesn't really matter which AV is installed. None are 100% percent effective. The prevention of infection starts with the user of the computer. Practice safe surfing techniques and you will never get infected. :)
 

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ilikefree

Vista Guru
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Quote-"Avira is good, though I have had the darnedest time in the past trying to remove it from one OP's system who decided to change AV's, and found that many other Avira users had the same problem".

I use Revo Uninstaller for all but Norton, use their tool for that then manually scan registry, I get really surprised at how much rubbish is left behind on the average program removal.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

brummyfan

Brummy
Vista Guru
I have used Avira, AVG and Avast, all three delay the network connection, now I have MSE and seems to work fine and without any long delays.

EDIT: I have tried Avast without installing any Tools and additional SW from them and works perfectly.
 
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