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Please suggest a good free antivirus

#1itachi00Posted 1/31/2014 2:53:51 AM
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#2MarceloSampaioPosted 1/31/2014 3:32:33 AM
The Microsoft Security Essentials one isn't bad. I'm using it right now. Its light, easy to use, and usually secure enough unless you visit some REALLY shady sites.

Avira is also very good. Has a fantastic detection, its also quite light... But the free version has a popup that appears at random every day, that may crash or freeze games that don't support alt+tabbing.
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#3itachi00(Topic Creator)Posted 1/31/2014 3:48:03 AM
tried installing avira but halfway through the installation it failed
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#4_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 1/31/2014 3:58:25 AM(edited)
Every year there are comparisons of detections rates, and typically, all the big names (paid for or free) have very similar performance.

That does not mean that they all offer the same protection. Just that the basic protection they offer is very similar. The main differences are in the additional features that they have, and I guess the user interface.

If you have no additional requirements past basic protection, or you can not even think of what kind of additional security you might need, chances are you can go for any of the free anti-virus.

One thing that I should note, is that while Microsoft Security Esssentials is a popular recommendation, by now that recommendation is a little outdated. In independent tests done in 2013, MSE scored significantly worse than other big names. MSE is certainly very useful, especially because it now comes stock with the OS providing a baseline protection for everyone. But at the same time, if you really care about protecting yourself, there are better options out there.
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#5itachi00(Topic Creator)Posted 1/31/2014 5:47:56 AM
Was anyone successful in installing avira on win7 64 bit?
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#6MarceloSampaioPosted 1/31/2014 5:49:46 AM
itachi00 posted...
Was anyone successful in installing avira on win7 64 bit?


Me, I was using Avira last year.
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#7St34lth24Posted 1/31/2014 5:51:52 AM
I like using BitDefender. Plus it was rated the best antivirus last year.
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#8itachi00(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2014 2:17:11 AM
@MarceloSampaio

how did you get it tyo work?
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#9Blobs_Posted 2/1/2014 2:19:51 AM
The best antivirus is your brain, but when that doesn't work, malwarebytes antimalware free version is pretty good.

If you're looking for active protection, I used Avast before and it seemed like it worked pretty well. It did come up with a few false positives though.
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#10DerPancakePosted 2/1/2014 2:23:42 AM
Do you guys know if MSE will be good enough for the deep web?
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