Best Free Antivirus?

bplatt21
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Best Free Antivirus?

Post by bplatt21 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 5:36 pm

Hey,
I have been bitten in the past with torrenting, can anyone recommend a solid free antivirus program? I'm on a PC if that helps
Thanks!
Brian

Satchman
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RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by Satchman » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:56 pm

Hi Brian,

Welcome to the My WOT forums! There really is no BEST anti-virus. It depends much on the type of computer you have, the programs you run, and for best protection "common sense" things, like don't open up any suspicious files and avoid risky web-sites.

The most important thing is that you must have ONLY one anti-virus installed on your computer. More than one will conflict. Before you install any new or competitor anti-virus program, you must go to Add/Remove programs and remove the anti-virus that you don't want to use. Do you have any anti-virus on your system now? What is it? That's what we need to know first.

When you said, "You've been bitten in the past with torrenting." Can you give specific examples? Do not post ANY active torrent URL's no www in the prefix, or change that "http" to "hxxp to prevent accidental clickage,"
Here is some advice I can give that can help you clean up your system:

As stated, only one Anti-Virus should be installed on your system. What is your operating system?

If you are on Windows Vista or 7:

I would recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. It is light, fully automatic, no license keys, it does its job, and keeps its mouth shut. I love it! You can download it below. After removing any competing antivirus software, use CC cleaner to clean any traces of the program left behind by add-remove programs.

When using CC cleaner, make sure Cookies is NOT checked and Passwords is NOT Checked. Also leave the Registry Settings alone. Click Analyze under both the Windows Tab and Applications Tab. This will clean out all those fragments from unwanted programs. Now run the cleaner, Keep running the cleaner on both tabs till your system shows it is clean. Reboot your system

After uninstalling any competing anti-virus products running CC Cleaner I would get Microsoft Security Essentials. It is the least intrusive AV I have used.

If you choose to install a new anti-virus, uninstall your old anti-virus software from Add/Remove Programs. Next get CC Cleaner here: (You only need the free version: )

https://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Follow instructions above for use:

After running CC Cleaner, reboot and get Microsoft Security Essentials here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download

If you still have Windows XP:

Follow the above instructions to uninstall all instances of old anti-virus products from your system and download CC cleaner. Follow the instructions above for the cleaning and reboot.

Because XP is no longer supported by MS, I would recommend Avast AV over MSE. (Only if you are still on Windows XP.) After uninstalling your previous antivirus, and running CC Cleaner, you can get Avast here:

http://filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus/

I would recommend downloading Avast from File Hippo over Avast.com itself. Avast's download section takes you to Cnet, which, if you are not careful, bundles malware in its download manager!

File Hippo is safer than Cnet!

If you are on Windows 8 or 8.1:

Uninstall old anti-virus programs download CC cleaner and use it following the above instructions. Than, turn on Windows Defender. Windows Defender is a full anti-virus protection package built into Windows 8. (and 8.1) On Windows XP, Vista, and 7, Windows Defender is a malware blocker ONLY You should have Windows Defender turned OFF on Windows XP, Vista, and 7, once you get a full blown Anti-Virus on your system.

I hope this helps!

Satch

PS. If you are still on Windows XP, stop using IE 8. It is too full of security risks. In fact, dump IE 8 all together. XP users should switch to a more modern browser, such as Firefox or Chrome.

Firefox download: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Chrome download: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/

You only need to pick one alternative:

1.) First update your anti-virus definitions and run a scan. Follow the instructions for anything that it finds. If you install a new AV such as MSE or Avast (pick only one.) It will do a system scan.

2.) Oh, one more thing, because you have been hit with torrets, I would recommend that you get Malware Bytes Anti-Malware. It is OK to have a malware blocker on your system with an Anti-Virus, but NEVER two anti-viruses at the same time. To prevent any potential conflict with your anti-virus, I would NOT recommend getting the paid version of Malware Bytes. Just get the free version, check for updates, and run a scan. Than about twice a month, update Malware Bytes and run a scan. It's a good second line of defense against malware. With the free version, you must update the software each time before you run it. You can get Malware Bytes anti-malware here:

https://www.malwarebytes.org/

addontechnologies
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RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by addontechnologies » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:57 am

http://filehippo.com/download_avast_antivirus

is the best antivirus. I am alos using that.

MysteryFCM
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RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by MysteryFCM » Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:16 pm

I'd recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (free, and unlike all of the free alternatives I last tried, doesn't have nagging "buy me now" or other rubbish in it - and is very lightweight)

Guest

RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by Guest » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:43 pm

Good news
Avira antivirus free no longer comes with ask toolbar
see
http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/AntiVir-Personal-Edition-Clean-6527.html

Daydreamed
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RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by Daydreamed » Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:25 am

I do like to use Comodo, and I have heard Avast is one of the best ones out there.

MysteryFCM
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RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by MysteryFCM » Sat Jun 21, 2014 6:29 am

<quote user="leofelix">
Good news
Avira antivirus free no longer comes with ask toolbar
see
http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/AntiVir-Personal-Edition-Clean-6527.html
[/quote]

Still had nagware last time I tried it though ;o)

Guest

RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by Guest » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:19 am

I would recommend using Comodo Free Internet Security and GMER for detecting rootkits.
http://www.comodo.com/
http://www.gmer.net/

hotdoge3
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RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by hotdoge3 » Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:42 am

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

Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition may be to good on pop just Delete Quarantine

Avast! Free Antivirus very good

Avira AntiVir Personal Edition not work good for me hard to get get updates but that was 10 years a go and see some test and try see if you like

http://www.mrg-effitas.com/

https://www.virusbtn.com/index

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

http://www.av-comparatives.org/false-alarm-tests/

False Alarm Tests see Avira AntiVir Personal Edition not the only one

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_antivirus_software

Guest

RE: Best Free Antivirus?

Post by Guest » Sat Jun 21, 2014 3:44 pm

<quote user="mysteryfcm">
Still had nagware last time I tried it though ;o)
[/quote]


The latest version is completely free, no nags, no toolbars, no obnoxious notifications:)
I have just installed it on my laptop with Win 8.1 Pro alongside MBAM, MBAE, Winpatrol and Sandboxie

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