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View Poll Results: What Antivirus Program are you using?
AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013 10 25.64%
avast! Free version 7.0 9 23.08%
Avira Free Antivirus 2013 0 0%
Comodo Antivirus 2012 0 0%
Norton Power Eraser 2 5.13%
Panda Cloud Antivirus 2013 Free Edition 1 2.56%
None of the above/Paid Subscription 14 35.90%
Multiple Antivirus Programs 3 7.69%
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:17 PM #1
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The Unofficial End-All Free AntiVirus Poll (Reviews and Downloads available)

My Norton subscription will expire soon and I am looking for the best Free program to protect my computers. Upon gathering the information I have decided to share what I have found and make an "End-All" AntiVirus thread; As there are too many similar threads which have came up in the past. The following list of Free AntiVirus software consists of the most recommended programs which are compiled from PCMag, PCWorld, CNET and other websites.

And Yes, for those of you that use multiple programs for an enhanced comprehensive protection, I have included that option in the poll as well. Having 2 AntiVirus programs can be beneficial as one program may detect threats that others do not. This combined protection can be significantly more effective as long as you only have ONE Real-time program running at any time. The second program is only used for the full-system scan feature and turned off when not in use. Simultaneously running two different programs can and will interefere with one another.

Click on the pictures if you are interested in a full download or want an extensive description from the official source. ALL of the following programs are Free versions of Full, purchaseable software; None of these are "Trials" so they can run indefinitely once downloaded.


AVG Anti-Virus Free 2013

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This free product scored better than the commercial competition in PCMag's hands-on antivirus tests, and it also gets high marks from the independent labs. It now integrates with other AVG products and includes useful bonus features. AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012 is PCMag's new Editors' Choice for free antivirus.


avast! Free version 7.0
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Avast! Free has some dandy new features, and it's a great-looking program. However, the new features didn't shine in my testing. It needs to do a better job cleaning up the threats it detects. Since it's free, you can give it a try and make your own decision


Avira Free Antivirus 2013

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This free antivirus gets good ratings from the independent labs and also scored well in PCMag's own malware removal and blocking tests, though in both tests it had some trouble with rootkits. It's a nice free solution that's worth your consideration.


Comodo Antivirus 2012

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Don't rely on Comodo Antivirus 2012 to clean up an infested system; it's just not good at that. It will keep a clean system clean, as long as you read and correctly respond to many popup queries from its Defense+ component. It's not for everyone.


Norton Power Eraser

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Norton Power Eraser's aggressive detection features catch threats others miss. It can also remove malware that blocks antivirus installation. The combination of Norton 360 and Norton Power Eraser set new scoring records in all categories of my malware removal tests.


Panda Cloud Antivirus 2013 Free Edition

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This free antivirus solution minimizes its impact on your system by using the cloud for malware detection, and its simple user interface is easy on the eyes. In testing, it didn't completely handle every detected threat, but it's still a reasonable choice if you're looking for a free solution.


CCleaner - Registry Cleaner


Not an AntiVirus program but is considered just as invaluable; Because what might be slowing down your computer may not be a virus at all. CCleaner is a great multi-purpose tool for cleaning and optimizing your system. Besides deleting unnecessary and corrupt files, fixing registry errors, CCLeaner can be used for it's full-system restore tool which is one of many applications.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:44 PM #2
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You left off mse, you're an idiot.
I actually had Microsoft Security Essentials on there. But it didn't have great raves other than being a Microsoft product so I removed it.
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My roommates always get Norton360 from Newegg for free-ish. IIRC it's something like a $40 year key with a $40 mail in rebate. I'll get you specifics if needed Az.
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My roommates always get Norton360 from Newegg for free-ish. IIRC it's something like a $40 year key with a $40 mail in rebate. I'll get you specifics if needed Az.
I'm interested, as long as it's not that much of a hassle for you (And me).
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Isn't everything a freebie to him? Ownership be damned.

I guess you have to get viruses off those "freebie" laptops somehow if you want to re-sell them.
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