Best Free Antivirus Software

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ste_w, Jun 14, 2004.

  1. ste_w

    ste_w Moderator

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    Hey Wats the Best Free Antivirus Software? Anything Better Than AVG Out there, that does Deep File Scanning etc?

    Thanx

    Ste_W
     
  2. Avast!
    ?
     
  3. ste_w

    ste_w Moderator

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    Never Heard of That lol
     
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  5. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Yes ............ been using Avast for 2.5 years.

    This is a Czech website, but in English... www.avast.com.

    Also has a separate small prog with all the fixes for all recent virus' in one program, unlike Symantec where you have to download each one separately.
     
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  7. Evil Marge

    Evil Marge I Rule Political User

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    Yep AVG :D
     
  8. Which is why I didn't say AVG - I use it too ;)
     
  9. tdinc

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    Avg :d
     
  10. Now what did I just say young man?! :p
     
  11. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    It's okay. All us AVG'ers are just ganging up on you
     
  12. veronica

    veronica Guest

    My sister has AVG. Her PC quit working. She could

    not even turn it off. She took it to a repair shop.

    They said she had a lot of viruses, spyware and

    something was wrong with 1 of her drivers.

    I read that AVG only catches 50% of the viruses.

    Norton only catches 75% of the viruses.
     
  13. Enyo

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    Actually both those stats are wrong. Your right that AVG has significantly lower detection rates than NAV. In the most complex tests NAV will catch over 95% of items, in the last test I read AVG scored about 60%

    In a more simple test AVG scored 100% (As did NAV as all major vendors) this test was reflective of the kind of viruses end users are going to face.

    AVG will score less when tackling spyware/adware (thats because unlike NAV it doesn't detect it), packed malware and none windows viruses (which you wouldnt really expect AVG to care about much since its only for the windows platform)
     
  14. Lee

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    I find that when people say they got like loads of viruses and their computer is cream crackered, they don't configure their AV right, don't download updates, mess around installing too much crap.

    I was wondering Veronica do you and your sister use P2P?
     
  15. veronica

    veronica Guest

    I use Kazaa Lite, Winmx and Bittorent. I used the default settings for AVG. I got

    all the windows and anti-virus updates. I now use Avast. I use the default

    settings for AVG and now Avast.

    My sister does not use any P2P. She does not get the windows updates. She

    gets the AVG updates. She uses the default settings for AVG.

    Thank you all for replying.
     
  16. Daeron Tinúviel

    Daeron Tinúviel OSNN Senior Addict

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    the default settings of AVG doesnt have the heuristics option enable, u need to enable that