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Old September 16 2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Free Antivirus?

The prepaid-for antivirus on my Windows 7 machine just ran out, so I was wondering if anyone knew what the current field of free antivirus software looks like today? I've used AVG and Avast in the past, but I know that the top performers in the field can change pretty often, so I'd appreciate some up-to-date advice.
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Old September 16 2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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Re: Free Antivirus?

Avast is my recommendation.
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Old September 16 2013, 05:21 PM   #3
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Re: Free Antivirus?

Microsoft has Security Essentials that is free.
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Old September 17 2013, 12:20 AM   #4
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I use avast on my laptop and my phone.
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Old September 17 2013, 12:41 AM   #5
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Re: Free Antivirus?

I highly recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. It's lightweight, effective, and integrates into your Windows OS without any fuss.
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Old September 17 2013, 01:26 AM   #6
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Re: Free Antivirus?

MSE is fine for Windows 7/8. But I would use Avast for Vista or Xp--there's been known problems with MSE upadater on the older OS.

Avast is ever-so-slightly more secure, but you're also going to get more false positives with it.
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