Free Antivirus?

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by B.J., Sep 16, 2013.

  1. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    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.
     
  2. AntonyF

    AntonyF Official Tahmoh Taster Administrator

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    Avast is my recommendation.
     
  3. Tom

    Tom Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Microsoft has Security Essentials that is free.
     
  4. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

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    I use avast on my laptop and my phone.
     
  5. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

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    I highly recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. It's lightweight, effective, and integrates into your Windows OS without any fuss.
     
  6. CorporalClegg

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    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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