Free Antivirus?

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

  1. B.J.

    B.J. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    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

    Nov 9, 2000
    London, UK
    Avast is my recommendation.
  3. Tom

    Tom Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 10, 2003
    In your Mind!
    Microsoft has Security Essentials that is free.
  4. Tiberius

    Tiberius Commodore Commodore

    Sep 28, 2005
    I use avast on my laptop and my phone.
  5. Coloratura

    Coloratura Snuggle Princess Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Ohio, USA
    I highly recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. It's lightweight, effective, and integrates into your Windows OS without any fuss.
  6. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Land of Enchantment
    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.