I've been using McAfee for virus protection since it came with my computer. It expires in 2 days. I've been told to let it expire and download the free virus monitoring by Avast. I'm not familiar with it, so I thought someone here may be able to guide me in the right direction - please?
Avast is fine, I prefer Avira though
it has a smaller footprint (your PC still runs fast)and only one annoying pop up a day
(all free anti virus have a "try the premium version pop up)
Nah, try this http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
I always used McAfee, not anymore. This one is great
I currently use Bitdefender Internet Security. It is easy to use and most important is that it doesn't take much memmory and it is the cheapest in our country.
I previously used Kaspersky. It is good. But it takes lot of memory and computer is slowed down when it is installed. I have no idea whether they have improved this problem in 2010 version.
McAfee too is good and one of the oldest Anti-Virus products like Norton.
Thanks Lily Rose and Sunforged, from this forum only I came to know about Avast and Avira. I checked both their web sites and down loaded both free versions. The free versions of Avast "keeps your computer and files free from viruses" according to them. But to surf the web safely, to prevent theft of your personal data, and to have fewer annoying or unwanted e-mails, you must buy the paid versions.
Regarding Avira, the free version protects your computer against dangerous viruses, worms, Trojans and costly dialers and it includes a basic Anti-Spyware facility. But you must go to paid versions in order to get enhanced Anti-Spyware, AntiAdware, AntiPhising, MailGuard (POP3 and SMTP), WebGuard for safe surfing, AntiSpam, Firewall, GameMode, backup, AntiBot, AntiDriveBy, ParentalControl.
I say go with Kaspersky. They are not too dependent on your system and the virus definitions are updated all the time.
Personally, i would pay NOT to have the annoying add-ons that both premium services offer.
I play in some really dangerous places as far as PC health goes.
I dont do MS products.
one of the best things you can do for your PC's health is make sure your main browsing profile doesnt have admin privileges.
I use a free 3rd party firewall and Avira as an AV because it has been the least intrusive of all the free AV's I have ever tried.
Avast seems to always be updating or asking permission about something (even though I schedule the updates..my pc use is erratic) it really seems to tak emuch longer to update than most others i have used.
AVG free is similar...works good but seems to always be reminding me it exists
I like lifehacker for reveiews on the free Av choices this year they give mishas choice MSE the best all around review
http://lifehacker.com/5433229/microsoft … -antivirus
as for those annoyware/ad ware pop ups in the various antiviruses, they can usually be disabled forever with afew clicks
Wow everyone - thanks for all the great recommendations! I'm a bit overwhelmed and need to get crackin' checking all these out since I only have 1 day of protection left!
I do a lot of online shopping - do I need something else to keep my personal info secure as Laswi mentioned?
Last year when I went in to BestBuy to purchase some stuff I needed a new antivirus sweeper. I asked for McAfee as that was what I was used to and was shocked when a salesperson told me that due to a lot of inabilities with that system they don't even sell it anymore. Instead he suggested WebRoot to me, which I did buy and I am okay with. It does its job so that's all that matters. Good luck finding the one that suits you!!!!!
I've used AVG free version for years and naver had a problem with it, and no daft wee pop-up reminders from them either. I've also got Super anti-spyware free edition and antimalwarebytes free edition.
I've also got Trojan Remover which isn't free but well worth it. I was a beta tester for it for years and would still have it free if I hadn't changed my computer so often!
I get other things wrong with my computers but its never due to viruses or trojans.
I think it is time for an organization to emerge as a social project to develop a fully pledged security software product and distribute and support free of charge for the benefit of ever increasing individual and small time computer users worldwide. Ubuntu is an operating system distributed free as an alternative to MS Windows, Linux etc. Open Office is distributed free as alternative to MS Office. Even HubPages.com can lay the foundation for this project. Social Bookmarking sites will also benefit from it.
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Replace- … e-Software
I wrote the above on Norton, but it applies to McAfee too, there is plenty of free av and internet security out there!
2. Kaspersky Internet Suite
Avira and trendmicro are also good AV. But looking at the spyware blocking and other malware featuers go for NOD32/Komdo.
Also don't forget to install:
- Malware bytes antimalware
- Spybot search and destroy
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