Is it Good to use free Antivirus softwares or the premium paid ones? what is the

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    Sujo Alexposted 9 years ago

    Is it Good to use free Antivirus softwares or the premium paid ones? what is the difference?

    And if you know some free fully functional antivirus softwares, can you please suggest some?

  2. Kananesgi profile image61
    Kananesgiposted 9 years ago

    Some people will say the premium AV is the only way to go.  I, myself, would say that there are indeed some good free AV options out there.  AVG Free Edition is a decent option, but my own personal recommendation would be Avast! Antivirus.  It requires registration, but is 100% free for home, non-commercial use.

    As for the difference, usually it involves extra features like email scanning, indentity protection, spam protection, and spoof-site protection.  Most free AV programs will simply be that, an AV program, while most paid programs include the other features that you may or may not need.

    Many seem to believe that having a big AV maker like Norten or McAfee means you'll get better virus definitions and more frequent updates, but this isn't entirely true.  My Avast! software updates every 24 hours, and I've never been hit with a virus since installing it.  My brother, running a complimentary one year subscription to Norten 360, got hit by two seperate trojan horse viruses that Norten did not catch until damage had been done.  Both of our computers are near identical, and we often visit the same kind of sites, so I would actually trust Avast! as much or more than a paid AV.

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    Pureyeposted 9 years ago

    I have been building computers for people for over 10 years. I have a "package" of freeware that I set up on all these. I also worked for AOL for a while in customer service.Basic Antivirus software is by today's standards a simple task for programmers.They function pretty much the same. The user interfaces are probably the most different parts of each of them. If you are challenged by programs in general you will want to get something with an easy to use setup. In my opinion, the big names in software have been for the last several years focused on marketing gimmicks. Adding bloatware to their "packages" that really only slow down your computer and make it complicated for a normal user to discern what to use and what not to use. The free, more simple, efficient products are to me far more desirable. The two that I would highly recommend are AVG Free, And AVAST. Another is a program that is available as an online scan if you think you might have gotten a virus is Trend Micro's House Call. In my opinion there is no reason to pay for anitvirus software.

  4. dabeaner profile image60
    dabeanerposted 9 years ago

    NOD32 has an excellent reputation.  ESET NOD32 ( costs a bit, but no more than Norton and others.  You get instant data updates that become active immediately.  And very easy to install and use.

  5. bryanfkeller profile image58
    bryanfkellerposted 9 years ago

    You can elliminate 99% of all adware, malware, viruses and spyware by using spybot search and destroy and malware bytes.  They are both free for personal use.

    for more info

  6. BrianLeanza profile image60
    BrianLeanzaposted 9 years ago

    Avira's free Virus Software ( has one of highest best virus recognition ratios in the business ... and its free. As for the updates not being up to date with free antivirus software: this certainly does NOT hold true with Avira.

  7. oblivliz profile image59
    oblivlizposted 9 years ago

    Yes it is good. I use AVG, and no, the only difference is that the paid ones are more centered around big business or large social networking sites. And by the way, the guy above me knows exactly what hes talking about. If you want more info I have a hub for it.

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    jhonasposted 8 years ago

    Actually paid and free antivirus softwares both are good in their own way. Free softwares are trial versions like for 20 days or 1 month but paid softwares are give you the security for 1 year. So according to me both are good.

  9. profile image57
    stefan926posted 8 years ago

    Actually there are some differences between them. the paid one has more functions than the free mode. thats the difference


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