How good are the free versions of anti-virus?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by David Kistner, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. I've noticed that AVG has a free version of their anti-virus software.
    How good is this? Have any of you used this product or another one that
    I should check out?

    Thank you very much in advance.

    - David Kistner
     
    David Kistner, Jan 6, 2006
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    spodosaurus Guest

    In the testing I've read, Grisoft rates well against the big names like
    Norton and McAfee. The big difference is access to update servers and
    extra options, like scheduling options.

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    spodosaurus, Jan 6, 2006
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    SteveH Guest

    I've been running the free version of Avast! for some time now, and I'm well
    pleased with it.

    SteveH
     
    SteveH, Jan 6, 2006
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    lamba Guest

    On Fri, 06 Jan 2006 21:09:04 +0800, spodosaurus


    I have used AVG free for a couple of years, the program works very
    well. I have tried some of the other free ones and I alway's come back
    to AVG free.

    Also when my brother had a virus on his computer (he was using McAfee)
    the virus diabled McAfee. When his computer tried to send it to me
    (through email) AGV free caught it right away.
     
    lamba, Jan 6, 2006
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    spodosaurus Guest

    They're just as effective as the big names, and they're half the price
    for subscriptions if you want to go full version. Plus, you don't have
    Norton frelling up your system and you won't have to put up with McAfee
    being unable to update unless you have IE set as your default browser.
    There're other good antivirus programs as well. How does the one that
    comes with the new ZoneAlarm security suite test in reviews?

    Ari


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    spammage trappage: remove the underscores to reply

    I'm going to die rather sooner than I'd like. I tried to protect my
    neighbours from crime, and became the victim of it. Complications in
    hospital following this resulted in a serious illness. I now need a bone
    marrow transplant. Many people around the world are waiting for a marrow
    transplant, too. Please volunteer to be a marrow donor:
    http://www.abmdr.org.au/
    http://www.marrow.org/
     
    spodosaurus, Jan 6, 2006
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    rhys Guest

    I've used AVG for a few years, and like most anti-virus programs, it's
    only as good as its regularly scheduled updates. I have had zero
    viruses punch through since I got it, but then I update it daily
    (automated) and I use the customary caution with attachments,
    invitation to run scripts on dodgy sites, not using MS as much as
    possible, etc.

    But then I own my own domain and use server-side controls, run my own
    firewall, and have used InBoxCop, SpyBot, Adblock, and various POP
    filter programs. I don't see a lot of spam lately, never mind virus.
    The price of peace of mind would appear to be eternal vigilance.

    The last time I got a virus was in the early '90s, and a DOS version
    of F-Prot cleared it up.
     
    rhys, Jan 6, 2006
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    Phisherman Guest

    AVG is very good, surprisingly good for a freebie. I'm running AVG on
    an old Win98 machine (where Norton gave it fits) without any issues.
    No anti-virus is 100% effective, so don't backup anything you can
    afford to lose.
     
    Phisherman, Jan 7, 2006
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    Pelysma Guest

    I use Norton SystemWorks on the main family machine, but AntiVir and AVG on
    the others. I have yet to notice any shortcomings in terms of
    effectiveness. My numba two son hasn't been very good about updating,
    though, even to the point of clicking off AVG's warnings, so I go in there
    every so often and run the update.
     
    Pelysma, Jan 8, 2006
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  9. I concur. I switched to AVG free on my laptop, and it's completely
    adequate.
     
    ToolPackinMama, Jan 8, 2006
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    Sean Cousins Guest

    Another free prog you might want to use is A-Squared. It's a
    trojan/worm/key logger/malware scanner.

    http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/
     
    Sean Cousins, Jan 10, 2006
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