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Which is the best free anti-virus?

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Which is the best free anti-virus?

I have Eset Smart Security now, and is content with it. However, I wonder if there is any free anti-virus that is as good as Eset Smart Security? My two licenses (for laptop and netbook) expires in 5 days, and I want to try a free alternative during 1 month to compare.

I have a 60-day period before I would need to renew my Eset Smart Security license, After that, I need to purchase a new license to higher price than renewal price.

I bought Eset Smart Security because it was not slowing down my already slow Intel Celeron M processor, and because it received quite good reviews for protection. So I'm looking for a similar free alternative that doesn't slow down my system too much and protects against everything.

I have Windows XP Pro SP3 32-bit on my laptop and Windows XP Home on my netbook.
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by:d_tashev
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Well you should decide for youself wich one will be the best. In generall the most popular is the AVG (free.avg.com) and I can recommend it, it is my N1 free avtivirus program.
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by:kaskhedikar_tushar
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Hello,

Try with AVG,its free

http://free.avg.com/ww-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar

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There is no such thing as the best free antivirus as far as I know. All Anti-Virus applications have different qualities. Here is an rating of anti-viruses: http://freebies.about.com/od/computerfreebies/tp/best-free-antivirus.htm

So, the best 2 anti-virus applications that is, from several tests:

AVG-Free and Avast!.
download of AVG-Free: http://free.avg.com/ww-en/download-free-antivirus
download of Free Avast: http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html

So, it is basically your choice. What you think is best. AVG is the #1 Ranked.


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Kenneth
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AVg is a good choice. But nowadays i tend to install avira. It's a bit more lighter than AVG. But anyway it's your preference.

Here is a nice review:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm
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"Panda Cloud Antivirus is the best free antivirus software available... the next evolution of anti-malware technology".
Source: Editors' Choice "Best Free Antivirus" November 2009 & June 2010, PC Magazine

http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/
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I would strongly suggest Avast.
You can choose between Internet Security, Pro Antivirus and Free Antivirus (which is very good).

I've been using avast for 3,5 years and I also have suggested them to all of my friends and colleagues without any of them having any problem so far.

You should definitely give this one a try. For more details please check this page: http://www.avast.com/en-eu/free-antivirus-download



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Hi,
Well!.. I can Suggest you Microsoft Security Essentail. which free from Microsoft.. I have been doing some testing with as i am working in cyber security!.. and it catches some backdoor trojens which we have created.. where other antivirus could not catch it..

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

or else you can download avast home editions which is also free.. but always i recommend MICROSOFT SECURITY ESSENTIAL..

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AND OTHER ONE IS COMODO ANTIVIRUS AND FIREWALL.. WHICH ALSO FREE AND FIREWALL IS VERY STRONG..
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Hello,

If you can spend some money,Quick heal is also good.
Its cheap & support is good.

http://www.quickheal.co.in/

Regards,
Tushar Kaskhedikar
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by:60Cal
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My vote goes for AVG also as previously mentioned:

http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage
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by:rockiroads
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Have a look at ms security essentials. It has improved greatly, yes hard to believe but apparently its true. Has malware protection as well http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Some reviews for it http://download.cnet.com/Microsoft-Security-Essentials/3000-2239_4-10969260.html

if u wanted further spyware I would recommend MalwareBytes but you have to pay for it. Otherwise Super AntiSpyware.

For firewalls, I use Comodo which others here have also suggested. My alternative to Comodo is Sygate.
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hermesalpha,

Did you recieved the answer you were looking for ?

Regadrs,
Robin
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Just to let you know  AVG Resident Shield tends to cause online flash videos to skip or be choppy.

This also happens when avg is scanning or updating.  At least on my computer otherwise it is great!
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Independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software 2010:

source: http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report26.pdf

TrustPort and Panda is Nr 1!

2010.jpg
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I received comprehensive advice on free antivirus etc. and comparative test so that I can choose what suits me best.
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