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Is there any generally considered better AV for home PC's these days?

What about the free ones like security essentials? Are they any good? Whats the best freebie?

What are the major limitations of the free AV as opposed to paid solutions?
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1ly4meCommented:
Eset nod 32 is the best AV for home PCs. But for free one , you can go for, avast its completely free and best.
 here is the link
http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?part=dl-85737&subj=dl&tag=button
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wuyinzhiCommented:
I'm using Avast Antivirus, it's good to block various type of malware. Though IMO MSE better in repair affected files, but if you're using Avast on clean machine, it's so hard for malware infecting your system.

Paid solutions usually provide better support and advance features.
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pma111Author Commented:
>>Paid solutions usually provide better support and advance features.


Such as?
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wuyinzhiCommented:
such as firewall, antirootkit, safe browsing, etc. for home user, basic protection is enough.
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younghvCommented:
The "Best" question comes up frequently and please take any comments/suggestions as nothing more than opinions...we all have them and there will be lots of variance.

I wrote an EE Article that will give you particulars (IMO).
:)

You might want to review my Article here for more details:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_1958.html (MALWARE - "An Ounce of Prevention...")
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younghvCommented:
As a follow up -
I have found that the various "Suite" programs (especially those with their own firewall) can often interfere with the basic function of the Windows OS - and I never recommend them.

In fact, when we repair computers with any of those installed (I run a computer repair business) - we automatically remove them.

The native Windows firewall is sufficient, when combined with a router/firewall at your Internet access point (router or modem).
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rpggamergirlCommented:
It's a matter of personal preference, it also depends on your system setup.
Some AV might work really well for one user's PC and not perform well on the other user which has different setup and programs installed etc.

I used the FREE AVast, but check out these Antivirus comparison FREE and PAID...

Free Antivirus programs in 2011:
http://www.freeanti-virussoftware.net/

Top ten PAID Antivirus:
http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

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rpggamergirlCommented:
I concur younghv on Security Suite I'm not keen on them either... I prefer standalone AV and standalone anti-malware as they seem to be more reliable than Security Suites.
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Mouton_yorksCommented:
These guys recently published the results fo some test which back up my empirical measure of 'what do people run who call me with help removing viruses' http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/internet-security

The anser to my own question is people running free packages (AVG or otherwise & BTW AVG free is the best of the free in my opinion) get more infections than paid for, and Norton (360 or Internet Security) customers get the least.

I know there are people who hate Norton, but I've honestly never had a problem.
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