Best free anti Virus for Win 8

What are the best / easiest to use free AV for win 8 ?
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
Just use Defender which is included in windows 8 by default.

It includes Microsoft Security Essentials

Works fine no issues.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
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ZamZ0Commented:
The one it comes with is pretty good - Windows Defender. It has firewall and malware protection built into it, it comes preconfigured with scheduled updates and scans. I would just stick with that. For Windows 7 we use Microsoft Security Essentials which is free for under 10 PCs along with Malwarebytes but the two together can be resource intensive - you'll need to add all executables in each folder to each other's ignore list. I have also liked FreeAVG for Windows 7 but it also is a bit of a resource hog. I recommend sticking with Windows Defender for Windows 8.
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
I have always used AVG free and never had an issue. Very light weight and very powerful
http://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download
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AshokSr. Software EngineerCommented:
http://www.avast.com/en-us/index

They have Free version.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
I have to agree with previous experts, Windows 8 has great built in security.  On the other hand you could download 10 free licenses of Comodo at http://www.comodo.com/business-enterprise/cesm3/index_v2.php - I saw this demo'd and it looked really nice.
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aadihCommented:
It's already included as trgrassijr55 said in the very first post.

Choice of antivirus is subjective, as it depends upon the individual preferences and surfing habits; it's not objective. So you will receive different answers.

Starting with A (Avast, AVG, Avira...) and stopping and using any of these will do fine.  :-)
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
Agreed any of the antiviruses will do, just be careful when your installing programs and browsing the internet and any free AV will do just fine.
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaIT AdministrationCommented:
If you use memory sticks and visit torrents sites, you might have to get a commercial paid solution.

The free antiviruses can protect you to a certain level, hence they are free.
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younghvCommented:
@ZamZ0:
<<For Windows 7 we use Microsoft Security Essentials which is free for under 10 PCs along with Malwarebytes but the two together can be resource intensive - you'll need to add all executables in each folder to each other's ignore list>>

For Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes, you only need to add executables to the ignore list if there is some kind of conflict (system slowdown) and that rarely happens.

I've only had to use that function a couple of times over the past few years, and it appeared to be a function of one of the component drivers - NOT the two applications fighting with each other.

Weird science, I guess.
:)
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Microsoft Security Essentials isnt supported on Win 8.
I tried unsucessfully to install it - no joy.

Will look at the rest and report back.
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aadihCommented:
Windows Defender is MSE plus (for Windows 8). And both have the same engine.
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution GuideCommented:
Which is why win 8 is less security needy.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Ever try to install it for win 8 ?
I have and it wont install.

Got a message .... not supported .
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aadihCommented:
No installation needed.  It's part of "windows 8." If you install another AVS, it disables itself. When no AVS is installed, it starts itself and protects your PC -- in the background -- silently. You can see it working from the Task Manager. Also from the Action Center.
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Thomas GrassiSystems AdministratorCommented:
fcek

AS I mentioned in my original post

Best is to use Defender which is built in they combined Defender and MSE
If you installed any other Anti Virus products first uninstall them completely
Restart Windows 8 then do this

Go to Windows 8's new Start  screen and type in the command 'Windows Defender' (no quotations).

When the Windows Defender icon appears, click on it.

If Windows Defender is disabled, you'll be warned that Windows is "At risk" with a big red 'X'.

To enable Windows Defender, go to the Settings tab at the top of the Windows Defender window. Select and enable 'Real-time protection' and then click 'Save Changes.'

If the "At risk" warning is no longer visible, you know Windows Defender is working properly.

Once Windows Defender is activated, you can immediately run a system scan by clicking 'Scan Now.'

However, it's recommended that you first download the latest Windows Defender protection tools by clicking the 'Update' tab.
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