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New laptop, whcih is the best and FREE anti virus software to install?

Hi, I have just bough a new laptop and I know that the likes of Norton and Mcafee are the best virus protection softwares, but the are chargeable. Are there any good FREE anti virus softwares out there which can protect my laptop, or is it safer to install one of the anti virus softwares which you have to pay for. I am interested in the free route, but I guess some advise on this would be great?

Thanks in response!

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26 Responses to “New laptop, whcih is the best and FREE anti virus software to install?”

  1. Papa Dom said:

    Try AVG.

  2. Michael C said:

    I use avast! but AVG is also good see the web page below for more solutions.

  3. brandohy said:

    try AVG virus protection free edition
    http://www.free.grisoft.com/

  4. Siobhan said:

    eset smart security

  5. Jerry J said:

    AVG and superantivirus, both good and free

  6. Jesse V said:

    The best Free antivirus by far that I have come across is AVG AntiVirus Free Edition. It does the job and is ranked close to that of Norton and McAfee.

    Go to http://www.download.com and get yourself a copy, its definitely worth it.

  7. Cyrus said:

    I’m sorry, I never take that risk. It depends on how important your information is. If you don’t mind formatting your hard drive from time to time, go for a free one.

  8. Linda B said:

    I personally use AVAST and I have had no problems. It`s a free download

  9. Adam H said:

    i destroyed my previous computer by using a free antivirus software because most of them have viruses of their own anyway you are actually less protected. I would suggest norton internet security from bestbuy circuit city target anywhere like that it does everything you really need it for it jsut blocked my new maptop from a high risk virus and it told me that it did i love it!

  10. $Sun King$ said:

    I’m using AVAST free Home Edition.
    http://www.avast.com

    AVG was giving me too many problems.

    I also use Microsoft Windows Defender for adware
    http://www.microsoft.com

  11. imthecrazyone95 said:

    AVG
    sucks i am sorry to say
    free stuff on the internet leads to a sad ending
    just get norton it is like 40 bucks and is great at protecting your computer

  12. Computertek - Orillia said:

    AVAST is a great free product that we have been using for a couple of years. This one does not hog resources like Norton.
    In my opinion.

  13. Tomas B said:

    AVG is one of the best free anti-virus softwares available..
    I had norton but it expired and im now using this,

    There is consant updates available for it also which i find very useful.

    http://free.grisoft.com/

  14. Peace =) said:

    My friends introduced me to Avira, and i am a user of AVG before, guess Avira was better =)

  15. leesbet said:

    Avast is absolutely excellent. They make their income from professional business web users and offer domestic antivirals as a service to keep the internet policed… protecting against spread of viral attack…
    Don’t be afraid to use Avast. & I am sure that AVG will be equally good.

  16. *Moscow* said:

    AVG is the best one that i have found and there is a new upadate just recently of version 8. Link below.

  17. deandemaine said:

    avg try it out its free

  18. earth.angel03 said:

    AVG free edition 8

  19. michael s said:

    Avast or AVG are fine, free antivirus programs.

    On the case of whether you should pay for it or not: I don’t believe that paid-programs are that much better, norton slows your computer down by hogging resources.

    The best way to avoid getting viruses is to avoid exposing yourself to them.

    1) Get a free antivirus like avast.
    2) Never, ever install Limewire, and use other file-sharing services with care (e.g. manually virus-scan downloaded files before use, restrict what your computer is able to upload)
    3) Use Firefox as your web browser (more secure, faster than internet explorer). Really, the new IE is fine too now and supports tabbed browsing so either is ok. Just be careful you don’t install everything the websites tell you to (adobe flash player, ok – Zango (?????) no.

  20. state_of_alert83 said:

    I found AVG is the best but Avira is also worth checking out.

  21. Charles DJ said:

    Hi there,

    I was a die-hard fan of Norton until someone pointed me in the freeware direction. Since then, I haven’t looked back. Anti-viruses have always been the main freeware I needed, and this is where AVG Antivirus came in. I’d been using it for quite a while, until I realized it’s really clogging my resources and making my PC slow! Scanning also took ages!

    I tried many other anti-viruses, ranging from free to trail softwares… but was not impressed. And on fine day, I discovered Avira AntiVir Personal Edition. To be frank, I’ve never used an antivirus quite like it… I’ve tested quite a few software, and was genuinely impressed with the stuff onboard! Scanning was a breeze, and so was updates! The only downside is… when it updates, it brings up ONE single page of advertisement about it’s paid alternative – and that’s it! You have to try it to believe it. Hope I have encourged you to ‘convert’. Please find link below to download.

    Alternatively, if you’re looking for firewalls, I’d suggest Comodo Pro (it’s seriously powerful, yet simple, and best of all, it’s FREE!), or ZoneAlarm. McAfee is pretty alright as well. (Download link for Comodo also attached below).

    For anti-spyware, AdAware is the best! Windows Defender also proves rather reliable alongside AdAware. (Link for AdAware 2008 attached as well)

    To ensure your PC/laptop is absolutely safe and secure, the above 3 are a must, i.e., antivirus, firewall and anti-spyware.

    Happy surfing!

    Hope it helped.

    Cheerio,

    Cdj.

  22. Burnham Boy said:

    Definately AVG. Just Google for AVG, it is available as a Free download from several sources and Free daily updates as well. you can also pay to upgrade but the Free version is good enough.

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  24. Boomer Rat said:

    AVG do both a free and fee software. Go for AVG free – it’s simple, useful, not bloatware, checks for updates and can scan at any time you want. It’s also good to use the belt and braces approach, and use ‘Spybot: Search and Destroy’ as well. This is also free, and has regular updates, can protect you when you use IE as a browser and checks for ‘bots, Trojans and worms. I would also suggest switching your browser to Firefox, for extra help and protection.

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