Should i get a free anti-virus program or not?

I have been getting viruses on my Laptop for a while now, so i had decided to put a free anti-virus on my computer. I have used AVG, Avast, and Avira. All of which has caused more problems for my computer such as not shutting on completely, not shutting off completely, not scanning fully, etc..

So I was wondering if I was doing something wrong or is it that free anti-virus solfware just doesn’t work on my computer. Is there a difference?

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12 Responses to “Should i get a free anti-virus program or not?”

  1. Nathan said:

    I have personnally used avast and AVG for years and have not found a problem with them, but really it dependes on what you use your pc for if you download from bittorent then upgrade to the paid alternative of AVG its very good!

  2. Maverick said:

    I’ve been using Avast for quite some time now and I’ve been on some nasty sites, my laptop remains virus free and I’m happy that I’m not paying a cent.

  3. life is but a happy nightmare said:

    comodo internet security is my fav REALLY fast scans simple to use finds like everything and has one of the best firewalls plus its free

    ( running it on 6 computers not one problem)

    i put it on a friends computer and they just got their first computer less then a year ago they use it fine

    http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php

  4. lonicky88 said:

    i personally use avg which is free. its quite easy and good

  5. Double R said:

    Avira,Avast and AVG are good. personally I use Avira because its has the highest detection rate of the three. But anti virus is not all you have to protect your pc from. there’s malware,spyware and now rootkits(really nasty little buggers that destroy os and hardware) and they are creating new threats constantly.here’s my suggestions-
    avira.com antivir free
    malwarebytes.org free for malware
    superantispyware.com free for malware/spyware
    comodo.com free firewall
    I use all of these together with no worries. hope this helps.don’t worry-be happy

  6. The Mosasaur said:

    only if you feel like wasting your money, Avira free is all you ever could need or want in an AV, it is truly an incredible program, DO NOT use AVG it is horrid, not to mention Norton and McAfee, all are way overrated.

  7. Anelly said:

    I have Avira on my computer for more then a year but i had no problems because of this. I don’t think your antivirus is the cause of your problems.

  8. Ol'grizzler said:

    I have used Zone Alarm Firewall, I have also got superantispyware and Malwarebytes. They are all free for personal use and I have had no trouble with Viruses Trojans Hackers etc. I have just changed to Avast antivirus and all seems good so far. Zone Alarm allows a lot of personal configuration unlike the Windows Firewall. They can all be downloaded from http://www.download.com/ I also use Windows Defender from the Microsoft site. It is safe to use two anti-spy products but never use more than one A/V as it can cause conflicts. You should run A/V and anti spy weekly. Hope this helps

  9. wiseman said:

    First before to use Any Anti-Virus Remove Virus spyware,Malware and Trojan. How to Remove it? o Remove Virus in you Computer First Use Manual steps to turn off on System Restore
    Steps to turn off System Restore

    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the System Restore tab.
    3. Click to select the Turn off System Restore check box. Or, click to select the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box.
    4. Click OK.
    5. When you receive the following message, click Yes to confirm that you want to turn off System Restore.

    Then After Restart you Computer Safe Mode with Networking How To Restart? To get into the Windows Safe Mode with Networking computer is booting press and hold your “F8 Key” which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to Safe Mode with Networking and press your Enter key. Then Download Update and Scan Use Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware Press This Link http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=contentBody;mostPopTwoColWrap&cdlPid=10997763

    To Remove Virus Download and Scan Use Super Antispyware Press here http://www.superantispyware.com/

    To Remove Virus Download and Scan Use Norman Malware Cleaner Press here http://74.125.77.132/search?q=cache:tc23ubwm-w8J:www.norman.com/support/support_tools/58732+norman+malware&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=tr
    After Finish Remove Virus Restart You Computer To Be Normal Then After Turn On System Restore.Steps to turn on System Restore

    1. Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the System Restore tab.
    3. Click to clear the Turn off System Restore check box. Or, click the Turn off System Restore on all drives check box.
    4. Click OK.

    After a few moments, the System Properties dialog box closes.
    Restart you Computer.

    Then Download Good Anti-Virus Better Protection in you Computer Avira AntiVir Personal Free http://www.download.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html?tag=contentBody;mostPopTwoColWrap&cdlPid=10986298

    Why Avira Anti-Virus Better Protection Than Avast,Avg,NOD32 Anti-Virus,Kaspersky and Norton? Press This Link http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/09_02

  10. jean ann j said:

    If you have all of these in your computer at the same time, you are having a conflict of the anti viruses. That is too much for your computer.
    You need one anti virus and a firewall.

  11. Don said:

    boot and at the same time tap the F8 key when the options screen appears choose safemode with networking then go to Safety.Live.com that is Microsoft’s online virus scanner use the full service scan…this could be a hardware problem if the labtop is new or still under warranty the contact the manufacture and see if any problems have been noted for that model…never run two antivirus at the same time they will conflict with each other…you should list this question with the hardware/software section of yahoo answers

  12. Lex Luthor said:

    There is a BIG difference between free and paid. Almost day light and dark difference. All free AV’s have there security holes. For example,

    AVG Free. No real time root kit protection.

    Avast, No heuristic scanning in the free version. There are millions of viruses out there that can’t be detected without heuristic scanning. Which makes that boot time scanner worthless.

    Avira free. It’s good. Better than the other two. But is bad to pick up faults positives. You can look at that another way. Personally i would rather have faults positives than faults negatives. AVG is bad at that.

    I could go on and on. All your free AV’s have there faults. Faults that hackers/crackers/scammers/spammers and you name it know how to corrupt.

    That leaves you to figure out what is the best paid AV for your needs. If your like most of the internet users, Download music, Movies, Porn, Click on everything you see including banners and pop ups then you need the best paid AV you can get. That would be Kaspersky. If you do on line banking or anything where your credit card is used or SS # is used then you need the best protection you can get. Kaspersky.

    The internet is a dangerous place. More than most people realize.

    As far as the way your computer is acting goes, Sounds to me like it’s time to reload the OS. The time for a AV isn’t after your computer gets infected. It’s before. Viruses corrupt the running system. Most free AV’s won’t pick up on viruses or Trojans until the damage is done. You remove the viruses but your computer still acts funny. So you blame the AV. When it wasn’t the AV’s fault. It was the viruses that damaged the running system. Not the AV.




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