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What anti-virus and firewall software do you recommend?

I’d like a free anti-virus and firewall for my pc. I am using Vista.

Thank you very much!

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10 Responses to “What anti-virus and firewall software do you recommend?”

  1. lindybug said :

    what about avg its free 8.0

  2. Samuel Adams said :

    If you want a free anti-virus I recommend in order of popularity, but please choose the right one for you (install only one):

    1. AVG Free
    a. A simple interface (easier to use than Avast! and Avira)
    b. Can detect about 82.82% of viruses
    Cons: low virus detection

    2. Avast!
    a. Real-time protection
    b. It has an option to delete a virus once found
    c. Can detect about 87.46% of viruses.
    Cons: Too many icons and confusing user interface

    3. Avira AntiVir
    a. It can detect malware better than Avast and AVG
    b. It’s cute umbrella icon
    c. Can detect about 94.26% of viruses
    Cons: A very sluggish update

    I advise against Norton anti-virus, it’s bloated software that slows your computer down. The best anti-virus available is Kaspersky or NOD32 (recent tests at

    Comodo Firewall Pro is the best free firewall. Windows firewall only blocks incoming traffic. It does not stop outbound traffic – it wasn’t designed too. According to Microsoft, your anti-virus is responsible for detecting any type of malware (which could potentially send your private information to hackers without your knowledge).

    Comodo Firewall Pro includes proactive malware defense for free. This will only help keep you safer. I also recommend Firefox, it’s a far better and safer alternative to Internet Explorer. If you add-on McAfee SiteAdvisor, it will warn you of potentially harmful sites.

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  4. Amy H said :

    AVG anti-virus and ADAware

  5. sukito said :

    I use AVG and spybot search and distroy

  6. trendfashionq said :

    Go to and they have a bunch! Spysweeper is pretty good. It doesn’t pop up all the time. But on they have user ratings and stuff. I have a few, but I forgot what they are called and I’m not on my home computer. But make sure when you download one it comes with uninstall software so you can get rid of it when you want to upgrade. 🙂 Good luck!

  7. Slick said :

    McAfee Total Protection. But it is not free.

  8. Steve said :

    This link has the latest reviews for the top 3 best Anti virus and Spyware, Firewall and Browsers and all the winners are free programs which i have always used fine;).

  9. Rick B said :

    (Good unbiased recommendations and links)

    (Same as above)


    Trojan cleaner:
    (a-squared Free 3.5)

    PC Tune-up Utility:
    (The BEST freeware program in my opinion!)


    If you install these (ALL Freeware) you will clean your PC and give it a reasonably good amount of security… and all for FREE!

  10. ManoGod said :

    I use Norton’s because I find it more accurate to my experience. I can also recommend AVG free version. And McAfee. All are very good in their own way.


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