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What is the best free anti virus download for Vista basic?

Also when it says do you want to run or save what do you do? And if you save where do you save it to? Is saving to desktop ok?
can i delete it off the desktop once i have installed it?

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11 Responses to “What is the best free anti virus download for Vista basic?”

  1. Karthik R said :

    Save to desktop to avoid cluttering up your temp folder. I guess Avast is good, and so is AVG. Up to you.

  2. Pavan Kumar said :

    have a look at the following page it had a collection of best free antivirus which will also work on vista home basic

  3. miam said :
  4. bingopyjama said :

    Avira AntiVir Personal is good, I save all my downloads to the download folder, if you use Firefox it does this automatically and then scans them for viruses before you open them.

  5. YoBro said :

    It really doesn’t matter which version of Windows Vista you are using (Basic, Home Premium, etc…)….. The most important thing to consider is if your machine meets the minimum requirements for that particular anti-virus program…

    The most important thing is to check to see if you have enough RAM for the program to run correctly…

    I personally don’t use it now, but I have in the past with fairly good results is Avast 4.8 Home Edition (free). It seems to run very well on Vista machines…
    I am using a beta anti-virus now that you may want to consider. It’s from Panda security (very well known company) and it’s basically a web application of an anti-virus…It’s called Panda “Cloud” anti-virus… It uses the Panda companies data base to store all the signatures (most be online to use it) and is the next generation of anti-viruses. Most all other AV’s will be doing this shortly…

    Look here:
    Also here:

    You can also see it on YouTube here:

    GOOD LUCK !!!

    EDIT: I think sidekick means Avira’s AntiVir… It’s the one with the advertisment… Avast has no ad’s…

  6. Ooops said :

    I have used AVG Anti Virus, Zone Alarm Firewall, I have recently added superantispyware and Malwarebytes. They are all free for personal use and I have had no trouble with Viruses Trojans Hackers etc. I have just upgraded to AVG free 8.5 and all seems good so far. Zone Alarm allows a lot of personal configuration unlike the Windows Firewall. They can all be downloaded from 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

  7. sidekick said :

    Avast free is rated by consumer reports as the best free one and it says is better than most paid ones, only thing when it updates a advertisment screen comes up, just click it off. a minor thing for a good product

  8. lance m said :

    hello, without a doubt, for vista you can use and download/RUN the antivirus program. ITS FREE AND IT ROCKS! its simple, it scans for you, i have paid for the so called best antivirus programs and paid for them, AVG IS FREE! and i use it for my business computers, its the best bang for your buck, i removed 46 viruses with AVG it and my computers are fine! good luck!

  9. Suraj S said :

    If you really want a free one then go for avast 4.8 home edition or if you have some money then buy kaspersky antivirus 2009, it is the best antivirus. Don’t save it on desktop,save it in local disk c.

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  11. Jalia said :

    Wow! Great to find a post with such a clear msegsae!


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