Which is the best basic free anti-virus available?

I want an anti-virus that will just block, detect, and remove viruses. I dont want any other features, such as a firewall or adaware.
I’ve tried avast and avg, and I didn’t like them

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7 Responses to “Which is the best basic free anti-virus available?”

  1. Wilford_Brimley said:

    Avira Free, a little lighter than those two you mention

  2. computer virus helper said:

    This whole thing is free………………………………… I have copied this whole list because you tend to have a virus and can’t remove it with your current anti-virus, OR i am displaying this because you have just told me that you use Norton, AVG, Macafee, or some other virus i do not recommend. but this is what i recommend: I am going to show you one of the very few working and good and working firewall you may use, i will give you a really good anti-virus that works really well and can detect 98% off all viruses, and updates nearly 4 times a week!. I will also give you immunizations to your computer/laptop that include immunizing your computer/laptop with anti-spyware to block it before entering your laptop/computer. You will get an antispyware which also is really good. I will also give you an adviser that will show you weather the site is potentially harmful or not. and one more thing a really good ANTISPYWARE xD_______________________________ For your Anti-virus needs I TRUELY recommend getting Avast! antivirus because well i had norton, switched to avg both found no spyware and viruses, but i tried Avast (download free edition from http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-… ) (you must also register the program for FREE at: http://www.avast.com/eng/home-registrati… ) and guess what i had over 80 viruses!!!!! that is why i recommend it. now i know AVG is REALLY popular, but i can guarantee you it has a really bad virus database…………………………….. ……………………………………. for your Anti-Spyware needs: you HAVE TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD ONE and that one is called: SUPERantiSpyware home edition (found at http://www.superantispyware.com ) ……………………………………. Now you need immunizations for future protections and a decrease in 70% chance of getting some kind of spyware. For that you may use Spyware blaster( found at: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster…. ) ………………. I also promised you a SITEadviser! for that i advise Mcafeesiteadviser (this can be found at http://www.siteadviser.com )…………………………………… And lastly i will give you a firewall. I deeply recommend using PC Tools firewall PLUS (That can be found here: http://www.pctools.com/firewall/ )…………………………………… IMPORTANT NOTE: REMEMBER TO ONLY USE ONE ANTIVIRUS BUT U MAY USE AS MANY ANTISPYWARE PROGRAMS as you want. congratulations you are now equipped with the best protection you will need but getting those full versions might even get you to a better security level, but do not worry this is what i deeply recommend. PS. YOU CAN CHANGE THE SKIN OF AVAST just GOOGLE it and ull see

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  4. Ooops said:

    I have used AVG Anti Virus, Zone Alarm Firewall, Spy-bot Search and Destroy and Ad Aware both spyware killers for years. 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 8.0 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

  5. ianhad said:

    Try this link, plenty of choices there.

  6. berncapinpin said:

    Try a online antivirus scanner and a online anti-adware/malware/spyware scanner in safe mode with network to clean up your computer BEFORE you download anything. This because the program you download can get infected.

    Disable “System Restore” for Windows Me and XP, then restart your PC to clean your system restore points for viruses, spyware, adware etc.

    Now restart in safe mode.
    To get in safe mode Press “F8” upon bootup.
    Select “Safe mode with Networking”.
    Go to Start – Run – type iexplore http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html Enter(ok).
    Do a full system scan. If something is found, delete it, reboot and do the same again in safe mode with network.
    When that scan does not find anything you reboot again in safe mode with network.
    Go to Start – Run – type iexplore http://www.ewido.net/en/ Enter(ok).
    Do a full system scan. If something is found, delete it, reboot and do the same again in safe mode with network.

    **NOTE: Do NOT do anything else with your computer when scanning. This because you can start virus/adware/spyware/malware manually.

    When no one of these scanners are showing anything you can reboot back to normal mode.
    Turn on “System Restore”.

    Online virus, adware and spyware removal.
    You need to get one antivirus program, one firewall and some spyware/adware/malware removers if you don’t have it.
    I use Norton Internet Security (antivirus, spyware, firewall, add blocker, mail spamfilter, pop up blocker etc) Ad Aware, Spybot and more on my desktop running XP Home SP2 with Firefox and Yahoo Toolbar with pop up blocker.
    On my laptop i have Ubuntu 7.04. No security needed in Linux, but i use antivirus and firewall. Firefox is standard.
    I have no virus, spyware, adware, pop ups etc on my computers.
    Mozilla Firefox and Opera are safer browsers to use then Internet Explorer.

    Here are some free programs.
    BitDefender Anti-Virus Free.
    Avast Anti-Virus Free.
    AVG Anti-Virus Free.
    Avast Virus Cleaner – free virus removal tool.

    Firewall Protection.
    ZoneAlarm Firewall Free.
    Easy-to-use firewall blocks hackers and other unknown threats.
    * Systematically identifies hackers and blocks access attempts.
    Automatically makes your computer invisible to anyone on the Internet.
    Use ZoneAlarm if you normally use Windows Firewall.
    Disable Windows Firewall after downloading ZoneAlarm if it’s not done automatically.

    Ad-Aware 2007 Free.
    Ad-Aware 2007 Free remains the most popular anti-spyware product for computer users around the world, with nearly one million downloads every week. Our free anti-spyware version provides you with advanced protection against spyware that secretly attaches and takes control of your computer, resulting in aggressive advertising pop-ups, sluggish computer activity, even identity theft through stolen bank details, passwords, and credit card account numbers. If you want real-time scanning capabilities, consider upgrading to Ad-Aware 2007 Plus for real-time protection against spyware, all the time.

    SUPERAntiSpyware Free.

    AVG Anti-spyware Free.

    Spybot – Search & Destroy detects and removes spyware, a relatively new kind of threat not yet covered by common anti-virus applications. spyware silently tracks your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile for you that is transmitted without your knowledge to the compilers and sold to advertising companies. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you haven’t intentionally installed, if your browser crashes inexplicably, or if your home page has been “hijacked” (or changed without your knowledge), your computer is most probably infected with spyware. Even if you don’t see the symptoms, your computer may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging. Spybot-S&D is free, so there’s no harm giving it a try to see if something has invaded your computer.

    AVG Anti-Rootkit Free.
    AVG Anti-Rootkit is a powerful tool with state-of-the-art technology for detection and removal of rootkits. rootkits are used to hide the presence of a malicious object like Trojans or keyloggers on your computer. If a threat uses rootkit technology to hide itself it is very hard to find the malware on your PC. AVG Anti-Rootkit gives you the power to find and delete the rootkit and to uncover the threat the rootkit is hiding.

    CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast and contains NO spyware or adware.

    ClearAllHistory – clears browser history, cache, cookies, clipboard and remove other computer activity tracks.

    **NOTE: Only have one antivirus program and one firewall installed on your computer.
    Anti-adware/malware/spyware are ok to have more of.

    Also scan with online scanners sometimes.

    Also run Windows Updata http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
    and defragmet you harddisk(s).
    How To Analyze and Defragment a Disk in Windows XP

    Hope this is helpful.
    Good luck.

  7. Darel Philip said:

    Norton Anti Virus *WORKING*…

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