which is the best FREE anti virus download?

I just checked the AVG free edition but it only covers viruses.(not malware)
Is there a better one to download?.
Thank you.

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7 Responses to “which is the best FREE anti virus download?”

  1. jibbarjabar said:

    None of the major 3, free antivirus programs (Avast, AVG , Avria) detect much of anything but viruses.

    The new Avast 4.8 (free version) will be detecting spyware, but it has not been released yet, as it is still in beta testing.

  2. disturb said:

    I use Avast, Avg is very good too. For malware use spubot search & destroy

  3. Pete1122 said:

    i use Norton anti-virus and it protects against malware, spy-ware, phishing, etc etc. You need to subscribe and pay a very small yearly fee after you download their software and you are protected against everything. All anti-virus are free to download but you will be prompted to subscribe once downloaded..

  4. Steve said:

    You should accompany your A.V.G program (which is the best) with a good Anti Spyware program..
    Here are the reviews for the best and Free programs.


    Using Mozillas Firefox browser also keeps you safe from spyware, hackers, scammers and spammers and stops annoying popups and is also free.

  5. phxsunsfan1332 said:

    Had it for years, have never had a virus.
    Do NOT waste your money on Norton, its a resource hog, not to mention quite useless.

    For spyware / adware I recommend Spybot Search and Destroy, Ad-Aware and, if those 2 don’t clear up your problem, try A-Squared.

    Spybot comes with a program called Teatimer, which will protect you against Malware.

  6. Serenity said:

    Viruses are one of the major forms of malware.

    There are Internet Security Suites which do perform all the security functions a system requires to remain as safe as possible, but these are paid for products, not free. Currently, there isn’t any free full security suites available for download.

    What you would need to do if you don’t want or can’t afford to buy a full suite is to download and install several separate items. You need 1. Firewall 2. Anti-Virus and 3. Anti-spyware,adware, etc.

    There should only be one (1) firewall and one (1) anti-virus application installed at a time.

    There can be multiple anti-virus, anti-adware, etc, installed at one time.

    However, be very careful that any anti-spyware/adware product you download does not have any firewall/anti-virus component within it. These days you can find products which have components that act like firewalls and anti-virus applications, but do not provide a full and complete coverage.

    I recommend:



    Link Adviser—Comodo same link as above, just look around.

    Anti-virus—AVG You have the link for that application.

    For anti-spyware I like Windows Defender which you can locate at the Microsoft Downloads area of the web. Just click on Security to the right of the downloads page.

    You can have other anti-spyware applications, anti-popup, anti-adware, the list goes on, but you really only need one good one. These days Windows Defender or Ad-Aware are good programs which do not require you to install several at a time. A couple of years ago it was recommended to have multiple anti-spyware applications installed. The theory was that what one missed the others would grab.

    Well, you know how quickly technology changes. At a very rapid rate. Security solutions have changed too, but people get stuck on old information and old technology and fail to see how these things change at a rapid rate. So, some are now stuck on having to install multiple anti-spyware applications.

    I have one suite for security. Yes, I pay for it. However, it does everything I need and then some. I have one program to configure and maintain, not a half dozen, and this is worth the cost. Also, it updates several times a day, and rids my system of malicious cookies, which many other security applications leave behind. These malicious cookies act as spyware and are sent to the hard drive by ad agencies. They say it is harmless, but anything which tracks my movements, preferences, etc, and compiles a profile on me is spyware and intrusive and I don’t want it on my system. Panda gets rid of them as quickly as the ad agencies send them down. lol

    What you decide works for you very well could be, and probably is different than for other people. This is why there are so many different products on the market. Choice is grand, but it can be completely confusing too. Sifting through all of the garbage to get to the gold is difficult, but well worth the time and effort at the end of the day.

    I love my Panda, but recently discovered the Panda firewall isn’t as good as I once believed. So, I have deleted it from my system and installed Comodo. A fine firewall Comodo is indeed. I am keeping the Panda suite because I get free phone technical support and it is worth the price, especially now that Panda began the trend of giving out a three system license when you buy its products. Panda is also the only security software application which is actually removable via the Windows Add/Remove applet. All other require special removal tools to clean it off a system.

    Whatever you choose, good luck and have a nice day.

    *edit* I forgot to outline the real situation with free security programs.

    Now, you know the saying, “you get what you pay for”, right? Sure you do. lol It is true here too.

    Most of these free security programs have a paid for version too. Look at the features of the paid version verses the free versions. Of course, the paid versions have more features and are stronger in their protection levels. Comodo is one of the few this does not hold true for.

    The reason for this is these companies want your business and so they offer out a minimal free version in the hope you will decide you like their product and buy their paid version for its better features and stronger security. It works too. After a time many individuals do turn to the paid for subscriptions offered out by the company they used the lighter free versions from.

    Now, free security is fine in normal use of the internet. If all the user does is some simple emailing, normal web surfing, shopping, reading the news, sports, watching music videos, listen to free radio, do research for class, take precautions in opening attachments and were they browse, etc, the free versions are just fine.

    However, if the user is downloading a lot of multimedia, checking out a lot of free/shareware software, using Limewire or its ilk, browsing to porn sites and using social networking sites, well, the free programs are not going to keep those systems free of infections.

    The more dangerous the internet activities are the more the user needs a paid for level of protection.

    So, just keep that in mind as you choose your applications and develop your internet habits. If you find yourself engaging in some of the more dangerous activities, and they are fun, then I strongly recommend you consider purchasing a higher grade of protection.

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