Are there any free anti-virus programs I can install on my computer?

My Norton Anti-virus expired a couple years ago and I can tell I’m starting to get some viruses. Any suggestions what to do?

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11 Responses to “Are there any free anti-virus programs I can install on my computer?”

  1. Bacalao said:

    Panda Cloud Antivirus
    Avira AntiVir
    Avast
    Microsoft Security Essentials
    AVG

    Take your pick^ =]

  2. Ashieng, Shienga said:

    Yes there are. You can get trial versions of several different anti-virus programs like kapersky, and mcafee, and others.

    They will be free for two weeks, or a month and then they ask you to buy. Other than that, I don’t know what programs are out there for free and long term.

    I use utorrent when I’m downloading things (utorrent program is free) and it checks for viruses.

  3. Chrisallis said:

    Well you could read through this:

    http://billmullins.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/layered-computer-security-what-is-it-why-use-it/

    There are lots of choices. My personal choice is Avira, Spybot Search & Destroy, Malwarebytes (as an on demand scanner), and Threatfire which all work well together and are all free.

    http://www.threatfire.com – deigned to compliment your security software, not to replace it. There’s an interesting perfomance chart too.

    Sometimes it’s good to get another opinion on possible infections and you can use these free online scanners/ removers without the need to disable or remove existing security software:

    http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

    http://www.bitdefender.com/scanner/online/free.html

    http://www.superantispyware.com/onlinescan.html

  4. Manpreet S said:

    There are a no. of free antivirus programs available like:

    AVG (free.avg.com)
    Avira Antivir (www.free-av.com/…/avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html)
    Avast (www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download)
    Panda (www.pandasecurity.com)
    PC Tools Antivirus (www.pctools.com/free-antivirus/download/)
    Clamwin (www.clamwin.com/)
    Comodo Antivirus (antivirus.comodo.com)
    Rising Antivirus (www.freerav.com)

    You can choose any from these.
    but from my opinion AVG, Avira and Avast are best in free category.

  5. don piano said:

    Avast! Home Edition is free for personal use and includes pretty much everything a commercial AV does.
    http://www.avast.com/en-au/free-antivirus-download

    Ensure you remove Norton before installing another AV. Never install two AV that run in real-time or conflict issues will most probably arise.

    If you feel you may already have some infections, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as well. The free edition of SAS does not include real-time protection (meaning it won’t block/prevent infections) but does offer full scan and removal capabilities. Install, update and perform a complete scan. It is safe to install alongside your AV without any conflicts.
    http://www.superantispyware.com/

    And lastly, never rely solely on an AV for protection. It is also just as important to ensure that both Windows and all your third-party programs (e.g. Java, Flash, Web browser, etc) are up-to-date at all times. Download Secunia PSI to help you here – it is very good and is quite user-friendly.
    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

  6. Smith said:

    Ya there are lot many free anti-virus are available,you can install any.You can update Norton Anti-virus also but if you want to go for another than AVG is best.Before installing new anti-virus first make sure to uninstall first one(Norton Anti-virus).

  7. CitizenK said:

    AVG Free. I’ve used it for 5 years now and cannot complain (free.avg.com) There should be a new version coming out by mid February. I recommend you wait until then and download the full program. Get a good Anti-spyware as well. My recommendation: Spyware terminator (www.spywareterminator.com). AVG has spyware protection included, but it’s not enough. It has a new version every 6 months.
    Both programs are light on the system and the updates are moderate unlike Norton.
    All the best!

  8. Stella Ferrero said:

    You can go with any of those suggested by Bacolo as per your requirements and security concern

  9. takataone said:

    I would strongly suggest that you renew your Norton Account as soon as you can,
    it is not that difficult to do, if you still have your expired Norton Security program on your computer then all you have to do is to buy the Norton Security software and just enter the product key number from the one you have just bought in to the copy you have on your computer, where it says “renewal” or if you don’t have Norton on your computer any more then just go to their website and download and install the latest version of Norton Internet Security 2010 and enter the product key number in where it says activate product. either way you will have to remove your existing security software first before you can install or renew Norton Internet Security 2010.
    because if you don’t there will be conflicts with each security program. this would apply to any other security software program.
    here is the link for you if you decide to renew your Norton Account,
    http://www.symantecstore.com/dr/v2/ec_main.entry25?page=UKSubscriptionRenewalInd&client=Symantec&sid=27685&cid=253853

  10. Ol'grizzler said:

    Its all a matter of opinion. I use Avast , I have also got superantispyware and Malwarebytes. I recently changed to Comodo firewall which seems fine and I seem to boot up quicker. They are all free for personal use and I have had no trouble with Viruses Trojans Hackers etc. 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

  11. servis plus said:

    If you feel you may already have some infections, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to scan with SUPERAntiSpyware as well. The free edition of SAS does not include real-time protection (meaning it won’t block/prevent infections) but does offer full scan and removal capabilities. Install, update and perform a complete scan. It is safe to install alongside your AV without any conflicts.




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