Im Wondering What The Best Free Antivirus Is
Posted 29 July 2012 - 10:15 AM
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:42 AM
Welcome to PCWorld Community.
First of all, there are a few rules to follow when installing a new antivirus application.
Which ever you used in the past, have you uninstalled that previous antivirus with
the author's uninstall tool ?
You will find all of the popular antivirus uninstall tools here :
Please follow the instructions posted in the Info link.
IF you have used more than one antivirus in the past and did not use the author's
uninstall tool, I would recommend you do so "After" you have uninstalled the current
one and have used the Add /Remove (XP) or Program & Features (Windows Vista, 7)
to uninstall then, it's uninstall tool .
I would also recommend you download which ever one you will want to use along with all
uninstall tools required to clean out your PC of old registry keys left behind by the previous
and current antivirus applications. Then, download CCleaner to clean leftover unused
After you have downloaded all applications to uninstall and Re-install you security:
"Please" disconnect from the Internet while you are installing and cleaning. You can then,
re-connect to have the security applications Update their definitions.
Now, the best antivirus will depend on what you expect of this application. IF you want an
ALL-in-ONE (antivirus,antimalware,firewall) you will most likely have to buy one.
On the other hand (and this is what I recommend the most) if you would rather have a
Tiered system to protect your PC then, these are the ones I would recommend:
MSE (Free) (Microsoft Security Essentials) : http://windows.micro...rity-essentials
Will have Both,antivirus and Anti-malware (antispyware)
You will not need another security application running in Real Time alongside it.
This app, will disable (upon install) Windows Defender (which is on by default in Windows 7)
It will also activate the Windows Firewall (Windows7)
You will have a secure PC. It is also recommended (as was mentioned), to have On-Demand scanners
such as :
MalwareBytes' Antimalware (free) : Download@MajorGeeks
And / Or
SUPERAntiSpyware : Download@Author's Site
The other ones I would recommend you take a look a\t are :
Avira Free : http://www.avira.com/en/for-home
This one , as the others that are only antivirus scanner, will protect you against viruses and up to a certain point
malware as well. I say up to a point because, they do not have the full capability of a antimalware in their definitions
solution. You will therefore, need a anti-malware application running in Real Time to accompany this application
along with :
Avast : http://www.avast.com...ivirus-download
Again, a good and free antivirus application but, will also need a Anti-Malware app. to supplement it's work as
a security app.
To supplement these two apps, I would recommend you buy either of the free on demand scanners mentioned
above to have them running in Real Time alongside Avira and Avast.
With these last two antivirus app mentioned, you will also need to activate the Windows Firewall or choose one
to your liking.
This post has been edited by Flashorn: 29 July 2012 - 11:45 AM
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:59 AM
Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:36 AM
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:13 AM
Like Flashhorn said, make sure you uninstall your existing antivirus before downloading a new one!
This post has been edited by sarahmsarah: 08 November 2012 - 04:13 AM