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#1 dashiznit

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 01:35 PM

I wanna know what people think is the best FREE AV out there.

#2 ErikAlbert

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 04:03 PM

dashiznit,
Read this link first :
http://www.spywarein...s.php?cat=av#av

If you just read the topics of this subforum, you will find enough opinions about the best antivirus, otherwise we have to start all over again.

Edited by ErikAlbert, 19 January 2005 - 04:06 PM.

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#3 lonewolf

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 04:05 PM

Have you tried looking here for opinions? http://forums.spywar...showtopic=17342

#4 TopperID

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 08:01 AM

This topic will never die!!!

AntiVir/AVPE is the best free one for my money (if you see what I mean!).

It has a detection rate better than many paid for AVs and does a very competent job. It beats the pants off AVG in my opinion - actually that's hyperbole, what I mean is that tests generally show it to have a superior detection rate to AVG!

Avast is also worth considering, but it all comes down to personal taste in the end.

#5 ErikAlbert

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 08:22 AM

It's a long time ago, I have been infected with a virus.
I think it has alot to do with your behaviour on the internet.
Downloading free stuff, using P2P-software, visiting websites contaminated with malware, etc...
Surfing on internet is like walking on eggs.
I have more troubles with spywares, than viruses.
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#6 bem

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 10:15 PM

I am very satisfied with AVG for full time protection. I run AntiVir and A2 for back up checks. So far, no complaints...

#7 ErikAlbert

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:41 AM

bem,
According the homepage
http://www.emsisoft..../software/free/
"A2" doesn't scan any viruses, only Trojans, Dialers, Worms and Spywares, but keep A2 on your computer as a free anti-malware scanner together with "Spybot S&D" and "Ad-aware".

In the past A2 mentioned the title "Viruses" on their homepage, but the number of viruses was always "0" (zero). Then A2 removed the title from the homepage. I think they gave up on viruses, which is a pity of course.
So A2 is certainly not a backup scanner for viruses.
But nevermind the mistake, there are just too many softwares for the users.
Frankly, I noticed this myself by accident a few weeks ago when I visited their homepage. :)

Edited by ErikAlbert, 26 January 2005 - 04:45 AM.

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#8 bem

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 08:47 AM

True, technically a trojan scanner. A little off thread, but I still run it! Found several hidden nasties first time. Now it's just another piece of peace of mind. :)

#9 shame about jane

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 03:35 PM

I am very satisfied with AVG for full time protection.  I run AntiVir and A2 for back up checks.  So far, no complaints...

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Hi Ben,i have AVPE and have been using it for some time,i am quite happy with it,i use other sacnners like a2 and ewido as backups,you say that you run AVG and you run antivir also?,do you disable the resident shield in AVG when using antivir?.
I would like to try out the new AVG 7.0 as i have downloaded it how do you work it?.

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#10 Paranoid

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Posted 04 February 2005 - 11:35 AM

When it comes to freeware, I would rather have a freeware Antitrojan than another antivirus. There are tons of the latter, only 2 creditable ones for the former.
Please note that the software I recommend above is entirely based on only my own experience and testing. In no way should my comments,opinions and endorsements be construed as an endorsement by the forum, nor do they reflect the advise or recommendations by the experts or helpers at spywareinfo.





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