need the Best free antivirus ?

i need the best free antivirus that is as good as mcafee or better.

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  • Manuel
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    your choice my friend all of this are free and good

    avast

    avira

    avg8

    clamwin

    and of course comodo firewall(the best)its pro but free

    malwarebytes anti-malware

    superantispyware

    and you are protected for sure

    f

  • 1 decade ago

    There are a few choices when it comes to security, mainly in the AntiVirus department. Some very good, free anti-viruses available to download are:

    1) AVG 8 AntiVirus. Easiest interface to use, very fast scanning and doesn't lag your computer at all. Only has a 76% detection rate, but catches the most harmful of viruses. If you're a normal home user, you're not in too much danger of higher level viruses and this is the AV for you:

    http://www.free.grisoft.com/

    2) Avast! 4 AntiVirus. Smaller, sleeker skin, average scanning speed, but reports alot of safe files as viruses, so you might need to watch out for that. 78% detection rate, but alot more complicated than most other free AVs. Use this if you are handy with a computer and you know what needs to be scanned:

    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

    3) Avira AntiVirus. Simple layout, which even the most basic of users can navigate. Incredibly fast scanning, with a 90% detection rate. Not as easy on the eyes as other AVs, and you need to know what you're doing to get the more advanced features, but it is definite a candidate:

    http://www.free-av.com/en/download/index.html

    Personally I use AVG, but only because I go for the easier interface. If you are paranoid about viruses then the only real option is Avira. But if you just want normal protection, then any of the three will do it for you.

    For any spyware problems, get SpyBot - Search and Destroy:

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.h...

    And for protecting your computer for malware or tracking cookies, use Ad-Aware 2008 Free Edition:

    http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

    All of them are free, as powerful as paid programs, like McAfee and Norton (which only has an 18% detection rate!), and don't use up as many resources.

    Just boot into Safe Mode (Press F8 when turning on the computer) and run full scans.

    Hope that helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you want a free anti-virus I recommend in order of popularity, but please choose the right one for you (install only one):

    1. AVG Free

    a. A simple interface (easier to use than Avast! and Avira)

    b. Can detect about 82.82% of viruses

    Cons: low virus detection

    2. Avast!

    a. Real-time protection

    b. It has an option to delete a virus once found

    c. Can detect about 87.46% of viruses.

    Cons: Too many icons and confusing user interface

    3. Avira AntiVir

    a. It can detect malware better than Avast and AVG

    b. It's cute umbrella icon

    c. Can detect about 94.26% of viruses

    Cons: A very sluggish update

    I advise against Norton anti-virus, it's bloated software that takes control of your computer. The best anti-virus available is Kaspersky or NOD32 (recent tests at av-comparatives.org).

  • cotojo
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Avast anti-virus which better definitions, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit built in, faster and more reliable:

    http://www.download.com/Avast-Home-Edition/3000-22...

    Setup Guide:

    http://tinyurl.com/5lxy24

    AVG state that AVG V8 Free does NOT scan downloads for malicious content, which allows viruses to be downloaded, Avast Free4home Edition blocks viruses instantly, so it does what a good antivirus program should do. When the vendor states that their program does NOT scan for malicious downloads, then why bother installing it in the first place? Everyone wants realtime protection and Avast gives you that protection.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Dont listen to anyone else !!!!!!!

    I use

    Avast 4.8 Free Home Edition

    Zonealarm Firewall Free

    And

    Malwere Bytes Antimalwere

    Download all the time and it gets rid of all of the virus / spywere at once even before it gos into my files. Great All Free

  • Don
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    comodo.com offers a complete security suite free their firewall is easy to operate and the rest is install and forget and it works for vista all of this from the oldest computer security company...do not run two antivirus at the same time

  • 1 decade ago

    List of antivirus programs and ratings.

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/

    Free Anti-Virus for home use

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    After cleaning, make sure you install one AnitVirus program, and one active AntiSpyware program, and keep them up to date.

    AVG Free

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/win/206...

    Avast! 4 Home

    http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html

    (if a virus infection is persistent, use Avast to do a boot-scan - click on "schedule boot-scan" and restart the computer)

    Mcafee Free tools

    http://us.mcafee.com/root/catalog.asp?catid=free

    Anti-Spyware

    Ad-Aware 2008

    http://lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

    SpyBot Search & Destroy

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/

    Superantispyware: http://www.superantispyware.com/superantispywarefr...

    Other:

    CCleaner (cleans out caches) http://www.ccleaner.com/

    Malware removal tool (not an active scanner)

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

    Make sure your Windows Firewall is turned on. In Vista, turn on the outgoing firewall feature which is turned off by default.

    Or get a third party Firewall from Comodo http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,63762/de...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Best free Anti virus: Avast: www.avast.com, AVG: www.free-avg.com,

    Avira: www.free-av.com. Check out http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-sAFtLsc8erIoh.ENhks... for more details.

  • 1 decade ago

    avg free is really excellent avast,norton,kesperky and the rest slow your machine down

    i have used avg for a number of years now without problems

    download from here

    http://free.avg.com/download-avg-anti-virus-free-e...

  • 1 decade ago

    i've used AVG for around 3 or 4 years now. i havent had any problems with it or viruses.

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