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Old 11th January 2010, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Which Antivirus Software do you use ? Why?

Anti-virus Software's are much essential programs of every Windows PC these days. Surfing online without an updated anti-virus program is like inviting viruses, adwares and Malwares, which harms your pc.Here are some best anti-virus programs . So Guys, Which of these Antivirus Software do you use ? Why?
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Old 11th January 2010, 11:18 PM   #2
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AVG Free. Its free and does the job.

You only need a more thorough anti virus if you download a lot of files from naughty websites!
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Old 12th January 2010, 06:49 PM   #3
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Me too: AVG Free.

I also used to use Jeticho firewall. However, I had no idea what to do with the many warnings / notifications it used to give every time I accessed a different website: which programs to allow and which to block. So I decided to allow everything when I visited sites which I trusted. On sites which I was not sure about I would block everything unless the page would not open properly. As a result I'm not sure if the firewall really protected my pc from malware, since I did not know (and still don't) how to use it properly. At present I don't use any firewall.

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Old 18th January 2010, 09:47 AM   #4
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I use Avast. It has kept my computers clean for years - and it's free with regular updates. I also use Spybot and Windows Defender.
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Old 18th January 2010, 11:45 PM   #5
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I use exactly the same programs Richardksa has listed above. I used AVG up until last year but the incessant upgrade 'offers' are tedious.

They can be downloaded legally and for free at either www.download.com or www.filehippo.com

Direct Links below:

Avast: http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Home-...html?tag=mncol

AVG: http://www.filehippo.com/download_avg_antivirus/

Windows Defender: http://www.filehippo.com/download_windows_defender/

Spybot: http://www.filehippo.com/download_sp...earch_destroy/

Spybot was the business for years but has got mixed reviews of late. You can install it on your pc, for later use. Avast should suffice nicely.

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Old 19th January 2010, 01:00 PM   #6
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Avast: Home edition. Works unfussily in the background but seems quite sensitive if a virus presents itself.

Make sure you select the free version. I once recommended it to people who installed the professional (paid for) version in error: and one even, to my horror, paid up after the 30-day trial. The pro version adds a few frilly security upgrades but the free version is very effective.

I used to use AVG but started to find it troublesome: however maybe now its OK as many people still recommend it
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Old 19th January 2010, 01:24 PM   #7
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Oh and just as an afterthought, I use Microsoft Security Essentials on my laptop as it's free. This can only be used if you have a genuine copy of windows as it validates your software.

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

It's very, very easy to use and non-intrusive.

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Old 27th January 2010, 08:20 AM   #8
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I use a virus scanner called Avira Antivir, which comes in different versions depending on what you want it to do:

- Free for personal use - it scans on demand and any files you open

- Premium for 20EUR/year - it additional scans e-mails in transit, web pages before they hit the browser, and it looks for rootkits and ad/spyware

- Professional - like Premium, except it has additional options in the configuration, eg. to send an e-mail when a virus is found (I re-direct these to SMS); there is also a version for Linux

- Small Business - like Professional, but for networks so that the administrator can monitor the state of all the PCs to make sure they keep up-to-date with their definition files
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Old 27th January 2010, 11:05 PM   #9
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Avast -been using it for years and it does exactly what it says on the tin!
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