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best free anti virus software

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by armiger, Jan 22, 2006.

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  1. armiger

    armiger Thread Starter

    Jul 3, 2004
    What is the best anti virus software at the moment? I am running Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 installed. Definately need one without adware and spyware

    Thanks in advance
  2. dr911


    Sep 21, 2005
    I use "avast". I found 4 viruses on my PC.....use to have "Norton's Systems.......took it out...too much "power-over-load" for my PC. Now a lot of people use "AVG". Some say it's "free".....but I only found "trial" versions of AVG. Avast rocks !!!


    ;) ;)
  3. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi armiger,

    While what dr911 has already advised is a among the best free AVs, what do you mean by best?

    Some folks like an AV with realtime scanning or not, some like them with a small memory footprint and others don't care as long as it gets the job done. One attribute among the best AVs is a frequent, perhaps even daily if not multiple updates of definitions on any one day.

    A signature based AV scanner can only catch those viruses for which it already has a signature, not the late breaking network virus that spreads in the wild very fast for which no one AV yet has the signature. Another attribute than signature based is heuristic. There are some which employ one or both.

    AVK from Extendia is an example of both - it uses Kaspersky and BitDefender (although it is not free).

    Check out the independent review of AVs (August/Sept 2005) at:
    Click on the Comparatives link in the left-hand panel

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