Best free leightweight antivirus for home/office use?

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Logglogy

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Hi,
I service PCs and after a fresh windows install I always add a free AV.
For last 15 years (about) I usually go with AVG free antivirus. Lately I noticed that AVG is slacking especially for noticing bad file behavior. Could be the reason that Avast bought AVG last year.

I found a new gem Reason Core security. For me this one was quite good, but you need to pay to use it properly.

My question is:

What is the best leightweight AV I could install on a costumer PC?

-needs to be free.

I used to go with Avira, but lately it is also resourceful.

I am just talking about basic protection.

In my opinion best AV you can get is Kaspersky or Esetnod.
 

flavallee

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If I do a fresh install of Windows 7 SP1, I install and use Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0
If I do a fresh install of Windows 10, I use its built-in Windows Defender Security Center
There is no "best" one. It's all a matter of personal choice.

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Logglogy

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If I do a fresh install of Windows 7 SP1, I install and use Microsoft Security Essentials 4.10.209.0
If I do a fresh install of Windows 10, I use its built-in Windows Defender Security Center
There is no "best" one. It's all a matter of personal choice.

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I actually never went with those, because I never trusted them. Would they stop a harmful link or recognize a potentially dangerous file?
 

flavallee

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Those antivirus apps work fine for me. (y)

I also use these free security apps every 14 - 15 days to scan for and remove any detectable threats:
Malwarebytes AdwCleaner
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
SUPERAntiSpyware


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dvk01

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MSE on W7 or Defender on W8.1 or W10 are as effective if not better than any of the free AV. With a lot less to go wrong with interfering with the OS
 

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I use Windows Defender on all my personal devices as well as those of friends, wouldn't even consider loading a third party AV anymore. Free AV from the likes of Avast/AVG are just bloatware these days. Kaspersky has been linked to Russian espionage. ESET NOD32 we use to sell and it did not better than free MSE/Defender, but made us money.
 
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