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Best free leightweight antivirus for home/office use?

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Logglogy, May 25, 2018.

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  1. Logglogy

    Logglogy Thread Starter

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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.
     
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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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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  3. Logglogy

    Logglogy Thread Starter

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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?
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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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 Moderator Malware Specialist

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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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