What is better avast or emsisoft?

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Walker79

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What is better avast or emsisoft? How good is emsisoft? Is the free emsisoft any good?

Note this is for windows 10.

Some people say avast and some say emsisoft. What is better avast or emsisoft? I'm looking for a free antivirus so norton, mcafee, kaspersky or bitlocker is out of the question. Many people seem to say avast.
 

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For Windows 10 the best free antivirus is the inbuilt Windows Defender. All other 3 rd party AV do have some degree of incompatibility issues. I would definitely never install any version of Avast on a W10 computer.

Emsisoft does not have a free version only a paid one. The only free Emsisoft offering is the stand alone emergency repair kit https://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/ which is a scan & clean, not a protect you software.

That emergency repair kit does work very well to repair most infections.

Emsisoft paid for AV excels at Ransomware protection and is probably one of the best at stopping ransomware heuristically.
 

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Windows Defender or Microsoft security essentials?

Note I also have malwarebytes
 

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Windows Defender is the free Antivirus built into Windows 10 or Windows 8.1
Microsoft Security Essentials is the free Av for W7 only

Defender on W7 is a cut down useless piece of software that isn't worth mentioning
 
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