best free Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Dario D., Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Dario D.

    Dario D. Gawd

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    Hi all. I've been searching for a free anti-virus/anti-spyware combo that actually has real-time protection (AVG Anti-Spyware free doesn't - and this is crucial), but can't find anything. Is there a good solution for this? So far, I've only found real-time protection in the pay versions of everything.

    I'm working on a video for the net, and am trying to find something to recommend, that preferably doesn't involve having to run 2 different programs.

    Thanks.
     
  2. somename

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    I use Avira. I think it has the best detection rate among free AV progs. It works well and is light on resources. One negative is that it has nag pop-ups whenever it does definition update. It can get annoying, but I've learned to live with it.
     
  3. Silversierra

    Silversierra Limp Gawd

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    Doesn't that make it "ad-ware?" :p

    I like avg, although I understand it doesn't have amazing detection rates, and also doesn't have the real time protection you desire.
     
  4. oboyco

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    Another vote for Antivir. Very light and effective
     
  5. TechieSooner

    TechieSooner [H]ardness Supreme

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    Tried Avast! on my new notebook. Not a fan.
    Really have been disliking AVG lately.

    About to bite the bullet and buy about 4 NOD32 licenses for home use.
     
  6. junglicious

    junglicious Limp Gawd

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    Right now I use AVG and Avast. I have a retail copy of Kaspersky somewhere but I haven't bother to install it. I also don't have real time virus protection on either. I only run them on some files I download and maybe a full scan once a month?

    There are other ways to keep you safe without having to buy or bother with those type of programs. I am not saying you shouldn't use them, just that you shouldn't have to depend on them.
     
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  8. oboyco

    oboyco Gawd

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    Nod32 is free?
     
  9. Grentz

    Grentz [H]ard as it Gets

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    Nope.


    I like Avast for free, a bit bulky at times, but better than pretty much anything else in that regard besides the Corp versions and NOD32. Easy to recommend to people as well as the site is very user friendly.
     
  10. Aaron909

    Aaron909 Limp Gawd

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    I'm using Kaspersky, works well...was included with my DS3L motherboard
     
  11. onick

    onick Limp Gawd

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    i am using AVG Free Edition for anti virus and AVG anti spyware at this moment.
     
  12. Jerome36

    Jerome36 2[H]4U

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    I use Avast, and have for quite a few years now.
     
  13. TechLarry

    TechLarry Can't find the G Spot

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    For spyware there's nothing better than SuperAntiSpyware at this time.

    Adaware has gone to the dogs.

    Spybot? The man tries (thank you so much!), but he just can't keep up any more :(
     
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    I use AnitVir for virus pretection, and Windows Defender for spyware. Only been a week or two, but so far im liking it.
     
  15. Dario D.

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    According to their info page, SAS free version doesn't have real-time protection :( (in other words, it won't prevent a spyware infestation; it'll just try to remove it *after* it has taken over your system)
     
  16. xxEIEIOxx

    xxEIEIOxx 2[H]4U

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    Correct, you must have the pro version for real time protection. If you install the free version, when you update it you will get a prompt to buy a lifetime pro license for 19.99. Not free, but not bad. As far as what you are looking to find free, I have not come across anything with those capabilities. Wouldn't mind if someone else has, people are always asking for free antivirus/antispyware. I send most poeple to AVG free and Spybot S&D. Not the best, but free.
     
  17. sharp

    sharp [H]ard|Gawd

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    http://www.comodo.com/

    They have free "mostly everything" and it all seems to work quite well as far as I've seen over several systems / OS over the past year or more.

    I used to use AVG, but switched so I could use just one company's products.

    For pay stuff, Nod32.

    sharp
     
  18. Dario D.

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    Hmm, Comodo Anti-Virus + Anti-Malware seems really good, except that Comodo Anti-Virus crashes my computer like crazy, and barely lets me boot up before freezing it again. :( Shucks... I was liking it until then. Have you been using the current version, 2.0 Beta?
     
  19. TechieSooner

    TechieSooner [H]ardness Supreme

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    Well, a Beta isn't really a "current version".

    You really shouldn't expect a Beta to perform all that well either, as it is... a beta.

    That said, most other companies have things for the most part fairly solid when it gets to the beta stage, sounds to me like Comodo doesn't.
     
  20. Dario D.

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    Unfortunately, 2.0 beta is the only version they let you download, which is why I call it the "current version". :(
     
  21. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ [H]ard|Gawd

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    Best free AV is Avira AntiVir in terms of detection rates. I remember reading several huge AV threads on antivirus/security forums and it ranked #1 for detection rates. There is an occasion nag screen to buy the full version but it's not that bad. AVG use to be great but apparently has gone downhill.

    Best paid AV is Kaspersky, and anything that uses the Kaspersky engine. #2 is NOD32... If I recall correctly it was marginally behind, by like 1-2%.

    I personally use NOD32 v2 at home and AntiVir for clients.
     
  22. xxEIEIOxx

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    I pretty much agree with all of this. The only problem I have had with AntiVir is that a lot of people I have hooked up with it can't stand the nag screen.

    Kaspersky tends to be my first choice, I own licenses for it and NOD32. My biggest complaint about NOD32 however is that it is WAY to easy to kill its process. I was searching for software reviews one time, when I hit a site that turned out to be a warez site. Didn't know before clicking the link, but I couldn't believe when the NOD32 tray icon just disappeared and I saw a popup and a toolbar installed itself. I had to load Kaspersky to clean it up. Only thing that I installed that could even detect it. Some form of Vundo. I will never fully trust NOD32 again, but everything fails sometimes.
     
  23. OldMX

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    Avast! with SUPERAntispyware has served me good, nothing they cant remove and not a single bad thing to say :D
     
  24. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ [H]ard|Gawd

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    That's a crazy experience. How long ago did this occur? Was it with Nod32 v3 beta or Nod32 v2?
     
  25. Decepticon

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    Best free solutions that I've found;

    Anti-Virus: AVG Free Edition
    Anti-Spyware: Spybot + Ad-Aware

    ...I'd really recommend buying a NOD32 license though...that is my anti-virus of choice overall.
     
  26. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ [H]ard|Gawd

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    Forgot to mention that SUPERAntispyware is fantastic for anti-spyware. Ad-aware/Spybot have gone downhill.
     
  27. TechieSooner

    TechieSooner [H]ardness Supreme

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    Under XP logged on as an Administrator- yes. And this is only on the requirement that there was something pre-existing on the system to kill it (otherwise, NOD32 would detect it ahead of time).

    Once again, this is a fantastic area in which Vista's UAC helps protect not only the OS but other programs... Being you need Administrator rights to kill that process, UAC will stop it.

    You can shut down the UI from a restricted account, yes. But not the engine itself.
     
  28. Stonedrop

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    Can it use with Vista OS ?
     
  29. xxEIEIOxx

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    It was probably about a year ago. It was with v2.

    This was on XP. Received a popup and then I saw the NOD32 icon disappear. Next an IE window opens with a new toolbar. This is also easier than you think. Over at Wilders there was a thread about how easily you could rename the NOD executable, kill the process, and that was that. http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=191629&highlight=rename
     
  30. TechieSooner

    TechieSooner [H]ardness Supreme

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    Exactly. I'm just saying though, if you are running as Administrator anywhere, it is obviously an issue (Administrator has all authority, obviously).

    Vista just has the advantage of UAC to stop it...
    Take a look at Task Manager in Vista. The UI process is there, and running at the user level, but the engine requires Administrator permissions to get to.
     
  31. 2k3eblade

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    I've used both AVG and Avast. They are great apps and both are freeware.
     
  32. entropism

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    I was using Kaspersky's suite, but it slowed down my browsing pretty bad. Comodo's firewall is absolutely TOP NOTCH, but their AV and spyware are seriously lacking. Right now, I'm using Avira paid (3 month trial) and Comodo, with the paid SuperAntiSpyware. I was going to go with NOD32, as I loved it in the past, but their HTTP filtering uses a proxy, which basically kills your firewall's application control.

    As for the best free services:

    AV - Avira. I've tried them all, and Avira just rocks.
    Firewall - Comodo or OnlineArmor free. Both come with HIPS, work wonderfully. OnlineArmor is a bit simpler, Comodo more versatile.
    Spyware - LOVING SuperAntiSpyware, but if you absolutely have to get a free version, I'd just use the HIPS included with Comodo, or use ThreatFire free version to add HIPS to your current firewall/AV combo.
     
  33. chrispycrunch

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    After I got a nasty virus with Symantec anti-virus installed (don't laugh), I dumped it in favor of AVG. AVG free ed has been good to me so far. For anti-spyware I have windows defender, but it hasn't detected anything.

    My DS3R came with Kaspertey - I never opened it. Maybe I should???

    I'll give super anti-spyware a try.
     
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    Just wanted to say thanks for those who posted in this thead. Been using AVG recently, and it really has started to suck. I might end up buying a NOD32 lisc, but i'll test out Avira first.

    Now I know that Norton and McAfee get a lot of hate for being such resource hogs, but when it comes to their virus protection, how does it stand up to say, AVG or NOD32. Anyone have any experience with that?
     
  36. TechieSooner

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    Nothing beats NOD32.
    Hands down the best AV out there.

    As for Norton versus AVG, I really don't think there is much of a difference, other than Norton will bog your system down like it's dripping with honey.
     
  37. chrispycrunch

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    Can you elaborate on why AVG sucks? It's been better than norton in my experience.
    I turn off the scheduled updates and get that done manually. i find it nags too much if left at its default settings.