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Definitive Best *Free* Antivirus 2012

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Poll: Favorite Free AV (780 member(s) have cast votes)

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#16 Mystical112

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 21:57

MSE


#17 44MLX

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 21:59

Microsoft Security Essentials. (Y)

#18 PGHammer

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 22:14

Microsoft Security Essentials all the way.

The question on my lips at this moment is do we need threads like this year in year out, why not just have a definitive thread for antivirus products?


Primarily because of product changes from year to year - the pressure over the past year has, in fact, been largely because of the improvements of MSE year over year.

Fortunately, MSE hasn't decided to rest on its laurels - the current public beta has some surprising improvements over the current non-beta version.

MSE itself is under pressure from a vastly rewritten Norton, not to mention perennial non-US-based favorites such as Kapersky and ESET.

May the best product keep the virii and malware off our computers.

#19 alpha2beta

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 22:28

I would have to say for me fixing computers daily it would be MalwareBytes Anti Malware Pro Version with Microsoft Security Essentials V4 (beta at the moment) or MalwareBytes Anti Malware Pro with Avast!

#20 Ian Wilcox

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 22:28

I dont use anything on my mac however last month when i did have a pc ... MSE all the way!

#21 +bomberh

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 22:37

+1 MSE :yes:

#22 vetFourjays

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 00:13

Avast here, as it agrees with my PC and has decent detection rates. They occasionally release "bad" updates though which can be annoying (one update marked the whole Internet as a virus and another prevented network connections from working altogether).

I tried Microsoft Security Essentials once and it really didn't agree with my computer. Made the computer unusable for a good minute or two after boot-up. No idea what the point was so I'll take the occasional bad update over that.

#23 bgjerlow

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 00:15

Nothing beats Microsoft Security Essentials combined with Avast Free as a secondary. Awesome combination that I've been using for over a year now.

#24 Miuku.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 00:27

So to me this is one superior free product that outdoes all the others that ofter free alternatives.

Yet month after month after month MSE ranks as the worst protection in every AV test and fails to detect some of the most pervasive and common threats. Placebo can be a horrible thing.

As for the "best" free, I've recommended AVG and Avast to the people that I know that still use Windows.

#25 tsupersonic

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 00:32

None - my common sense

#26 Ayepecks

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 00:36

MSE

#27 Cøi

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:20

Yet month after month after month MSE ranks as the worst protection in every AV test and fails to detect some of the most pervasive and common threats. Placebo can be a horrible thing.

Really? Simple Google and Bing searches don't say so:
http://news.softpedi...ec-McAfee-3.jpg
http://dottech.org/w...n_3_Chart_8.png
http://dottech.org/w...2-03_015153.png
http://www.pcworld.c..._very_good.html
http://4.bp.blogspot...tDefender-3.jpg

As for the "best" free, I've recommended AVG and Avast to the people that I know that still use Windows.

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#28 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:23

MSE is by far the best out there.

#29 EyEvil

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:35

MSE

#30 ThePitt

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 01:39

AVG AntiVirus Free