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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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#46 cropcircles



  • Joined: 31-October 04

Posted 12 January 2012 - 20:15

Does MSE protect against bots, phishing, and email protection.

#47 Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi

    "You were the chosen one!"

  • Joined: 11-November 02
  • Location: West-Central Texas

Posted 12 January 2012 - 20:20

+1 more for MSE. :)

#48 Muhammad Farrukh

Muhammad Farrukh

    The End is Nigh

  • Joined: 15-August 11

Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:07

Microsoft Security Essentials.

Never had a problem

#49 d5aqoëp



  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 07-October 07

Posted 13 January 2012 - 05:38

MSE here. Infact my friend offered me free Kaspersky license but I refused. Then I learnt that he too dumped Kaspersky for MSE :D

#50 OP +goretsky


    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 12-March 04
  • Location: Southern California
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro (x86)
  • Phone: HTC One M8 Windows Phone

Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:40


Information about Microsoft Security Essentials' features can be found here.


Aryeh Goretsky

Does MSE protect against bots, phishing, and email protection.

#51 GraveDigger27



  • Joined: 10-August 06
  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • OS: Windows 8 Pro on ASUS laptop, Windows 7 Home Premium on personally built desktop.

Posted 13 January 2012 - 15:25

I use Avast! Free on my systems, but recommend Microsoft Security Essentials to my less "computer knowledgeable" family members. Having a program that is easily updated, can scan a system without any user initiation, and does a credible job of protecting the system are major considerations. I've seen too many computers with outdated virus programs (either the person has let the subscription run out, failed to update the virus definitions, or failed to realize that it no longer is protecting their system). Although a lot of people complain about MSE it seems to a very good job at providing basic protection and is constantly being approved.

That said, Avast! offers even more features and really protects my computer from the majority of potential treats out there. I've used it for years and have been really happy with it - I've tried Avira, AVG and MSE on my desktop but keep coming back to Avast! as it keeps improving.

My only issue with the "free" anti-virus programs is I have to remind my siblings NOT to click on pop-ups they get telling them that "they've been infected" - twice last year I had to clean up systems where they received such a notice, clicked on the message and installed a phony anti-virus program that disabled their existing protection and hijacked their browser's homepage or search settings. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware cleaned up those attacks and I was able to repair their systems without having to do a complete restoration.

#52 Gunzip



  • Joined: 31-January 07

Posted 13 January 2012 - 15:46

Microsoft Security Essentials....

#53 Stonecaper


    Never compromise

  • Joined: 05-October 10
  • Location: Kolkata,India
  • OS: W7U x64 SP1

Posted 17 January 2012 - 23:47

Microsoft Security essentials

#54 camuflage



  • Joined: 09-September 09
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal

Posted 28 January 2012 - 00:37

Avira free

#55 Xerax



  • Joined: 04-December 10
  • Location: London, UK
  • OS: Windows 8.1

Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:42

Microsoft Security Essentials all the way.

#56 Daedroth



  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 15-June 11
  • Location: UK

Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:52


#57 MadPerson


    Resident One Post Wonder

  • Joined: 20-March 12

Posted 20 March 2012 - 09:34

guys out of a the free ones what ones also protects against spam.

#58 pankusareen



  • Joined: 25-August 05

Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:04

avast 7 version is good but the bad news it is not fully compatible with comodo firewall.
More info about the bug

#59 Richard C.

Richard C.

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 15-April 05
  • Location: Around
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro & Mac OSX
  • Phone: iPhone 5

Posted 26 March 2012 - 16:37

Vista in the title bar and 7 in the dialog, MALWARE FAIL :p


#60 AJerman


    Boomer Sooner!

  • Joined: 24-July 02
  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Nexus 5

Posted 26 March 2012 - 18:20

LOL. I hate that one. On the real I hate cleaning it.

Haha, I remember the first time I encountered the whole "Antivirus XP 2005" or whatever it was when it started. Was quite the bitch to remove. All the normal methods of doing things were blocked. Took me a few hours to figure out how to entirely remove it. Helped teach me a lot of better methods to remove stuff like that though.

guys out of a the free ones what ones also protects against spam.

Not sure, but most mail clients have that built in. It's not a really an AV task, not really sure why it ever was.