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

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#76 +warwagon

warwagon

    Only you can prevent forest fires.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:20

Oh and heres another thing I was reading which gave it good reviews

http://www.pcworld.c..._very_good.html


Watching it in action on youtube tells a different story.


#77 Ently

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:21

Watching it in action on youtube tells a different story.


Do you have a specific video you could link me please?

#78 +warwagon

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    Only you can prevent forest fires.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:22

Do you have a specific video you could link me please?




#79 Jason Stillion

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:33

Microsoft Security Essentials.

#80 Ently

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:35

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idtLJdNnJQ0


That is interesting but I really remain convinced that MSE is the best freeware antivirus. I used to use Avast a lot as well and that is fairly good.

I just did the eicar test and MSE picked up all virus's straight away

http://www.rexswain.com/eicar.html

#81 +vlsi0n

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:38

I prefer Microsoft Security Essentials

#82 Awsta

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    sci fi

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 18:31

Still using MSE and MBAM.

#83 Nylonee

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 21:42

It's interesting how NOD32 used to be top of the top a few years back and now it doesn't even make it into a category on the list.

#84 Lee G.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 21:44

It's interesting how NOD32 used to be top of the top a few years back and now it doesn't even make it into a category on the list.


That's because this is the free antivirus poll. ;) The paid antivirus poll is here.

#85 EDF

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 16:00

Been using Avast since the 4.x days. A lot of feedback might send me to MSE.

#86 stopbitching

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 19:48

haha, do we all claim troll when we can't handle a bit of constructive criticism? Your negative comments sticks out like a sore thumb. I just said that you fail (you didn't have proof) and then I commented more which was referring to you false claims. Also you can't trust the security firm that you are referring to. 2 of the test used windows XP which is an outdated OS and 1 was windows 7....possibly 32 bit. I use 64 bit. The links I give you are not all from the same site which I view as more reliable. I leave it at that.


ehm, all your links were from 2009 and 2010...

#87 stopbitching

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 19:59

http://www.av-test.o...ests/home-user/
http://www.techradar...#articleContent

#88 jesseinsf

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 22:47

ehm, all your links were from 2009 and 2010...

And my post is going on 6 months old.

#89 MAkhdar

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 22:52

Definitely MSE. I have used Norton 360 ever since it came out as well as Micro Trend Titaninum and I think it is even better than them.

#90 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 23:29

It's interesting how NOD32 used to be top of the top a few years back and now it doesn't even make it into a category on the list.

Even so when I viewed recent comparisons the newer version - 4.2/5.0 - compared poorly to the competition, which was news to me. My renewal for it came up recently and I noticed that they'd considerably increased the price on it. I decided to find something new. I tried AVG free for a while but found it incredibly intrusive and it kept trying to trick me into upgrading (e.g. you haven't done this test, followed by... oh wait, we've detected errors but you have to upgrade to fix them) - the scans also seemed incredibly hard on the hard-drives, as I rarely ever hear my drives. I've just installed MSE and will give that a go for a bit.

The anti-virus landscape has certainly changed since I last had a proper look. Kaspersky - a paid product - got some great reviews but the price is simply ridiculous, even when looking at multi-year licences (the type I usually go for). My biggest concern with MSE is that it will be the most targeted for exploits, especially as it will be installed by default with Windows 8.