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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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#91 stopbitching



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Posted 31 May 2012 - 00:55

And my post is going on 6 months old.

6 months equals 2-3 years old links? well sorry for the bump but thread was still active.

#92 Copernic


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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:41

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


EICAR test doesn't mean anything. It's like saying that I'm a great fisherman because when I go fishing in an aquarium I catch everything. Let's face it, Microsoft Security Essentials sucks big time at zero-day threats detection.

#93 Choto Cheeta

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:01

Have been using MSE for last couple of years now.. Infact since it was launched as Beta and since then I never felt the need of any paid product for my personal use off course..

#94 pinprick



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Posted 02 June 2012 - 15:53

Back in the day I used avira personal edition without ads http://www.wikihow.c...-Avira-Antivir. Now I use unix so I don't think I need one if I browse safely, sandbox apps and use the built-in firewall.

#95 salim8



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Posted 24 August 2012 - 18:09

I Use Avira AntiVir from more then two years Protect My Pc from many threaths and delete alot of viruses before even I point on it by mouse

#96 TTGSteve



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Posted 09 September 2012 - 00:00

Honestly, I think I'm going to make the switch to MSE. I've been using AVG for awhile, but I'm seeing a lot of people think that MSE is better.

#97 farmeunit


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Posted 09 September 2012 - 00:19

I like Avira the best. I've seen several infections with MSE using Java or HTML exploit that Avira has picked up. I put MSE on other people's computers just because it doesn't have the prompts for purchasing that others do, but for my own I use Avira or Kaspersky (which of course is not free).

#98 StrikedOut


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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:47

We have Kaspersky Endpoint for work but I use MSE with Malwarebytes on my personal PC which I also install on peoples PC's that come to me along with a liink to Microsoft's online Security Scanner in the favourites.

#99 macstorm


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:58

Where the hell is the free Avira AntiVir on the list???

Uh oh, the so called "unbiased" polls :rolleyes:

#100 Mr Nom Nom's

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:18

I've been using MSE since it first came out and quite frankly it's going to have to be a pretty hard sell by anti-virus vendors to ever get me to purchase their software.

#101 OP +goretsky


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Posted 10 October 2012 - 07:45


A mistake when creating the poll. You can, of course, select "Other" when choosing your preferred solution and mention your choice in a message.


Aryeh Goretsky

Where the hell is the free Avira AntiVir on the list???

Uh oh, the so called "unbiased" polls :rolleyes:

#102 enc_MAYhem



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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:02

comodo gets the job done for me!

#103 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 15:55

I am starting to get tired of Security Essentials a.k.a. Windows Defender

Some days ago, and also, for some time in Consumer Preview of Windows 8, it started eating up my resources pretty badly. I mean processor at full 100% for God knows how long. I had to refresh my PC, to get rid of it.

I am thinking about getting BitDefender now

#104 Kriz


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 17:42

Had no problems what so ever with MSE (Y)

#105 bman


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:15

I keep hearing that the MSE/Defender included with Windows 8 is actually pretty good, well for me I like being able to scan a file when I want too. Defender in Windows 8 is too much in the background, no options.

So before I started using MSE (windows 7) I used to use AVG, which I stopped because it became fat with crap. Is it still crappy?

I tried Avast, screwed up my internet and system, not working with 8 yet. I want the lightest antivirus out there, working 100% with Windows 8?