Free 1 year anti-virus subscriptions for your Windows 7 PC

With the official Windows 7 launch just minutes away here Central Time Zone in the United States, users around the world are going to need a good anti-virus to protect their PC. Three companies are currently offering free 1 year subscriptions to coincide with today's launch.

First up is IObit Security 360™ PRO. IObit Security 360 PRO is an advanced malware & spyware removal utility that detects, removes the deepest infections, and protects your PC from various of potential spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, bots, worms, and hijackers. With the unique "Dual-Core" engine and the heuristic malware detection, IObit Security 360 PRO detects the most complex and deepest spyware and malware in a very fast and efficient way. IObit Security 360 PRO has a real-time malware protection and frequent automatic updating for prevention of zero-day security threats. IObit Security 360 PRO can work with your Antivirus for a superior PC security.

Retail listing: $29.95
Click here to download (Offer expires on November 11, 2009).

Next up is Panda Internet Security 2010. Panda Internet Security 2010 is is a security suite that lets you use the Internet with complete peace of mind. It protects you from viruses, spyware, rootkits, hackers, online fraud, identity theft and all other Internet threats. The anti-spam engine will keep your inbox free from junk mail while the Parental Control feature ensures your children can use the Web safely. And thanks to the new Collective Intelligence technology, the solution is now much faster than previous versions. Compatible with Windows 7.

Retail listing: $79.95
Click here to download (Offer is only valid to U.S. residents).

And finally we have Kapersky Internet Security 2010. The most advanced Internet security software with premium protection from viruses, spyware hackers and spam. Also includes comprehensive identity theft and phishing protection, parental and privacy controls, and superfast performance.

Retail listing: $79.95
Click here to download.

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Tim Dawg on 21 Oct 2009 - 22:26
users around the world are going to need a good anti-virus to protect their PC

What? I have several Win 7 machines and only half of them have AV. If you're responsible and not a complete moron then you won't get infected. Duh


If you have any given version of Windows, you are a bloody idiot not to run AV. It is a must, Windows and many applications like Flash, etc, has security exploits. You must have protection no matter what. And since the people reading this, is online, means you are a target for a million viruses and worms and trojans.

A very tempting target for drive by infections from the likes of Antivirus 2009 (and the Zblob family of fake antiviruses)

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

Stick with Microsoft Security Essentials, and here is why...

1) Free

2) Use OS APIs - doesn't inject itself into the I/O or network stack
a) Better Performance
b) No compatibility issues
c) More secure, as malware can use the 'injected' code of programs like McAfee or Norton to gain access

3) It is a 'community' based Anti-Malware
a) Quick monitoring response to new threats
b) More people that use it, the more it catches
c) Monitors all changes malware makes - so it can remove not only the malware but the changes to the OS
based on what users affected with the malware report to the community services. So instead of just
removing the malware, it can repair the registry and other things the Malware might have changed.
d) 100% anonymous, so even if you have illegal software or porn, no one will ever know.
(People that dealt with AntiVirus 2009 outbreak on XP last year will appreciate this, as MS Malware remover and Defender were the only technologies that would 'completely' remove it and every change it made to the OS.

4) Replaces Defender in Vista and Win7 - uses variation of same engine technology but integrates with anti-Virus to a easy install without having several programs fighting doing the same thing.

5) You can turn off 'real-time' protection and still be safe, and get even more performance out of system. (Have it check your system once a day as it is scheduled, and right click on suspect things you download and tell it to scan just them - This way it isn't filtering everything, and on Vista and Win7 you are very safe this way.)


There are other good solutions out there that people like, but at the very least everyone should UNINSTALL and stay away from the main offenders found on new computers like (Norton, McAfee) - as they kill performance, cause compatibility problems, etc. (They truly hijack processes in the OS instead of using the mechanisms Microsoft designed.)

Everyone moving to Win7, you will have to uninstall or reinstall your anti-virus anyway, so try Microsoft Security Essentials, you can always go back to your old standby software. However, you will probably like it, and it is based on hard technology that is designed to work with Windows well. (The engine is based on Microsoft's Forefront enterprise monitoring protection software solutions.)

Leo Natan said,
At first I was gonna take you serious... Then saw this:

i think he meant he'd rather not have Anti-Virus protection than install Norton Virus 2010

This is turning out to be pretty funny.
1. Its only to US residents, alot of the other host party country ppl are qq'ing and kaspersky is blaming MS for it.
2. People are combing the houseparty site en masse' for host email addresses
3. Hosts are getting up in arms about having no keys left all of a sudden.

On a plus side for em I believe all hosts regardless of country are starting to get their 1yr Norton 2010 free subscription emails so thats something for em.

Apparently Norton sends them specifically to host email addresses. The norton offer is a one-license only thing for hosts. From what ive seen on other forums it appears to be for all hosts and not limited to the USA, which is nice for the hosts from other countries who missed out on KIS.

Tried signing up for the Kaspersky Offer, however it says my email address ain't in their database, though I am a Windows 7 Launch Party Host, so I don't know why, other than me being in the UK but it don't have anything saying US Only and even if it is, what's the point of the country box if so ??

i`m a Windows 7 Launch Party host in the UK also and having the same problem. Email not in Database. Does`nt mention anything about not be for UK hosts

From Working in the IT Support industry I can safely say all the AV's on offer are RUBBISH and don't catch half the stuff out there.

I would recommend ESET NOD32 to anyone, even MS use this in-house!

danielsmith89 said,
From Working in the IT Support industry I can safely say all the AV's on offer are RUBBISH and don't catch half the stuff out there.

I would recommend ESET NOD32 to anyone, even MS use this in-house!

Gotta agree, Anti-Virus software is a 20 year old technology trying to deal with modern day malware, it will allways be one step behind.....
Saying that though in the majority of cases it`s better than nowt.

I don't like begging, but if anyone wants to message me a host email so I can get Kaspersky (no spam, I promise!) I would really appreciate it

oh well thats interesting, I guess MS passed on the houseparty winner details as the Kaspersky site says my email is invalid. ah well kudos to them for not letting me rort em :p

In positive news if you were a host you and up to 15 of your attendees are entitled to the license.

I have seen many computers come in with Eset's Nod32 come in all infected and we use Kaspersky and that cleans it all up so to say Kaspersky is rubbish is bs. (although if a PC is really infected it is best to just reformat it)

tbh i would't get any of those Panda and Kapersky are pretty rubbish now, older versions were quite good, i'd go with the new version of AVG 9 if you want something free or http://www.eset.com/ if u want something to pay for.
Eset isn't as far as i know a very well know AV company but i've used it for years and its fantastic.

I work at a pc repair shop and we use it there we get loads of machines comming in with Norton, Mcaffee, Kapersky and many more all with viruses, scan it with ESET and it kills them all. really really good, they even offer a free scan and removal from their website, http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/ don't know how effective it is compared with their full software though.

If you hold your finger down on F5 on that page you can see the screen that will eventually appear, however you need to be a party host or guest.

yup, doesnt look like its for all!

script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
var frmvalidator = new Validator("kaspertini_party");

frmvalidator.addValidation("fname","req","Please enter your first name.");
frmvalidator.addValidation("lname","req","Please enter your last name.");
frmvalidator.addValidation("country","req","Please enter your Country.");
frmvalidator.addValidation("email","req","Please enter your email address.");
frmvalidator.addValidation("email","email","Please enter a valid email address.");
frmvalidator.addValidation("host_email","req","Please enter your host's email address.");
frmvalidator.addValidation("host_email","email","Please ensure your host's email address is valid.");


The Kaspersky offer doesn't seem to be for everyone.

Kaspersky Internet Security Offer for Windows 7 Launch Parties

Thank you for visiting our special offer page for Windows 7 Launch Party attendees and hosts.

applied for Panda 2010 and awaiting email, said I should recieve one straight away and one in 2 to 3 working days although not even got the first one yet lol.

trying IObit, got the key but it wont activate, te activation screen seems broken.

This doesn't seem like a Windows 7 type promotion, these seem more like we scared of MSE, which is fast, non bloated with a good UI.

Stick with MSE or Avira. There's no need to pay for AV software anymore. All of the "extra features" are nothing more than marketing gimmicks to steal your money.

+1 to Avira ;)

best FREE AV out there hands down imho.

Avast on the other hand (also free)... seems like a semi-resource hog as it seems to scan files way to much to the point it actually drags down certain apps (i.e. Alt.Binz (it's a newsgroup client) etc) where it dont happen with Avira. i believe when i tested this it was on Windows Vista so i cant say if stuff like this happens on WinXP or Windows 7. (for the record... i am currently on Windows 7 x64)

dvb2000 said,
Just stick with Microsoft Security Essentials. Its free FOREVER!


I agree, MSE is free and also a valid AV which would suit most users....

Yes, and it catches more than Malwarebytes and McAfee does atm. I've used them all on 6 computers now, found 6 different things in the red. MSE is great for now, till those other companies get around to killing it.

Same here....ditched NOD because they got into the stupid "suite" BS also.
Too much, too bloated. MSE does what I need, and the price is right. Good idea by MS. Yeah, you can't completely lock down an OS, and make it functional, so why not release a good quality FREE AV solution.

Mmm MSE all the way really .. all these "Internet Security" packages are over-bloated (is that even a word?) and interfere with daily operations more than they should to.

yeah i totally agree... all those 'internet security packages' are NOT worth there money AT ALL. especially for us more technical savvy people on here.

but even if your not technical savvy. a decent AV program is all most people would need if they aint super stupid on what they run and use on there PC's.

ThaCrip said,
yeah i totally agree... all those 'internet security packages' are NOT worth there money AT ALL. especially for us more technical savvy people on here.

but even if your not technical savvy. a decent AV program is all most people would need if they aint super stupid on what they run and use on there PC's.

the problem is that each of these companies specialize in one part of the suite
Kaspersky was great for AV, but i hear the their firewall isnt great(i heard this over a year ago though)
I peronally like to mix-match my software
Oh well, all of em are basically what the average person needs anyhow

Cool! If I wasn't so confident in my own internet safety, I'd pick up that copy of Kaspersky right away (if it's anything like the older versions).

That's great, except that MSE is available and is free. If I so had the inclination I'd jump on that Panda, though. I tried it when I was using XP and was really impressed, I just couldn't afford it.

users around the world are going to need a good anti-virus to protect their PC

What? I have several Win 7 machines and only half of them have AV. If you're responsible and not a complete moron then you won't get infected. Duh

Tim Dawg said,
What? I have several Win 7 machines and only half of them have AV. If you're responsible and not a complete moron then you won't get infected. Duh


Hence why users are going ot need a good anti-virus to protect their PC. :P

well i agree with you although...

even the more paranoid of us can still slip up once in a great while (although lately i been getting better at avoiding possible infections due to avoiding 'cracks' and stuff for software and generally been trying to find good FREE apps for vast majority of the stuff i use. this alone lowered my chances of infection quite a bit since my chances of getting infected through email is pretty slim etc.... and i typically try to KNOW the software i use quite a bit to limit any chance of spyware etc getting through....... in fact, i have NO cracked software on my PC. as all my general PC needs are taken care of with FREE software.)

bottom line... for a high percentage of people it's NOT a good idea to go without some decent AV protection.

i personally like and use 'Avira' (the FREE version) since it has solid protection and aint a resource hog like Avast etc are.... only catch with Avira is that 1 time per day (when it updates the Virus Defs) you will get a single popup (not spyware etc though) but you can simply close it and it's fine. (p.s. i dont even get the popup's on my main PC at all since i got AD-Muncher running and it blocks damn near everything ... but that is not free)

Tim Dawg said,
What? I have several Win 7 machines and only half of them have AV. If you're responsible and not a complete moron then you won't get infected. Duh

I use ESET Security--Rated number 1 internet security in the United States for a subscription based service--It is so secure that you have to have a user id and a password just to download it. The BEST!

The OP is obviously too young to remember the vast scare of viruses/trojans/ and worms that infected most of the Internet in the earlier part of this decade.

Those of us who remember cleaning that crap off know better, and get whatever they can to secure Windows better.

tell me about it a site i go to all the time has just been at by MSE so i wrote them an email telling them whats up and the fixed it