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    Free Antivirus Software

    Hi,

    For a variety of reasons, I'm fed up with Norton Internet Security and am looking for a new antivrus program.

    The program need not include any phishing protection or a firewall, since I'll use Vista's built-in programs.

    Any recommendations? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    All about AV products is in the Security and Backup Forum. Start maybe here: <post:=725,465>post 725,465</post:>

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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    Not sure where you are in the U.S but if you are a Comcast user then you can download the Full McAfee antivirus and firewall package for free.
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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    Personally, when it comes to an antivirus program I don't trust any of the "free" offerings . . . yes, I realize there will probably be all kinds of rebuttals from some who will laud how great brand xxxx is and how they have never been infected, etc. To each their own.

    But for my own machines and for ALL my clients I only use Kaspersky AV. My second choice would be NOD32. There are simply too many reasons to list why I prefer to pay for antivirus protection. But I will mention one which is worth considering. On most of the PC's I'm paid to "fix" invariably they are infected with a virus, trojan, etc., and the machines have one of the "free" AV's installed, e.g., AVG, Avast, or even one of the big pay-through-the-nose programs, e.g., McAfee or Norton. After completely uninstalling the installed AV program, installing KAV and running a scan, the "baddies" are found and eradicated.

    PS - I do not work for Kaspersky Labs nor am I a retailer for Kaspersky products. I am simply a PC Tech who has worked on 100's of machines and thereby see what these "free" AV programs can and cannot do.

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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    I doubt that Comcast gets the full package of McAfee security software - which they offer to their subscribers - for free from McAfee! It is only free to their customers because Comcast is paying lots for the privilege of using it. More importantly, people should download and use an antivirus program that suits their needs, is easy to maintain, stays up to date with current definitions, and keeps their computer clean!


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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    @Skitterbug - More likely is that McAfee pays Comcast to make their software available to the user base, allowing McAfee to then sell upgrades and such.

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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    @Pilgrim - I used free AV programs for years w/o problems. The last virus I encountered was way back in 1997 when I brought some files home from work on a floppy disk.

    I would question if the problem is really the free AV packages or if the user has been updating the signatures (usually daily)? Plus most average users seem to practice poor computer security, usually opening attachments in emails, regardless of the ever constant warnings against doing so. Why? Because the average user doesn't read computer technology blogs, forums or articles in trade journals, newspapers, etc. Probably be best if this information could somehow be integrated int o the search results for Paris Hilton, etc.

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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    I am curious to know which way it is - ISP paying the company providing the security software program? Or the security software company paying the ISP to use it?

    I am with RoadRunner and I am provided "free" full package security software <CA Internet Security Suite> which is updated for free every year. I don't pay extra money for it ever.


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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    As I stated originally, there was bound to be some who would claim their experience with "free" AV programs has been fine. However, one's own experience does not necessarily mean it is typical. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> With literally hundreds of instances of working on other's PC's what I have found is that the "free" AV programs by and large and two of the most popular pay versions; Norton and McAfee do not offer sufficient protection.

    Yes, I agree 100% that in most instances the user made the mistake, either out of ignorance or stupidity (knew better) of downloading and/or installing infected files. However, it should not matter what reason the infected file(s) were introduced, the AV program should intercept it and eradicate it regardless of source. Case in point, just this past Monday a client dropped off their Dell desktop PC complaining that there were myriad popups and the poor thing had slowed to a crawl. Norton Security Suite 2009 was installed, fully operational and updated. I recognized immediately that the machine was infected with "Antivirus 2009" a malicious trojan and malware. I uninstalled Norton completely and installed Kaspersky AV 2009 (8.0.0.454) and Malwarebye's Anti-malware. ALL infections (387) were completely removed and now the machine is running great. The infection was allowed due to innocent ignorance on someone's part. But again, Norton should have caught these things. <img src=/S/igiveup.gif border=0 alt=igiveup width=31 height=23>

    So, to each their own. I wouldn't have it any other way. The more people who insist on using inferior security products the more money I make! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/dance2.gif>
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    Re: Free Antivirus Software

    Sorry for the delay in replying. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.

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