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    Best Free AntiVirus?

    Hi,

    Pls. can you recommend me the most robust/best FREE Antivirus & kindly provide the URL where it can be downloaded from (for WinXP).

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    the most robust (and at no additional charge) antivirus strategy I have is:

    <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>buy a Mac! <img src=/S/duck.gif border=0 alt=duck width=23 height=23>

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    There are almost none left - AVG is probably the best known.

    I can't believe you can't do http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navc...ivirus+software!!!
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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    AVG Anti-Virus from Grisoft certainly has my vote. I've never had a problem with it and it's saved me on many occasions.

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    Another AVG user here. Also saved my rear on several occasions. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    I've had good luck with Avast!

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    And another to look at, my trusty standby for the last few years, is <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.free-av.com/">AntiVir
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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    I'd vote for AVG by Grisoft too but with a caveat. Grisoft have recently upgraded their product with a new engine for the AV. The new version 7 doesn't have a free version but you can still download the older free ver 6. They have said they will continue to support ver 6 but who knows for how long. (I suspect that will depend on how different the update files are between the two versions).

    The do offer a free 30? day trial of the new version. I tried it on my Win98SE P200MMX machine and it bogged the system down so much that i uninstalled and went back to ver 6. I have heard of other similar problems.

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    Thanks, I found quite a few via Google but wanted to only consider RECOMMENDED ones.

    I went through some of the ones you recommended but for Commercial use they are not free. Pls. can you suggest ones that can be used by a company legally? TIA.

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    Most (all?) antivirus companies are in business to make money, so they reckon that your company ought to make enough money to pay for their antivirus product.

    Seems fair, no?
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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    "free" software often costs more than "paid for" software.

    I recently started fusing a fee utility for which the author gives a "support" email address.
    Yet I, and others, cannot seem to get a response.

    What about updates/bug fixes, there is less incentive to fix "free" software, and most importantly in a timely manner.

    For critical software, such as auntie virus software, "free" may prove to be costly.

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 13-Aug-03 21:41. Just noticed you are in England...)</P>How large a company? I recommend Trend Micro OfficeScan Corporate Edition for business desktop antivirus. Its central administration is very slick; version 5.x is much improved over 3.x. A 50-user license package is $900 at buy.com ($18/seat). Wonderful product. And a wonderful client. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Added: Product information page in British English. Sorry, I don't know how to search for product pricing in the U.K. in an efficient manner.

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    Howard, your general statement is, in general, correct. IMHO however, Grisoft has proven to be the exception. They update the virus definitions on a regular basis (latest update was Aug-12). I can't remember when I first installed it, probably been a couple of years, but I've not needed support everything ticks along just fine, so I can't speak to that issue. They consistently rank very high in the AV comparisons. My past experiences with AV software has been less than satisfactory. McAfee and Norton both seem bloated to me in comparision to AVG. On the other hand ver. 7 of AVG sadly breaks the overhead bloat barrier from a few comments I've read. I think that has to do with changes made for network installations. Nevertheless, how many times do we hear in the lounge and elsewhere when problems occur, "do you use Norton AV? there's a known conflict there..." When Grisoft drops the free version, this humble user won't hesitate to pony up the fee. All of the above applies to ZoneAlarm by the way. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    Brian

    You could always buy the Pro version of ZoneAlarm!!

    I thought that AVG was free only for all single home and non-commercial end users Worldwide?
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    Re: Best Free AntiVirus?

    You're right on all counts John. I went astray of the original post requesting free business av software. I use the free versions of AVG and ZoneAlarm on my home system and have recommened and installed the pro or pay versions of both on company systems. My intention was to address Howard's comments regarding the reliability of free software. Both of these products have demonstrated good performance, update support and reliabilty to me. Forgive the divergence. <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

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