What's the best free virus protection software you can find?

What free virus protection software would you recommend? I know you can get a better quality if you pay for it, but I don't have the funds right now to do that so it's not even worth mentioning.

10 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Favourite answer

    comodo , AVG is not very good in the free version and avira loads up with adware now and avast makes you register every year for no good reason

  • 4 years ago


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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    free? norton 360 trial. it lasts 90 days, so every 90 days you pull a new version and uninstall the current, install the new.

    it's just liek the paid $80 version. but you need ot constantly reinstall it due to the trial limitation.

    Norton is easily the best security (not just AV) software out there.

    in the past i have used the following problems all of them failed at some point resulting in losing irreplaceable data, and days lost in system recovery.

    Avast free

    AVG free





    MSE (microsoft security essentials)

    i tried norton out exactly in that form, and after a year of absolutely no problem I decided to buy the software. i've been using norton on my desktop since, absolutely no problems, it tells me if something tried ot hack me to it found a trojan or whatever.

    since two years ago when AVG & malwarebytes totally failed and it resulted in loss of my netbook (it's a total loss since win 7 starter does not have a recovery disc) I put norton on my laptop too.

    my work computer is most recent to get norton, after a virus wiped it out a few months ago. despite MSE and eset AV.

  • Me2
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    PC Magazine recently tested the free editions of current antivirus products.  AVG proved to have the best protection.  Although it can be difficult to install on systems that are already heavily infected, AVG.com provides no-charge support for installation issues.

    They also found MalwareBytes AntiMalware best for cleaning infected systems, although it does not protect from infections.

    In recurring evaluations performed by three major antivirus test organizations, West Coast Labs, AV-TEST, and AV Comparatives, Microsoft Security Essentials placed last or second-to-last.  It is certainly not effective protection by any definition.

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  • 7 years ago

    The one you choose depends upon your level of technical ability, awareness of security issues and what types of browsing habits, file downloading and file-sharing you perform.

    For general decent advice take the quiz here and it will make a suggestion based on your habits/ knowledge.


    There is no single free AV (or paid) that offers 100 percent guaranteed protection and if you want to keep your data private and protected you need to consider other protection methods.

    If you actually know what you're doing I reccomend:

    Avast AV

    Threatfire or Spyware Terminator



    Thunderbird (more secure email client)


    Comodo Firewall (it's got default deny protection on unknown or unsafe files)

    Microsofts' EMET or MBAM Anti-Exploit (either one will do but MBAM Anti-Exploit won't work alongside Comodo products)

    KeyScrambler Personal

    Sandboxie (for browsing untrusted sites)

    There's a whole lot more to security than that though. You need to keep all software and browser add ons up to date and disable anything that's a security risk (where an exploit is in the wild but no patch is available).

  • 7 years ago

    These are the most popular free anti-virus progams. Choosing the right one is up to you (install only one):

    1. AVG Free

    a. A simple interface (easier to use than Avast! and Avira)

    b. Social Network Protection

    c. Can detect about 95.7% of malware

    Cons: low virus detection


    2. Avast!

    a. More features and less computer impact than AVG or Avira!

    b. Can detect about 97.3% of malware

    Cons: Too many icons and confusing user interface


    3. Avira AntiVir

    a. It can detect and remove malware better than Avast! and AVG

    b. It's cute umbrella icon

    c. Can detect about 99.5% of malware

    Cons: A sluggish update and annoying ads


    4. Microsoft Security Essentials

    a. Simple protection without nagging ads

    b. Low false positive count and network inspection system

    c. Can detect about 92.1% of malware


  • 7 years ago

    Trust only avast or avira if you want a free AV.

    The others are garbage..

  • 7 years ago

    Hi ,

    you need :

    Trusty product

    good product and company

    best support .

    Trend micro




    Regards ,

  • 7 years ago

    i like microsoft security essentials, because this av will not install another driver, because if your computer have so many driver your computer may run slower

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Malwarebytes. Its free and very good. I use it. I highly recommend it.

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