which free antivirus is best and how to get it?

India
December 28, 2009 10:20am CST
hey mylotters all of you might have your personal computers or laptop. i hope you must be using antivirus to protect your computer. you must have a lot of experience with the free version of many antivirus. please tell me which free version antivirus is best for a computer.i have used quick heal one time. this time it has created a lot of problem to my computer i think. so, i removed it. please recommend a free antivirus and it's website from where i can get it. thanks for response in advance.
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21 responses
• United States
29 Dec 09
I use Avast seams good, http://www.avast.com/eng/download-avast-home.html be sure to download the free version.
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@sheetalnr (589)
• India
30 Dec 09
There are just so many....anyway AVG is a good one. Even Microsoft security essentials is good.
• India
31 Dec 09
all i can't say but most of the mylotters are saying that avg is best one. i will try avg first. it consumes less space in computer and also doesn't affect the speed of the processor. others do affect the speed of processor little bit. i will try avg by removing quick heal from my system. it has made my system slow little bit.
@giegrace (214)
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
AVG used to be a good one. But AVG Free Antivirus is not really helpful to your PC. I'd recommend Microsoft Security essentials if you have Windows 7.
• India
15 Jan 10
i don't have window 7 so i can't use microsoft security essentials. why AVG won't work faithfully?
@lazuardy (152)
• Indonesia
29 Dec 09
There is none anti virus is the best, anti-virus except for the most update, so this was the best. Why ?Had never in its story, medication appeared earlier than the disease, as well as with virus and anti-virus. So in my opinion, all good anti-virus if it is up to date, even its free. But as a suggestion, you can try Avira, its was light and free updates. AVG was ok, but its was more severe and more memory consuming.Website : AVG - http://free.avg.com and Avira - http://www.free-av.com. May help.
• Singapore
29 Dec 09
Indeed, I think it is very important to keep your virus definitions up to date. For me, it is the very first thing I do when I boot up my computer - update the virus definitions for my anti-virus software.
• India
30 Dec 09
we should always update our antivirus. it keeps the antivirus informed about the probable virus attack on your computer. it makes antivirus software informed and updated. so, that it can protect your computer from any sort of attack.
• India
31 Dec 09
in today's world each and every thing changes very fast. so the definition of the virus is also changing very fast. our antivirus need to get information about those definition of the new virus. so, that it can fight with that virus. if the definition of the new virus is not known to the antivirus the how would they fight with the virus attack. In an update of anti virus the definition and how to cumbersome the virus problem is told. so, we must update our antivirus per day or when ever update is showing.
• Singapore
29 Dec 09
Hi shambhukumar, Perhaps you can try the free version of AVG from Grisoft. Personally, I have found it to be the best among free anti-virus software offerings. You can check out the link here http://free.avg.com/ww-en/homepage . PS.: I suggest you install just ONE anti-virus software. In this respect, more is not necessarily better. More than one anti-virus programs installed might crash your computer and it is something I have experienced for myself. Cheers!
• India
31 Dec 09
I have asked about the free antivirus dear not the paid one. i don't have that much money to buy the antivirus. i free anti virus is found on http://www.avg.com/in-en/download?prd=afg i hope my computer will be safe with updating the anti virus per day or when ever update will be available.
@rene12 (797)
• Philippines
29 Dec 09
I have an antivir and avast in my laptop. Avast strains out many kinds of worms that others can't detect while antivir has the most effective guard against virus. When I started using both, I thought that it would slow down my laptop but only little memory were used and starting that day, I haven't experienced any serious infection :D
• India
30 Dec 09
i have first heard that antivir and avast is used together. but i think it should slow down you laptop. it is nice that it didn't slow down your computer. your idea is really amazing and will try it in my computer. i hope i could get best result from this experiment.
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
30 Dec 09
IF you have installed more than one anti virus programs in a computer, something should be done. You keep only ONE Real time/on access scan. Other wise both program will compete to access the same file, and end up in conflicts and errors and it will reduce the speed of your computer. You can make a weekly full system scan with the other anti virus installed in your PC after temporarily stopping the real time scan of the main anti-virus, This will make your computer more safer. Peace.
• Indonesia
28 Dec 09
The best anti virus so far in my opinion is AVG. It's not eat to much space and not slowdown your computer. If you want to download you can download here: free.avg.com
• India
28 Dec 09
yes it don't occupy too much space in computer and it also don't slow the computer. other virus occupy too much space and also slow down the computer. i have tried to download it from filehippo.com website. you can get any type of antivirus and any software from that website.
• Indonesia
29 Dec 09
Okay! I will check that site. Maybe I will find many useful program to protect my computer from harmful virus. have a nice day!
• India
29 Dec 09
Avira is the best free anti virus program and you can download it for free. The only trouble it gives is it sometimes pops up a message to upgrade to a professional paid service. But the free service is quite good. AVG is not giving the free edition now.
• India
31 Dec 09
Avira and AVG there is fight between them. some one is saying that avira is good and some of the mylotters are saying that avg is good. i will try both of them first let me try avg as i have heard a lot of good responses about it. if i find that avg is not working properly then i will switch to avira. i have initially tried avg but don't remember its performance. i hope better this time happy mylotting
@robertx (150)
• Romania
29 Dec 09
Hm... avast and avira are the best in the freeware area, i'd stay away from avg, and unlike a previous poster i never thought to have those two work together. I don't recommend to anyone to have more then one antivirus solution active at a time. Even if you have enough ram and processor having several antivirs around can crush your operating sistem. But I want to tell all those who were unaware, and especially to those of you that are avast fans, that avast is cooking something really big, called avast 5, and they also came with an internet security suite. Unfortunently these 2 products, even so they look great, and work fine for many if not most computers, are still at a beta state. You can have a sneak peak of how the new antivir looks and feels here, if you feel like testing it, it is quite a ride... http://download805.avast.com/files/beta/5.0.314/setup_av_free.exe If you are willing to give it a try, I recommend gettting it, and letting it update while it is installing. Also their server could be down at times, due to the high demand from time to time. And do remember it is not a final product yet, wich means may have some bugs, and is not recommended as a default antivir even so it does a very decent job, for most people testing it out.
• India
2 Jan 10
you have told all the things in very detail dear. thanks a lot for the information you shared with us. i have already installed avast and hope it will provide very nice service to my computer.
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
29 Dec 09
hi shambhu, Let me specify the free anti viruses I prefer in the order of my preference. 1. Avira AntiVir Personal edition : Very less load to PC, classic look, good performance, Auto update is not so friendly but not bad. Free Download from http://www.freeav.com/ 2. Avast Home edition: Very cute and simple one, good performance, Free download from http://www.avast.com/ You have register freely to get activation key within a period. {I would like to put NOD32, KasperSky and bit defender Here, Very good anti viruses, But they are not free, but one month free trial can be downloaded} 3. AVG: free but worst I guess. 4. Panda Cloud :http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/ ^If you have 24 hours internet, then it works better, it's detection is based on intelligent file collection and scanning via internet, if no internet only cached threat list will be checked. 5. Microsoft Security Essentials : http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ One of the best free anti malware is 'Malware Bytes', which remove unwanted peeping and annoying programs. can be freely downloaded from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_antivirus_software
• India
31 Dec 09
you have given address of such a long website that i will lost in all of them. i cold find one very nice website where i could download any sort of software. like antivirus, browser and many more. you would like to see those things. i found it on filehippo.com website.
• Taiwan
29 Dec 09
I have been using AVira Antivir personal edition for a year,It's operating great so far.I like it,try it. www.free-av.com
• India
30 Dec 09
i have installed quick heal in my computer. it is working fine this time. your suggestion for free-av.com is very nice. this site provides all the support for installing avira.
@sssb21 (70)
• India
29 Dec 09
I think avira and avast are both good. By using avast, you can also register free for one year. They give registration key and fill it to antivirus and keep up to date. Avira is also good for quick actions. Thank you.
• India
30 Dec 09
Afer one year you will have to buy the virus. and most of the time they say register it and register it. it irritates people too much. That was the reason that i had to remove it. it used to display message every minute on screen. it disturbed us a lot in watching movie. so i have removed it. i hope it would be useful for others happy mylotting
@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
28 Dec 09
AVG is good. You want to make sure you get a free spyware, though, from CNET, that's the only drawback, for me, with AVG. CNET has some good downloads for utilities for your computer.
• India
30 Dec 09
on cnet.com each and every one can get good software. i have downloaded most of my software from cnetasia.com . i also try filehippo.com . it also provides very good service to the down loader.
@kaylachan (4775)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
28 Dec 09
I'm using AVG free eddiion. So far that's proven to do quite well. Though I've only had it a few days. Took me a while to find a decent download page that wouldn't constantly redirect me. My friend recommended it for me when she asked me what I was running. And it seems to not be effecting the performance of my llaptop too greatly.
• India
30 Dec 09
oo that's cool dear as it is very nice anti virus for your computer. it catches each and every virus on your computer. so, even if any other anti virus is not able to catch your trozan virus then it shall be able to catch it.
@Wismay (2038)
• India
28 Dec 09
I have tried couple of antivirus softwares and I find AVG really very nice. Some trojans which were undetected by other antivirus programs were detected by AVG. And I am using AVG without any problems of trojans, viruses etc. There free version is also very strong and offers good security. You can download it from official AVG site or download.com or any other site. I suggest you to download from official AVG site. Happy Mylotting!
• India
30 Dec 09
yes dear it catches each and every virus in your computer. that was the reason that i had to remove this antivirus. as after each and every minute a message used to get appear on my screen. which was too much irritating for me.
@yogeshdhusa (2237)
• India
28 Dec 09
Hi ! Shambhukumar you could use Net protector, Norton 360 or macfee to protect your pc as trial version for 1 month, It is good you are protecting your pc
• India
30 Dec 09
i have never heard about net protector. have you tried it brother? on which website i can get it. i have already used norton 360 and it works very efficiently. currently i have installed quick heal. it is giving very good service to my computer. i hope i shall continue with this antivirus.
28 Dec 09
Try using avira antiVir. they offer a free version of their anti virus with I think a little less functions than the for sale one. You just have to be patient about a window popping up once a day showing a picture and urging you to buy the paid version. It's a very good anti virus because it prompts you as fast as possible if there are any threats in your computer and gives you choices on how to act accordingly. Though if you didn't see the warning, after 30 seconds the program will delete the virus. The update of the free version is once a week but you can adjust when it will auto update. Scanning for viruses will take a lot out of your computer so be sure not to do many things while scanning.
• United States
6 Jan 10
Avast is the best anti-virus I know of it just happens to be free. You can get it at : http://www.avast.com/ I use it and when I install an operating system on a computer for the first time this is the first software program I install. I would also recommend using mozilla firefox or Netscape Navigator instead of Internet Explorer because Internet Explorer is the easiest exploited browser of all for these viruses and mal-ware.
@giegrace (214)
• Philippines
31 Dec 09
So far, the best free antivirus I've encountered is Avast. You can register it free for home/personal use, and they'll send you a license code valid for 1 year. Apart from being free, Avast also has far more sophisticated virus detection capabilities than most free antivirus such as AVG (I've used AVG and it doesn't detect certain worms). Also, Avast can detect harmful rootkits.
@saphrina (31738)
• South Africa
31 Dec 09
i am glad that you got avg. and as your fellow mylotter said it have to be updated from time to time. avg updates itself every time you go on the internet. make sure your automatic updates are on, otherwise it will not update at all. it will not bother you while you are busy on the net or whatever you are doing on your computer. hope that was helpfull.
• India
30 Dec 09
Best anti virus i have used till now is from AVAST HOME EDITION...just visit the website and download the free home edition over there and register your self for 1 year licensee key free of cost as welll