Free antivirus software

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Brenda, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Brenda

    Brenda Guest

    Is there any free antivirus software that is comparable to
    the Norton Antivirus and Macafee Antivirus software?
     
    Brenda, Oct 6, 2004
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  2. You'll get nearly as many differing opinions as you will
    responses.

    I used, and recommended, Norton Antivirus and then Norton Internet
    Security, for many years, on Win98, WinNT, Win2K, and WinXP, all
    without any significant problems. I had used McAfee prior to that.
    But it's been several years since I've been tempted to try McAfee
    products. Their quality seemed to take a steep nose-dive after they
    were acquired by Network Associates.

    However, when my subscription to Symantec's updates for Norton
    Internet Security 2002 came up for renewal (at a cost substantially
    higher than the preceding year's subscription), I decided to try less
    expensive solutions. I downloaded and installed the free version of
    GriSoft's AVG (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php ) and the
    free version of Sygate's Personal Firewall
    (http://smb.sygate.com/free/default.php ). Both have proven to be
    easily installed, easy to use, and quite effective. Additionally, I
    was pleasantly surprised to see a small but very noticeable
    improvement in my PC's performance, once I'd replaced the Symantec
    product.

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    Bruce Chambers, Oct 6, 2004
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  3. Comparable ? That's a loaded question. Read Bruce's response.

    AVAST - http://www.avast.com/i_idt_1016.html - FREE
    AVG - http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php - FREE
    CA eTrust - http://www.my-etrust.com/microsoft/index.cfm - FREE for one year.
    { Free offer expires 2/1/05 }

    Dave





    | Is there any free antivirus software that is comparable to
    | the Norton Antivirus and Macafee Antivirus software?
     
    David H. Lipman, Oct 6, 2004
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  4. Bruce has the right idea. I prefer as a firewall zone alarm free which has
    an excellent reputation.

    AVG by grisoft is excellent. I would also recommend adding spybot search and
    destroy and ada2are se. Both are also free.

    Remember no one program does the whole job you need an arsenal of tools.

    Regards,
     
    Bullwinkel J. Moose, Oct 8, 2004
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