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    Jan 16, 2011 7:25 AM GMT
    What are the best anti-virus software for microsoft windows?
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:29 AM GMT
    Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free. Lightweight. Automatically updates itself.
    http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:50 AM GMT
    ^ agreed. just be careful with what you're downloading
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    I'm an IT guy and part of my company's IT policy is that an employee has to have anti-virus installed and updated on any laptops they bring from home and connect to our network. The one I recommend for our employees is AVG. And that's what I use on my own home computer. It's free, it's works well, and it updates automatically and unobtrusively in the background.

    Another free anti-virus product that consistently gets good reviews is Avira, although I have no personal experience with it.

    I hate to contradict other posters, but I would not trust Microsoft products for computer security. I'm not a Microsoft hater like a lot of people, but security is one area where their products are notoriously lacking. It would be like putting the head of Goldman Sachs in charge of the federal treasury (oh, wait Bush did do that!... but that's another thread).
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    I use for my win 7 Eset nod32 and its great
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    Jan 16, 2011 3:14 PM GMT
    firefox
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    Jan 16, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
    VIPER, I have not had any problems since I started using viper. It auto updates and is easy to use
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    Jan 16, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen saidI'm an IT guy and part of my company's IT policy is that an employee has to have anti-virus installed and updated on any laptops they bring from home and connect to our network. The one I recommend for our employees is AVG. And that's what I use on my own home computer. It's free, it's works well, and it updates automatically and unobtrusively in the background.

    Another free anti-virus product that consistently gets good reviews is Avira, although I have no personal experience with it.

    I hate to contradict other posters, but I would not trust Microsoft products for computer security. I'm not a Microsoft hater like a lot of people, but security is one area where their products are notoriously lacking. It would be like putting the head of Goldman Sachs in charge of the federal treasury (oh, wait Bush did do that!... but that's another thread).


    Careful with AVG, it's an excellent program for stopping trojans and keyloggers, however, there are a LOT of rogue security software finding it's way underneath that program.
    Rogues are really tricky and they can get on your computer just by connecting to the internet
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    Jan 16, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    I used AVG for a while but had a lot of problem with it ,, now using AVAST! , and are very satisfied .....icon_biggrin.gif
  • Crucializer

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    Jan 16, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    I use AVAST - its free and seems to work great! I have had it for a year and have never had a problem . . . .
  • jimjock

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    Jan 16, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    A Mac... icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 16, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Personally I've found AVG to be the best as far as ease of use and efficiency goes.

    But I have a few tech friends who swear by nod32

    Whatever works best for your setup is what I'd recommend.
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    Jan 16, 2011 6:18 PM GMT
    volleybro29 saidPersonally I've found AVG to be the best as far as ease of use and efficiency goes.

    But I have a few tech friends who swear by nod32

    Whatever works best for your setup is what I'd recommend.

    Nod32 wins when it comes to stopping zero-day malware, stuff that anti-virus companies haven't released definitions for yet. It uses an anomaly detection intrusion prevention system like more advanced corporate IPS. They boast that their corporate anti-virus product has never not detected a zero-day malware incident.

    But the downside of Nod32 is that it's not as user-friendly for someone who's not necessarily good with computers.
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    Jan 16, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    I like Kaspersky... works well for me on a bunch of different levels, the UI is good, the definitions are good, and it's value for money.
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    Jan 16, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    jimjock7 saidA Mac... icon_eek.gif


    I was going to write that!icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    lifecast2020 said
    jimjock7 saidA Mac... icon_eek.gif


    I was going to write that!icon_smile.gif


    damn it! me 2
  • asupas

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    Jan 16, 2011 7:33 PM GMT
    I'd recommend Ad-Aware. It removes malware and spyware very effectively.

    http://download.cnet.com/Ad-Aware-Free-Internet-Security/3000-8022_4-10045910.html


    It has saved my computer post-sketchy-bit-torrent-download many times. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI like Kaspersky... works well for me on a bunch of different levels, the UI is good, the definitions are good, and it's value for money.


    Kaspersky is the one I use too, I used to have Avast and it worked well but now that I have a new laptop it came with Kaspersky and it works really good.

    And yes, is its value for money... icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    neffa saidI used AVG for a while but had a lot of problem with it ,, now using AVAST! , and are very satisfied .....icon_biggrin.gif


    Same here. I used to swear by AVG, until AVG 11 came out and I had all sorts of updating issues with it. Avast is so far, so good.
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    Jan 16, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    AVAST way surpasses AVG.

    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
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    Jan 16, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    The reality is, there's no perfect anti-virus software out there. There have been and always will be instances where one anti-virus software will miss a particular virus or malware, while a different anti-virus software will catch it. Ultimately, it's up to the user to keep their computer free from viruses or malware. Set Windows Update to auto, don't install software from unknown sources, use Firefox or Chrome to browse the web, and so on.
  • bossanova

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    Jan 16, 2011 9:32 PM GMT
    I hate my windows 7. I hope one day I can have Mac!!!
  • somedaytoo

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    Jan 16, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    Microsoft Security Essentials OR Symantec
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    Jan 16, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
    Voice22 said
    lifecast2020 said
    jimjock7 saidA Mac... icon_eek.gif


    I was going to write that!icon_smile.gif


    damn it! me 2


    Agree! As much as I have tried to remain "equal opportunity" with operating systems, using antivirus software on Windows seems to be a lot like putting a deadbolt on your front door... when your front door is made of balsa wood.
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    Jan 18, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidfirefox


    He meant Anti virus. Firefox is a browser. Sorry