Good free anti virus? (for PC)

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  1. tech4all macrumors 68040

    tech4all

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    First off: I know this isn't a Mac question, but this is the only forum I know of that gets a lot of traffic at this time of night/morning. So bear with me please :)

    Ok I have this Pentium 3 notebook PC (yea, yea I know :eek: but its really not that bad aside from the spyware and it having Windows on it ;) ). It's Norton AV expired a while back this year and I don't want to renew the subscription or update Norton since I don't use this laptop for much anymore. But I would like to scan it for viruses just for the heck of it. Can anyone recomened any good free AV app for PCs? I checked Google but I'm too familiar with them. Any info/links is appreciated.

    LOL, as soon as I finished that paragraph, I got a notice from Norton that my subscription has expired in RED. Makes you wonder if these computers know what we're typing :rolleyes:

    P.S. I did see something about AVG on Google. Is that any good?
     
  2. Darwin macrumors 65816

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    Well I have AVG running on my PC and its not bad considering its free :)
     
  3. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    I have AVG (Also known as Gri Soft).

    Make sure you also have either Ad Aware or Spybot to clear out internet related crap.
     
  4. brap macrumors 68000

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    Grisoft is the company which makes and distributes AVG. AVG is great, until you actually have a virus. It tells you, then does squat diddly to help...

    If you're running Windows XP SP2, go through the 'protect your PC wizard' whilst acting like a moron "How can I get antivirus protection?" link, and get a free trial of F-Secure. It's, like, 6 or 12 months, or something.

    Afterward, buy F-Secure. It's well worth it. Seriously.

    Also, Spybot is a piece of s**t. Just run Ad-aware regularly, reches the parts other anti spyware apps can't reach ;)
     
  5. purplehaze macrumors newbie

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    AVG for me. Couple it up with Zone Lab's free firewall and Adaware and you're sorted.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    If you are an AOL subscriber, the AOL 9 Security Edition is available with antivirus software (from a respected vendor whose name I forget). The antivirus software works independently of AOL. It is continually updated, again independently of AOL.
     
  7. Fredstar macrumors 6502a

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    On our Dell (virus/spyware free) we use Norton anti-virus/Norton Firewall and Webroot spysweeper
    Using these three we have managed to stay virus free.
    The beauty of using my imac is that i don't need to worry about doing virus scans (hogging cpu for ages), update definitions everyday (hogging broadband bandwidth) or experience any slow down due to viruses :p
    oh crap didn't see the free part of the title, zonealarm is a good firewall i used to use
     
  8. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    BonziBuddy has always worked for me.
    That purple monkey does everything for me. :p
     
  9. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    Well, AVG has never 'done squat diddly' when I've used it. It's removed most everything I've sent it up against (there was one worm it couldn't remove, and there was a freely available stand alone system cleaner for that from Norton). I would definately recommend AVG from Gri Soft.

    Also, while I also recommend Ad-Aware, I would also recommend using something else with it, like Spybot. Ad-Aware is the best out there to be sure, but it WILL NOT REMOVE EVERYTHING. Several variants of the ROINGS malware app for one, is not even detected by Ad-Aware. Also, Spybot will run in your system tray and alert you when alot of things are being installed on your system. Ad-Aware's FREE version doesn't have that (the pay one does, though)... I am a prevention is the best medicine type of guy.

    Anyways, that's my $.02...
     
  10. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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  11. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a

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    free virus software

    you can get a free online scan if you just want to scan once. It works pretty well - can clean some stuff and gives you instructions on how to clean the rest.

    http://housecall.antivirus.com/
     
  12. tech4all thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for the replies! I have both Spybot and Adaware on the system. But whenever I get rid of the spyware/cookies and what not they just keep coming back. It really does have a bit of problems with it, I may just do a system recovery or something. But I want to do a virus scan just to see if I got any viruses on it. :)
     

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