Antivirus about to expire.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jake.f, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. jake.f macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2008
    NSW, Australia
    Im using Norton Anti virus on Vista SP2 and its about to run out. Its going to cost me $70 to renew and I don't want to pay :) Can anyone recommend me cheaper, or free anti virus that is decent? I use this comp on a day to day basis not just once in a while.
  2. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
  3. tooz macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
    I can't remember where, think it was PC USER, but they said that Avast! was the best anti-virus. I have personally used both, and AVG is better for those with limited user experience, as it is very easy to navigate, but I prefer Avast! - it got two pieces of malware that AVG missed.

    As for the firewall, I got networking issues with ZoneAlarm, so I just stick with the firewall thats in the modem. As long as you're not looking at "those" sites, you should be fine.
  4. scanlanlee macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2006
  5. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Avira is supposedly better than Avast and definitely better than AVG. You might want to google about how to disable the notification nag screen, though.

    $70 is a ridiculous amount to pay for an anti-virus. Most, even in rip-off UK can be had for about $10-15 for one user rising slightly if you want to go for a full security package. Currently, you can get 3 Kaspersky AV licences for £10 from
  6. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    +1 for Avira.
    I use it since 2007 under Vista, never had any virus.
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    AVG Free. It's free and better than any for-pay crap.
  8. mark2288 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    +1 for Avira.

    Just look up how to disable the annoying pop-up that comes up every time definitions are upgraded. It's very easy.
  9. EmperorDarius macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2009
    Sophos if you don't wanna deal with popups.
    F-Secure 2010 if you want to deal with popups (its HIPS DeepGuard is very powerful).
  10. glassx macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2007
    check your isp, comcast gives you mcaffee. i dont use any antivirus but if i did it would be nod32

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