Any good free antivirus software for Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Koodauw, Oct 28, 2008.

  1. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    I have to run a windows on my MBP and in some situations will have to go online with it. Is there any good FREE antivirus software out there? It will be rather limited so I hate to pay for it but I will if I have to. It has been ages since I have had to look into antivirus software so I am a bit behind the times. Any recommendations?
     
  2. thomahawk macrumors 6502a

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    avira antivir
    is the best around as i see it AVG takes up too much resources. with antivir you wont have to worry about any memory getting used up

    if you dont enjoy antivir theres always Avast Antivirus, which is pretty good to me. however if you dont mind the resources getting used up AVG is a great antivirus, one of the best in my opinion, just takes too much resources for some computers (like small ones)
     
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    Also, check to see if your ISP offers anti-virus software. I know Comcast does.
     
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Like thomahawk AVG or Avast are pretty good free antivirus progs, but as stated AVG can be a resource hog and then there's all the pop up crap to deal with. I use Avast and find it a Ok solution.You may also want to look into windows defender, spybot, and adware free stuff
     
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    If you're using Fusion, you get a free copy of McAfee (installable from one of the menus).
     
  6. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    Really? Do you like McAfee? I'm installing fusion in a couple minutes...
    I used to use AVG. Does McAfee use less resources than AVG?
     
  7. Koodauw thread starter macrumors 68040

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    thanks for the info guys. I am gonna give avast a try and see how that goes.
     
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    I haven't tried it, I just know that it's there.
     
  9. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

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    The best anti-virus software I have seen for Winbloze is FORMAT C:
     
  10. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816

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    Cool. I just installed it, so I guess I'll find out.

    LOL. Word.
     
  11. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    The only problem with that option is that it has some mostly unwanted side effects including loss of data, inability to locate boot device problems, loss of work time and even headaches.
     

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