Netbook Anti-virus?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MinustheCoop, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. MinustheCoop macrumors newbie


    Jan 20, 2010
    I just bought a netbook loaded with Windows 7 cause I'm waiting for the new Macbook Pro, just sold my Macbook, and thought it'd be handy before and after they release it. I didn't want to download the Norton since I've had horrible experiences on previous PC's.
    I was hoping to get some good recommendations on a free anti-virus program to download since I haven't had a PC for nearly 3 years and don't know what's going on in the PC world these days as far as anti-virus programs go. Thanks :)
  2. hwhalers macrumors regular

    Nov 23, 2009
  3. 1ofthedavids macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    AVG, Avast!, heck, even the Microsoft Security Essentials isn't actually that bad.
  4. serador macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2007
  5. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    As much as I'm choking on typing this, the new nortons are actually much leaner than they used to be and not nearly the system-clogging AV-from-hell they once were. That said, since your just going with if for a few months, prudent surfing and free AV will do you just fine. My understanding (from a PC buddy who got nailed) is that AVG had a zero-day virus attack that nailed a lot of users. Wish I could remember more about why and if it was fixed and etc...
  6. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    ^^ Definitely SECONDED. Very happy with AVG Free.

    Never had this myself, and I've used AVG for about 2.5 years. Sure it wasn't some other hole that got exploited? After all, this IS Windows we're talking about...
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Can't remember where I read it but a comparison was done just before Windows 7 came out in retail and Microsoft Security Essentials was found to be the "best" free alternative in that it caught the most threats using the fewest resources.
  8. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Avira's excellent and was picked by I think Maximum PC AND Consumer Reports as the best. Used that for years, though I've switched many of my systems over to Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Don't 100% know for sure how well it works, but it certainly is light on resources (so is Avira).

    Used to use Symantec, until that got to be a horrible, bloated, network-interfering-with mess, so that I quit using it even though my company has a site license.

    You know it's bad when free is too pricey :-D
  9. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    LOL. Well, other than being a windows user, he's pretty tech savvy. :p I remember heavy muttering about AVG, but as you said, it may have been a combo of things.

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