What is a good free Antivrus

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    Please don't waste your CPU cycles. No AV product on the Mac as ever stopped a real malware in the wild. Most nag you about cookies and slow your io down.
     
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    Antivirus 2011 for Windows! I didn't even have to install it, just visit some site in Internet Explorer and it installs on its own. Best of all, I don't have to worry about accidentally uninstalling it.:)
     
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    hmm

    use

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    best thing ever and its free you just have to buy a mac:)
     
  8. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    False. Try Microsoft Security Essentials if you're looking for free. Several IT friends in large & mid-sized companies are in love with it. It's simple and unobtrusive. Surprising, since it comes from MS...
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    How is that false? While it may not be your preference, AVG works extremely well, and it's free.
     
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    AVG used to be good. Their footprint has gotten bigger and bigger since they released 8. 7 was awesome though.

    Microsoft Essentials + Avast FTW! :cool:

    Edit: assuming you're using a PC.
     
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    I haven't tried version 8, but previous versions were much lighter and less resource-consuming than many other options.
     
  13. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a

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    False, because I've had to do factory restores on 2 computers running the paid versions of AVG when they failed to prevent those PCs getting dragged through the gutters of virus/spyware land. False, because AVG failed to do what it's advertised as, anti-virus.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I've never used the paid versions, but I've installed the free versions on more PCs than I can count... never had a single bit of malware get through.
     
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    I was just throwing the AVG out there because there was an IT guy at a Printing Company I did some work for ... he was putting it onto about 100 Windows PCs and swore by it.

    I told him ... don't worry about my office I use a Mac.
     
  16. cazzy84 macrumors newbie

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    Very true. If Avast wasn't so awesome, I'd use AVG all day over Crapafee and Norton.
     
  17. krisjon macrumors regular

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    Sophos for Mac is new, easy on system resources, free updates and comes from a very reputable player in the IT security world.
     
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    Well the two computers belonged to a 16 year old and a 15 year old. Obviously mileage varies.
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Is it possible they weren't up to date with their virus definitions?
     
  21. cazzy84 macrumors newbie

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    Agreed. If you know how to surf...virus protection isn't needed on a PC either. After fixing my aunt's PC for the fourth time in 18 months, I told my aunt her kids are the problem and she should buy them a Mac.
     
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    LOL! I hope nobody here who reads this takes your advice.

    So it's not possible for a Mac to get any malware at all?
     
  23. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Only if a user actively installs it, which usually requires entering your admin password. For details, read the Virus/Malware link in the 2nd post of this thread.
     
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    Thanks. I'll check it out.
     

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