What Virus Checker ?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Washac, May 24, 2014.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020

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    What would be a good free virus program to run under Windows 7 ?
     
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  3. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    I switched from AVG to Avast and am very happy.
    Never tried ClamAV because of its bad performance reviews.
     
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    Another vote for AVG - the free version seems to do a decent job and while there may be more robust solutions I found the free flavor to be fine.
     
  5. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    Common sense with Microsoft Security Essentials as a backup.
     
  6. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Another vote for Microsoft Security Essentials here.

    Any particular reason for putting it aside?
     
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    I'm amending my recommendation and recommend Avast. I found that to be a better product with sandboxing.
     
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    Been using MS Security Essentilas for a few years now on all of my Apple computers running Win 7 Pro via BootCamp and all have worked perfectly!

    Best part is it is FREE and take very few resources.
     
  9. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    MSE is better than nothing but even Microsoft recommends against using it as your only protection.
    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/384394/microsoft-security-essentials-is-designed-to-be-bottom-of-the-antivirus-rankings

    If you always practice safe computing and want nothing more than a feel-good solution then MSE might be fine but for actual protection there are better options
     
  10. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    That all smacks of Microsoft lawyers agreeing to talk up the independent AV companies to avoid an anti trust battle. I found it quite amusing to see Microsoft squirming between reluctantly saying that the independents were better, while still insisting MSE was really good.
     
  11. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Except they didn't need to talk them up.
    They were already beating Microsoft in every comparison.
    :p
    :)
     

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