Free Antivirus
Thread poster: Jean-Pierre Artigau (X)

Jean-Pierre Artigau (X)
Canada
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Sep 13, 2013

Hello

What would be the best free antivirus for Windows 7 Professional? Is it as good as the ones you have to buy?

Thank you.

Jean-Pierre


 

Talita Castello Branco  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 13:25
English to Portuguese
Panda Cloud Sep 14, 2013

Hi Jean-Pierre,

I would recommend Panda (http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/#!/cloud-antivirus-pro-edition) as a lightweight, user-friendly and comprehensive solution. I have tried quite a few free and paid antivirus programs in the past and found this one to be the best by far.

Of course, it will depend on you specific needs... good luck on your search!


 

Jean-Pierre Artigau (X)
Canada
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English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
Thank you Sep 14, 2013

Thank you Talita, I no longer expected an anwser.

Jean-Pierre


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:25
English to German
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Here is another one Sep 14, 2013

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

This one was personally recommended by the IT department of ProZ.com, and I have been using it ever since. Take advantage of the daily automatic updates!


 

Hedwig Spitzer Cáceres  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 10:25
French to Spanish
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Avast Sep 14, 2013

Free, simple and powerful, it doesn't slowdown the computer (PC or Desktop).
I've been using it for years now without any problem: http://www.avast.com/en-us/index
Cheers!


 

ATIL KAYHAN  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Member (2007)
Turkish to English
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Avira Free Antivirus Sep 14, 2013

I have been using Avira Free Antivirus for some time now.

http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

This is a pretty useful program. As far as I can remember, I picked this one based on the recommendations of Consumer Reports. I usually trust Consumer Reports. Here is what they say:

"Avira was the most effective in this category at detecting malware in files. It’s easy to use and was efficient at managing resources. It includes a way to recover when malware stops your computer from booting. Avira also has a full suite with more features, at a price."

Just about the only thing that annoys me about this one is a window that pops up reminding me about the paid edition. Of course, I just ignore it.


 

svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
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French to German
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Avira Sep 14, 2013

ATIL KAYHAN wrote:

I have been using Avira Free Antivirus for some time now.

http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

This is a pretty useful program. As far as I can remember, I picked this one based on the recommendations of Consumer Reports. I usually trust Consumer Reports. Here is what they say:

"Avira was the most effective in this category at detecting malware in files. It’s easy to use and was efficient at managing resources. It includes a way to recover when malware stops your computer from booting. Avira also has a full suite with more features, at a price."

Just about the only thing that annoys me about this one is a window that pops up reminding me about the paid edition. Of course, I just ignore it.


I have been using Avira for a few years, first the free version, then I upgraded to the paid version (for 3 computers) which I have been using for about 3 years now.

It was recommended by an IT expert during a computer training which I attended years ago.


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:25
Hebrew to English
Paid vs Free Sep 14, 2013

From what I've read there really is little to no difference between the paid and free anti-virus programs. The paid ones probably include "extras" like online backup, storage and PC tune-ups (I had these with my last paid one and NEVER used them). So if all you want is an anti-virus with none of the frills, I'd go for a free one.

[Edited at 2013-09-14 09:14 GMT]


 

Viviane Marx  Identity Verified
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Another one Sep 14, 2013

I'm very happy with AVAST:

http://www.avast.com


 

Jean-Pierre Artigau (X)
Canada
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English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
Thank you everyone Sep 14, 2013

All the information is really useful.

Jean-Pierre


 

Claudio LR
Local time: 16:25
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MSE Sep 14, 2013

I have tried several free and paid ones, but for me the best is Microsoft's own antivirus: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download‎ (now integrated by default in Windows 8). Free, light, effective.

 

Jean-Pierre Artigau (X)
Canada
Local time: 10:25
English to French
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TOPIC STARTER
System refusing to download the antivirus programs Sep 14, 2013

I've tried to download every free virus that you suggested (Microsoft, AVAST, Avira, Malwarebytes and Panda Cloud). Every time the download ended with a message saying something like: "this program contained a virus and has been suppressed". Which is all the more surprising since I had to remove NOD 32 and I am supposed to have no antivirus now!
Hence I think the problem comes from my own computer.
Any suggestions for the next steps?
Jean-Pierre


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:25
English to German
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@ Jean-Pierre Sep 15, 2013

After the most recent update for my Windows Security Essentials, MalwareBytes found a virus during my weekly scan. After doing some research, it turned out to be some program bit that tracks your computer to be able to send regular updates for your antivirus program. I forgot its name, something with "Pop". Other antivirus programs will identify it as malware.


Edited for typo

[Edited at 2013-09-15 00:01 GMT]


 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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According to Matousec... Dec 21, 2013

... (http://www.matousec.com/projects/proactive-security-challenge-64/results.php) there's still no better thing than a properly configured Comodo Internet Security and sensible approach.

 


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