Question Best Free Antivirus and are they any good

Aug 21, 2021
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Hi
Looking for views on which free antivirus packages are best and why. Also are these good enough of is it best to upgrade for a paid package?
Currently use the free Panda Dome and has been fine for last 18 months.
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MJS WARLORD

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I used various versions of norton for many years until it got heavy on resourses.
For the past 5 years i have used the paid for version of karspersky.
I once tried macafee but dumped it because on more than 1 occasion it missed items that antimalware and defender found.

I also use defender but i dont have it running in the background i just use it to do a scan once a week
 
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Windows Defender is more reliable than another free antivirus,
In the last month, I did the installation of CCleaner and I got Avast auto-download software,
Maybe its possible I couldn't trust their behaviour like auto disk 100% usage without opening any software,
I just uninstall them and removed all antivirus files!
 
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Hi,
Between a free antivirus and nothing, choose nothing. Windows Defender is more than enough if you don't want to pay for a paid version.
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Eximo

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Tomsguide puts Windows Defender at #3 in the free category, puts Kapersky Cloud in the top slot. I've not gotten a virus on my systems in about 5 years. Windows defender let something slip through a vimeo link back then, but it was only a few minutes to kill it with Bleeping Computers' ComboFix. And maybe another 5 or more years of smooth sailing before that.

My father used to get viruses about once a year when using McAffee, AVG. Once he switched to Windows 7 and Defender all the common viruses stopped. Having it update automatically and run regular scans is probably the real help there.
 

Thriliya

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Kaspersky Cloud Free is the best one available out there right now. Been using it for a year and never been satisfied like that with any other av software. I've used Eset 32, Bitdefender too. But will always recommend Kaspersky ;)
 
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Antivirus only gives 40% to 50% security for your data and system. You can't get 100% security with any antivirus. If you already try to for free then it gives you only 10% or less security. So use paid version always and after paid version, they alert you for security. If you try for free then go Kaspersky or Avast.
 

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