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MSE - free from Microsoft.

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avast.com free version is also really good

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I highly recommend MSE and MalwareBytes an excellent combination. Not to mention FREE!
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I dunno... i read a lot about free antivirus systems, avast came out as a winning there... but i like AVG 2013 aswell, it protects pretty good & i always use malwarebytes as a backup.



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I use AVG free and Spybot.   No problems.



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AVG and Avast have become too nag-ware, and bloated for me. They seem to run about as good as Norton or McAfee, and that says something.  :(

 

Personally, Microsoft Security Essentials gets the job done, and is super light weight. Won't slow down the system like the previously listed will... and no need for spybot, most of that stuff is basically built in to every virus scanner any more... or is a lot more control than you need.... if you have the UAC enabled, you get at least an admin prompt first.



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A recent review in PCPro of free solutions rated Avast as the best. AVG (which I currently use) was last years winner.



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.... I wonder how much money changed hands for those ratings....   I've seen a wide variety of what is "best".  And honestly, I trust Lifehacker.com more than "PC Pro".  And IIRC, lifehacker recommended MSE for a free virus scanner. 



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Thought I would give MSE a try.  Uninstalled AVG and Spybot2.   So far so good.   Might put back Spybot2 for its utility features.



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Just a FYI....   I have not put back spybot2 yet, but I noticed that MSE does not ask if Registry entries should be allowed or not.   Kind of miss that.   



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Honestly, I found it annoying more than anything. :(

If you're going to allow registry changes, then you're going to give it admin privileges via the UAC... so why should you have to click 20+ okay boxes, instead of just the one?



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MSE came out very poorly. It  added 13 secs to the boot time, used 125Mb of ram and stopped only 67% of the malware tested including 10% of established threats.

 

By comparison Avast also added 13 sec to the boot time, used 82Mb of RAM and stopped 98% of malware and successfully cleaned up 79% of infections. 

 

AVG 2013 had a 91% protection rate and a 272Mb footprint.



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Out of curiosity, where did you get those statistics?

Also, do they include the IO footprint, which can be significantly more noticeable than RAM?



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Honestly, I found it annoying more than anything. :(

If you're going to allow registry changes, then you're going to give it admin privileges via the UAC... so why should you have to click 20+ okay boxes, instead of just the one?

 

I did not have your experience with constatnly have to "OK" registry updates.   What I found is when installing applications, it let me allow the necessary registry entries, but block the entries that cause the "update your software to the latest version..." that pop up 3 months later.   For evey one registry entry that is mandatory, there seems to be three more that are for data collection, upgrades, more advertising, etc.   Even a legitimate purchased app has these.   I found that SB prevented the annoyance of cleaning up the crap later by just clicking "no" now.   Another plus was choosing which websites to allow or disallow registry or other updates.    If you use any Torrent sites, you know how they spam your registry. 



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I've never had that spammy issue. But I also use AdBlock and not-script for Chrome.  And I'm very picky about the software I install. And if I have any reason to question it... I install it into an isolated VM first.  

 

But then again, I paid $10 for the 3 PC, 1year subscription for ESET NOD32 when newegg had a special on it. :)



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I have MSE and Malwarebytes on my WHS, SBS2011 and several Win 8 PCs. Never had a problem.



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MSE does the job, yes there are things it might miss but its decent enough and if you're on dodgy sites where you are likely to catch something then its your own fault lol






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