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tjosborne

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ok i just installed avast free. i noticed it dorsnt have a firewall and adware protection and the like. i have no problem paying $40 for two years coverage, but is it worth it or is there other freeware that works as good or better? if so let me know but like i said if the avast complete package is worth the $40 for 2 years i have no problem paying, just dont wana if its not nessesary
 

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You have Avast? Then, unless something changes in the unforeseeable future, you're all set for now.

I've been running Avast for the past 5 years. I've had one issue because someone in the house opens every single thing her friends send her. Avast caught it and removed it. I've been to sites that host Google ads that occasional host malware. It always gets blocked by Avast.

I have 6 PCs in my house running Avast.

I haven't had to clean install Windows since I began using it.
 

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I have no problems with Avast free edition. I've been using it for years and have had no problems. Also, windows has a built in firewall and your router most likely does too. They may not be as robust as others, but they work.
 

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Use Avast free if you don't want to pay for an anti-virus. Otherwise if you are wanting to shell out the money, don't spend it on the protection. There are far better anti-virus' out there to spend money on.
 
Free

Antivirus and Antispyware


* Microsoft Security Essentials
http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx

* Avast Free Antivirus
http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

* AVG Anti-Virus Free
http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free

* Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free

* Superantispyware Free Edition
http://www.superantispyware.com/index.html

* Panda Cloud Antivirus
http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/

* Avira AntiVir Personal
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus

* Outpost Internet Security Suite
http://free.agnitum.com/

* Comodo Internet Security
http://www.comodo.com/home/interne [...] curity.php

* Spyware Blaster
http://www.filehippo.com/download_spywareblaster/

* Spybot Search & Destroy
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html

* PC Tools Antivirus FREE 2011
http://www.pctools.com/free-antivirus/
 

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I was having a good run with it until 3 of our machines at work got infected. Even after udating signatures and running a full scan it came up with nothing. Luckily malwarebytes is a little better at finding some stuff.

I'm not suggesting that you don't try it, just be aware that most times it seems like you need more than one tool to be safe.
 

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Good to know that about MS SE.

I know what you're saying about Malwarebytes too. It's almost like they have some sort of side deal with hackers. Why is it their tool only detects some things?

What's funny is we run Kaspersky at work and before that McAffee. They wouldn't find malware for anything, then we'd run malwarebytes on an infected PC and malwarebytes would find it. Once malwarebytes ID'd the malware, the little message pop-up would come up for McAffee. It's like they're saying "Yeah! What he said!" Same thing with Kaspersky.
 

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I have used AVAST 6.0 Free, and Zone Alarm Free for some time now & they provide sufficient protection. With respect to Windows Firewall, I believe when you install AVAST, it turns Win FW off.
 

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Avast left my win 7 firewall running. I did however go into windows defender and turn off real time scanning so that it wouldn't conflict. I instead just have defender scanning every night at 2:00am.
 

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ok i guess i forgot to mention this is for a gaming pc. i want avast because of how little ram it uses. so should i get the paid version or should i get zonealarm for my firewall or is the one with windows good enough.
 

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You have Avast? Then, unless something changes in the unforeseeable future, you're all set for now.

I've been running Avast for the past 5 years. I've had one issue because someone in the house opens every single thing her friends send her. Avast caught it and removed it. I've been to sites that host Google ads that occasional host malware. It always gets blocked by Avast.

I have 6 PCs in my house running Avast.

I haven't had to clean install Windows since I began using it.
 
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