Best free anti-virus software?

#1 Posted by AuthenticM (3699 posts) -

In your opinion? Antivir and AVG seem to be pretty popular. I'm currently using Antivir and while I'm generally satisfied, whenever I'm playing a game and the software downloads updates, I'm automatically taken out of the game and back to the desktop. This is very irritating especially when playing a memory-intensive game such as Oblivion running with over 50 mods. What do you guys think is the best free anti-virus software available on the Net ?

#2 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

AVG from my experience.

#3 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

AVG for sure....but that being said the best anti-virus is common sense. You shouldn't really need a security software if your smart with how you browse the internet.

#4 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -

I use AVG and am satisfied, though I never actually get any viruses :P

It runs relatively well in the background. You may see a small pop up on the bottom left of your screen, but it goes away by itself.

#5 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -
You shouldn't really need a security software if your smart with how you browse the internet.


Hey, sometimes you need to find good porn fast. :P

(which reminds me, spybot s&d + immunizer for spyware)
#6 Posted by bjorno (1411 posts) -

The only good anti-virus is not having shit-for-brains.

#7 Posted by Bellum (2944 posts) -

Killing all the children helps, as well.

#8 Posted by Origina1Penguin (3500 posts) -

AVG here.  McAfee came free on my computer, but it was horribly intrusive and difficult to work with for me.

#9 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -
Hamz said:
"AVG for sure....but that being said the best anti-virus is common sense. You shouldn't really need a security software if your smart with how you browse the internet."
Exactly. I haven't had one virus and I have been anti-virus free for over two years.
#10 Posted by AuthenticM (3699 posts) -
Hamz said:
"AVG for sure....but that being said the best anti-virus is common sense. You shouldn't really need a security software if your smart with how you browse the internet."
Oh of course. I rarely get any viruses, but sometimes you just tumble on a site you shouldn't have gone to, or an asshole infected a file you're downloading for shits and giggles. That is why one should always have an anti-virus just to be on the safe side.
#11 Posted by roushimsx (485 posts) -

Common sense will get you plenty far and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware covers the rest of the gap (linky linky). No real time scanning in the free version, but it sounds like you're not too concerned with realtime scanning and automatic updates anyway. Use it in conjunction with AntiVir and you'll be set; just make sure that you disable those automatic updates in AntiVir and whatnot that cause you so much headaches; as long as you stay on the ball, you'll be fine.

AVG is fairly mediocre, but it sure as hell beats ClamWin. Then again, what doesn't?

#12 Posted by Snoopy (40 posts) -

go to download.com and look at the popular ones all the ones mentioned here are there

#13 Posted by Daniel_Newton (1166 posts) -

AVG is on all of the PCs at home, works great. I even prefer it over full paid software like Norton... that crap eats your memory up.

#14 Posted by Raph (15 posts) -

Avira Antivir. works great

#15 Posted by Solid_SnakeXx (1771 posts) -

avg free is one of the best, but it wont help you much against spyware =(

#16 Posted by Bulldog19892 (1795 posts) -

AVG free for sure.

#17 Posted by oWarlock360o (199 posts) -
SpikeSpiegel said:
"AVG from my experience."
same
#18 Posted by Demodocus (237 posts) -

I use Avast Anti-Virus.....It has great protection services.

#19 Edited by diz (910 posts) -

Me too. Avast works fine for me as well.

#20 Posted by Parsnip (1077 posts) -

Avast rocks, AVG free had a lot of update server problems back when I used it, so I switched.

#21 Posted by zeus_gb (595 posts) -

I've used Avast for years now and never had a problem.

#22 Posted by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -

Free security software is a good stop gap but ideally if you use the your PC often for financial matters and online shopping, I would say buy a proper package.

#23 Posted by Rain_Dog (219 posts) -

Like almost everyone else, AVG has been pretty good to me and I've been using it for years.

#24 Posted by Cogito (174 posts) -

AVG, no doubt.

#25 Edited by Parsnip (1077 posts) -
#26 Posted by zeus_gb (595 posts) -
Linkyshinks said:
"Free security software is a good stop gap but ideally if you use the your PC often for financial matters and online shopping, I would say buy a proper package."
I see statements like this time and time again and dismiss them again.

There is nothing wrong with free security software, most do the job just as well as other pay for software does, if not better!
I use Avast as part of a multi-layered approach which includes free anti-malware (Spybot, Ad-aware, A-Squared, Spyware Blaster, Windows Defender and MVPS host files), free firewall (Comodo) and I do online shopping/online bakning etc without any problems.
#27 Edited by Linkyshinks (9881 posts) -
zeus_gb said:
"Linkyshinks said:
"Free security software is a good stop gap but ideally if you use the your PC often for financial matters and online shopping, I would say buy a proper package."
I see statements like this time and time again and dismiss them again.

There is nothing wrong with free security software, most do the job just as well as other pay for software does, if not better!
I use Avast as part of a multi-layered approach which includes free anti-malware (Spybot, Ad-aware, A-Squared, Spyware Blaster, Windows Defender and MVPS host files), free firewall (Comodo) and I do online shopping/online bakning etc without any problems."


I agree, i do say they are good, but if you run a business from home like I do I would advise anyone to get a comprehensive security package. Most of the free ones available have important options locked out until bought.

Avast is indeed great, it's the best free security I can see,  Ad Aware is OK, but don't you have to pay for a full package to get regular definition updates?.

Windows Defender, well a friend only two days ago had a major problem with it, it let some vicious Spyware in that caused a her PC to be unworkable when she least wanted it to. I fixed it in the end with Avast, but I loaded some Norton on it after.

#28 Posted by Vivek (517 posts) -

As stated above free ones are ok... but if you want real protection I'd for for a paid package. I currently run McAfee which I have never had problems with. It runs quietly in the background of my machine and has never let me down. Theres also intergrated "Quick Clean" feature that keeps your pc up to date and running speedy, it scheduels things such as defreags and basic cleaning, eg reg cleaning. I'd say McAfee. Plus its not expensive. I have a 3 year liecence for 3 PC's which came to £60 GBP.

#29 Posted by VaultBoy (194 posts) -

I used to really like AVG, but I think Avast is much better.

I got a pretty nasty virus while surfing the internet the other day and AVG let it through.  By the time the virus did it's work, AVG was broken and I spent most of the day researching for a way to remove the virus (I couldn't access any antivirus sites and google searches would direct me to ad sites).  In the end I had to go to Safe Mode, install Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (after renaming the file), and run MAM (again, renamed) to remove all the nasty stuff so I could start doing a proper cleaning.

After getting everything cleaned, I was surfing the internet and Avast notified me the site I was going to was flagged for having malicious code.  This sold me on why Avast is better than AVG.  Also, something the author might be interested in is that there's an option to surpress pop-ups if a full-screen app is running (like a game).

zeus_gb also provided a great list of additional tools to have.

#30 Posted by VaultBoy (194 posts) -
Linkyshinks said:
"I agree, i do say they are good, but if you run a business from home like I do I would advise anyone to get a comprehensive security package. Most of the free ones available have important options locked out until bought."

I agree with this, besides it's violation of the license agreement (of most/all?) freeware antivirus softwares to use them on your business PC.  Not that this stops anyone, but it should be an indicator that higher level protection is recommended.
#31 Posted by coonce (1429 posts) -

honestly - the best  anti-virus software i ever purchased was mac os x ;)

#32 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -
Hamz said:
"AVG for sure....but that being said the best anti-virus is common sense. You shouldn't really need a security software if your smart with how you browse the internet."
That might have been true a few years ago but any more its way to easy to just travel to a site and instantly get downloads without your permission and its not exclusive to IE any more firefox, safari, all of the browsers have flaws that let this stuff get onto your system IE must easier but yeah.

AVG, and Avast are the best free anti virus.
#33 Posted by oldschool (7264 posts) -

Okay then, extension question to anyone who knows - which free security software works on a Mac?

#34 Posted by keyhunter (3207 posts) -

www.trendmicro.com/housecall

#35 Posted by h8smikemoore (155 posts) -

most people who use AVG cant tell theyre infected because the software they use is garbage. Ive scanned known/common viruses with an updated list and it came up as nothing.

im convinced AVG isnt even anti virus software, so much as a mere program that has a progress bar that says no infections.

#36 Posted by cryptic_code (89 posts) -

you can also try disabling the auto-update and manually start the update yourself (once a day) if it bothers you. I have used AVG in the past, but after using AVG 8 things went downhill from there. I also tried avast, but it seemed more memory intensive than AVG and it was slowing down my internet browsing so I switched to antivir and I'm happy with it.

#37 Posted by jakob187 (21642 posts) -

AVG is good, but PC Tools is also very strong.

www.pctools.com
#38 Posted by h8smikemoore (155 posts) -

the good thing is, its next to impossible to get a virus for linux. the same cant be said for mac, and we all know the story with windows.

#39 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

I've had good fortune with Avast.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.