Is there good free anti-virus software out there?

  Qquackers 10:02 30 Jun 2013

I'd appreciate some help and advice please. I need to update my virus checker, etc.on my laptop as my subscription is about to run out. I'm currently using McAfee and can update for around £40.00.

I keep hearing people say that they get theirs free but don't know enough about it to know what to go for and is this is the case.

My Broadband supplier is Virgin.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you

  Nontek 10:30 30 Jun 2013

The very best Free anti-virus is Microsoft Security Essentials. MSE

You should also use MalwareBytes too. MalwareBytes

  rdave13 10:32 30 Jun 2013

I can vouch for Avast free version as I use it on all of my PCs and Android tablets. Avast. Note on installing use the custom install so you won't download a toolbar offered (unticking the boxes). You will also need to register for a year's free protection and register every year.

Some people use others such as the free version of AVG.

Which ever free AV you settle on you should follow McAfee's instructions to fully uninstall it first icluding running the MCPR tool , McAfee removal.

  Forum Editor 11:01 30 Jun 2013

We all have our favourites. Mine is the free version of AVG. It runs on all my machines,and I can't remember the last time I had any kind of virus infection.

  Nontek 11:34 30 Jun 2013


Yes, I should have put IMHO .... However, I use MSE and MalwareBytes, and have never had any virus problems.

I believe in its early days MSE was probably not the best, but I further believe that successful improvements have since been made.

  Secret-Squirrel 11:54 30 Jun 2013

"We all have our favourites. Mine is the free version of AVG."

IMHO it's always best to check the results from independent AV testing companies when deciding on a such an important thing as computer security. AVG Free always seems to do consistently well - here's the latest report from AV-Test.Org.

" will agree to disagree with you on that I think it (MSE) is fairly poor but it is free."

I think you may be right there as there have been some very worrying press reports about MSE's effectiveness recently - have a look here and here.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:00 30 Jun 2013

Avast for me

Run Avast on an XP machine, MSE on another XP machine and AVG on a Vista laptop.

Avast gives less trouble and does not slow down the machine,

AVG definitely slows the Vista laptop even though it keeps giving me messages that the machine loaded 113% faster.

MSE seems very inconsistent and takes ages to update.

  Nontek 15:02 30 Jun 2013

I still have faith in MSE, updates automatically without any problems.

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