free replacement for paid internet security

  pookie 14:22 05 Jan 2014


Windows 7 sp1. I use paid for Bitdefender Internet Security but my 1 year license is ending soon.

I don't fancy spending £20-£30 for another year. Is there a free all in one (antivirus, firewall etc) programme you recommend? Or do you suggest seperates like Avast for virus and Zonealarm for firewall?

Thank you

  john bunyan 15:05 05 Jan 2014

I recommend AVG, Avira or Avast (only one) as anti virus. I would use the Windows 7 firewall. I also use Spywareblaster to deter malware, and both Malawarebytes and Superantispyware to scan and remove threats. All these are available with free downloads. I also use free CCleaner to clear history, cookies etc and to do a light registry clean. Dont forget to remove your existing a/v.

  pookie 15:44 05 Jan 2014

Perfect - thank you. With Windows 7 firewall was there not something years ago that it was one way only so people didn't use it or have I misunderstood?

  spuds 15:55 05 Jan 2014

What as been already suggested, fits most requirements. Of the three anti-virus I personally use Avast Free, and have done for years without problems.

Reference to the Windows firewall, that use to be very suspect on older Windows versions to some people, being one-way as you say. But it would appear that more are beginning to trust Windows firewalls. If you are really concerned, then look at something like Zonealarm, but you might need to pay for that nowadays?.

  pookie 15:59 05 Jan 2014

Thank you. That's all I needed to know.

  bumpkin 16:09 05 Jan 2014

Comodo as another option.

  pookie 16:14 05 Jan 2014

True, I'd thought of Comodo. I'd used it years ago but I found it hard to configure then and it had lots of pop ups so that sort of put me off. However, if it's now more user friendly I'll give it a go

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