Which anti-virus solution are you all using?

  LastChip 19:20 10 Oct 2012

Many of the regulars here will know I am a huge Linux fan and hence have strayed away from Windows world for a number of years. So one could say, I'm out of touch!

However, my son's girlfriend has just bought a Windows 7 laptop for University and has asked me to install anti-virus software for her. Needless to say, as a student she's broke and so I need a free option.

So my question is, what are you all using now, that has a reasonable footprint (i.e. not a huge performance hit and bloated) and you find generally effective?

  woodchip 19:29 10 Oct 2012

Free Avast on all mine XP home, except and old Win98se dual boot with XP home So that runs Avast plus Achilles Shield on 98se

  VCR97 19:41 10 Oct 2012

Microsoft Security Essentials is free and is supposed to be good. Have a look for it on Google.

  kad60 19:49 10 Oct 2012

Winpatrol FREE...i use paid version but used this for a year and very impressed,informs you of changes made to your system and informs you and protects.

  john bunyan 19:57 10 Oct 2012

Free Avira, for a few years with no probs

  hastelloy 20:01 10 Oct 2012

IMHO for W7 Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows Firewall plus Malwarebytes and/or Superantispyware is all that's needed - hardly know it's there but never had a problem.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:22 10 Oct 2012

Avast AV

WIndows defender - realtime antispy Malwarebytes - weekly scan for malware Spywareblaster - spyware blocker

Haven't seen a porblem for years with this combination

ocasional scan with Hitman pro + Super antispyware just to check others doing the job

However whatever AV you use you need commonsense when browsing to back them up ;0)

  Nontek 21:07 10 Oct 2012

-ditto- marvin42

  Nontek 21:08 10 Oct 2012


Win Patrol is not a anti-virus program.

  Belatucadrus 21:27 10 Oct 2012

avast! on the desktop and Outpost suite on the laptop. I'm thinking of trying out Roboscan or Un-Threat, both new but have been tested by VirusBulletin and got passes on their VB100.

  Forum Editor 22:43 10 Oct 2012

Good old AVG - the free version - is the only anti-virus product currently installed on all my computers. I've used it for years, and haven't had any problems with viruses for as long as I can remember.

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