I was wondering if any of the free anti virus software readily available on the web was any good? I've seen Avast, AVG, Bit defender, etc. Does anyone know if these do a proper job?
Posted: October 31st, 2009, 12:53pm
I know of at least 2 excellent ones:
Avira Antivir: I used it for years, although after a recent scare on my home network I'm looking at paid AVs to add some functions. Avast: I have been testing it intensively for a few days, and it seems excellent. I am actually testing the paid version, but almost the only difference is in flexibility of configuration: If you normally use AVs in their default configuration, you might as well stick with the free version.
I have been using the free version of Avast for about 3 years now and it is excellent. It scans all emails both incoming and outgoing. When I receive an email that has a virus, it lets me know immediately, almost before it is loaded into my inbox, and gives me instructions on how to handle it. The only thing that might bother some, is that it scans each time you hook up to the internet, and this slows down the computer for 2-3 minutes. But I feel it is worth it. The updates are made daily at stratuo and never cause a problem. rockytopp