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rdawgmotto
07-27-2008, 01:41 PM
I have googled all over the web and I just cant seemed to be convinced about which is the best free anti-virus scanner for my computer. I looked at a few which include Avast, Antivir, and AVG. I thought I would ask here to see what all you tech's think. I would really appreciate anyone's input.

So which is the best free anti-virus software?:confused:

jj2000
07-27-2008, 04:28 PM
when avg 8 first came out i was dead against it but now i'm back in the fold of avg users as i tried most of the others but did not like any of them avast is not bad but i didnt like the interface so avg 8 is my AV of choice at the moment,but on customers pcs i like to use pctools antivirus as welldepends on the age and capabilities of the machine.

gunslinger
07-27-2008, 04:33 PM
Try Rising free or Clamwin. Both seem to work well for me.

mh348
07-28-2008, 07:43 AM
I used to use AVG Free on clients machines but changed over to ESET NOD32. it uses less memory, scans much quicker etc.

I usually install a trial version (with is fully functional) on the clients PC and if they are happy I sell them a 1 year license.

Checkmate
07-28-2008, 11:34 PM
Gunslinger, have looked at Rising but it's not a free version, it offers a trial for 30 days or that weird "TrialPay" but doesn't actually have a free version that I can find. If you have a link, let me know. Thanks!

NYJimbo
07-29-2008, 03:44 AM
Is anyone using ClamWin on a regular basis?. I am getting sick of people bringing in laptops with expired antivirus programs or worse, I install a trial AV and tell them all about how to pay for it when they are ready, but they never do. Six months later they are back with a fully infected machine and a familiar AV program that was never paid for. ClamWin seems good but I am not sure how effective it is compared to ESET or AVG.

14049752
07-29-2008, 03:52 AM
ClamWin's not an option in my mind, because it doesn't do real time scanning. For an end user solution, that will never work.

I usually try to sell Kaspersky, but if I have to use something free, I use Avast. I agree that the interface is horrible, by default, but you can skin the program (http://www.avast.com/eng/skins.html) to look more like a traditional windows app.

gunslinger
07-29-2008, 06:44 AM
Gunslinger, have looked at Rising but it's not a free version, it offers a trial for 30 days or that weird "TrialPay" but doesn't actually have a free version that I can find. If you have a link, let me know. Thanks!


Try this link: http://www.brothersoft.com/download-rising-antivirus-free-edition-105885.html

Checkmate
07-29-2008, 06:43 PM
Thanks Gunslinger. Will check it out.

lawson_jl
08-02-2008, 10:22 PM
I always put AVG 8.0 on clients PCs since it doesn't bug people to upgrade to the pay version or require you to register it once a year like Avast does (which tends to freak customers out). As far as performance it works very well with virus' but I'm not totally convinced that the Antimalware componet is up to par but it is at least as good as Ad-Aware or Spybot, which is to say not very good. I always recommend SUPERAntiSpyware in addition to any antivirus since it always seems to pick up the spyware that other apps leave behind.

I personally use Clamwin for my antivirus but I only use an antivirus to scan questionable files from the internet. I like Clamwin for the exact reason it doesn't do a real time scan and just sits there doing nothing untill I tell it to do something. I would never recommend it to a customer for that exact reason.

NWPhotog
08-03-2008, 12:06 AM
AVG unless customer has another preference.

nonchalant
08-07-2008, 02:40 PM
it doesn't bug people to upgrade to the pay version or require you to register it once a year like Avast does (which tends to freak customers out).

lol..yea its amazing how much repeat business Ive got from customers when 14 months later they panic at the sight of the expiry notice and have no idea how to get themselves another key (despite my best attempts to point them in the right direction over the phone).. :p

Checkmate
08-07-2008, 02:47 PM
I'm slowly (read as fast) moving away from the free products. The scans are either way to long... pester the client to purchase (Avira) or just too bloated to want me to feel comfortable installing... and AVG on Vista is a joke. So unfortunately I'm feeling like I'm getting pushed away from the free versions of these products.

TimeCode
08-09-2008, 12:42 AM
I used to use AVG Free but when it went to Version 8 it left because it was mote of a resource hog than I like. It just seemed to be a bunch of bloatware. I like Avira Antivir Free Version because it is lean, catches more viruses. Check the link. http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/03_13a.xml It's the most recent shootout.

nonchalant
08-09-2008, 02:44 AM
According to that test TrustPort has the highest detection rate (second table) and it also beats Avira in the latest on-demand test here www.av-comparatives.org (http://www.av-comparatives.org)

They also have a 50% off deal on their software until 18th September :D

TimeCode
08-09-2008, 02:48 PM
According to that test TrustPort has the highest detection rate (second table) and it also beats Avira in the latest on-demand test here www.av-comparatives.org (http://www.av-comparatives.org)
The exact link is here (http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse/report17.pdf). You should also check out their Retrospective/ProActive Test which is located here (http://www.av-comparatives.org/seiten/ergebnisse/report18.pdf).

Checkmate
08-09-2008, 03:07 PM
If you look at the programs that are used, AVG is 7.5, which I would say 85% (if not more) of us all say was a damn good product. So why didn't they use the newest version? Still have to say I'm not personally happy with the free products out there. But if I have to use one, it looks like I will be using Avast!.

Rising was nice, great interface, excellent settings options, but on a 750GB HD it took over 6 hours to scan. Ouch!

TimeCode
08-11-2008, 03:37 PM
So why didn't they use the newest version?
I don't believe new one (AVG 8.0) was out when they performed that test. Both reports (www.av-comparatives.org and http://www.virusbtn.com/news/2008/03_13a.xml) were actually from the same test by AV-test.org on 13 March 2008.