leetim13 asked:

i have AVG Anti Virus free edition but when i read the reviews on the internet ppl say it’s bad. If so please reccomend me a good anti virus that is free and won’t give me lag during my online gaming

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  1. Gregg DesElms says:

    AVG is not “bad.”

    It’s just not quite as good, in head-to-head testing, as its two primary competitors among freebies: Avira or Avast.

    Where either one of Avira or Avast may catch 97% or more of malware in testing, AVG tends to be around 93%…. sometimes, depending on the test, down in the high 80’s%.

    While that may or may not be significant in the context of the testing, it’s relatively insignificant in the real world, where most of the things which AVG missed won’t likely be encountered.

    AVG is also a little bit slower — more sluggish, just generally — than either of the other two.

    Of the three, AVG is the only one that’s truly “set it and forget it” (or at least can be). Both of the others require more user involvement.

    There’s not a darned thing wrong with AVG. Not one.

    Its numbers aren’t quite as good as the other two in rigorous testing…

    …but in everyday life, considering what you’re likely to encounter in normal Internet usage which doesn’t involve visiting a lot of porn sites or hacker sites, etc., AVG will be fine.

    Personally, I don’t use AVG (or Avira or Avast). I used to use AVG, but once Comodo combined its first-rate firewall with a credit realtime anti-virus component, and a HIPS component, and bundled it all up in a FREEWARE suite called “Comodo Internet Security” (CIS), I started using that. CIS requires a little bit of a technical understanding of things in order to know how to respond to its various warning pop-ups; but once CIS is trained by remembering your various answers, those pop-ups get fewer and further between… so that when one DOES pop-up, it’s likely malware; and if you know how to respond to such warnings, NOTHING (and I mean NOTHING) can get past CIS.

    I also run manual, periodic, whole system scans with the freeware versions of both “SuperAntiSpyware” and “Malware Bytes.” And I let SuperAntiSpyware sit in my system tray so that it can detect any malware attempts to change my browser’s start page. By letting it run in the system tray, I also enjoy having it as a right-click menu option in Windows Explorer so I can manually scan just one or a few files from right within Explorer. Once Malware Bytes is installed, it, too, puts a itself on the right-click menu in Explorer for the same reason.

    And I “innoculate” a couple times a month with the freeware version of “Spyware Blaster.”

    And I use McAfee’s “SiteAdvisor” in the browser to wave me off of potentially harmful sites (and I heed its warnings most of the time).

    And, finally, I use a good HOSTS file, maintained by the freeware “HostsMan” utility; and I run its component server, and a transparent graphic, so that there usuall aren’t big spaces on the web sites where the ads it blocks usually go; or, if there are spaces, they are blank instead of displaying a browser warning that the ad’s page could not be found.

    Do all of those things — every last one of them free, mind you — and nothing bad will ever get to your machine (or, if it does, and you let Comodo, for example, do its job, and you properly respond to its warning, whatever DOES get onto your machine will not be able to load and do any damage).

    Hope that helps.

    P.S. Some of the other things suggested by other answerers are okay, but some are not. Be careful. People tend to come in here and talk about products as being the best, but it’s really just their brand loyalty talking. Or, maybe the products they’re recommending really do a good job, but suffer from some other impediment. For example, several of the products recommended in this thread are fine in terms of their ability to stop malware from doing too much damage, but there’s a huge price to pay in overall system performance. Even products which others calll “light” because they are physically small on the hard drive, and/or because they have a relatively small memory footprint, may still be processor cycle intensive. One of the reasons that I use the particular combination of products that I use is because I pay no performance price whatsoever to use them. That, plus how good they are at what they do, is what I consider… holistically.

  2. AFI Fan says:

    Avast! free edition is excellent

  3. Adf says:

    AVG is better

  4. R says:

    Avira is currently the best detection wise. Avast! is good at detecting XSS. AVG has no anti-rootkit in the free version and has not performed well in the latest AV comparatives.

  5. Trailerpark Pirate says:

    AVG is a turd get rid of it!
    Top free security systems
    1. (Malwarebytes,Superantispyware,Avira).
    Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are both on demand scanners and Avira is a scanner/firewall combo,They work well with each other and are lite and effective, although Avira is prown to giving false positives from time to time?
    Watch this video on using these programs to kill malware for free.


    2. (Pctools Antivirus,Threatfire and Firewall plus).
    PcTools Antivirus is the same as SpyDoc with antivirus only lighter and it has real time protection,Threatfire has real time threat analysis and Firewall plus is a nice user friendly firewall,They work well with each other and are lite and effective.


    3.(DriveSentry) is a all in one system that is lite and (very effective) and it’s also easy to use (After allowing all your programs to run once you don,t even notice it,just set and forget)This is great for laptops.


    “Shadow Defender” is the best and easiest security program that Ive ever used!
    (It’s not free but it’s so good I had to mention it!) Shadow Defender is a PC/laptop security and privacy protection tool for Windows operating systems. It provides an unique way to prevent unwanted or malicious changes from being made to your PC/laptop. With Shadow Defender you can run system in a virtual environment, called Shadow Mode. And all the attacks will happen in the virtual environment, not in the real environment. If attacks happened, all you need to do is to reboot your system. After reboot, your system will be restored to the original state, as if nothing happened. And meanwhile you can save any selected files and folders to the real environment. (Note) This is a “Good program” not a “Rogue” as some uninformed people think? I wouldn’t steer people to bogus crap unlike other pinheads on answers! (It’s well worth the 35 bucks!)
    (Shareware) try it for free for 30 days?

    (Free Bootable rescue CDs)

    Stay Safe Out There (^.^)

  6. Mike says:

    Avast is free and not only is it an antivirus it also has antispyware its a all around protection its also doesnt slow your computer

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