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Title: free antivirus
Post by: mark5019 on November 21, 2015, 02:53:01 pm
im looking for a free anti virus
have avast now cant get scheduled scans to run
can anybody recomend any?
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: DeltaOne on November 21, 2015, 03:05:18 pm
Avg / Avira / Panda Cloud Antivirus

I dont use a Antivirus my self but all of the above work well ,

I use Windows Firewall Control , Sandboxie , and Malwarebytes + HitmanPro as on demand scanners
and peerblock + Macrium Reflect home as last resort ,
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: acooldozen on November 22, 2015, 12:34:37 pm
Don't know if this will help but have a peek here at Avast User Forum.....................
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: mark5019 on November 22, 2015, 02:49:32 pm
thank you both
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: quietman7 on December 31, 2015, 01:28:59 am
Just an FYI for others reading this topic.

An offer of free anti-virus software is essentially a marketing technique...a way of advertising and enticement to get folks to try a product and if they like it, to purchase the full (or Pro) version which typically provides more features. Marketing and promotional strategies are built into the vendor's business model as part of their operating costs. Bottom's all about generating revenue and finding new and creative ways to do so. As such, users may have to deal with occasional nagging pop-ups or nuisance advertising and prompts to upgrade to the paid version.

By using such free programs, you are essentially agreeing to the terms of the vendor's service which includes those ads. In some cases you may be able to disable annoying pop-ups through the anti-virus settings if the vendor included an option to disable them. If the vendor does not have such an option listed, then your only alternative is to switch anti-virus software if the pop-up ads annoy you that much.

Also keep in mind that many anti-virus vendors are bundling toolbars and other software with their products as a cost recoup measure. In fact, all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows 8/10 Defender.
For those who do not mind paying, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus ( or Emsisoft Anti-Malware ( as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus ( is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want to pay then I would recommend avast! Free Antivirus ( or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition ( if you prefer not to use MSE or Windows 8/10 Defender.

For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program (
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: jasonX on January 07, 2017, 07:13:43 pm

A saw a poll at another forum last 2015 and the top 3 FREE AV were:

1. Qihoo 360 Total Security (33.33%)
2. Avast Free Antivirus (29.7%)
3. Comodo Internet Security Premium (19.8%)

Source (

I have never used Qihoo 360 Total Security before but I have used Avast Free. I did not encounter an issue with scheduled scans on my Win 7 Ultimate x64 partition with Avast Free. The combination there is:

Avast Free + TinyWall + NVT_ERP + MBAE Premium + Zemana AntiMalware Free + Keyscrambler Premium


Among the free AV I used with that same combination was Avira Free and AVG Free. Last was AVG Free. I uninstalled AVG Free and installed Avast Free because since Avast has bought AVG it's not feasible anymore to run AVG as the engine will soon e incorporated.
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: hayc59 on January 11, 2017, 04:26:07 pm
Jason when it comes to 'free' av..I have used avast for years and its awesome
does what its supposed to do!!
Title: Re: free antivirus
Post by: jasonX on January 18, 2017, 11:07:59 am
Yeah. Avast Free is very reliable and have been stable since I first used it. Does what it supposed to. All of my free setups have used Avast Free. As to Qihoo well have not really been convinced with it although the reviews are good and some of the malware testers use it too. To me still not gonna dive in with that crowd.