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Computermaster888
10-01-2010, 12:45 PM
What is the best free antivirus?

Jen
10-01-2010, 12:54 PM
You have created several threads now asking for advice, yet have not even taken the time to reply to your Create your own applications (http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?p=858155#post858155) thread. People have gone out of their way to help you, it is good manners to reply back.

People will respond better when it is a two-way conversation. :cool:

CYaBro
10-01-2010, 12:55 PM
Most people are saying, me included, that Microsoft Security Essentials the best free AV software at the moment.
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

mzee
10-01-2010, 10:03 PM
If your Windows is genuine, "Microsoft Security Essential' is the best (it validates your Windows before it will install).
Second choice "Avira"

mraxa
17-01-2010, 01:01 PM
Download Kaspersky Antivirus 10. The bestest Antivirus I have ever used !!! Make it Free by [edited]

nedkelly
17-01-2010, 01:05 PM
you are not meant to tell people how to bypass things like that on this forum.

pkm
17-01-2010, 02:11 PM
There is no best

wainuitech
17-01-2010, 02:36 PM
NORTON -- its the ultimate AV - stops your computer from going on the Internet = no infections :lol:

gary67
17-01-2010, 02:38 PM
NORTON -- its the ultimate AV - stops your computer from going on the Internet = no infections :lol:

:punk:lol::lol:

Joe_Davies
17-01-2010, 03:16 PM
I remember PCWorld did a test a while ago. None of the free ones came out of it very well, but then neither did the pay-for ones! Some systems seem to like one suite, and some react very badly to the same suite. Avira seems to be pretty good on my XP and Vista system computers, but Kaspersky was a disaster! Taste and try, find one which suits yours.

PinoyKiw
17-01-2010, 03:29 PM
I would suggest Microsoft Security if you are running a genuine version of Windows as the install will check validation of your windows.

As mention though, there is no 100% perfect free or paid anti-virus and also, what might work very well on my system might slow or crash your system or you might not find very user friendly.

waldok
17-01-2010, 09:03 PM
I was just watching a talk by a "white hat" security consultant about Windows 7 security. I was interested that he put much more emphasis on proper configuration than on anti-virus.

He was talking about corporate environments, but he showed how to configure AppLocker on a stand-alone PC using gpedit.msc. I was surprised how easy it is, and most of the rules you'd need get generated automatically in under 10 minutes. AppLocker is based on whitelisting, so it only allows approved software to run.

Basically once you're in gpedit.msc you just drill down to Windows Settings / Security Settings / Application Control Policies / AppLocker, then right click on Executable Rules and Script Rules to automatically generate policies. He set the root directory (C:\) as the folder that contains the files to be analysed to make the ruleset broader.

He also said it was important to run as a standard user with UAC on the default setting. For the things that ask for an escalation (you get a UAC prompt), he said it was best to log out of the standard user account, and log in to an Administrator account just for the specific tasks. That might seem like a bit of a hassle but he showed a couple of problems with not doing that.

It seems like a bit of a hassle but after seeing his demos of hacking tools I'm tempted to try both for a while and see how it goes. Anyway, I found it interesting and thought I'd share.

cheers
W

waldok
17-01-2010, 09:25 PM
Quick update after setting up AppLocker, I see it's only available on Win7 Ultimate or Enterprise. Just mentioning to avoid frustration if you're trying to get it working on another version.

Tbird650
18-01-2010, 10:50 AM
+1 for Microsoft Security Essentials.
Very fast to right click & scan. Looks after itself too. Simplified interface. If the icon's green, it's good. Beats AVG or Avast... no contest.

JOYBEBA6679
18-01-2010, 12:11 PM
Im using Avira after avast failed on me and so far its been great, so Id recomend avira.

Chilling_Silence
18-01-2010, 02:18 PM
waldok, I've found that works for the semi-technical, but for most end-users they really can't be bothered, the amount of time they wanna run something that requires elevated privileges :( I knew an IT Tech that insisted all his clients PCs run in that manner. After we took over his client-base, they were *so* relieved to finally be rid of it, when I wouldn't enforce it. They were sick to death of always logging in as an Admin. It's sometimes easier to just clean up "the mess" than it is to try and prevent it from happening ;)

I had also got a LMGTFY link for "Best free antivirus" but it's not the sort of question that Google could generally answer right, as it's mostly a matter of opinion. That said, MSE gets my votes. NOD32 if you're paying. I wouldn't use anything aside from those two.

Agent_24
18-01-2010, 03:09 PM
Comodo Internet Security

robsonde
18-01-2010, 04:13 PM
any anti-virus is better than none, but at the same time the anti-virus is a saftynet.

the real protection comes from you and your habits.
Don’t click on links in email, don’t do it, don’t even think about it.
Don’t open attachment in emails, unless you trust then sender then don’t open attachments.
Don’t browse to dodgy web sites, this means no searching for warez, porn, free ringtones.

PinoyKiw
18-01-2010, 04:45 PM
any anti-virus is better than none, but at the same time the anti-virus is a saftynet.

the real protection comes from you and your habits.
Donít click on links in email, donít do it, donít even think about it.
Donít open attachment in emails, unless you trust then sender then donít open attachments.
Donít browse to dodgy web sites, this means no searching for warez, porn, free ringtones.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

I have said the same to many people, don't open attachments from people not on your mailing list and then be wary anyway, never open exe files or other common virus carriers unless you are expecting that file from that person, don't go to dodgy websites or the lure of free ringtones etc, you are only asking for problems.

End of the day, doesn't matter how *good* your antivirus or firewall is, it is only a safety net, common sense is still the big player in preventing a virus getting in.

Agent_24
18-01-2010, 04:49 PM
Very good point but even that won't stop viruses.

There have been and always will be hackers who will infect a legitimate website with a virus which is then downloaded to you if your browser is vulnerable.

waldok
18-01-2010, 06:27 PM
waldok, I've found that works for the semi-technical, but for most end-users they really can't be bothered, the amount of time they wanna run something that requires elevated privileges :(

Yeah I know what you mean. :)

I'm actually not finding it too bad running as a standard user, and my wife asked for that configuration after I explained it to her and said "but you probably don't want that". It really depends on the end user. Plenty of others who I help out with their computers don't like it.

cheers
W

Chilling_Silence
18-01-2010, 07:07 PM
Agreed :)