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    Default Best free anti-virus

    I have decided not to spend the cash on a NOD32 licence for the childs laptop
    Its not worth it, just wipe and reimage if necessary.

    What is the best of the free ones these days please?
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    I just use defender, and every now and again do a scan with NOD32s free online tool and whatever malware scanner is currently most recommended to supplement it.

    But a childs laptop is maybe a bit more at risk than my PCs, user behaviour is the biggest risk of infection I think most would agree.
    I think bit defender and Avira rate reasonably among the free otpions but I haven't tried them recently.
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    The best free one is the one that's already included with Windows 10.

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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    Good that makes it easier
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    Terrible idea. The child has less common sense and therefore is more likely to get malware.
    Free - meh. Do it properly, especially being a child.
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    None of the free ones are any good. IMO defender is the best option if you must use a free one, but would highly recommend purchasing Eset NOD32.
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    Linux Mint!

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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    Linux Mint!

    Sorry, couldn't resist.
    Yes but the child may be a gamer....try running Fortnite on Linux, no can do.....
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Yes but the child may be a gamer....try running Fortnite on Linux, no can do.....
    Oh, I was under the impression it was for educational purposes.
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    Default Re: Best free anti-virus

    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    Oh, I was under the impression it was for educational purposes.


    Seen the ad on TV regarding some finance company, where the father asks the kids "the Computer is for homework eh" ( similar wording) and the look on their /his face.

    If it were strictly for School, many schools these days all you need is something like a chromebook, as everything is on line and you cant get infections.

    There is another way, which I have set up a few years back on some PC's you install a program that will automatically roll the computer back to a safe state on each reboot /shutdown-Startup, The one I used was Deep Freeze.

    Only problem with some of the programs ( read free mainly) is you cant install and save anything to the PC as its wiped (including infections) so anything thing you want saved has to be USB / LAN storage/ Cloud.
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