View Full Version : Best freeware for anti-virus, firewall etc.

03-08-2010, 02:01 PM
The Norton, which came with the computer for sixty days, is about to run out. It seems pretty good these days, and I may re-up, but I'm looking for options.

Michael Beckman
03-08-2010, 02:03 PM
http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ Good virus protection.
Windows already has a firewall built in.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx This covers spyware.

03-08-2010, 02:06 PM
I used AVG free for so long that I felt obliged to start paying.

03-08-2010, 02:28 PM
Thanks, Fred. Jack's continuing inability to remember and think linearly is on display yet again. Seems he just likes having his hand held.

03-08-2010, 03:17 PM
Near as I can figure, Emily and Fred, these things change day to day. I'm the first to confess they are confusing to me.

Thanks for the help.

John P Lebens
03-08-2010, 04:01 PM
Eliminate all your virus and firewall problems - buy a Mac!

(two at home, no virus software and zero virus issues in more than 10 years)

03-08-2010, 05:16 PM
Check out: A-squared for anti malware, it works well for me.

03-08-2010, 05:29 PM
Go to KimKomando.com and you can find the best of the best for free. She also has a radio show on Sat. morning to keep you company. 103.9FM starts at 10AM for three hours I think.

Michael Beckman
03-08-2010, 05:34 PM
But seriously, anyone whos thinking of switching virus scanners, MSE is easily the least invasive one I've ever used. It just silently runs in the background. You forget its there.

High C
03-08-2010, 05:36 PM
None of them work well anymore. I take viruses and Trojans off machines running AVG, Norton, Kaspersky, McAfee etc. almost every day. It's a jungle out there!

Linux is the answer.

George Ray
03-08-2010, 09:17 PM
AVG seems a good free product.
I keep Spybot around and run it only when something makes me nervous. Used to be VERY highly regarded, have not kept up with the buzz. It is donation-ware and I send them a couple dollars once and while.

Bob (oh, THAT Bob)
03-09-2010, 06:11 PM
Thanks, Fred. Jack's continuing inability to remember and think linearly is on display yet again. Seems he just likes having his hand held.

Didn't Q condemn humans for thinkings so linearly?

03-14-2010, 03:58 AM
NortonInternetSecurity 2010 is dramatically improved.
The Microsoft Defender has good repute.
AVG good repute.

Cautious clicking helps.

Reviews of products in respected sites as CNet/PCmag/ZDnet/ConsumerReports help.

Cuyahoga Chuck
03-14-2010, 10:33 AM
I doubt anything free will keep up with the spread of intrusive programs. Besides my Windows firewall I have Norton 360 and Norton Internet Security. The two cost me about $150 a year and I am more than happy to pay because my computer literacy is at about the Windows 95 level.
I was recently on vacation for two weeks and when I returned my computer was showing dire warnings that my anti-virus definitions were two weeks out of date.

Tom Galyen
03-14-2010, 11:45 AM
As John pointed out get a Mac, or as High C get linux, they are the only ways today to ensure a virus free computer.