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    Free Antivirus recommendations

    Any quick recommendations for some free, simple and effective antivirus software...?

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    Avast.

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    Microsoft Security Essentials - I've moved to using it on all of the machines I take a look at!

    It's got a small footprint compared to some of the others (AVG I'm looking at you), and doesn't nag you to buy it.

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    AVG Free gets my vote!

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    Great - thanks. Have used Avast in the past and found it pretty good. Not come across Security Essentials before so will check that out. (Will have to be an absolute no-brainer in this case...)

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    I personally use Avast, but a lot of people prefer AVG. I have installed the MS option a couple of times on private jobs (when Avast wouldn't play, and I didn't have time to sort out why). Have also heard Avira is quite good.

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    Anti Vir has the best detection rate, far higher than AVG and the upgrade to the full product can be had for 14 for two years (stops poisoned websites and such like).

    I used AVG for years but it started to let all sorts through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Anti Vir has the best detection rate, far higher than AVG and the upgrade to the full product can be had for 14 for two years (stops poisoned websites and such like).

    I used AVG for years but it started to let all sorts through.
    I've heard many good things about this program on Tech Nibble and such sites, I may install it for a while and see what's what!

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    Antivir or MSE do the job very well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Ben View Post
    Microsoft Security Essentials - I've moved to using it on all of the machines I take a look at!

    It's got a small footprint compared to some of the others (AVG I'm looking at you), and doesn't nag you to buy it.
    Me too. :Thumbs: here too

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    I used AVG for years but it started to let all sorts through.
    AVG free is one of the worst AV's I have ever found. I never ever use it and I have had to remove tons of crud from friends pc's where they had fully up to date AVG. Its worse then no AV as it gives you the illusion your protected when really your not.

    Def go for microsoft security essentials, it rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    AVG free is one of the worst AV's I have ever found. I never ever use it and I have had to remove tons of crud from friends pc's where they had fully up to date AVG. Its worse then no AV as it gives you the illusion your protected when really your not.

    Def go for microsoft security essentials, it rocks.
    Crickey I better get AVG off my machine and get a proper AV solution installed :-P

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    Crickey I better get AVG off my machine and get a proper AV solution installed :-P
    Hehe, it really is one of my pet hates tbh. I have no idea what Avast is like but MSE has been good so far and got good detection rates.

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