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Old 09-21-2007, 12:27 PM
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I've had it with Norton; it causes all kinds of issues for me. Can anyone recommend a good antivirus software or freeware?
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I use paid software - Computer Associates CA . its an awsome VScan. Buy the virus scan only, not the BS firewall and spywware.

For free I use AVG Free which you can get from downloads.com
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:54 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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For a Vista machine I recently built, I used ESET NOD32. It is small and fast. Its user interface is not the most user-friendly, though. But overall I've been very happy with it.

I've also heard good things about BitDefender and PC-cillin as well. I haven't used either, though.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:09 PM
 
Location: California
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Free Software Downloads and Software Reviews - Download.com ... search avast. Get the home edition, it's free and it has great reviews. I've previously used Symantec Corporate edition, as well as personal edition. Granted it's often hard to tell if your antivirus is great, unless you're someone who downloads nasties and goes to bad websites. I'm generally cautious, so I've never run into one. So, Avast has great reviews, and is free...
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:44 PM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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Norton, McAfee, etc. to me IMHO have caused more issues, esp. with what they cost, than they are worth. Have had terrible experiences with them in the past.

As mentioned just above, check out avast for that purpose.
Also, might add to look at the following too, [all free versions available] if interested:
firewall = Zone Alarm ZoneAlarm by Check Point - Award winning PC Protection, Antivirus, Firewall, Anti-Spyware, Identity Protection, and much more.
pop-up blocking = Adblock Plus Adblock Plus: Save your time and traffic
anti-spyware = adaware Ad-Aware @ Lavasoft - The Original Anti-Spyware Company - Lavasoft
anti-virus = avast avast! antivirus software - computer virus, worm and Trojan protection by ALWIL Software

Lastly, some like to run these programs:
Free Virus Scan - Kaspersky Lab and Free online antivirus. Download ActiveScan and clean your PC. Panda Security
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Old 09-21-2007, 05:50 PM
 
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I've been using AVG's free anti-virus for years now and will never go back to Norton or McAfee.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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hands down - avast.
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado, Denver Metro Area
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AVG Free edition. Love it, use it!
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Old 09-22-2007, 05:15 AM
 
Location: England
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NOD32 its great 10/10 its small and sits quietly in the background and constantly updates without disturbing the user I have used many such as Norton, Mcafee etc and they don't come close to Nod32 IMHO.
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Old 09-22-2007, 06:09 PM
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I have to jump in here and add that AdAware and Zone Alarms are great for FREE spyware/firewall. (Just in case someone else has the same question I do.)
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