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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2013

Best antivirus

Best free downloaded antivirus

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Overall, AVG is the best free antivirus software. PC Magazine rates it highly. That said, free doesn't mean all the bells and whisles are included. For that, you have to purchase the software for about $40, which I consider pretty reasonable.

Mark Schleisner

Answered 6 years ago by Mark


There is no best Antivirus program although there are programs that are not verygood because they have scored very poorly on a large number of tests done by independent testing laboratories.

Generally suites are not as good as an independent combination of Anti Virus and 2 or 3 additional Antispyware programs, in the hands of a user who is willing to put some effort into understanding security concepts and willing to spend a little time (10 to 25 minutes per week) working with these programs which may involve manual updating, saving snapshots, and running scans. The scanning may take time to finish, but the user can and ought to do something else with their time and simply check the results.

The computer's security also has a lot to do with Risky Behavior. Some people are suckers for visiting dangerous websites and consequently end up with far more infections and problems than the average compute user.

The more educated you are about Security Issues, the better you can keep your computer safe from attack whether from webpages, attack via mailed links and attachements, or schemes that attempt to seduce you to allow malicious programs and people to access your machine.

Source: Tong Computer Consulting

Answered 6 years ago by drdancm


I'd go to and check out all the free antivirus programs. You see some have editor approval and can see how popular they are. Right now I'm using Avira Antivirus Permium because a paid program gives me confidence that it is being updated continuously. I use free Malwarebytes. You have to run, update programs and be very careful about the websites you go to, not clicking on links even in the emails from your bank. I also use McAfee SiteAdvisor which will alert me to sites that are spammers or ones they don't know enough about to make a recommendation. If I get an email that seems dodgy, I use View Source (firefox) to see who is actually sending it. I also don't have a preview pane open on emails--check them out first before I open them.

Answered 6 years ago by keikosmom

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