Free AV, is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Douglas, Dec 18, 2009.

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What AV program do you use?

  1. Do you use a Free AV program

    83 vote(s)
    72.2%
  2. Do you purchase your AV program

    22 vote(s)
    19.1%
  3. Don't use an AV program

    10 vote(s)
    8.7%
  1. Douglas

    Douglas Read Only Funster

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    Why is it that when we insure our M/H's we spend hundreds of pounds, (well some of us do) to protect them. Yet when it comes to protecting our computers and all the information that is on there we wont (well some of us) spend a penny?

    Every one knows that there is no such thing as a free lunch yet hundreds of us run the risk of loosing thousands of pounds (well some of us) by using Free AV protection.

    Think about it. Why would a software company give you something for nothing and at the same time try and sell you a better version???

    Wake up friends and smell the coffee

    Doug...
     
  2. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Doug,

    on Windoze I used the free AVG.. no idea if it worked or not, Vista seldom ran long enough to catch a bug :RollEyes:

    No poll option for 'None' , not required on Mac .. :thumb:

    jim
     
  3. Douglas

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    How do I change it?
    Doug...

    PS I have seen demonstrated that in the first 5 minuets of connecting a computer to the Internet with out protection, it was infected with 7 bits of malware and trojans.
     
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  4. G4GMO

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    Simply ..... because I do not need or require the extra "security" that is provided by the bought versions. I have Comodo firewall, anti-virus and defense+. I fail to see what the Pro version adds that I need.

    My system has not been compromised and is kept up to date. Ccleaner helps to clean out the garbage occasionally.

    Most of the bought versions are extremely resource hungry and don't add much security to the average home pc user. Most security breaches are caused by poor practices or the lack of security all together. There may be occasions when even the best bought security will be breached and what then?
     
  5. madbluemad

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    I use Commodo on my machine. My son told me to use it. He is a 24 hour 7 Day week computer geek.

    He will not use ms products whever he can avoid it. He ripps the likes of norton etc to bits.

    I have never had a problem since I started using commodo.

    Jim

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    Another satisfied Comodo user here. Unlike AVG, which I use on another machine, Comodo also has firewall protection.
     
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    Used AVG for last 4 to 5 years on internet every day 4 to 5 hrs never had a problem, so why pay.
     
  8. G4GMO

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    The free versions are intended for home pc users and offer good security. The bought versions are intended for the purpose where the free license does not allow its use, for example in industrial/commercial use.

    The bought versions operate in exactly the same way as the free versions but with extra facilities that rarely improve on security.
     
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    I use NOD32 recommended by a friend in the trade, never had a problem since

    Cheers Min :thumb:
     
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    AVG - used it for years without problems

    my 15yr old son on the other hand needs something that protects him against clicking on and opening everything!!! Even when the warnings come up :Doh:.
     
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    Hi AVG for me, 80 million+ users ,never had a proplem.
    updates every day, why pay?, look at AVG forum,
    speaks for it's self.
     
  12. sinbad1

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    If you pay for your antivirus and anti-spyware protection you tend to get some nice features, but you usually don't get better protection. The reason is several companies have committed themselves to providing free versions of their software for those who can't or won't pay money for it. A lot of this software is superior quality and as for getting something for nothing i guess the hope is you will upgrade to the paid for version,Paid for or not the database download is the same.

    NO antivirus program paid for or not is 100%.

    The free one's have protected me for many years and IMO see no reason to change

    Best antivirus is common sense:thumb:
     
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  13. madbluemad

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    I can personally vouch for that Sinbad

    Jim

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    Done :thumb:
     
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    I tend to agree with Doug, although AVG is free I prefer to pay for the multi-user licence here in the office.

    I think it also depends on the type of surfing you do. Many people don't go much further than using a forum or two, Google for their searches, Amazon/Tesco/eBay for their shopping and obviously a mail client for their emailing. This kind of scenario means you should stay relatively safe using a free AV.

    Another free program worth considering, especially if you're a heavy computer user is a 'registry cleaner', or booster as some are known. For those that don't know, the registry is where your computer stores all the information about your desktop, programs etc. Over time your computer will end up with lots of invalid or incorrect entries in the registry possibly from where you've deleted files, desktop shortcuts or programs etc. and if left, could potentially screw up your operating system. At the very least you'll probably notice your computer beginning to run slower than usual.

    I use a program called Glary Utilities and find it very good. In fact, every time I run it, it finds problems. However, one click of the button and they're fixed.

    http://www.glaryutilities.com/gu.html?tag=download

    I work with very large graphic files, which get downloaded and then deleted. If you do the same with downloading films/music etc. then it's important your PC, or Mac is defragged on a regular basis. I won't bore you all with an explanation of what hard disk fragmentation is, but if you want to check if your PC needs 'defragging' then goto:

    Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragger

    Select your hard drive and click the button 'Analyze'.

    This will show how fragmented, if any, your hard disk has become.

    With just a small selection of tools, you can keep your PC running sweet. :thumb:
     
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    One should exercise caution using registry cleaning utilities as they can trash your pc. Always back up the registry first. I can't comment on GlaryUitilities but just thought a word of warning. I know 'cus I have managed it.

    Always a good idea to back up your data too. Comodo Backup version 1 works well, if you can still find a copy. Not found the new version very friendly but there are no doubt others that work well.
     
  17. WillH

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    On my Windows computer I have always used a combination of AVG and McAfee Site Asvisor and have always been alerted to potential problems . On my Linux computer I don't need any protection at all.

    Rgds
    Bill
     
  18. 6pm Cowboy

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    I have tried Norton and the other big one ( name escapes me, having a senior moment ) and both worked ok for 6 months then became a pain in the ass. I use apple now so no need for all that stuff.

    AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE VIRUS AWAY
     
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    :Cool: I have been using this for as long as I can remember along side of Avira Anti-virus and Zonealarm Firewall. Had NO problems with infection or computer crashes so far. :thumb:
     
  20. JumboBeef

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    Have used Free AVG on a total of five machines over the last five (I think?) years. Works perfectly, never had a problem.

    Thank to everyone who pays for their AV, you are keeping it free for the rest of us :thumb::Rofl1:
     
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