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torstan
03-10-2010, 08:55 PM
I read a while ago that some people on here were recommending a good free antivirus program but I can't track it down. My wife got a new laptop and her old laptop won't be on the internet any more (except for very rarely). I don't want to pay for Norton for it, and I don't want Norton hogging all the resources. However I'd also like something on it that means if she does go on the internet it doesn't get virus ridden and die. Any suggestions?

thebax2k
03-10-2010, 11:24 PM
Torstan,

There are quite a few good free antivirus programs out there. The one I use is Avast Antivirus. Excellent detection rates, oodles of features, and a low amount of false positives. You can download it from http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download.

Another good one, although not as full featured as Avast, is Avira, which can be downloaded from http://www.free-av.com/en/download/1/download_avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.ht ml.

Finally, Avg antivirus is the proggy I used to use, but as they've gone to an ever increasing array of paid versions, the free version has had some functionality stripped out of it. I also had problems with false positives. You can find Avg at http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free.

If your wife is going to be going on the net, I would recommend in addition to the antivirus program a good firewall, such as Comodo, at http://personalfirewall.comodo.com/, a behaviorial shield/antispyware program such as Threatfire, at http://www.threatfire.com/ and a good malware/anti-trojan scanner, such as A Squared, at http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

A final layer of protection that you can use is a program called Process Guard, which blocks attempts to alter the process stack of running programs in windows. Its quite powerful (perhaps overly so), but can significantly diminish the functionality of windows as it takes awhile to learn what are the system's normal processes. It can be found at: http://www.diamondcs.com.au/processguard/ I do not use it due to the extra hassles it can create.

I've found that no one program does the trick, but a multi-layered, multi-program defense has kept my system relatively infection/problem free. Good luck and keep those maps of yours coming ;)

NeonKnight
03-10-2010, 11:30 PM
SPYBOT Search & Destroy: http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html

AD-AWARE http://www.lavasoft.com/

RobA
03-11-2010, 12:32 AM
I was using AVG on my son's machine and he still picked up a rootkit that AVG neither detected not stopped.

I have heard good things about avast, as well.

-Rob A>

torstan
03-11-2010, 09:17 AM
Thanks a lot. I'll be saving this thread for later reference :)

Really helpful of you.