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Avast once again my favorite free antivirus program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brett Brewer   
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

Earlier this year I stopped using the free Avast antivirus program that was once my top pick for free antivirus software in favor of a relative newcomer, Avira Antivirus. I switched because I was having trouble with Avast and ClamWin conflicting with each other and Avast missed a web-based exploit that infected my computer after I clicked the first link in a google search gone bad. However, recently Avast revamped their free product and got rid of a few annoyances, including the inability to play nicely with ClamWin. They streamlined the free registration process so you no longer have to wait for an email, you just fill out a very short form inside the program and you're done. Kudos to Avast for being one of the few antivirus makers out there to actually improve their product over time. So, in lieu of a real review on the competing options, here's my short list of free Antivirus software for fall 2010:

  1. Avast Antivirus free home edition
  2. Avira Antivirus  (free version displays a single ad for the paid version each day) 
  3. ClamWin  - A windows GUI version of the excellent Linux ClamAV project....I run it alongside my main Antivirus. 
  4. Microsoft Security Essentials  - This is the official free antivirus/antispyware program from Microsoft and it is surprisingly good. You'll need a valid copy of WindowsXP or higher to run it, but I run this alongside my other both Avast and ClamWin and it sometimes catches things the others don't.  

And of course here's my short list of anti-spyware progs:

  1. Safer Networking's SpyBot Search & Destroy  
  2. Lavasoft AdAware - since they are making the free version increasingly hard to find on their site, here's a link to it on Download.com 

 So what are you waiting for. Protect yo-self before you wreck yo-self. 

 
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