On Mon, 19 Nov 2007 20:23:02 -0800, Charanjit Singh wrote:
> Which is best free antivirus except Norten.I am new to internet. How can i
> download free version of AVG ativirus or Macafee antivirus.
A number of experts agree that the retail AV version of McAfee, Norton and
Trend Micro has become cumbersome and bloated for the average user.
AVG is *not* the flavor of the day anymore, but since you're after the free
version you can try and decide for yourself.
Real-time AV applications - for viral malware.
Do not utilize more than one (1) real-time anti-virus scanning engine!
Disable the e-mail scanning function during installation (Custom
Installation on some AV apps.) as it provides no additional protection.
In fact, most of experts (incl. Norton) believe that scanning incoming and
outgoing mail causes e-mail file corruption.
Avira AntiVir« PersonalEdition Classic - Free
Free antivirus - avast! 4 Home Edition
(Choose Custom Installation and under Resident
Protection, uncheck: Internet Mail and Outlook/Exchange.)
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
On-demand AV application.
(add it to your arsenal and use it as a "second opinion" av scanner).
BitDefender10 Free Edition
A-S applications - for non-viral malware.
The effectiveness of an individual A-S scanners can be wide-ranging and
oftentimes a collection of scanners is best. There isn't one software that
cleans and immunizes you against everything. That's why you need multiple
products to do the job i.e. overlap their coverage - one may catch what
another may miss, (grab'em all).
SuperAntispyware - Free
Ad-Aware - Free
Spybot Search & Destroy - Free
Windows Defender - Free (build-in in Vista)
"...Windows Defender did excel in behavior-based protection, which detects
changes to key areas of the system without having to know anything about
the actual threat."
A clarification on the terminology: the word "malware" is short for
"malicious software." Most Anti-Virus applications detect many types of
malware such as viruses, worms, trojans, etc.
What AV applications usually don't detect is "non-viral" malware, and the
term "non-viral malware" is normally used to refer to things like spyware
Some more useful applications:
Spyware Blaster - Free
Rootkit Revealer - Free
Crap Cleaner - Free
If Windows Defender is utilized go to Applications, under Utilities
uncheck "Windows Defender".
CW Shredder - Free
Your computer is most likely to fail at a time when you need it most.