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    Good free virus scanners?

    Any that anybody could recommend?
    Thanks in advance.

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    Senior Member Big Tuna's Avatar
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    I use the free version of Super Anti-Spyware to protect against malware/spyware. I have a different anti-virus though (Kapersky)

    Free computer stuff freaks me out though! Nothing in life is free!
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    I'm not sure about good/bad but I use avast and avg (on different computers).
    Daniel

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    Besides what dan_nc specified(avast, avg), Bitdefender has a free version too. Whatever product you will chose, you can try a free online scanning first. I know about McAfee, Bitdefender, Panda free online scanners. The thing is that you have to use Internet Explorer in order to run the required ActiveX. This is one of the few cases when it's oke to allow installation of an ActiveX from a website.

    Anyway, I don't remember when it was when I had the last virus. The thing is to stay away from malicious applications.
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    Thanks for the replies Big Tuna, Dan, and Cypress. Much appreciated. I will check all these out.

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    Free computer stuff freaks me out though! Nothing in life is free!
    I agree. I am leery of free software as well and personally I have no issues paying for good virus software. But the reason I am asking is that I am working on a project that distributes used, donated laptops to low income families. Unfortunately our funding is very limited so I am looking for a free, or very low cost, way of putting virus protection on 250 machines before they are given out.

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    Senior Member cypresss's Avatar
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    Free computer stuff freaks me out though! Nothing in life is free!
    When is about the free software, you can take all the advantages of it. A lot of things are free into this industry. The developers are putting their personal code online available for the community. If the community find it useful, interesting, good they will improve it with their needs and put it back to the community(that's the short and general story). The problem with free software is bad graphical design. Programmers are bad at designing and unfortunately, designers don't join the free software communities . If you don't care about the user interface and you appreciate the functionality of a software product, then use a free one and give a feedback to the coders.

    offtopic: There is a wrong assumption that only machines with Windows are vulnerable. Until 2008, Windows had 90% of the market share. That's why all the malicious code was write for Windows machines especially.

    btw: OS Revolution[google video] is a very cool video about free software & open source products
    OJ: because you like cooking, you have to see the first minutes of this video
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    I have used the free edition of AVG for years and I also use Spybot S&D Depending on the knowledge of the user you might not want to put Spybot on them

    http://www.avg.com/ca-en/download?prd=afg

    http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

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    I use AVG free. My computer doctor with a degree put it on both of mine when they went in the shop. I have not had any problems since then. Now when i paid out the wazzoo for Norton and McAfee I had nothing but problems...wonder why that is? LOL, I smell a conspiracy theory some where here! Better grab my tin foil hat!
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    Everyone who replied already beat me to replying AVG. I've used it in combination with spybot Search & Destroy and didn't have problems. It was while trying out a "free" trial of Norton and disabling the other two I ended up having issues. Back to AVG

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    Is the "Avast" free antivirus download only good for 30 days or is it really free? Thanks.

    http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download

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