Avast! antivirus vs. MSE vs. Panda Cloud Antivirus

Discussion in 'Software for Windows' started by berryracer, Apr 28, 2012.

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Which is the better free antivirus?

  1. Avast! Antivirus

  2. Microsoft Security Essentials

  3. Panda Cloud Antivirus

  4. Other free, antivirus, please mention in the thread

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  1. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    I am about to go with a FREE antivirus for the first time in my life as Eset Smart Security has failed in cleaning very simple autorun.ini viruses from my sister's blackberry.

    And upon reading some online reviews, I noticed that Eset scores very low in terms of cleaning infections, maybe it's only good for proteciton but not cleaning

    anyway, I heard some bad things about MSE on the Wilder Security forums stating that it has a lot of false positives, their support forums are useless, and overall the program doesn't perform well compared to other options in terms of virus cleaning/protection

    but would like to know what do you guys think?

    I tried Avast! 7 for a while and it seems good but I just want to make sure that I made the right choice and am not missing anything
     
  2. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    Oh by the way, I used to always swear by Avira as the best free antivirus but now with the amount of spam and ads they include in their antivirus, I can't even consider it as an option :(
     
  3. sandorski

    sandorski No Lifer

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    What is the best? I dunno, but I have been using Avast for years without issue.
     
  4. IGBT

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    switched over to Avast after AVG 2012 (paid) buggered my computer. so far so good.
     
  5. Albatross

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    #5 Albatross, Apr 28, 2012
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  6. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    I would have loved to install Avira, if it weren't for the unacceptable level of ads and pop ups! It has becomming a spamming app :(
     
  7. Albatross

    Albatross Platinum Member

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    I don`t know what to believe anymore,probably many of these tests are paid for..
    I went with MSE ,at least Microsoft has the resources to produce a good free antivirus.
     
  8. lxskllr

    lxskllr Lifer

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    They popup once per update, so once a day. Small price to pay for a good program.
     
  9. nemesismk2

    nemesismk2 Diamond Member

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    Since the release of Microsoft Security Essentials that is all i have used without any problems.
     
  10. berryracer

    berryracer Platinum Member

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    ok then, i installed MSE 64 bit + MBAM Pro
     
  11. thescreensavers

    thescreensavers Diamond Member

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    This, but I will agree there ad's are quite stupid and bring the quality of the program down.
     
  12. pyonir

    pyonir Lifer

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    And you can disable it...just takes a bit of research. I don't remember where I found how to do it, but I haven't seen a popup in Avira for a couple years now.
     
  13. lxskllr

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    I agree. I think a fixed ad on the program window with a link to their site would be a better approach.

    Yea, I used to do that. I felt a little bad about it, and after a reinstall I didn't disable it, and decided it didn't bother me enough to go through the trouble. Now I run Debian, and the lack of hassle is great. No A/V, no tracking multiple programs for updates... I still maintain my mother's Vista box, and it gets on my nerves anymore. It didn't bother me when I ran Windows myself, but after seeing how things can be done, it's a PITA to go back.
     
  14. shimpster

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    This is also my setup
    +1
     
  15. pyonir

    pyonir Lifer

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    I would never read the popup anyway, just look for the "ok" button. So really there is no point it not blocking it, for me.

    Although with them trying to install the ask.com toolbar in their previous release, that was a bit much and had me start reading about other options. I'll probably migrate to MSE at some point in the near future...just not sold 100% on it yet. I haven't updated to the newest Avira yet...since the definitions still get updated with this build.
     
  16. notposting

    notposting Diamond Member

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    Used to use Avira (well, it was still Antivir then).
    Switched to AVG. It got bloated.
    Switched to AVast. It got bloated.
    Switched to MSE. Working good so far.
     
  17. bruceb

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    I will vote for Avast ... it runs fine, does not use a whole lot of RAM and does a nice job. Easily set for your preferences and it updates itself twice a day.
    I was using Avira until it had an issue with a memory leak (about 1 year ago). Then I switched to Avast.