Whats the best Anti Virus Software?

Whats the best Anti Virus Software?

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Help needed please, i'm about to upgrade to Win7 and i'm unsure what is the best Anti Virus Software?

I'd like two options please?

1. Best FREE AV software
2. Best 'Cracked' and updateble AV software

Thanks in advance.
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Well it's hard 'cause everything is based on virus lists updates. ;)

1. Free - AVG and Avira are the best ones (experience), Avast is getting there but for me it's still piece of crap. Also if U want firewall to that Comodo will do it with 2 above ones.

2. Here is more fun. Kaspersky and Nod are the best ones BUT U will have to play with all sorts trial reseters, key downloaders. I decided to buy KIS for 1 year for 3 PCs with 2 friends and it costed roughly about 17euros. Nod is good too but I had KIS before so I was lazy to reinstall and play with setting things up.
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There's no such thing as the best antivirus.
Most of them have similar virus-bases, none of them "know" all of the 0-day viruses.
Most of the antiviruses protect only againt antiviruses, so adware/trojans and other shit is still a problem.
No antivirus will protect you 100% of times against everything and the more defense modules an antivirus has the more of a hog it becomes, if you're paranoid and you do have a powerful computer that's your choice. ;)

Personally I used Avast for years on XP, but with latest releases it became a hog, so I started using Comodo Internet Security (antivirus+firewall WITHOUT the Defense+ module which is also a hog).
Aside that, I use Firefox with adblock, Spyware Blaster and Spybot Search & Destroy to block all nasty sites, PeerBlock to block all nasty IP's from outside and Malware antibytes from time to time, just to scan C: if I'm clean.

PS: I'd worry more about that god-awful browser you're using, if I were you, walkie. ;)
Here's an instant-crash link, that works only in IE as a example of it's "features".
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I recommend AVG 2012, as good protection as free :)
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thanks for the help, win7 up and running however i couldn't ditch explorer i like it too much :)
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walkie wrote:i couldn't ditch explorer i like it too much :)
Well, obviously, because you didn't give others a chance you don't realise all the possible advantages you can get by NOT using IE. ;)
You know, people don't hate IE because it's a bad browser. Only because there are better ones. :mrgreen:
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AVG or Avast works for me......Always be aware that really there is no such thing as the best ...For instance if you intall something like Utorrent your virus software will always ask you if your sure you want to allow or download the files....If you say yes then it will ...So it could be to late at that point anyway.....If a brand new virus comes out tonight and your unlucky enough to get it it could kill your system before Norton...AVG...Avast even know about it ....so on those grounds go for free everytime in my opinion.....Every download you allow could be a risk.
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