Free Antivirus and Antispyware Software Includes screenshots and recommendations
Posted 31 March 2009 - 02:58 PM
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Posted 31 March 2009 - 06:56 PM
1. If you download a firewall, simply turn off the Windows firewall so they don't conflict.
2. Two antispyware programs aren't necessarily bad, unless they're both providing real-time protection of files, in which case they can conflict. However, if you had Webroot antivirus and McAfee antivirus installed, that could definitely cause problems, as two antivirus programs never work well together. I would suggest combining an antivirus program from this list with an antispyware application from here.
Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:28 AM
Right now, in my arsenal I have ATFcleaner, SpywareGuard, SpywareBlaster, SUPERAntispyware, Avast! Antivirus, and Comodo Firewall.
Phew! That's a mouthful! Do I need all these programs?
Anyway, Avast!, Comodo and Spywareguard begin on startup and run all the time. I also assume that SpywareBlaster is running, though there is no icon for it. Is that too much? I don't know which are real-time Anti-virus scanners and which are firewalls or which I need. I just don't know where one intersects with another.
Also, when I close SUPERAntispyware, it stays in my system try unless I close it from there. Is that also running? Or is it doing nothing down there? It all seems like a lot of programs running at the same time.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 04:39 AM
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Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:55 AM
Free Antivirus Software
Important note: Geeks to Go highly recommends uninstalling any other antivirus software BEFORE installing another antivirus application. Antivirus programs often conflict and can cause system slowdowns, crashes, or even leave you unprotected. Here are some uninstall programs that you can download directly from the publisher's website: Symantec (Norton) | McAfee | Trend Micro
- Avast! Antivirus:
Click Here for Avast! - Recommended
Avast is light on system resources, and it's unobtrusive. For the most part it runs silently in the background. It's the only free antivirus with boot scan options. While it's our favorite free antivirus, the alarm that the detection engine sounds can be annoying, and we wish they'd remove the requirement for email registration.
Avast could be used only by home users which do NOT use their computer for profit. If you do not meet this condition, you will need to buy a commercial license of avast!. Use it for up to 60 days before being required to register (for free) and you'll be sent a license key via email. Resident Protection: Instant Messaging, P2P shield, Internet Mail, Outlook/Exchange, Network Shield, Web Shield, Standard Shield. Compatible with Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP/Vista, 64-bit and Linux.
- Program Interface
- Virus detected
Click Here for Anti-Vir
Anti-Vir has a clean and pleasant interface. It has a small footprint and is easy on system resources. It also consistently ranks near the top of all antiviruses in detection rates. So why isn't it our top recommendation? It's a free product, but aggressively promotes the paid version. For example, a pop-up is displayed after running updates (shown below). Compatible with Windows NT/2K/XP/Vista, 64-bit and Linux.
This free AntiVirŪ Personal Edition is intended exclusively for private use on a single workstation. You may copy the complete program package and pass it on to others for private use only. The free AntiVirŪ Personal Edition may not be used for commercial or professional purposes.
Click Here for AVG
AVG was among the first of the free antivirus products offered, and has long been a favorite of this site and others. However, their detection rates are consistently testing at the bottom of these free antivirus applications. They've also had a number of problems with their update servers recently. While AVG is still a good choice, it's at the bottom of our recommendations. Compatible with Windows 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/Vista, 64-bit and Linux.
Antivirus Protection Freeware for HOME use on personal computer only.
1. AVG Free Edition is a FREE product. There is no warranty and no technical support available unless you purchase a technical support agreement.
2. You may install and use only one copy of the Software for single home or office computer protection only, irrespective of the number of times you download the Software or the number of licenses you purport to accept.
3. You may not use the Software on a network or more than one PC.
Free Online Virus Scanners
- Panda Active scan Very easy to use. High detection rate. Detects rootkits. No removal.
- Panda NanoScan (beta) Promises quick one minute scans. Only detects active infections. Beware, still in beta.
- Panda TotalScan (beta) Vista compatible. Future replacement for Active scan. Removal with registration. Beware, still beta.
- Kaspersky Online Scanner Easy to use. Excellent detection rate. Cannot disinfect. Slow scanning. Slow updating.
- Trend Micro Housecall Easy to use. High detection rate. Does NOT require ActiveX.
- Eset Online Scanner Recently out of beta, uses the very fine ESET detection engine.
- BitDefender Online Scanner Easy to use. High detection rate.
- Symantec Security Check Easy to use. High detection rate.
- McAfee freescan Easy to use. High detection rate. Cannot disinfect.
- eTrust Antivirus Web Scanner Easy to use. High detection rate.
- F-Secure Online Virus Scanner Easy to use. High detection rate. Detects & removes rootkits.
- ArcaOnline Scanner High detection rate. Buggy interface. Must be added to trusted zone in IE.
- Authentium Command On Demand Easy to use. High detection rate. Very light resources. Cannot disinfect.
Free Virus Removal Tools for Specific Infections
Free Spyware Detection and Removal
- SUPERAntiSpyware Despite the rogue sounding name, this boasts one of the best detection and removal engines available. - Recommended
- AVG Anti-Spyware Free Edition Formerly Ewido Antispyware, now renamed by AVG. Still a very competent free scanner, and a worth your consideration.
- Spyware Doctor (Google Pack Free Edition) Excellent detection rates, well reviewed antispyware software, but only available for free when installed using Google Pack.
- Windows Defender Microsoft's free antivirus application. Now included with Windows Vista. Unlike most free products, it also includes free support (2 incidents).
- AdAware 2007 A shiny new interface, and updated to work with Vista, but the same old detection results. The marketing of the paid version is also too visible in the 2007 edition. Okay for basic threats, but it should not be your only spyware protection.
- Spybot S&D 1.5 Updated to work with Vista, but little else can be said about this application that's showing its age. Out dated interface, and detection engine. Often buggy. Loyalists may be the only users of this once fine program.
Free Online Spyware Detection and Removal
- Ewido Online Malware Scan Easy to use. Detects & removes trojans, spyware, adware etc.
- a-squared Web Malware Scanner Easy to use. Detects & removes trojans, spyware, adware etc.
- Windows Live OneCare Safety Scan Easy to use. Detects & removes trojans, spyware, adware etc. Slow scanning.
- Full Service Scan for Windows Vista Easy to use. Vista comaptible. Very slow.
- Prevx CSI NEW - Requires a download, but no install. Good detection rate, some false positives (flagged suspicious).
Free Spyware Prevention
- Spyware Blaster Does NOT scan or detect spyware, it does prevents it from being installed. Uses a blocklist and no computer resources to run. Paid version adds automatic updating. - Recommended
- Spyware Guard Real-time protections against spyware. Designed to use along side Spyware Blaster. Offers signature-based scanning for known spyware and heuristic/generic detection capabilities to catch new/mutated spyware.
- WinPatrol 2007 WinPatrol is like a watch dog for your computer. It watches programs running on your PC (including the hidden ones) and alerts you if a program tries to install something unexpected, sets itself to run on startup, change your home page or install something it shouldn't.
- All-Seeing Eye The program consists of a collection of tools that monitor important areas of your computer, areas in which spyware and other malicious programs practically always leave some kind of trace when they sneak into your computer.
- ThreatFire NEW - Fast standard scanning, good behavior based detection (not signature), easy to use.
- Note: Do NOT run more than ONE firewall.
- Comodo Free Firewall Easy to use. Nice looking interface. Impressive performance. - Recommended
- Sunbelt-Kerio A terrific free firewall, but aggressive marketing, and confusing license terms, "Sunbelt Personal Firewall 4 can run in a free mode vs. a full (paid) mode. Install it now, and for the first 30 days it will run in 'full' mode. After that, it shuts down selected features, but will continue to run in 'free' mode'."
- Zone Alarm A powerful firewall, but bloated and often buggy software. Many features of the pro version are removed from the free version.
Free Rootkit Detection and Removal
AVG Anti-Rootkit Free
Other Free Tools
VirusTotal Single file upload virus scanning and submission
Jotti's Scanner Another site to submit sample files for detection and submission to security publishers
Norman Sandbox Live Upload a suspicious file to this sandbox and get a detail analysis
Sunbelt CWSandbox Sunbelt Research's sandbox
System Safety Monitor Help you to protect your computer from harmful programs. Very comprehensive.
Posted 01 June 2009 - 01:57 AM
Posted 04 June 2009 - 08:16 AM
Would it be possible to get a 'last updated' line at the top of the first post? That would be very helpful.
Posted 04 June 2009 - 08:32 AM
Jun 1 2009, 02:57 AM
Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:36 AM
Posted 04 June 2009 - 05:06 PM
Admin, thanks. If you could put an updated date in there I think that would help folks know how current the info is.
Posted 05 July 2009 - 02:34 PM
A question. The machine runs Windows Vista so has Windows Defender as standard. Will this conflict with another virus scanner eg mcAfee? If so, can I uninstall Defender?
Will spyware protection programs also conflict eg McAfee and Superantispyware, or can I run 2 (or more) at a time?