19th Jul 2011

Free Anti-Virus and Adware removal


The first thing that a technician will do when selling you a computer is recommend that you buy the top of the line anti-virus software, saying ‘it will save you more in the long run’. However, in all likelihood, if you are vigilant and follow strict processes, as well as employ the help of a free virus scanner, the likelihood of getting a virus which obliterates your computers hard drive is miniscule. All of the following programs are free. To ensure the best performance from your computer, it is recommend you only ever have one Anti-Virus program installed and active at a time, backed up with an Adware removal program which is “passive”.

Free Anti-Virus Software

AVG Anti-Virus (PC)
AVG Anti-Virus is a trusted free anti-virus scanner. It offers all the bare-necessities when it comes to computer security, and should be enough protection for people who know enough about basic computer safety (i.e. staying away from .biz sites, not opening emails which are suspect or simple titles such as “hello” from people you do not recognise as a contact). This virus scanner is only available for Windows users.

For more information visit http://www.cnet.com.

Avast Anti-Virus (PC)
Avast Anti-Virus is a trusted anti-virus client, with proven results. Avat offers fantastic Spyware and virus protection for a free program. If you are after better protection however, and are a fan of the Avast program, they offer a free one-year trial of both Avast Pro and Avast internet security. After trying all three, choose the security you feel suits your needs best.

For more information visit http://www.cnet.com.

Avira Anti-Virus (PC)
Avira Anti-Virus is a solid program which comes highly recommended from trusted computer reviewers, Avira protects well against dangerous viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Also available in nine languages.

For more information visit http://www.cnet.com.

iAntivirus (MAC)
The software is unobtrusive, and lets the Mac’s natural firewall and virus protection run its course, while providing a backup barrier for your computer. It provides protection from share files infected with Windows-based malware and all other harmful files.

For more information visit http://www.iantivirus.com

Free Adware removal

One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware Free Internet Security features real-time protection, rootkit protection, automatic updates, and much more — to ensure that you have the power to protect yourself online.

For more information visit http://www.cnet.com.

Spybot - Search & Destroy
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer.

For more information visit http://www.cnet.com.

Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools which can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.

For more information visit http://www.cnet.com.


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30th Nov 2011
CNET Downloads is THE site to get as much free software as you can handle. All software gets a comprehensive editor's review, but don't forget to then scroll down and read all the users' reviews. CNET guarantees all software you download from their site is virus free.

I run AVG Free 2012 and also Malwarebytes ( both rated #1 in their area by CNET).
Don't touch Spybot with a 40ft. pole (read editor's review).
14th Dec 2012
If you read this link http://www.landzdown.com/analysis-and-malware-removal/computer-taken-over-and-locked-out-many-programs/msg158380/?topicseen#msg158380 you may like to take the advice of a well respected Malware fighter to be wary of C/Net. Post by Corrine.
What is your reason for not using Spybot Search and Destroy. It is very well respected on all the forums I volunteer on. Give us the link to read the review please.

kind regards,
4th Apr 2013
A few years ago I paid $'s for anti virus then down loaded AVG Free and AVG picked up more than the one I paid for,, needless to say I would recommend AVG Free any time

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