Windows 10: Which free antivirus will you prefer to use with win 10?

View Poll Results: Which free antivirus will you prefer?

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  • Windows Defender

    97 61.78%
  • Avast

    26 16.56%
  • Avira

    5 3.18%
  • Anything else (mention please)

    29 18.47%
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  1.    20 Oct 2014 #61

    I must say I had bad experience with security already. I used 10 to check what works and what not and downloaded bunch of programs not paying too much attention to security. Left Defender only and earned a lot of PUPs, hijackers and browser add-ons, and other stuff, unwanted of course. Mbam and Rogue killer took out 81 things and "Sweet search" had to chase around manually and only finally got rid of it by uninstalling and reinstalling FF.
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  2.    21 Oct 2014 #62

    unifex said: View Post
    I'm actually using ESET. It's not free, but the license is for the machine, so if I dual-boot, I can use the same license on both OS instances. I have no problems so far.

    One thing that I like about ESET is its firewall that warns me whenever something tries to access the internet. I believe that it is me who should be accessing the net, not programs on their own schedule. I have no idea why Acrobat has to access the internet when I am opening a local file to read. Therefore I tell ESET to block it. Same for everything else. Nowadays every little piece of software wants to be connected. I have no idea what are they doing and I don't like it. With ESET I can allow or disallow net access to my programs. Basically, it's that feature that makes me keep ESET. Perhaps other security software can do the same, perhaps not. Windows firewall cannot. I'm used to this one, but I'm sure everyone has their own preference.
    Thanks for that insight. I have trialled ESET before and quite liked the interface and the granularity of firewall control it gives you. Might give it a try.:)
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  3.    21 Oct 2014 #63

    Hi there

    Some of these programs like Adobe Photoshop regularly "Phone Home" to ensure the license is valid, or it's not using a blocked key that's been filched by a Torrent, etc etc. Sometimes some programs quite legitimately check the Internet for updates such as VMware - you can usually block these options though by uncheck the option "Check for updates at start up".

    With subscription services there will be even more of this type of activity so blocking ALL internet accesses from applications might not be the best route to go. Like in all these things it's up to the USER to decide intelligently how to use the computer.

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  4.    22 Oct 2014 #64

    Voted "Anything else" (although I'd rather call it "Something else" since I wouldn't use just anything else) and the product in mind is Comodo Internet Security, only issue I found with it was that the firewall got trashed when updating to build 9860 of Windows 10 TP, was fixed by reinstalling it though.
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  5.    22 Oct 2014 #65

    Speaking of AVs, Avast 2015 was released Download Avast! Free Edition - MajorGeeks and NO, it will not install in W 10 !!!!
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  6. badrobot's Avatar
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       22 Oct 2014 #66

    Yeah, I tried that also last night hoping that the new build is Avast friendly but it's still a big failure.
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  7.    24 Oct 2014 #67


    I forgot to uninstall ESET before upgrading to Build 9860.
    Group Policy was all wrong and file permissions as well. What a mess!

    I ended up doing a PC Refresh which fixed the problems.
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  8.    24 Oct 2014 #68

    Installed Bitdefender which works in full.
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  9. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       24 Oct 2014 #69

    After reading this I would never again be able to trust Avast:

    Thanks Colin for sharing this at the Seven Forums.
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  10. Golden's Avatar
    Posts : 761
    macOS High Sierra
       24 Oct 2014 #70

    Kari said: View Post
    After reading this I would never again be able to trust Avast:

    Thanks Colin for sharing this at the Seven Forums.
    Yep, the fooked up big time there
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