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  1.    11 Feb 2016 #1
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    Windows 10 Home x64

    Less intrusive "Free" AV


    Hello.

    I may be looking for an alternative AV to WD in the near future.

    Which free one do you think is av with less bloatware and less intrusive to the system?

    I know some of them include some not-so-good toolbars and some of them may even spy on you or, at least, gather personal info about web surfing habits and some other telemetry things.

    TIA.
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  2.    11 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 133
    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux

    Quote Originally Posted by eLPuSHeR View Post
    Hello.

    I may be looking for an alternative AV to WD in the near future.

    Which free one do you think is av with less bloatware and less intrusive to the system?

    I know some of them include some not-so-good toolbars and some of them may even spy on you or, at least, gather personal info about web surfing habits and some other telemetry things.

    TIA.
    I have BitDefender Free running on an old XP machine with 512 MB and it is not very intrusive; however the UI is primitive and limited.

    On most other machines I use Avira Free. It is configurable and reasonably bloat-free (except for losta churning at start-up on machines with truly limited resources).
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  3.    11 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by eLPuSHeR View Post
    Hello.

    I may be looking for an alternative AV to WD in the near future.

    Which free one do you think is av with less bloatware and less intrusive to the system?

    I know some of them include some not-so-good toolbars and some of them may even spy on you or, at least, gather personal info about web surfing habits and some other telemetry things.

    TIA.
    Simple Answer - Windows Defender
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  4.    11 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 2,761
    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    360 Total Security Essential without the cleaner is pretty light and nice looking.
    It has great detections too, it contains 4 AV engines, including Bitdefender & Avira.
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  5.    11 Feb 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter

    Thanks. I have already downloaded it from a link you posted on another thread...
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  6.    11 Feb 2016 #6
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    Windows 10 Home x64
    Thread Starter

    Quote Originally Posted by mike s View Post
    I have BitDefender Free running on an old XP machine with 512 MB and it is not very intrusive; however the UI is primitive and limited.

    On most other machines I use Avira Free. It is configurable and reasonably bloat-free (except for losta churning at start-up on machines with truly limited resources).
    As far as I know BitDefender doesn't get along well with W10 yet...
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  7.    11 Feb 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by garydexter View Post
    Simple Answer - Windows Defender
    But I am already using Windows Defender, which I think it's fine. My main concern is that it's bombarding me with too many false positives lately.
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  8.    11 Feb 2016 #8
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    Anyone considering Avast Anti-virus free -- make sure you do the custom/advanced install, thus you get to choose which services, modules, you want.
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  9.    11 Feb 2016 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
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    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by eLPuSHeR View Post
    My main concern is that it's bombarding me with too many false positives lately.
    You could try using this, run CMD as admin and enter:

    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Real-Time Protection" /v "DisableBehaviorMonitoring" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f

    Eventually you might also want to disable cloud based protection via the settings.

    It should stop false positives, but it will also lower overall protection, WD will be unable to stop suspicious threats.
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  10.    11 Feb 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 552
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    360 Total Security Essential, gets my vote too. And yes Bitdefender free is not compatible with Win 10.
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