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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       11 Feb 2016 #1

    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. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 98
    Windows XP, 7, 8.1, 10, Knoppix [Debian] linux
       11 Feb 2016 #2

    eLPuSHeR said: 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. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 149
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Feb 2016 #3

    eLPuSHeR said: 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. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,735
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       11 Feb 2016 #4

    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. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       11 Feb 2016 #5

    Thanks. I have already downloaded it from a link you posted on another thread...
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       11 Feb 2016 #6

    mike s said: 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. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 734
    Windows 10 Home x64
       11 Feb 2016 #7

    garydexter said: 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

    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. Joined : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 1,735
    Windows Home x64 (Home per choice)
       11 Feb 2016 #9

    eLPuSHeR said: 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. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 528
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       11 Feb 2016 #10

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