A stable antivirus


  1. Posts : 41
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    A stable antivirus


    Hi,

    I am looking for a good free antivirus that wouldn't cause my system to BSOD. I used Norton before and it caused my system to BSOD. I also used Panda free antivirus and it also caused a bunch of BSODs. Right now I am on Windows Defender.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Avast has run well for me. Advertising popup after login.

    Bitdefender has caused latency issues for quite a number reporting here. I don't know if that's been fixed no reports of that for 3 months or so I'd guess.
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  3. Posts : 7,257
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #3

    Another vote for Avast, not caused any issues on Windows 10.
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  4. Posts : 5,181
    Windows 11 Home
       #4

    Pretty much any AV should do as long as you disable all "advanced" features.
    Keep just basic realtime module plus maybe webshield, like Avast Minimal has.
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  5. Posts : 41
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks guys :)
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  6. Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)
       #6

    Hi:

    BSOD can be caused by hardware issues, driver conflicts and even certain types of malware (e.g. rootkits).

    Assuming you are on an otherwise stable system without corruption or hardware problems, and assuming you are not infected, IFFFF you have been trying multiple different AVs, it's possible that your BSOD might be caused -- at least in part -- by having remnants/leftovers (especially drivers) of different AVs.

    It's important to have ONLY ONE INSTALLED AV, whether WD or a 3rd-party program (free or paid).
    Even if the others are disabled or turned off, they can still cause issues (especially leftover drivers).
    You might want to have a look here at @Slartybart's excellent sticky, and to be sure you have cleanly removed all traces of other AVs, using the vendors' removal tool, when available:
    Anti Virus (AV) stand alone removal tools

    As for the "which AV is best" and "free or paid or no AV at all" debate, there are already 1000000000 threads about that here and elsewhere. There is no "best" answer to suit all computers, users, budgets.
    100 users will offer at least 110 passionate opinions, pro and con.
    So, I won't clutter the forum...

    Cheers,
    MM
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  7. Posts : 2,754
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #7

    If WD is running properly for you then keep it. Add some layered protection (mbae, etc) and you are all set. I am pretty convinced that switching to any other AV solution for w10 is looking for trouble.
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  8. Posts : 2,818
    Windows 10 Home (x64) Version 21H1 (build 19043.1202)
       #8

    W D all the way as far as I am concerned Best Free Antivirus I have installed.
    It is light and fast and does it job
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  9. Posts : 145
    Windows 10 home 64x
       #9

    MoxieMomma said:
    Hi:

    BSOD can be caused by hardware issues, driver conflicts and even certain types of malware (e.g. rootkits).
    Yes Thank you

    Sorry But I have not yet heard any one say my BSOD has been caused by antivirus or anti malware Unless you are infected in memory then that is a different issue

    and all the antivirus is trying to tell you is ,, that something is over kill at start up

    Good Luck
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  10. Posts : 145
    Windows 10 home 64x
       #10

    dalchina said:
    Avast has run well for me. Advertising popup after login.

    Bitdefender has caused latency issues for quite a number reporting here. I don't know if that's been fixed no reports of that for 3 months or so I'd guess.
    Good advice

    I have had Bitdefender all year last year and couldn't wait to get rid of it
    very heavy on start up and big on cpu stay away from it for now
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