1.    10 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2016
    Posts : 41
    Windows 10 Pro

    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.    10 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 10,533
    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    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.    10 Aug 2016 #3

    Another vote for Avast, not caused any issues on Windows 10.
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  4.    10 Aug 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 2,758
    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    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.    10 Aug 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jun 2016
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    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks guys
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  6.    10 Aug 2016 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 824
    Win10/64 Pro 1511 (and 2 Win 7/64 Ult & Pro systems)

    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.    11 Aug 2016 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 861
    Windows 10 Home x64

    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.    12 Aug 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Poole Dorset UK
    Posts : 2,557
    Windows 10 x64 Home Version(1709) Build16299.19

    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.    12 Aug 2016 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2016
    Posts : 156
    Windows 10 home 64x

    Quote Originally Posted by MoxieMomma View Post
    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.    12 Aug 2016 #10
    Join Date : Aug 2016
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    Windows 10 home 64x

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    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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