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  1. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,534
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       10 Jan 2015 #1

    Free antivirus scanners for Windows PCs

    Is your system riddled with viruses? Your antivirus program out of date?

    Need a decent but free security program for a loved one who doesn't see the point in paying for protection?

    No one wants malware on their PCs, so antivirus and antimalware scanners are a must, but a quality scanner need not cost the earth. In fact, there are a number of free solutions out there that will help keep your digital empire safe.

    Here are six top-quality scanners that will help you clean up systems and keep them safe in the future. There are tools here for systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.

    Read more: Free antivirus scanners for Windows PCs | ZDNet
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  2. Joined : Nov 2013
    Posts : 1,397
    Win-7Prox64 Win-8.1Prox64 Win-10Prox64
       10 Jan 2015 #2

    Not a very good list,
    Panda is actually the best but not compatible with 10 yet does not cleanly uninstall meaning defender is very difficult to turn back on,
    Otherwise mbam was the only real top 6
    I doubt that will be a valid solo security recommend either unless mbam premium is next to it providing real time protection
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  3. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       10 Jan 2015 #3

    I think I'll stick with defender for now. It's worked fine for me with Win8 and Win10 so far.
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  4.    11 Jan 2015 #4

    None are great in my opinion, but, I use Defender in conjunction with Malwarebytes (MBAM).

    MBAM is the only one that can run side-by-side with Defender, and have no appreciable conflicts.
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  5.    12 Jan 2015 #5

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    I think I'll stick with defender for now. It's worked fine for me with Win8 and Win10 so far.
    I agree, I don't have any important information/data on the drive that I have Win 10 installed on. I'll protect it after I get the OOB version.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,542
    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       14 Jan 2015 #6

    Anybody know about Comodo Cleaning? Does it work for Windows 7?
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  7. Joined : Apr 2014
    Space coast of Florida
    Posts : 4,358
    Windows 10 Pro X64 14393.576
       14 Jan 2015 #7

    Stupid question time How do I actually see the list? I don't have or want a ZDnet account.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,542
    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       14 Jan 2015 #8

    Ztruker said: View Post
    Stupid question time How do I actually see the list? I don't have or want a ZDnet account.
    It is a little crazy the way they did it. You need click on each thumbnail picture under the big picture.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2013
    Nothern Ohio
    Posts : 446
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       15 Jan 2015 #9

    I do believe that the anti virus program companies are waiting for the next W-10 to come out for review.
    They need to see that before writing a bunch of code.

    I will probably still use Defender until it proves it's self to be unsatisfactory.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 403
    Windows 10 X64
       16 Jan 2015 #10

    Using Defender myself on all computers and like it.

    I disagree that Panda is very good, but can only speak for the free version.

    Had a virus some years ago, in my pst.file and Panda could not remove the record, so the full file was deleted...

    Was the free version...

    But Bitdefender removed the single record with ease.

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