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  1.    10 Jan 2015 #1
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    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 Your antivirus program out of date?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.    10 Jan 2015 #2
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    Houston
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    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64

    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
    Cheers.
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  3.    10 Jan 2015 #3
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    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    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

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ 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.    14 Jan 2015 #6
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    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit

    Anybody know about Comodo Cleaning? Does it work for Windows 7?
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  7.    14 Jan 2015 #7
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    Space coast of Florida
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 16299.19

    Stupid question time How do I actually see the list? I don't have or want a ZDnet account.
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  8.    14 Jan 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Stupid question time How do I actually see the list? I don't have or want a ZDnet account.
    Ztruker
    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.    15 Jan 2015 #9
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    Nothern Ohio
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    Windows 7/64 Professional

    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.    16 Jan 2015 #10
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    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.

    Jeff
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