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#940557 - 02/16/14 05:50 AM Free anti virus
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I'm looking for a free Anti Virus program as my Webroot is going to expire in 3 days.
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#940583 - 02/16/14 10:41 AM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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Avast, Avira, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials and probably the most well-known.

All have pluses and minuses. Avast is rated higher than the rest, but they nag you to upgrade and you have to re-register every year. I quit using AVG because it was hogging too many resources, but I think they have fixed that since then. I use Microsoft Security Essentials along with Malwarebytes Pro and it's a pretty good combination.

I'm sure you will get some other opinions!
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#940588 - 02/16/14 11:16 AM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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+1 For Security Essentials & MBAM

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#940623 - 02/16/14 02:56 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: InlandAZ]
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thanksYou two do I just Google Microsoft?
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#940626 - 02/16/14 03:04 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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You can find Security Essentials here: Microsoft Security Essentials

Malwarebytes here: Malwarebytes Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the free version.

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#940631 - 02/16/14 04:00 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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Cailyn, we assume you're not still using XP, right?
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#940701 - 02/17/14 03:19 AM Re: Free anti virus [Re: Draclvr]
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No XP I have Win 8 I have malware already I'll go to that link Inland Thank You waveI tried that link but when I click on it nothing happens.
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#940727 - 02/17/14 09:37 AM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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If you're running Windows 8 you should already have Windows Defender. Here's how to enable it -
Turn Windows Defender on or off

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#940735 - 02/17/14 10:08 AM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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And make sure you download the free Malwarebytes and run it too.

Is this a brand name computer like Dell or HP or something? If so, did it come with a free trial of McAfee or Norton or some other anti-virus program? The trial might be up and if you don't plan on buying it, you will need to uninstall it. Some of them are quite persistent in remaining the "active" anti-virus and not allowing you to enable Windows Defender which is already on your Windows 8.
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#940773 - 02/17/14 02:10 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: Draclvr]
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HI Draclvr waveThe only one I have is Webroot I tried uninstalling it from the control panel,it won't work!went to their website and called them.They said the only way to uninstall it was to let them go into my comp.Is that safe?
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#940796 - 02/17/14 04:11 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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cailyn,

That doesn't sound right although the developers do seem to make it very difficult to uninstall it yourself.
What I would do first is try to uninstall it with Revo Uninstaller.
They have a free version as well as a paid version.
I've found that it really works and in your case, I would choose the Advanced uninstall to make sure that all traces of Webroot are gone from your computer.

Gil.
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#940797 - 02/17/14 04:18 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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NO, it is not right. Webroot is a very reputable and good company, but you should not have to allow anyone to take over your computer.

I'm having a sneaking feeling that Revo isn't going to work. Webroot may be one of those anti-virus companies that make it virtually impossible to uninstall. I've had to download special uninstallers for McAfee and Avast too.

See if anything such as the "deactivate" option works.
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#940802 - 02/17/14 04:56 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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Speaking of McAfee, (forgive the digression grin), John McAfee told the BBC, ""I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet (after 15 years of having nothing to do with it). These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users."
The AV is now known as Intel Security - a word of warning for those who don't know.

John McAfee is a NUT but I can't help liking him. grin

Gil.


Edited by traveler (02/17/14 04:58 PM)
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#940813 - 02/17/14 05:24 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: cailyn]
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I didn't know any of that! Well, other than John McAfee is a nut job...
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#940838 - 02/17/14 08:50 PM Re: Free anti virus [Re: Draclvr]
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Originally Posted By: Draclvr
I didn't know any of that! Well, other than John McAfee is a nut job...

Seriously weird.
New York Times: John McAfee Plays Hide and Seek in Belize

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