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Disclaimer (revised):

I'm "acting" as my own new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC, and by visiting these sites I will click on the buttons that I think I will need for Free security.
In some cases Free Trials, Bundleware (Crapware) may be installed
Custom Install buttons will be ignored for the purpose of this experiment, but still may be shown.
Start-up Impact in Task Manager are not recorded, as results may vary per system.
Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
I strongly advise you to make your own judgements
Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Head over to and they'll advertise to Download Free Antivirus.

We are automatically opted-in to get Google Chrome web browser, and it's noticeable that the font size is very small to read.

Customise Options: They provide finer controls, should user wish to opt-out of any Security, Privacy and Performance features. However, we will ignore tweaking the installation and click on Install from the screenshot above.

Avast silently installs in the background and hides it's own pop-up notification so you continue using your PC.

Avast was successfully installed and we are prompted with a screen to Continue.

We are given the opportunity to install Avast Free Mobile Security for Android.

Clicking on Install Free, we are taken to the Google Play Store so we can remotely install Avast for Android.

Google Chrome has been installed and opens without any extensions or other search engines.

When we open Avast for the first time, we are given a gift to boost security. Let's Unwrap it.

But at this point the GUI froze with a blank white screen and was unable to do anything. I am forced to restart Windows.

Let's try that again, we are offered reasonable discounts for Pro Antivirus and Internet Security. I continued by clicking on the green Upgrade button.

Here we can choose between 1, 2 or 3 years of paid protection.

By continuing with upgrade, we get an Upsell Ad to spend a little more for Avast Premier.

Let's proceed with Upgrade to Avast Premier. My order appears with auto-renewal enabled and other Avast products at discounted prices that we can add to the basket. To continue we need to enter personal information like address and payment details.

Continuous Protection will automatically renew your subscription, as explained by clicking on More Info.

Back to Avast and we find the Software Updater, but Automatic updates is Off. Attempts to enable, we are shown that we must Upgrade to use.

Avast Passwords can be used for free, but a Premium license can be purchased (as seen in the Order basket screenshot, 3 up)

Avast offers SecureLine VPN with a 7-day free trial.

Avast offers Cleanup Premium, so I Check My PC.

Avast says a lot can be improved, so let's Resolve the issues.

We are offered to Buy Now or Try It for Free.

In order to Try for Free, we must enter payment details for a 30-day free trial. Again, I do not wish to purchase anything.

When we Activate and stick with Free Antivirus, we are offered a Free Trial for Internet Security.

Let's continue with the Free Trial for premium protection and get more security features.

We are asked to reboot Windows to use Avast Internet Security.

Windows Task Manager: Displays what will load at Start-up.

The complete list of Avast applications on Windows 10 via the Control Panel.

This concludes my How Much Crap Gets Installed for Avast Free Antivirus. It's an eye-opener to compare Avast with AVG, and see how they differ in marketing tactics.

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Answer: Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Keep doing it for more avs! Its pretty interesting this posts

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Disclaimer (revised):

I'm "acting" as my own new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC, and by visiting these sites I will click on the buttons that I think I will need for Free security.
In some cases Free Trials, Bundleware (Crapware) may be installed
Custom Install buttons will be ignored for the purpose of this experiment, but still may be shown.
Start-up Impact in Task Manager are not recorded, as results may vary per system.
Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
I strongly advise you to make your own judgements
Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Head over to, you'll be introduced to download their Free Antivirus software.

AVG's web installer will begin to download the latest components for you to begin, which takes a few seconds on a super-fast connection.

Users are given the option to customise installation such as installing Google Chrome web browser.

By clicking Continue, we get the choose between Install Basic (Free Antivirus) or Install the Best (Internet Security). Please note, this page is shown even if you click on Custom Installation.

Clicked on Install the Best, as that's what I think is best for my Windows PC, but also it's a nice-looking green button and no credit card required. However, there's not much room for customisation, as seen below, it automatically installs the default components.

Google Chrome has been... Read more

Answer:Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Thanks @Spawn, another good and realistic example of how vendors act promoting annoying things in their free products.
This is the "price" you have to pay to get something for free.

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I'm "acting" as my own new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC, and by visiting these sites I will click on the buttons that I think I will need for Free security.
In some cases Free Trials, Bundleware (Crapware) may be installed
Custom Install buttons will be ignored for the purpose of this experiment, but still may be shown.
Start-up Impact in Task Manager are not recorded, as results may vary per system.
Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
I strongly advise you to make your own judgements
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Head over to to download Qihoo's free PC security and utility software for Windows PC.

Whilst the web installer fetches the latest installer, we see that Qihoo promotes the Opera web browser in the webpage Advert: "Loading too slow? Try the fastest browser. Free Download now" and notice how they also hosts the OperaSetup.exe file. Interesting..

The 360 Total Security installer hosts a very simple design and an Options toggle to change directory location. We are already opted-in for the 360 User Experience Improvement Program and "Safe and Fast" Opera web browser.

Let's begin..

The 360 Instant Setup has suggested that we install some popular software, in one-click. By default 6 items are checked which include; Opera, Skype, VLC media player, OpenOffice, Adobe Acrobat R... Read more

Answer:Free download from - How much crap gets installed?

Damn! We have a winner here.
All the crap installed by Avast, Avira and Comodo is nothing when compared to Qihoo...
There ain't no such thing as free lunch.

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I'm "acting" as my own new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC, and by visiting these sites I will click on the buttons that I think I will need for Free security.
In some cases Free Trials, Bundleware (Crapware) may be installed
Custom Install buttons will be ignored for the purpose of this experiment, but still may be shown.
Start-up Impact in Task Manager are not recorded, as results may vary per system.
Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
I strongly advise you to make your own judgements
Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Comodo offers a Free Internet Security suite for Windows users which provides complete protection against viruses and attacks. Alternatively users can Upgrade to Pro version for $28.

However the downloads page offers a better discount at 50% off, where you get Pro for $20.

Running the installer, we are informed that a series of programs are included.

Region-dependent, Comodo offer to change our home page, new tab and search engine to another service, Yahoo!. In other countries, Yandex may be offered.

Again we can see the Pro version being pushed, but is also checked by default. We can Try 30-days trial of Pro which includes 24/7 Support. After the 30-days, Comodo will revert to the free version.

We can change the directory of installation, and if we want Secure DNS along with sending anonymous data to Comodo servers.

Th... Read more

Answer:Free download from - How much crap gets installed?

Even your post is more than 8Mb of data.

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I'm "acting" as my own new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC, and by visiting these sites I will click on the buttons that I think I will need for Free security.
In some cases Free Trials, Bundleware (Crapware) may be installed
Custom Install buttons will be ignored for the purpose of this experiment, but still may be shown.
Start-up Impact in Task Manager are not recorded, as results may vary per system.
Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
I strongly advise you to make your own judgements
Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Head over to which is Lavasoft's new website for version 12. Once you follow the Discover Adaware Antivirus links, you'll be taken to download their "Get Adaware Antivirus Free" next to a chart showing their paid products.

The Adaware Web Installer will fetch the latest Updater for you.

In terms of a custom install, there's not a lot of choice apart from installing with No Real-Time protection, as Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender Antivirus. And for compatibility, stability and performance reasons, it's better to avoid using both simultaneously.

The adaware antivirus updater shows it's progress and what's being installed.

Once complete, the default browser is launched with a thank you message and "something new for you".

Clicking on Get Ad Block, it'... Read more

Answer:Free download from - How much crap gets installed?

It wasnt that bad imo. Keep up the good work Spawn!

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I'm a new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC. I will click on the buttons that I think will install the Free security that is needed for my PC.
Customisation options may or not be available, but will be ignored in this experiment.
Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but Time/Date are incorrect.
More coming soon... Avast, AVG etc.
Free Download from - How much crap gets installed?

Head over to, you'll be introduced to their Free Security Suite which includes a plethora of Free Software for your Security Suite.

Avira "Free Security Suite" will begin after you click Accept & Install. Please note, I did not observe any options to Customise the installation.

If you open Avira Connect from system tray, you can see what's been done. The Antivirus is last in line.

Using Windows Task Manager, you can see the additional Start-up items that have been added by the Free Security Suite.

Avira Phantom VPN is not enabled to run at boot.

Avira Scout is their new Chrome-based browser with some additional functions that are not available in Chrome/Firefox/Edge.

Avira Free Software Updater will scan for out-of-date applications, with a big juicy Advert to Upgrade to Pro for better functions.

Now that Avira Free Antivirus has completed, Luke Filewalker begins the first system scan.

Click on the Pop-up Notification (as seen above) to be taken to f... Read more

Answer:Free download from - How much crap gets installed?

so much better free alternatives with no crappy software... I don't know why people still use Avira. Very informative post @Spawn

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So basically I only installed the behavior shield from the avast installation wizard. I was thinking having Kaspersky as my main AV along with avast's behavior blocker is a good set up. However, admittingly I am a novice, and I don't know if these two will clash. So far, everything seems to be going smoothly, but the WD notification icon is displaying that X and is saying I shouldn't have more than one AV installed. Thanks.

Answer:Using Kaspersky free with only Avast Behavior Shield installed.

I personally think it should work ok running these 2 programs if Avast is only enabled for behavior blocking.

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Firstly Merry Christmas to you all.
Please could anyone give me the website address to safely download Avast Free Antivirus, or would Microsoft Security Essentials be a better bet?
PS Where do I find search in PC Advisor?

Answer:Safe download of Avast (Free)

I would steer clear of MSE. A safe site for free Avast is
Filehippo Avast
Happy Christmas

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Running Windows Xp Sp3. I recently did a complete system restore back to factory default, 2003. It was a lot of work, but now I have a clean slate before I have to upgrade to Window 7 next year. After so much help here, I now have a rule; I will not download Anything ever useless Bleeping computer provides me with a link. I always check at Bleeping computer, download first. If it is not there, I look for the tutorials, very diligent about this. That being said, the question is, I’m looking to download Avast antivirus free, I found a tutorial ( However, It does not match my screen shots. I keep getting “from or Cnet” and then a bunch of crap comes with it. Yes I do select  “Custom install” & untic the added garbage.  I am still getting unwanted “Google Chrome” ect.. I am just looking for an updated link, external or otherwise, not taking any chances without Bleeping Computer. Thank you.Edit: Moved topic from Windows XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Avast Free Antivirus download

Download Avast Free from FileHippo its a trusted site click the button on the right side then wait for a pop-up to download the file
Execute the avast_free_antivirus_setup on the first install screen make sure you uncheck the check box's and click Express Install like on the image:During install make sure you select the Free version, its enough for most users.
You need to provide a valid e-mail address to activate Avast, the program is free but you need to register every year and opt for the free version.

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I have just decided to get rid of Norton after a lot of trouble with the comp..and I was wondering if this Free Antivirus software will be o.k. for me. Windows M.E. 2001..10 hd. 128 ram 700 processor. It won't slow me down will it....I am getting rid of Norton today so I need something to replace it. I have had trouble all week since upgrading Norton to 2005 version and have just asked for a rebate etc. so need another package urgently.!!!Thanks for any advice. Chrisann..

Answer:Avast-4 Antivirus Free Download!!

It will not slow your computer down and will be fine. You could also have AVG free which is a similar AV that uses little resources.G

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My computer took about an hour to reach this forum...plagued by problems. I had AVAST free download put on a borrowed when I went online to do the same for the desktop, they ran the scan, found all manner of awful things..and now want money? First question..where can I find the FREE DOWNLOAD OF AVAST? And will the scan I downloaded interfere if I do try to install one over it? AVG must have gone to sleep back there somewhere. My appreciation is beyond immeasurable if anyone can help me out here. It is eating up my LIFE!

Answer:Free Avast Download wants what?

Download it from HERE
Go to the bottom section of the page

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Avast Antivirus 6 released! You can download it from Avast official web site now. avast! Free Antivirus - Download Software for Virus Protection

Answer:Download Avast Antivirus 6 Free Now!

Thanks christ.jan

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Wow! It's really been a year since I was here? I'm a baaaddd girl! All righty then. A year ago, I had Avast! (home free edition) Antivirus installed on my computer after it got hit with a "figgler" virus.
The program has worked very well, but it's due to expire soon. I've made two attempts to re-install, but I've received an error message each time. Both errors seemed to concern server response, this computer runs Win XP and is very slow with downloads of this type.
I'm not all that tech savvy and am terrified I'll mess up. Due to my financial situation (spent a few hundred trying to save my cat's life back in January), I cannot afford another computer if this one gets discombobulated (I "inherited" this one when a family member upgraded).
I also wish to ask the other members if they can recommend another free (or a low-cost) anti-virus program which would offer similar protection to Avast! If I continue to have problems with Avast!, I will definately need a good replacement to protect this computer. Thank you one and all. Have a good week!:wave

Answer:problem with free Avast download

Hello, uninstall avast 4.0 from control panels add/remove.
Then run this avast uninstall utility. Reboot and run again.

Get the latest Avast 5.0v from under.


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The very popular free home edition of Avast AntiVirus has been released to the public today sporting a brand new look and design.
Apart from the welcome new look (the old version was a bit retro) there are a number of tweaks and improvements under the hood.
Download here: avast! Free Antivirus - Download Software for Virus Protection
NB. Image shows earlier beta release
UPDATE: The latest version is Avast 6.

Answer:Download Avast Free antivirus for Windows 7

Avast v5 free & internet security versions & available in English /French versions at this moments. (multi-languages available soon) avast! - Download Free Antivirus Software or Internet Security

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Released: Avast! Free Antivirus 17.1.2286


What's new:
Improved user interface - simplified navigation, new brand colors, notification center
Behavior Shield - better protects you against ransomware by monitoring running programs for suspicious behavior
Game mode - helps reduce distractions and lag times by automatically prioritizing your game?s performance and suspending all unnecessary background notifications and processes while you play
Free version no longer requires email registration
Performance improvements - faster webpage loading and app launching thanks to optimized hashing algorithms
Wi-Fi Inspector - previously called Home Network Security, this feature now detects even more problems and vulnerabilities on both home and public networks
Passwords - faster UI and improved browser integration
Real Site - our new name for SecureDNS, which prevents DNS hijacking to help you avoid visiting fake websites

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avast! aswMBR is a free rootkit scanner that scans for TDL4/3, MBRoot (Sinowal), Whistler and other rootkits too.
Download: aswMBR

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Yesterday I did a System restore on my pc(restored it to factory specifications) because my Windows XP file was corrupt. apart from the my McAfee does not run virus scan. so I removed McAfee and i would like to download AVAST but my pc is not letting me. How do I fix my Internet Explorer 7 and download AVAST?

Answer:Internet Explorer 7 Corrupt and I cant download AVAST free edition

Hey....I managed to Download the AVAST Internet security Freeware. Don't know if IE6 is fixed. I reinstalled my Windows XP CD software and now I as I just said I'm downloading AVAST. If IE6 works, I'll let you guys know. If not Hopefully you guys can help me fix the problem.

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I have just installed Skype for windows 7 but after installation I cannot display the tick in the box to indicate that I want to either open, transfer or delete the e-mail. PLEASE HELP.

Answer:installed new skype free download but cannot now open my e-m

Close Skype (also make sure it's not in the notification area, if it is, right-click it and choose "Exit").Now restart Skype.

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version 2015.10.0.2206
definitions 141028-1
i have a
amd 1.3 gig processor
640mb ram
33 somthing harddrive gigs
32mb graphics
i can see it running in the windows task manager under processes "avastsvc.exe" cpu is always running high when im loading new pages.
i know i have an old machine but is avast now more power hungry?

Answer:avast really seems to be scanning the crap out of everything, slowing me down

The speed and ability to complete an anti-virus or anti-malware scan depends on a variety of factors.The program itself and how its scanning engine is designed to scan: using a signature database vs heuristic scanning or a combination of both.Options to scan for spyware, adware, riskware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPS).Options to scan memory, boot sectors, registry and alternate data streams (ADS).Type of scan performed: Deep, Quick or Custom scanning.What action has to be performed when malware is detected.A computer's hard drive size.Disk size and used capacity (number of files that have to be scanned).Types of files (.exe, .dll, .sys, .cab, archived, compressed, packed, email, etc) that are scanned.Whether external drives are included in the scan.Competition for and utilization of system/CPU resources by the scanner.Other running processes and programs in the background.Whether the scanning engine stalls, hangs or freezes.Interference from malware.Interference from other security programs attempting to scan at the same time.Interference from other programs attempting to update (download/install) components from the Internet.Interference from the user (whether or not you use the computer during the scan).Note: Using two or more program security scanning engines at the same time can cause each to interfere with the other, cause systems hangs, false detections, unreliable results and other unpredictable behavior.To speed up a scan, uninstall unnecessary programs, cle... Read more

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avast free with online armor or upgrade avast? is it worth upgrading avast cos i dnt feel people should have to pay others jsut to protect there computer

Answer:Avast Free with Online Armor or Upgrade Avast Internet Security?

i suggest 360TS+OutPost firewall.

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Confuse between Avast Free and Avast Internet Security .. In terms of memory usage. Which will use less CPU and RAM?
Can you help me?

Answer:Avast Free and Avast Internet Security ( in terms of memory usage )

I know that the free version is light weight but Internet Security may be higher considering that it uses a firewall and various other stuff. But to be honest I have no idea. I would recommend trying to trial version of Internet Security and see how it does and then try out the free version.

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A friend gives me an Avast Premium license for 8 months. I am using a free combo with Comodo Firewall (Cruelsister settings) and Avast (Jack settings) and I have doubts about which option protects me better.

I dont know the quality of the Avast firewall, I also dont know the level of its sandbox and on the other hand, Comodo Firewall is not comfortable to maintain, since it blocks legitimate programs, browser extensions, and even Windows updates.

I know I can have Sandboxie installed on my computer to act on demand, but what I'm most interested in knowing is what configuration do you advise me regarding protection.

Thank you in advance

Answer:Avast Premier vs Comodo Firewall + Avast free

Avast is sux better totaly change it to other software... go use fully Comodo and instal free zemana and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for o/d scan. if you dont like comodo sandbox you can use free version of sandboxie at last.

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hi i would like to see which every one prefers?

Answer:Avast Free vs AVG Free vs Avira Free Antivirus for Windows

AVG proactive protection does very good work most of the time

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Title pretty much says it all

Answer:I installed a gpu and now everything runs like crap

But your post says next to nothing so it's impossible to give you any real advice.

You need to post what GPU you installed, what power supply you have, what motherboard you have, and what other hardware you have in your computer. You also need to post what version of Windows you have and what driver version you installed. Did you uninstall the old video drivers What was the old GPU you were using?

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Trying to figure out if I can install a bootable usb windows 8 version that I have to assume is an upgrade version and def not 8.1 (Feb 2013), without having to install windows 7 first on a clean ssd?

So I bought a cheap $40 version of Windows 8, a lot longer ago than I thought - way back in Feb 2013.

Fast forward to today, my 4 year old Win 7 pro x64 install on a 128gb M4 Crucial SSD is borked, too many issues to bother dealing with, I have a new 512gb MX100 Crucial and figure I'd install that with Windows 8 on it.

So I pull out my bootable USB drive I stuck windows on way back then, only to read around and see that apparently my Win 8 Pro version needs to have Windows 7 installed before it will let you upgrade.

Suckity suck. I am wrong - or do I have to go dig up all the Win 7 stuff and install that on my new SSD first? And if that is the case - any reason I should just install Win 7 x64 Pro again and screw Windows 8?

Answer:Well, crap. Clean install of Win 8 Pro w/o 7 installed?

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Hey Guys! Looking for! As the title states, free games (or even cheap) titles that your average PC can handle. I have 2 laptops that I will be handing down that have first and second generation i5 CPU's 4gb ram, and Intel HD 3000 (and I forget the other card) LOL. I have a copy of Mario forever installed as well as GTA VC, but was wondering if there is any free titles that can be run smoothly on a PC like this. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Question: Free anti.v crap.

Do they make a real [FREE] anti virous that would work and not say $ 30.00 to fix.after it scans an then lock your pc up if u dont buy ? if i had a job now that would not be a problem . I onley have dile up and it takes all day 2 down load much. is their any small in file size that work. thanks :confused

Answer:Free anti.v crap.

You can choose any one of those suggested in this thread:

How to Protect yourself from malware!

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I am currently running:Avast! Free EditionWindows DefenderMalwarebytes Anti-Malware (free edition)Windows FirewallI don't like Windows Defender. I want to replace it with another, free, reliable anti-spyware program. What should I use? SOMETHING THAT IS CONFLICT-FREE WITH AVAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And overall, do i have good protection? EDIT: Apparently, Avast! auto-updates every 240 minutes, by default. I thought it updated immediately when there were new virus definitions? Can I set it so that it updates like this?

Answer:Best FREE anti-spyware program? (must be conflict-free with avast! home)

1) You cannot set an av to update when there are new definitions - how would it know? 2) I don't care for Windows Defender either and I always disable it on all of my systems. You're fine without it. The only thing I would add to what you already use is SpywareBlaster free edition. It does NOT run resident and you need to remember to update it about once a week. It blocks known malicious web sites. Other than that you should be fine.

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Avast and SecureAPlus have been fairly interesting for me. Both seem to have great scanning and protection. Which would you choose?
NOTE: I have heard that SecureAPlus may have a really slow scan in the beginning. If that something you don't like that fine, Avast has a slow scan as well so I am not counting against either one.

Answer:Avast Free Anti-Virus 2016 vs SecureAPlus Free (Latest)

Thread Approved. Here are the official websites:

Avast Free Antivirus: Avast | Download Free Antivirus for PC, Mac & Android
SecureAPlus: Free Cloud Antivirus & Application Control for PC - SecureAPlus
@J Gamez065 If all factors are to be considered, why is the initial slow scanning ignored?

System Resource Usage
Realistic Performance Impact
Ease of Use
Graphical User Interface
Inclusive Product Features
Preferred Product and Why?


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I am getting really frustrated with my search. I am looking for FREE dvd player software available for download that doesn't contain spyware, adware or bull**** promises that it's free when it's a trial. Can anyone suggest or know of a dvd player that will actually play movies with no restrictions? Doesn't have to be fancy....all I want to do is to be able to watch movies on my PC.

I'm running Windows XP, 256 RAM, P4 2.0 system with a DVD ROM. Why is it so bloody difficult to find a free dvd player for windows??? All of the programs I've installed either contain viruses, adware/spyware or simply don't work at all. Do I really have to go out and purchase software just to watch a movie on my computer? Considering how much free stuff is available online, I'm really surprised I can't find anything. Please help.

Answer:Free dvd player software available without crap???

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Bell sympatico recently changed it's news host to a pay source. I can read all I want, but cannot post anything unless I pay them. I don't want to do something like that considering I already pay through the nose for a now increased monthly cost for high speed. Maddening. Anyway....can someone suggest a free newsreader that uses it's own host so I can go through my newsgroups and post questions and replies?? TIA

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Kaspersky found HEUR:trojan.win32.generic
says it's awating re-boot, i have re-booted several times and no change.
Malwarebytes found and
PUM.Hijack.Startmenu bad : (0) good: (1) > quarantined and successfully repaired.
Avast didn't find anything
and i can not gain acces to the internet , but do see a strong signal.
can you help me out, Bleepingcomputer? did i provide enough information?
thank, you.

Answer:Windows 7/64-bit scanned with Kaspersky/Malwarebytes (free)/ and Avast (free)

Please boot into safemode with networking and let me know if you can connect to internet

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I just got a brand new HP Pavillion dv5000 laptop. It has a 2.0 ghz AMD Turion, the ATI Radeon Xpress 200M graphics card, something like an 80 gig hard drive and (for the moment, my dad is buying a lot more) 256 mb RAM. The OS is XP Home.

I'd be very pleased with this laptop, except that HP has loaded a multitude of (AOL, Earthlink (two kinds of each), Wildtangent and other) commercial offers on this laptop, and I've been removing them, but it's an enormous pain. Does anyone know of an efficient way to do this? I wandered into the registry, and as I guessed, (for instance) the wildtangent registry was not deleted when I uninstalled the offer that came with my computer. So I've been filtering down the list, checking for things that I know for sure should not be on my computer. I've gotten a bunch of spyware and adware removing programs already.

There's another problem, too: HP has set something somewhere so that whenever I change my homepage, it is reset to the hp website personalized page with their crappy news. I've tried resetting it in the Internet Options section, through (I think it was) SpywareBlaster, and within the registry at the internet explorer startup register, and every time I do it, as soon as I hit "apply" or the equivalent, the home page changes back to their stupid site. Does anyone know how I can fix this? I've found a file at "C:\SWSETUP" called "BrandIt.ini," which contains a lot of de... Read more

Answer:Removing Hp Default Installed Crap Programs/defaults/i Don't Know What

I discipline starting programs using the spybot advanced mode tools tab "startups".Slick commercial reminders to spend money bug me too.Might try unticking those listed one at a time to seewhat positive/negative effects result b4 actual removal by the utility spybot includes.Could be an "overide" configuration preset to effect IE start page thats either1. been overlooked2. made conveniently near impossible to reset (oh, we forgot that in our help pages ...)Locking the homepage is also possible in the spybot tools tab: IE tweaks.If it can be done there, someone can do it elsewhere I guess.An efficient way to approach it might be using jv16powertools.(scroll down here) combination approach using 1. the top button left on the jv16 console called "registry tools" which opens by default to comprehensive list of installed programs.2. using tools>Registry cleaner and approving the default dialog boxes (2) that precedethe actual scan for errors. Wait for scan to finish, inspect the results.Green icons = probably safe to = better approach cautiously by individual check-highlight-press "reg edit" buttonwhich takes you to the registry quickly to the "effected area".Choose to delete key, or modify the value, or better yet just know "the score" andleave it alone, but search around using the clues it'll give you.btw, edit>select>special select>green buttons wi... Read more

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I just bought a laptop, and wanted to remove whatever was pre-installed, like links, or adware. My log is below, so if anyone sees anything I can remove, please let me know.


Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 10:00:45 PM, on 1/12/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Executive Software\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Notebook Utilities\HPWirelessMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\program files\microangelo\muamgr.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgmain.exe
C:\Program Files\Stardock\ObjectDock\ObjectDock.exe
C:\Program Files\SpywareGuard\sgbhp.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Ron Findlay\Desktop\Rons Files\SECURITY\hijackthis1977\HijackThis.exe

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Answer:New Laptop/Hijackthis Log/Wanna Remove pre-installed crap

ps, some of my running processes look fishy, like that winlogon.exe

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I have always used Avast and Comodo as my AV/Firewall combination. I find it to be very useful, and although Comodo provides many annoying popups, they are useful and informational (I would consider myself a competent computer user, though no expert).

Recently, I just wanted to see how good my combination was and if there was a better one. I found topics that said of how Avast's web shield completely bypasssed Comodo's rules. I tested this:

1) Block chrome.exe in Comodo completely
2) Check that both Comodo and Avast are updated, and Avast web shield ON
3) Open Chrome and see what happens

Results: At first I thought it was fine, was blocked. Then I tried clicking on bookmarks. would open, would open, etc. I was shocked to find that Comodo was letting these websites open even though chrome.exe was blocked!

After doing some more research, and realizing that this was a big problem, and that many solutions did not work, with avast being blamed or comodo being outdated, or even that Win 7 64 bit was limiting comodo, I tested it again with web shield OFF.

I repeated the process of blocking chrome and opened and other websites. This time all the websites were blocked!

Is there a solution where I can keep web shield on and have comodo be effective in blocking? Or do I need a new firewall?

Answer:Avast 7 free! AV + Comodo Free Firewall Conflicts

No one has a solution?

Offtopic: Spybot S&D or SUPERAntiSpyware? It's kind of obvious, but is spybot still horrible?

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Have been happily using Avast anti-virus for some time now but today I was advised that my 'subscription has expired' and that I need to renew. Unfortunately it would seem free protection is no longer available as when I click on the 'Renew now' button I'm directed to Avast site to renew for 39.99 (after 10 'loyalty' discount). Redownloading the free version gives me a message 'there was an error changing the product configuration' when I try to install it.
Can anyone advise if this is in fact the case (ie that I'm not doing anything incredibly stupid)? If it's not longer free, what do people currently recommend for free protection?

Answer:Avast free anti-virus no longer free

You probably went to the wrong link...CLICK HERE

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I had previously installed NORTON SECURITY and accidentally uninstalled it. It would not open after re-installation. Now AVG free and AVAST free will not open from download. Win 7pro

Answer:AVG free AVAST free NORTON SECURITY will not open

first off you should only have one anti virus program installed on your computer. did you use norton's uninstall tool ? run the tool , restart , run the tool the second time.

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My eset 1 year key just expired, thinking of installing Avast free av for my home pc.,is it a good choice ?

Answer:Avast Free - Are Free antivirus software good ?

Avast free antivirus is an excellent choice in hardened mode! just make sure you deselect all the crap that you do not need during install ( secureline - browsercleaner - avast cleaner - software updater and so on. )

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The AVG sub-forum appears to inactive except for Beta / Changelogs posts.

What are the major differences between AVG Free Antivirus and Avast Free Antivirus in 2018?

Answer:2018: What are the Major differences between AVG Free and Avast Free?

There will be more available in Avast Free as as far as I am aware, I believe the difference is in the protection components. Avast incorporated some of the code-base from AVG after they acquired the company into Avast software regarding static and dynamic but I doubt the products are identical in terms of what is available now. I'd imagine they acquired AVG to give "Avast" branded software a boost, and kept the AVG company up and running to generate more income from all the existing AVG customers.

This is speculation though, I can't say for sure.

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Hi i currently use AVG 8.0 free on my vista laptop and have used it for some years however after learning that it doesn't offer full protection against items such as rootkits i began to search the forums where there are a few people who recommend Avast which does offer protection against rootkits. So should i switch to Avast free edition? and will it work well with vista. i am also looking for another free simple interfaced non obtrusive firewall to replace the standard windows firewall. Can you recommend one?(Ps i have looked at COMODO twice but can't get the hang of it)

Answer:AVG 8.0 Free Vs. Avast home edition free

I used to use AVG (up to and including ver 8) but Moved over to AVAST FREE on hearing the forum saying it was good it works well on Vista and I would not go back to AVG ,

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Hi,we need to know which antivirus program does the most complete job for virus protection and removal--Avast free home,or ,Avg free.We know Avast adds 4 more programs to "task manager" than Avg does,so does that represent Avast doing a more complete job?
Thanks for any information

Answer:Avast free or Avg free--which is the most complete program?

They both detect viruses well, but in my opinion, and others also, Avast seems to be better at removing them. Select the custom installation option and you have the option of leaving out any of the four sub-programs. For instance, since I don't have Outlook, I didn't install the Outlook virus scanner module so I wouldn't waste storage and computer resources for something I didn't need.

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I am running avast free, spybot s&d free. should I turn off windows defender? What about malwarebytes pro instead of spybot? will more then 1 antispyware program slow down my computer?

Answer:avast free,spybot s&d free and win defender

I haven't used spybot in many years, it got too glitchy and difficult to use for me...
I tested several Anti Malware programs years ago and chose Malwarebytes (MBAM) Pro, no regrets here.
If you're thinking of MBAM paid, you should get the PRO Lifetime license while you still can. - malwarebytes pro

MBAM Premium (Ver 2) is an annual license (yearly fees).
I don't use Windows Defender, I use MBAM real time on all my systems.

For additional "real-time security" I also use:
WinPatrol - WinPatrol- Ruiware, LLC
EMET - Download Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v3.0 from Official Microsoft Download Center

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I noticed that the Avast free i have is 154 mb and on the MG download site it shows 47.8 mb. Did I download a bunch of stuff I don't need? Also not sure if I need the Zone Alarm toolbar. Thanks in advance for you responses!

Answer:Avast free and Zone Alarm free

Often we have versions here at Majorgeeks that are not so easy to find on the makers sites. The makers like you to download versions that offer a trial of the full versions or full suites. The ZA toolbar is a renamed version of the Ask toolbar, I consider it crapware but it probably helps pay for the freeware we all like; decline to install it anyway or uninstall it if it gets in via the backdoor.

Beware, there are also malware sites out there pretending to offer the real thing, too! Some of them look pretty authentic.

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On April 8, I took down Microsoft Essentials and downloaded free Avast.

I also have Century Link and failed to explore if they had free anti-virus, which turns out, they have Norton.

That said, should I stay with free Avast or transfer to free Norton?

Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Free Norton vs. Free Avast on my XP

what version of norton are they offering for free ?

you will get a lot of different opinion with that question, also products change over time, for example MSE was one of the better products late last year, but is slowly falling down the comparison sites tests.

here are some comparison sites

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I downloaded Avast because it was free. It says that I have to register to Avast! Free Anti-virus. I thought this program was free? Or is registering for free?

Answer:Is registering Avast! Free Antivirus free?

It is free.

Registering it is simple.

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Avast free vs Bitdefender free for newbies about security. You can sugges other free products that are easy and protect well. Only antivirus.

Answer:Avast free vs Bitdefender free for newbies

If they absolutely don't know anything ("Hey, what's quarantine? What's scanning? What's definitions?") then Bitdefender without a doubt. If they know basic settings and to tell the difference between false positives than Avast!. I'll have to vote Bitdefender here, but Avast! is a much greater antivirus with those with basic security knowledge.

Update: See below post. I know longer reccommend Bitdefender. +1 to Avast!

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I live in Arkansas. I have a crappy ISP named Cablesouth Media 3. My download speed is supposed to be 10 mbps, upload is supposed to be 1 mbps. My ping used to be 30 to 40 ms all through the day and I could game to my heart's content on my high end rig. Now during the afternoon. My ping jumps to 200 to 300 ms and my download speed can flux from 9 to .5 mbps, my upload going from 1 to .3 mbps. Here is the trace route I ran this afternoon.

Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms
2 7 ms 9 ms 12 ms
3 9 ms 8 ms 11 ms
4 336 ms 315 ms 270 ms
5 294 ms 259 ms 274 ms
6 363 ms 357 ms 352 ms []
7 325 ms 333 ms 350 ms []
8 306 ms 334 ms 307 ms
9 293 ms 335 ms 290 ms
10 267 ms 276 ms 246 ms
11 328 ms 336 ms 307 ms []

Trace complete.

Please help.

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So, I'm choosing a free antivirus software to use on my daily driver (I'm a vary advanced user) and I'm trying to decide between Bitdefender free and avast free.
First, I've heard that Bitdefender is dead/unmaintained/buggy?
Also, I've heard avast is kind if shady, I've heard rumors that when you call tech support they pretend there are problems on your computer to get you to pay money, and that it downloads malware on the users pc (Just rumors I've heard, Not accusing them of anything).
So which do you think I should go with? Thanks

Answer:Avast Free or Bitdefender Free?

Hi Robo11 First, I've heard that Bitdefender is dead/unmaintained/buggy?It's false. Bitdefender is still actively developped and have quite a good share of the Antivirus market. About the buggy part, it's down to the user's experience. Personally, most of the experiences I had with Bitdefender were quite bad. It was buggy, hogging resources, hard to uninstall, etc. But for some, it might just be the "best Antivirus" they ever used.Also, I've heard avast is kind if shady, I've heard rumors that when you call tech support they pretend there are problems on your computer to get you to pay money, and that it downloads malware on the users pc (Just rumors I've heard, Not accusing them of anything).It's false as well. There's no reputable Antivirus company that would do such a thing. Also, avast! forums offers malware removal assistance in the same kind as BleepingComputer, and there's also UNITE members helping on its forums, so I really doubt that this would ever happen.If you're torn between these two products, since both of them are free, I would suggest you to give them both a try (one after the other, not at the same time) and see for yourself which one you like better. My personal choice goes to avast!, but that's just me. You might also want to consider quietman's advice when it comes to choosing an Antivirus product. also noticed that you posted the same thread... Read more

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I've been reading so much about these two AVs and just cannot make up my mind which would work best on my Vista HP. Can I run them side by side as one webpage suggested? Or will that throw a spanner in the works?

I'd appreciate some advice please as although I have Avast at the moment I don't find it particularly easy to work out.

Answer:Avast free av vs avira free av

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I must admit I hesitated a few days before posting this poll/question. It's like asking someone which company makes the best cars.
Truth is, I've did some reading and have sort of made up my mind. Please try to change my mind.

Answer:Avast Free or Bitdefender Free?

We us MSE or Defender from MS!

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Hello everyone, which one do you think is better? Personally I would choose and use Avast because Avire has terrible 0-day protection and heuristics but what do you think, and does anyone know why their file scanner is called Luke Filewalker?

Answer:Avast Free vs Avira Free

both offer great protection if tweak optimally.

Avast! - I don't like their UI.
Avira - I hate the launcher.

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I did an EICAR test called "drive-by download" on this webpage AMTSO (the second one); Avast Free, AVG Free and Avira Free didn't pass it on my virtual machine. The only antivirus that passed it was Kaspersky Free. Is it normal? Is it a security bug?​

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I just installed bit defender free edition but I'm alreadt getting confused. I can't find it's settings menu anywhere, when opened from the task bar all it gives is a small window in the bottom right corner, the "my bit defender" box on the page claims i need to register it (but this is the free edition??) and when clicked opens a small box window which just displays white saying "you need to have javascript enabled to view this page". whats more i find this page which suggest bit defender isn't an antivirus at all but rather it is a purely on demand thing like the free edition of malwarebytes, what is going on here?Please explain.Thank You. the section marked "important" at the bottom of the page.My machine windows 8.1, previously had AVG but I fully removed that before starting bitdefender's installation.Should i uninstall bitdefender and switch to avast instead?

Answer:Need some help bitdefender free vs avast free

Can you open the Bitdefender program/interface, then take a screenshot of it to post it here so we can see what you're seeing? Also, many free Antivirus products will ask you to registry in order to use them. So they are free, they just ask you to register yourself in order to be able to use them.

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In terms if System Resource Usage

Answer:Which is ligher? Avast Free or AVG Free?

Avira.I would imagine the other two would be about equal.Mind you I dont know what the new versions are like.

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Have just installed Avast Anti-Virus Free Version.Have had Norton since 2003 but recently, they have tried to get me to update to their 2006 version, and finally stopped Download Updates even though my subscription was valid until 21st September!!!! I believe other users when they say, Norton are " Con-Men "Anyway, my question is, can I rely on this " Free " version of Avast for protection, or should I upgrade to the Pro. version?

Answer:Avast Free or Avast Pro @ £22.00 ?

depends if you have money to throw away :-))the free version is very good..

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More information at Windows 10 Creators Update Bloatware Free Edition

Posted by Phoenix at
So I used the MSMG Toolkit (thanks to Mr. Fox) and I removed the following from the ISO:

Removed Telemetry
Removed Cortana
Removed System Restore (never worked for me when I needed it anyway so I just rely on creating system images myself using Macrium Reflect)
Removed all Windows Store Apps with the exception of Xbox and OneDrive
Removed Windows Store App Associations
Removed Microsoft Edge
Removed Internet Explorer
Removed Home Group (who needs that, it never works well, I just manually share the folders that I want on the network by right clicking on them and choosing share from the properties)
Removed Windows Defender
Integrated .NET Framework 3.5
Added the Windows 7 Calculator
Integrated DirectX 9.0
That's all I can remember for now but this is the cleanest way to install Windows, even if you don't tweak it, it's actually usable this way.

This image contains both the Home and Pro Editions of Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2) and activated just fine provided you enter your Windows product key in PC Settings > Updates & Security > Activation > Change Product Key

The ISO also includes the latest RAID Driver so it will be there on your USB Flash disk once you burn the ISO to the flash disk for easy access for those who want to install Windows 10 on a RAID setup so you can simply point to the USB Flash disk / RAID folder to load t... Read more

Answer:Creators Update Free Edition (Unofficial Bloatware-Free ISO Download)

File size is much bigger than the normal 6.76 GB, the original ISO file is near about 4 GB

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I've more or less decided to substitute my NIS 2005. (No problems, but its a bit old now (new definitons)). I've looked at some alternatives and decided upon AVG and Avast when it comes to the antivirus. Before I make the final choice I want to take a look at these programs' options and use them for a while and keep NIS installed. I've got a couple of questions about this.
Will AVG and Avast cause any conflicts with NIS as long as I dont turn on AVG's and Avast's shield/live time protection, but just use them for scaning?
Will it be any problems if I turn of NIS's auto-protect, but keep the other features on, and turn on the shield to one of the others?
Will AVG and Avast turn on the live protection when I install them, and will this cause any problems? Should I turn of NIS's antivirus first?
Is it easy to turn on and of AVG's and Avast's live protection?
Am I free to choose whatever firewall I want in combination with AVG/Avast, or are there any limitations when it comes to this?

I guess I know the answers to questions 1,2, 4 and 5 (no, no, yes and yes), however Im often wrong, so I just wanted to be sure. Anything else I should know?

Answer:Avg, Avast And Nis Installed At The Same Time

I think your assumptions are correct. Be aware, though, that there is a real possibility that one of the AVs may detect another's definitions as a live virus; looking at the path of the found instance will generally allow you to know whether the file is actually a virus definition or not.Q3: You should turn off the real time protection running on your "live" AV before turning on the other AVs; as I remember, when you start AVG, live protection is on by default, and I assume the same with Avast. Personally, if it were me, and I was determined for various reasons to switch from NIS, I would completely uninstall it.Regards,John

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Hi,Just installed avast yesterday and this morning the blue ball in the system tray is spinning like mad,does that mean that its scanning ?.another item when i left click on the ball i get a box come up and resident protection there are two choices normal or high what would be the best to set to.Thanks.daiol

Answer:Newly installed Avast

Ball spins when scanningGood levels :-On access Control-Instant messaging - customInternet Mail - HighNetwork Shield - HighOutlook/Exchange - HighP2P - customStandard shield - HighWeb Shield - HighResident Scanner - HighLocal disks - Standard Scan

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I had avast pro with a crack, but just did not feel safe... will AVG free give me what i need? I used to have Mcafee security center from comcast for free. Which should i use? AVAST pro, Mcafee, or AVG free? a combination of any? I game A LOT! so i cant have it sucking down my pc.

Answer:AVAST or AVG free???

AVG free is amazing, especially since its free. Definitely go with it, if you need a firewall, Windows' will suffice but an alternative would be Zonealarm, also free.

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I got the itch to install a new Antivirus again. I've been doing good. I've been using Windows Defender for around 6 months now and recently added Zemana Antilogger. Six months is a record. However, I do believe either of these two offer greater protection and may run even lighter than WD on my 3 year old Asus notebook (8MB, Intel i5, 64 bit) with Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed. I ruled out AVG Free and Panda Free at this time. And I'm still uncertain about McAfee Free. Thanks.

Answer:Avast Free or 360 TSE

I hesitate too

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Hi guys.I've just picked a second hand hp pavilion ze5400 lappy, running XP home v.2002 Service pk3, 2.4Gb P4 CPU, 1Gb RAM & 40Gb HDD. It has on it already, Avast Pro 4.8. I have no previous experience of Avast, but have an idea that it's somehow heavy on resources esp with all the 'On Access Protection' ..... I normally use AVG free which seems alot lighter. Is this the case or just my imagination??Cheers, Garry

Answer:Avast Pro or AVG Free

I would go for neither these days - instead download and install click here I use this myself, as do many other forum members now.

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Question: AVG Free or AVAST?

My Norton 2006 will run out in 15 days and want to replace it. This was a three month trial package installed in my new Dell 530 when I ordered it.

Been looking at AVG 7.5 Free or Avast as free anti virus programs until I can buy either Kaspersky or Bitdefender for fuller protection. I realize AVG and AVAST do not have separate firewalls like Norton does. Something I would miss but was Just tired of Norton's resource hogging that slowed down my new PC to think of renewing it.

But which free one would be better?

This computer is a huge business investment for me after using less than decent computers in the past. Since I also do more than "occasional" gaming (and act as a PC gaming website admin), this one will have to last me for several years if possible.

Dell Inspiron 530
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2ghz
320 HD gig
1 gig RAM
512 Nvidia 8300GS video card

My ordered my computer with WinXP SP2 instead of VISTA

Although I have IE7, my browser of choice is FireFox. RARELY use the IE7.

Ad Aware 2007 is my anti spyware program (used LavaSoft for years) I use my local ISP provider's McAfee "Postini" to filter my email for any virus/spam. WildBlue satellite has just become available to me. But still use dialup occasionally.

Answer:AVG Free or AVAST?

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Question: Avast free

Just installed Avast free Anti-virus. Looking thru this program, it looks like I need to pay for optimizing, & a lot of other things. Weak passwords ?! I should pay for them to change passwords ? Someone told me there isn't much 'free' with Avast free...'they pay for everything'.

Answer:Avast free

I moved your post from our FAQ section to the Software forum. Please pay attention to where you post. Thank you.

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What's the best free antivirus that detects quick and knows when it's something bad before running/extracting/etc

Answer:AvG Or Avast ? Free?

none of them Windows Defender do the same job

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Hi guys. I've spent this morning testing some AV's with Malware Hub samples, tweaking settings for better protection. I usually use Emsisoft Internet Security, but lastly i'm a bit concerned about its detection and protection against new malware. I have experience with ESET and Kaspersky, but i was looking for a lighter solution, not too bloated. I was a bit surprised, when i tested Avast with Jack's Maximum Protection Guide, that the results were near perfect in all samples i ran on Malware Hub, while other suites, as ESET, Avira or Emsisoft, had worse results. Now, i'm running Avast Free and i wonder what components do you have installed and what cons have you found in a regular use of this AV.


Answer:About Avast Free...

If u want a bloatfree avast just install web and realtime shield. u dont need more to have the core protection moduls and for maximum security. i dont use it anymore but found no cons, it is realy light, one of the stablest av u can have and realy good protection if u tweak it abit. nothing wrong with using avast if someone of my family want a av, i always recomment avast because its easy and can be made to sit and forget.

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isnt it free know more ,, i put it on pc and laptop and says that trial version has finished and all features disable themselves i downloaded it from filehipo and all there downloads are freeware

Answer:avast not free no more

Avast home is still free. You do have to register it though. avast! - Download antivirus software for spyware and virus protection

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Is AVAST still Free?It gave me a pop=up today and said I have to buy it in 11 days from now.Is that true?This link says it is free. am confused. 

Answer:Is AVAST still Free?

The site says you have to register it. Did you do that? Other than that it does still appear to be free.

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Question: Avast free

Just installed Avast free Anti-virus. Looking thru this program, it looks like I need to pay for optimizing, & a lot of other things. Weak passwords ?! I should pay for them to change passwords ? Someone told me there isn't much 'free' with Avast free...'they pay for everything'.

Answer:Avast free

I moved your post from our FAQ section to the Software forum. Please pay attention to where you post. Thank you.

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Question: AVAST free?

I was told Avast anti virus was free but after downloading and installing it says i've only 56 days left,is it free or do I need to buy a license?Are there two versions like AVG one free & one paid for?if so can anyone post a link to the free version?

Answer:AVAST free?

It's free, they just require you to register for a license. They last 12-14 months and then you're reminded to register again. click here

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Question: Free Avast

My Avast was compromized.Can you suggest a better free Antivirus.Is Bit Defender any good?

Answer:Free Avast

Hello, do you mean you need to reinstall it?We have a list of free Antivirus' here [email protected]@K.If you are going to change, Download the new one and save it ti the desktop.Next uninstall,reboot and install the new one. I preferred Avast and Avira over BitD... but it's more what works for you.

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Question: New free Avast

Hello again everyonejust installed Avast free on my laptopneither IE or Firefox will not connect to internetwhen I switch off the web shield in Avast then they work?can anyone help?(Moderator edit: thread moved to more appropriate forum.jgw)

Answer:New free Avast

Hello - I would pose that to the AVAST blog

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Answer:Avast 5.0 free is out

The fact it uses such little memory has been the most impressive thing I've observed thus far. The GUI is a vast (no pun intended) improvement and crucially, I trust avast to keep me out of trouble as it has done for several years now.

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Question: Avast (free)

Avast has a increase performance app. Can I use this without worrying about my computer not work again?

Also win 7 (64 bit) has a disk clean up app. Again can this be used without a problem.

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Question: Avast free

With latest edition of Avast free running I cannot search with google or yahoo either. I get the cannot show web page screen. At one time I could stop the web security scan and get the page...but it won't do even that now. I have put in the exclude feature, but it does no good. I hope someone has solved this problem..thanks for your attention.

Answer:Avast free

Maybe someone can help you resolve that here but you might discover a quicker fix by visiting the support forum at Avast. I currently use Avast and find that's the best source of reporting bugs and seeking fixes or work-arounds. You can access the forums from the Avast web site or from the Avast program interface. Good luck.

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Question: Avast 6 Free or..

Hey guys. I am interested in your opinion as to whether or not I should move to Avast 6 Free. It looks great, being comprehensive and supposedly lightweight. Currently I use MS Security Essentials, MalwareBytes Full (w/real-time protection), and Firefox w/NoScript. My computer has been running great without crap issues or viruses but just trying to minimize the memory footprint while maintaining protection. Also seeing if Avast would be a more simple setup for my clients rather than them using MSSE & MalwareBytes Full. All opinions welcome!

Answer:Avast 6 Free or..

Avast 6 is still in Beta, no? I'd wait till the "dust" settles before making any move, if ANY. IMO what you have now is SOLID--If it ain't broke don't fix it.

BTW, I use Avast 5 free, Mbam Free.....EVERYTHING free. I'll NEVER be forced to pay for something I can get free, and I can donate whatever I CHOOSE TO to the software creator.

I'm funny that way LOL

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Which antivirus to put a bunch of SpyShelter Premium +Windows Firewall Control(binisoft) ?
Win7 x64 Other ? Thanks

Answer:BitDefender Antivirus Free vs Avast Antivirus Free vs Avira Antivirus Free

Resource Usage (eg: CPU, RAM): draw, with the indication of Avira, since BitDefender takes overall a little bit less of CPU time, but consumes much more RAM.
Level of Protection and Features (eg: Antivirus , Firewall, Behavior Blocker): Avira has more features, configuration options and is generally more effective when it comes to the malware detection (Proactive and Reactive).
Overall Winner: Avira.
Edit: I've just noticed, that you've added Avast - as the third contestant - to BitDefender and Avira. Still Avira is the winner here. Avast is not too hungry for PC resources and perhaps has more features, but its engine is not so good, and its detection ratio usually lags behind both: BitDefender and Avira.

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Last night my firewall alerted me to Avast wanting give internet access to an exe file which I thought was an update of some kind for the AV software, turns out they installed their own Chrome based browser called Avast SafeZone Browser. This would have installed silently without my permission if my firewall didn't alert me. WTF?

Answer:Avast installed their own web browser without permission

Hmm, thanks for the heads-up. I seriously will look into this. If Avast are abusing their permissions, than goodbye in not dealing with them anymore.

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1.) How long does it take to do a boot up scan? I selected this option to do a boot up scan, and because it took forever and a day, I prompted to cancel the scan by hitting the Esc key. I am now doing a standard scan in the background as I work here.

2.) How do I go to settings so that it does NOT scan each time that I boot up the computer? I only want to scan on demand.

3.) The speech recognition is cool, when does the software talk?


Answer:Just Installed Avast Home Some Questions?

I realise that this is an ancient post... but heck... maybe someone else has the same question...

And the answers are:

1) A loooong time!

Whenever I do a format, Avast is the first program I install after the OS!

I leave it to itself and come back around an hour later (dunno if it actually takes a full hour though).

Then I hook up to the net and download the updates and continue installing whatever program I need to install.

2) I think it does a boot scan only once... As long as you complete a boot scan at least once, it shouldn't bother you for another.

Unless of course you have detected virii and Avast thinks it prudent to do another boot scan, you shouldn't be asked every time for a boot scan.

3) I never knew it had this feature???

I love Avast

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I know the file sharing sites like rapidshare, megaupload, hotfile etc. offer resume capability only to their premium/paid users. I know some leeching sites which helped me in past to have those facilities for free but for a couple of days, they aren't working anymore

Is there any other way (a download manager perhaps) which will allow me to resume my broken downloads from these sites? As far as I know leeching is completely legal & there may be some other ways to enjoy certain features without paying any bucks.

Please help

Answer:How can I download from Rapidshare/Hotfile with resume download capability for FREE?

may want to read the rules page at We do not assist with torrent apps.

Closing thread.



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It wasn't free so I couldn't scan my computer. Still have blue links everywhere and popups everywhere including big ones wanting me to fill out surveys when I go to websites like The ones connected to blue links are from "Search Assist" and this has been blasting me for going on a week now!

Answer:Suggeste free download of PC Scanner but it wasn't free

After MalwareBytes has done it's stuff use this to get shot of any nasty toolbar that you might have picked up: is not installed in the true sense, you just download the file and Save it somewhere then double click it. Run the Scan first. You then have an opportunity to read its report (log) but I have found it quite safe to run the Clean that gets shot of any junk it finds.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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The title says it all. Avira Free Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus?

Answer:2017: Avira Free Antivirus or Avast Free Antivirus?

really? you are comparing Avast with Avira?

Oh you know nothing Jon Snow !
Avast Free for sure, its behavior blocker improved a lot this recently.

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I need to uninstall Avast free but am having problems.

Avast does NOT show on windows Programs and Features. Therefore I can not uninstall it from there. I have Revo Uninstaller but it also does not show up there.

I downloaded aswClear and tried to run it in Safe Mode. Got the error message below.
I also tried to reinstall avast and got the the same error message.

What next?


Answer:Uninstalling Avast free

See if this works ....
Download AVAST Software Uninstall Utility
Special Note: Needs to be started from Safe Mode, the program will offer to reboot you into Safe Mode on launch. If you did not install the Avast product to the default install location, you need to point to it in the box.

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Hi, Computer Hope Forum,Mad-friend here. My computer is a Medion, about 6 years old. Windows XP.I am trying to download the recommended "free" Avast Antivirus from the link on your site. How do I download it for free?Avast keeps steering me to payment options and wants credit card details.I have been using Free AVG until today, so need to protect my PC from viruses before they sneak in.Please forgive my lack of manners.........thankyou to all who read this.It is much appreciated.Yours sincerily, Mad-Friend.

Answer:Free Avast trying to charge me?

Mad-friend try this link.....

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The title says it all. I am actually using both without issue. Well, I do have one small issue and that is that WD pops up with a message at boot up that it has not been started. I think I can fix that by going into Services and have it start automatically with a delay. But do I really need both? I am using W7-64.

Answer:Do I need Win Defender if I use Avast Free AV?

Believe it or not there are some threats that a program like Defender will catch that an Anti Virus may miss... With system security, you dont want to take any chances... Use both!

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I changed my antivirus to Avast!, and was using AVG. After installing Avast! and re-booting, the stupid clicker keeps having one of those 'loading' timer things appear next to it. I think it has something to do with the antivirus, or my system. If anyone has had this problem or knows how to end it, because it;s REALLY getting on my nerves, advice is gladly accepted!

Someone on chat said I might need a logfile, though I doubt it. Gonna make one and name it Avast! Problem, and link it back here.

Answer:Avast! Free For Windows Xp Pro

Do you still have AVG installed on the system? It may be the one causing the problems if so uninstall it and try downloading Avast! Again.

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Afternoon all,Win XP Home with SP3. Just downloaded Avast! (Free version) and see that it needs to be registered within the next month. Being the free version, I didn't think this would be necessary. Besides, how do I get the number/code to register it. All help appreciated. I'll be back in about an hour.

Answer:Avast! (Free version)

Just register you will get an emailed reg code which lasts 12 months. It is free

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I am using AVG free but it takes about an hour and a half to scan my files. Does anyone know if Avast would be faster?

Answer:Is AVG Free slower than Avast?

Avast is not only faster at scaning but is much better at real-time protection and detects many more virus

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Recently I emailed avast about an issue where avast will not run a scheduled scan at the specified time. They checked my log and found no issues. Then later they could not find a fix. 
Dear customer,We have received and acknowledge your issue. Now we will analyze whether there is anything related to avast! that we could change, and if so we will provide a work-around or fix it in a future release. We will monitor how often this issue appears in our customer base and the impact on our market. If you have any additional information about the issue please let us know because it could shed more light on the issue and help us to solve it or identify the cause more quickly. Thank you for helping us to improve avast!Best regards,Avast Software a.s. 2nd level support team

I am really confused!! I did a clean install and everything! I have win8 64bit. No one else with windows 8 has this problem.   . Please help me!!!! I am really confused and frustrated.  Here are more details:
-My comp is set to sleep in 30 mins of inactivity
-Avast is set to scan every Wednesday at 13:00 (1:00 PM) and has wake up comp checked
-Avast WILL scan if I set it for when I am on the comp

Answer:Problem With Avast! Free

Users have complained for years about unresponsive behavior when the computer attempts to awake from sleep. There is no universal fix solution as there have been various reasons given for this particular issue and various suggestions to correct it. If avast is not able to determine the cause, the next step is to contact the computer manufacturer via thier support or customer service web site.

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Is there another good, free anti-virus, other than Avast out there? User friendly would be nice too.
Thanks, help is always greatly appreciated.

Answer:Free alternative to Avast?

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I was looking at Avast! and comparing their Free vs. Pro. Both have the new anti-rootkit as and the following is what the Pro offers in addition over the Free:

Enhanced User Interface
Command-line Scanner
Defining your own antivirus tasks [whatever this means]
Working with the task results (actions on infected files)
Storing the scan results (history)
PUSH updates
Script Blocker
Virus notifications (task-based)
Task Schedule

* For those of you who run this anti-virusIs there anything that stands out warrenting the Pro over the Free? How important is having script blocking? Thanks.

Answer:Avast! Two Questions on Free vs. Pro

Free is fine.

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Answer:Free Avast 5 beta available

A little demo


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