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What would be the best free anti-virus?

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Best Free Antivirus Software?...Take your pick......

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Anti-virus

What is good for me might be **** for you, so you choose what is the better for you.

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Scanned the link.

by Ron K. In reply to Best Free Antivirus Softw ...

For AVG it says to untick Resident Shield, with no explanation. I use AVG with all of it's features active and have no issues.

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AVG Resident Shield

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Scanned the link.

It is the monitoring portion of AVG anti-virus program. It runs continuously to monitor your computer for possible viruses and infections. If it detects anything, you will receive an alert indicating the problem and the suggestion to run the anti-virus program. The resident shield does not remove viruses though, just warns you that it has found something. You have to run an anti-virus program to remove it or find it yourself and remove it. You can also right click on it in the home page and just select ignore component

* Actually, it monitors files you click on, or that are started by other programs, and keeps the virus from executing, it will then automatically give you the option to repair or delete the file.

* Resident Shield is protecting the computer whenever the OS is running. It is working in the background and ensures transparent anti-virus file check during file opening, executing and optionally during file saving. Resident Shield runs automatically. If a virus is detected, Resident Shield denies opening or running of the infected file. Resident shield stores information about files it has checked elevating the need to recheck them if no modifications have been made.

So, i do not know why they said "untick Resident Shield", unless you have your own anti-virus then it would make sense. But then why have two Anti-viruses on your system?

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I suspect that it was advice for an old upgrade.

by Ron K. In reply to AVG Resident Shield

AVG screwed the pooch quite awhile back and Resident Shield slowed installations down terribly. I used AVG through that period of time, I just had Resident Shield turned off. I suspect that it wasn't long before a deluge of complaints made it back to Grisoft. Resident Shield was fixed rather quickly, maybe within a month. <br>
AVG has worked flawlessly for me, with all features active, ever since then. <br>
I still like to caution people, all of the security programs on a computer are only as good as the last clean, full backup.

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my own personal opinion

by PurpleSkys In reply to Anti-virus
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For me it's been a toss up.

by Ron K. In reply to my own personal opinion

Avast or AVG. They're both good. I simply stick with AVG on all of our computers because it's good and other than their one hiccup it's worked for us. <br>
We do regular backups here at home too. *nag nag nag* My wife actually does more w... wo... wor... that W word on her computer, than I do so it's prudent for us all to have regular backups because if something goes sideways I'll have to fix the stupid things.

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by PurpleSkys In reply to For me it's been a toss u ...

Ron, you're a good man Darryl does all the work here, but I do have a bunch of stuff on mine that I would hate to loose; he does a daily, weekly, and monthly back up (or at least that's how I think he told me it went).

I have used AVG, just not for a lot of years and I could never find fault with it at all. I do know a lot of folks that still swear by it and I've had to make sure that I put it back on their machines after a reformat.

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RE: What would be the best free anti-virus?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Anti-virus

The one that works best on your system with your Software and Hardware Combination and your Computer Usage Habits.

The one that causes less intrusions to your work is the best one for you to use.


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I am going to steal that answer.

by Ron K. In reply to RE: [i]What would be the ...

The next time someone asks a question about an AV I'm using that. With attribution, hopefully.

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Your Welcome to it Ron

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I am going to steal that ...

Just a few seconds thought. :0


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