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Best AntiVirus Software
Neither interferes with K9 now.  Do not have more than one antivirus running at a time.
Free - Avast           download here
Paid - Kaspersky

Best Free Spyware
ublock                    download here for FireFox

Firewalls
Windows Firewall should be ON at all times unless your antivirus software comes with one.
If so, it will probably shut off Windows Firewall on its own.



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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #315 on: February 05, 2020, 03:49:26 AM »
free Avast is great, I've been using it for some time, but all these ads asking to buy an upgrade were much annoying. then i dropped and now don't have any

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #316 on: February 05, 2020, 07:04:20 AM »
free Avast is great, I've been using it for some time, but all these ads asking to buy an upgrade were much annoying. then i dropped and now don't have any
Don't use Avast. They've been collecting personal data for a while now.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/12/09/are-you-one-of-avasts-400-million-users-this-is-why-it-collects-and-sells-your-web-habits/#14c48832bdc5

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #317 on: February 05, 2020, 08:35:39 AM »

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #318 on: July 15, 2020, 09:53:30 AM »
Any update to what the best free anti virus is?
Does not take up system resources.

When is it worth it to pay for Anti Virus?

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #319 on: July 15, 2020, 10:08:25 AM »
When is it worth it to pay for Anti Virus?
It's not a "when" question, paid will always be more protection (usually Internet related things) so if you're willing to pay you should pay.

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #320 on: July 15, 2020, 10:22:33 AM »
It's not a "when" question, paid will always be more protection (usually Internet related things) so if you're willing to pay you should pay.
How is windows Defender?
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #321 on: July 15, 2020, 10:51:44 AM »
It's not a "when" question, paid will always be more protection (usually Internet related things) so if you're willing to pay you should pay.
Did some research. Seems like the basic Anti-Virus features are free.
Additional options are what costs money but I don't need since I have a filter that runs through a VPN so I had should be somewhat protected anyways.
Regarding Paid and Free when it comes down to bare bones protection is there a real difference between paid and free?

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #322 on: July 15, 2020, 10:58:11 AM »
How is windows Defender?
Windows defender is pretty good these days, and uses Lee's resources then most other 3rd parties.
Did some research. Seems like the basic Anti-Virus features are free.
Additional options are what costs money but I don't need since I have a filter that runs through a VPN so I had should be somewhat protected anyways.
Regarding Paid and Free when it comes down to bare bones protection is there a real difference between paid and free?
It depends on the program. There are programs where their free version rank higher on CR then their paid counterparts.
According to consumer reports the best free version is Avira, I wouldn't recommend paying for something more unless you need the extra security.
Personally, I download viruses all the time so I stick with windows defender ;)

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #323 on: July 15, 2020, 11:23:01 AM »
Interesting; wonder how accurate these reviews are.
Seems like Avira free version is really annoying from this page.
What second best free version?

https://www.techradar.com/best/best-antivirus

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #324 on: July 15, 2020, 12:18:57 PM »
I've been happy with Avast. Just make sure to uncheck everything except File Shield, and don't let it install their browser
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #325 on: July 15, 2020, 12:46:52 PM »
It's not a "when" question, paid will always be more protection (usually Internet related things) so if you're willing to pay you should pay.
So the when would be when there are no good ones available for FAR.
Feelings don't care about your facts

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #326 on: July 15, 2020, 01:21:53 PM »
Interesting; wonder how accurate these reviews are.
Seems like Avira free version is really annoying from this page.
What second best free version?

https://www.techradar.com/best/best-antivirus

Kaspersky Security Cloud Free
Avast Free Antivirus - 2020
AVG Antivirus Free - 2020

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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #327 on: July 15, 2020, 01:47:44 PM »
Windows defender is pretty good these days, and uses Lee's resources then most other 3rd parties.

I don't know about the resources issue, but since I use healthy precautions, I don't see any need or benefit to anything else on computers that only I use.
I've been waiting over 5 years with bated breath for someone to say that!
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Re: Best free Anti-Virus master thread
« Reply #328 on: October 17, 2020, 01:59:06 PM »
360 free version is a good one. It has worked good on my laptop