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gino_76ph
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Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

 

hi there
i have a brand-new HP DV-7 Windows 7 laptop and i wanted to ask what is the best FREE anti-virus software for my OS at the moment?
*one that doesn't use much memory or resources and is (could say) user-friendly as well.
any recommendations please...?
thanks.



 

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Daniel_Potyrala
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Re: Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

Hi,

Check below link:

Virus Protection FAQ

 

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Re: Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

I like the new free Microsoft Security Essentials which is both an anti-virus and anti-spyware program. It is self updating and has a small footprint (does not take up a large amount of disk space and it does not slow down your PC as some other Av programs do. Link to info and the download is here: http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx
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Mayhemers
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Re: Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

I use Comodo for my firewall and antivirus needs.

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Mumbodog
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Re: Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

Microsoft Security Essentials gets my vote, highly rated and uses few resources.

 

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

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densyo12
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iobit advance system care - security 360.

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hithat
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CoooL software I found...........!!

Please for those of you who want to have antivirus with to get more protection for your computer or laptop. the name of this ZenOK Free Antivirus. besides the online backup its just exactly what I need all my data are saved now

Screenshoot latest version

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Link Download  -------->  http://onlinebackup.zenok.com/

 

 Just thought I'd contribute a little

 
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gino_76ph
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Re: Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

 

my next question would probablly be:
can i install and use MSE / Microsoft Security Essentials alongside another anti-virus program?

 

thanks.

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Hi:

 

It is recommended that you should never have two or more AV programs installed and running at the same time. Uninstall whatever one you are currently using before installing a new AV program.  Some AV programs are very invasive and require special removal tools. Some antivirus manufacturers like Norton have a support site where you should use their removal tool to remove their AV program.  Simply uninstalling from the control panel > add/remove programs is not good enough in some instances.

 

Paul

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Paul_Tikkanen
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Re: Best free anti-virus for Windows 7

Here is an independent review that just came out regarding the effectiveness of MS Security Essentials:

 

http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2010/10/25/bob-rankin-microsoft-security-essentials-good-enough/?

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