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#1 gazza77

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:55 PM

As per the title really, my McAfee subscription is about to expire, so I'm on my usual "which is best" train of thought for the next however long before I renew it.

Anyone any particular recommendations for their particular anti-virus software provider?

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#2 Wolford6

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:22 PM

Recently changed my computer and was advised to buy Norton. Took it off because it interfered with programmes and updates.

Back with AVG and Spybot. Both free.

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#3 Mistress_Marlowe

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:50 PM

I have an AVG subscription for years and I can't fault it. It updates every day and I have never had it interfere with anything.

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#4 Bedford Roughyed

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:05 PM

Had AVG for years, now using windows defender.

Norton and McAfee over priced I would say.
With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

#5 Griff9of13

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:06 PM

Another vote for AVG here. The big players Norton and McAfee are both to memory hungry and no more up to date with their virus definitions than the likes of AVG etc. Big plus of course is that AVG is also free.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:14 PM

Another vote for AVG here. The big players Norton and McAfee are both to memory hungry and no more up to date with their virus definitions than the likes of AVG etc. Big plus of course is that AVG is also free.

Totally agree Norton and McAfee are memory huggers,cant believe people still pay for anti-anything when the web has loads of free-bees

#7 Severus

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:21 PM

I have an AVG subscription for years and I can't fault it. It updates every day and I have never had it interfere with anything.

This. No need to spend any money on anti virus and spyware software.
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#8 back to the future

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:45 PM

another freebee is windows essential works fine on my laptop

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:56 AM

another freebee is windows essential works fine on my laptop


Microsoft Essentials is excellent and runs in the background better than any as it is not a huge program like AVG or Nortons plus its obviously more Windows compatible with being a Microsoft package.

#10 John Rhino

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:11 AM

I'm an Avast fan. Also free and you would never know its there until needed.
Runs sweetly on my machines using XP, windows 7 and 8 and an Android phone.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

Kaspersky has been good for me but you do have to pay for it.

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#12 Futtocks

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:40 PM

I'm an Avast fan. Also free and you would never know its there until needed.


I've had mixed results with Avast, although both were on old PCs. It worked just as you said on one machine, but pretty much slowed everything to crawl on the other every time it updated its files.

So that was probably some system conflict somewhere, which is always hard to identify and fix.

AVG works just fine for me, and has more flexible setup options than Avast (the latter may have made changes since I last used it though).

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#13 JohnM

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG wit the odd burst - probably not needed - of Spybot Search and Destroy

#14 gazza77

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

I installed AVG over the weekend and uninstalled McAfee. To date I haven't had any problems. Job done, cheers all for the advice.

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