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Topic # 193783 24-Mar-2016 09:32
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I know I could be in trouble asking these questions, but as of today, what is a lightweight free AV that people recommend? This is for an anti scam savvy user. I've been using Avast free since it was released, but my understanding is it's no longer baggage free.


I've tried Windows Defender, but it doesn't talk to me enough, it doesn't appear I can control it enough, eg on Avast I can do a boot-time scan. I can turn off (not install) all their "shields" and only have "files shield", etc.


I found this but it is 2014, suggesting AVG vs Bitdefender vs Sophos. Still accurate?

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  Reply # 1518823 24-Mar-2016 09:41
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Probably better to look at sites like which produce various reports on many AV vendors.


You want to strike a balance between good detection, low false positives and good performance


2014 is a loooong time in terms of AV products so would take that PC Mag one with a grain of salt


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  Reply # 1518832 24-Mar-2016 10:02
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  Reply # 1518882 24-Mar-2016 11:18
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joker97:Avast free since it was released, but my understanding is it's no longer baggage free.



?? baggage ?? Its full of options you may not need, untick them
It does popups all the time trying to trick you into buying the full version, no biggie , just close em.


Avira is/was quite good, but the free version has no email scanning, I guess that makes it even lighter :-)


There are tests on the PC slowdown caused by various AV's, have a hunt for that .


Just how old & decrepid is your PC that this is even an issue :-)

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