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The best free security software

Discussion in 'Security and Anti-Virus Software' started by Baserk, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Baserk

    Baserk Notebook user

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    "What is the best free AntiVirus / Firewall / AntiMalware program?"
    Many times I have read the same question here on NBR, so about 5 years ago, I've made a list of these programs.
    To get the best security programs, sometimes you will have to pay but there are many very good and some excellent programs available for free.

    Almost all programs listed are available for XP, Vista and Win7 (not all programs support 64-bit versions).
    These are all free programs, not limited trial versions.

    It's not necessary to choose one program from every section.
    Rather than piling security programs, common sense, backups/images and using a limited/standard user account for daily work are much more important.
    Use only what you master and keep the OS and programs updated. And again, backup!

    Anti Virus
    Avast! Free AV 7........98,6% - 11 FP
    Avira Free 2013..........99,8% - 10 FP (includes 3rd party advertising, scores are for Avira 2012)
    MSE 4.0....................94,9% - 0 FP (create custom/regular update task)
    Panda Cloud AV 2.0....99.6% - 20 FP

    The detection %-scores and number of 'False positives' are from the AV-Comparatives Sept 2012 file-detection test link.
    (These are not on-execution/behavioural detection scores. Avira scores are achieved with high heuristic settings).
    Paid AV and full security suites (and some free version) test results are available at AV-Comparatives ongoing real world/dynamic detection test results link,
    Also bi-monthly 'detection, repair & usability' test results at AV-TEST.org link, daily&small sample set zero-day malware test results from MRG Effitas link and free AV real-time test results at WestCoastLabs.com link.


    Firewall + HIPS
    Comodo CIS............. XP/Vista/7-32&64
    Online Armor ............XP/Vista/7-32&64
    PrivateFirewall......... XP-32, Vista/7-32&64

    Comodo Firewall Pro and it's HIPS 'Defense+', can be installed without the antivirus in CIS/Comodo Internet Suite.
    Make sure to read a user guide before setting up a HIPS (if applicable); CIS pdf, OA, PFW pdf


    Anti Malware
    Dr. Web CureIt!..................scan and clean program for infected systems
    Emsisoft Emergency Kit.....portable (USB) malware scanner
    HitmanPro 3.....................fast antimalware scanner (combined detection from, Avast, BitDefender, Dr. Web and Emsisoft, details here)
    MalwarebytesAntiMalware..on-demand scanner
    SpyWareBlaster..................blocks websites known for spyware

    Miscellaneous free security programs
    EMET 3.0...........................Microsoft exploit prevention program
    GesWall............................Intrusion Prevention Sytem
    JavaRa..............................Update Java and remove any old leaky versions.
    NoScript ............................Firefox add-on; disable Java, Flash, I-Frame, WebGL, protect against XSS/CSRF, clickjacking
    Prevx SafeOnline..............Browser protection; harden your internet banking/https traffic (IE, FF, Chrome & Opera)
    Returnil Virtual System......create a temporary virtual version of your OS and programs to prevent malware in the real OS
    Sandboxie........................run internet-facing programs in an isolated secure space, preventing changes to your OS, programs and data.
    Secunia PSI 3.0..................Automatically find updates and patches for most common programs in order to avoid possible exploits.
    WinPatrol.........................system monitor

    Online Virus/Spyware/Malware scanners
    Bitdefender Online Scanner
    Dr.Web Online VirusScan....for individual files
    Eset Online Scanner
    F-Secure Online Scanner
    Jotti Malware scan.............for individual files up to 25MB, combining over 20 av/am scanners
    VirusTotal.........................for individual files up to 32MB, combining over 30 av/am scanners
    Metascan Online................for individual files up to 40MB, combining over 18 av/am scanners

    Online Firewall Tests......test if your ports are blocked /stealthed but read this also
    AuditmyPC
    Comodo free scan
    Hackerwatch.org
    PC Flank
    Shields Up/GRC

    Not sure about these programs?
    Then check these independent sites for comparisons and information.
    AV Comparatives - Antivirus tests, though not for all the free versions.
    AV-Test - Antivirus & security suites tests
    Wilders Security - One of the best sites/fora, dedicated to security software.


    (Post updates discontinued Nov 2012)
     
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  2. Johnny T

    Johnny T Forum Moderator Super Moderator

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    Also Spybot Search and destroy is a big one you forgot as well :)
     
  3. Gintoki

    Gintoki Notebook Prophet

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    Are you sure about avg anti-spyware? It's not free and even though it's from avg it doesn't look too good.
     
  4. Gintoki

    Gintoki Notebook Prophet

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    Also, you might want to add stuff like "(very recommended)" next to ones like spybot and antivir.
     
  5. Hiker

    Hiker Notebook Deity

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    How about Adaware 2007?
     
  6. Tranquility

    Tranquility Notebook Consultant

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    It may be more than you wanted to get into, but a note about using a limited user account is at least a good idea. They are free and can probably do as much, if not more, than all of those programs combined when it comes to prevention.
     
  7. The Forerunner

    The Forerunner Notebook Virtuoso

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    Sticky please!
     
  8. Thibault

    Thibault Banned

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    Like Hiker already mentioned, you forgot about Lavasoft Ad-Aware. They offer a free version of their product.

    Also, I thought that avast! offered a free version of their anti-virus?

    Very good topic, by the way.
    You could also add a section for a list of free registry cleaners (like CCleaner).
     
  9. Thibault

    Thibault Banned

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    Oh so it is. I read through the list and didn't remember avast being there.
    Well that's all I can think of, and if people know of a few free registry cleaners you could add a list for it. I agree that right now there isn't much a point so I only really know of CCleaner.
     
  10. Padmé

    Padmé NBR Super Pink Princess

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    The only thing that I know of that's disabled in the free version is the resident shield. I've been using it since before AVG bought out the other company that had it. I can't recall the name of that company at the moment. It's worked pretty well for me, though. ;)
     
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