Would a free anti-virus/firewall do?

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  1. jam12

    jam12 Notebook Deity

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    Hi,

    My KIS 7.0 subscription is about to run out in 6 days and was wondering whether free programs would do the job. What I do:
    - General net browsing,
    - Online gaming,
    - Torrent downloading,
    - Occasional mp3 downloads.

    I've used KIS 7 for almost one year and have hardly no alerts nor nothing found by any scan in that time - only a few "hidden data" sent alerts which aren't so alarming in the specific cases. I'm really satisfied with it however hate the number of scans and scan time. I think KIS 09 should be ok since it just has one Full scan option which is good to see.

    However, would something like AVG or Avira (<-- that seems to be the best free alternative) along with Zonealarm/Windows firewall do an adequate job?

    I've seen Norton has vastly improved there 2009 edition but I can find KIS for £10 less and arguably its been the most consistant AV over the past few years.

    Thanks.
     
  2. LiveStrong

    LiveStrong Notebook Consultant

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    A free antivirus/firewall would be more than enough I would think. I use avira + online armor/vista firewall on my laptops (only one firewall on each), and I haven't encountered any problems whatsoever. I know a fair amount of people that use avira and are quite satisfied with it.

    If you're careful about what you do, free solutions should be more than adequate.
     
  3. olejnikster

    olejnikster Notebook Enthusiast

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    What more can be said, I've been using avast home last 4 years, wonderful!! Has anti viral, anti root kit, firewall, antispyware. Not even one bug.The system runs smoothly and efficiently no matter what. Used to use Norton,HATED IT.
     
  4. Bog

    Bog Losing it...

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    Are you a university or college student by any chance? Many such institutions allow their students free downloads of various antivirus programs; for instance, my school gives free copies of Symantec Corporate Antivirus (10.2).
     
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    Free Avira+Default Windows Firewall
     
  6. jam12

    jam12 Notebook Deity

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    Yeh just checked out my uni's it website and seems they offer Sophos anti-virus. That seems quite a popular AV in education since I remember my school used to use the same thing. Have no idea on how it compares to Kaspersky, Nod32 or Norton.
    On the other hand, KIS 2009 is up for £10 on amazon uk which seems to be an incredible deal seeing that I bought KIS 7 for £30 (1 user license).

    Seems free alternatives should do though relying I'm not stupid.....which I sometimes am when drunk :).

    Regards,
    jam.
     
  7. LaptopNut

    LaptopNut Notebook Virtuoso

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    Comodo is great.
     
  8. Ole man

    Ole man Notebook Evangelist

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    Comodo Firewall + Threatfire + NIS 2009 ($10 at Frys.com, you just have to look at all of the NIS 2009s to find it) = as safe as a kangaroo's pouch.
     
  9. Cin'

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    Yep, and that equals to a FTW :D

    2 easy working programs...that do the job they need to do! ;)


    Cin ;) :)
     
  10. jam12

    jam12 Notebook Deity

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    Ok, I'm gonna try out Avira with Windows Firewall. I'll probably enable my router firewall too just to be on the safe side.

    Thanks for your help guys......as always :)
     
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