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Anti Virus Software

My Norton internet security software is about to expire, so needs renewing. Can any of you computer experts tell me if there is a free one you can download or whether I have to pay for a new version? Thank you in advance for any help
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Re: Anti Virus Software

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My Norton internet security software is about to expire, so needs renewing. Can any of you computer experts tell me if there is a free one you can download or whether I have to pay for a new version? Thank you in advance for any help
AVG or Avast. Google'em.

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Re: Anti Virus Software

Yes. one vote for AVG here.
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Re: Anti Virus Software

I'd agree AVGFree is a good product.
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Re: Anti Virus Software

AVG is very good. Microsoft's own is actually not too dusty in the real world.
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Re: Anti Virus Software

I use AVG Internet Security - you can get the license from eBay for around 5-6 and just download the program from the website - works a treat; have done it this way for years with no problems at all. They normally just email you the license key...

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AVG or Avast. Google'em.

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Isn't the free version only for a limited period?

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Re: Anti Virus Software

Norton can be a bit of a nuisance to get rid of completely (which is one reason I went the extra mile to chuck it).

The various free programs seem to be "good enough" - especially if your computers reach the outside world via a router (with the firewall turned on). I've tried Avast (good enough, but the FisherPrice user interface is tiresome), AVG (got too bloated), Avira (but it nags you to buy every time it updates). Currently with Microsoft Security Essentials.

I'd suggest downloading whatever takes your fancy and trying it.
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Re: Anti Virus Software

Been using AVG Free for years with no issues, though I use McAffee on my laptop so that if something gets through AVG & trashes my system, the laptop being on a different AV program might survive. (or vice versa of course)

If you use on-line banking, many banks offer a free download of one of the commercial programs, likewise some ISPs. (That's why I've got McAffee on the laptop)

I'm told Avast may be a bit less resource hungry on older machines.
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Re: Anti Virus Software

Ian,
AVG Free is a free version - ver 9.0 is the latest I think. AVG Anti Virus or AVG Internet Security can be had on a 30 day trial. I've never had a problem with the AVG Free version - touch wood!
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Re: Anti Virus Software

1 vote for Avast here. You have to register your email address about once a year but apart from that it is free.

A friend of mine had problems with his computer and AVG wouldn't update. I removed it and put Avast on, and he hasn't had a problem since.
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1 vote for Avast here. You have to register your email address about once a year but apart from that it is free.

A friend of mine had problems with his computer and AVG wouldn't update. I removed it and put Avast on, and he hasn't had a problem since.
I put Avast on my daughter's laptop about 3 months ago but it has now expired and tells me there is no active protection.

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Re: Anti Virus Software

I use Norton Internet Security 2009, bought from and eBay supplier, and it cost me around 18 per 3-computer 2-year licence, so that's about 3 per computer, per year. I bought licences for my immediate family and business computers, plus several friends and family computers. My daughter's laptop is the only exception and she did have Avast running on it, but as I mentioned earlier, it has expired (and I need to do something about it!).

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Re: Anti Virus Software

Trends Kaspersky can be bought from Tesco quite cheap
http://direct.tesco.com/q/N.1998893$3999708/Nr.99.aspx
also Norton has a special but I wouldnt touch that with yours.
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Trends Kaspersky can be bought from Tesco quite cheap
http://direct.tesco.com/q/N.1998893$3999708/Nr.99.aspx
also Norton has a special but I wouldnt touch that with yours.
I think that Norton unfairly criticised these days. I'm very happy with NIS 2009 and respected magazines like PC Pro have given it the thumbs up. It used to be poor but not any more.

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