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paid antivirus vs free?

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is there really a huge benefit to using a paid vs a free

and what do you think is the best paid av and whats the best free one
post #2 of 44
I usually pay for them. I think antivirus and toiler paper are some of those things is not worth being cheap about.

I am using BitDefender, i did some research before getting it last xmas and it seemed like it was the best bang for the buck.
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Freeware MS Security Essentials and MalwareBytes is all I use. Makes for happy computers, and low system overhead. Odds are if MalwareBytes or MSE won't remove it you're screwed.
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post #4 of 44
I swear by free AV, others swear by paid AV, depending on which type they were using when a virus got past their AV

Paid av's usually come with extra features, such as HIPS, however in terms of detection rates, free AVs are fine.

I use MSE
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Paid:Norton 360,Norton Internet Security,Norton Antivirus
Free:Malware Bytes
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post #6 of 44
I got both, so yea...
post #7 of 44
Paid usually gets updates quicker, but free is almost always enough for most users.
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post #8 of 44
Windows 7:
Free: MSE, Avast
Paid: BitDefender, Kaspersky Anti-Virus

XP:
Free: Avast, Avira
Paid: BitDefender, Kaspersky Anti-Virus
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post #9 of 44
Malwarebytes has a paid version that I have heard good things about. When i got a free trial several weeks back I was impressed how un-intrusive it was but I also got a feeling that it really was actively protecting me. I'm actually thinking about paying the 29.00 CAD for it later down the road.
Not sure how much it would be in your area, but I have seen antivirus programs sold for $60.00+ so Malwarebytes may be a good option for you.

For free programs, try out MSE, Avast or Aviria.
Edited by Wheezo - 7/30/11 at 1:54pm
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i dont understand why a home user would need a paid version (aside from supporting the company or whatnot). can anyone enlighten me on this?
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