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What antivirus should i use(free only)?

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I do game alot and have used AVG(free) in the past. I just reinstalled windows so im wondering which antivirus i should use.
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Streamer/Gamer
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Agility 3 60gb Seagate 1TB Corsair H100  Windows 10 64-bit 
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3x 22" 1080 monitors Logitech G510 Corsair HX620 Nzxt Switch 810 
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post #2 of 18
free use MSE
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[Noctua] NH-D14 [Micro$oft] Win7 64-bit/Linux [HP] 2311x [Logitech] G510 
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[Noctua] NH-D14 [Micro$oft] Win7 64-bit/Linux [HP] 2311x [Logitech] G510 
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[XFX] 650W [Cooler Master] HAF X [Logitech] G400 
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990X 6.5Ghz EVGA X58 3 way SLI classified XFX GT 240/modded 8800GTS/8800GTX/5870/4980/FIR... Corsair Dominator PSC  
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F1 Extreme Dark, DICE and LN2!! XPeeeee and Win 7 Old CRT Open 
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post #3 of 18
Microsoft Security Essentials + Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

/thread
post #4 of 18
MSE, Avast, Avira, and AVG are all good choices.

The free MBAM doesn't give you real-time protection, but you can run scans with it when you like.
Taijin Kyofusho
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post #5 of 18
Avast is really good for a FREE anti-virus.
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SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB. Toshiba (500GB.) Hitachi Deskstar (500GB.) WD Ultra Passport 
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Samsung DVD Burner 24X SH-224DB/BEBE Cooler Master Hyper T4 Windows 10 Pro x64 Samsung S23A350H 23" 1080p 
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Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard CORSAIR CX series CX600M 600W Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB. Toshiba (500GB.) Hitachi Deskstar (500GB.) WD Ultra Passport 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung DVD Burner 24X SH-224DB/BEBE Cooler Master Hyper T4 Windows 10 Pro x64 Samsung S23A350H 23" 1080p 
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Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard CORSAIR CX series CX600M 600W Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse 
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post #6 of 18
If you have a fast harddrive Microsoft Security Essentials is the BEST AV solution for free.


MSE Is clean, quick, powerful, and just all around the best way to protect your self on a windows system.

Obviously if you get infected use 3rd party tools to disinfect, but MSE is a really good live A/V,
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post #7 of 18
I use Super AntiSpyware and Avast. I am thinking about switching back to AVG, though, I had a bug about a month ago which SuperAntiSpyware caught and Avast did not.
    
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2x Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD External USB AMD stock cooler Win7 Ultimate 
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ASUS 23" DVI Fullsize, solid. OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W CM Praetorian 730 Black 
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AMD FX-4170 @ 4.86 Ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO 2 x PowerColor AX6790 Crossfire 16GB (4 x 4GB) SAMSUNG MV-3V4G3D @1890 Mhz 8-9-9 
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2x Corsair Force 3 120 GB SSD External USB AMD stock cooler Win7 Ultimate 
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ASUS 23" DVI Fullsize, solid. OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W CM Praetorian 730 Black 
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post #8 of 18
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE for short) is probably one of the best free AVs, believe it or not.
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by simpletech View Post
microsoft security essentials + malwarebytes' anti-malware

/thread
qft
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Raijintek Aeneas White Window 
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Core i5-661 GA-H55-USB3 12GB DDR3 1333 WD Caviar Black AALS 640GB 
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WD Caviar Green EARS 2TB Vertex Turbo 60GB (SSD) Samsung Blu-ray, Samsung DVD Burner H50 (With push/pull nocturas) 
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Windows 10 Professional 64 LG 47inch LED LCD Saitek Eclipse Lite-touch Wireless Seasonic X750 Gold 
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Ryzen 7 1700 MSI B350M Mortar Arctic RX Vega 64 G.Skill TridentZ  
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Samsung EVO 960 Consatellation Windows 10 Pro Corsair HX 1050 
Case
Raijintek Aeneas White Window 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Core i5-661 GA-H55-USB3 12GB DDR3 1333 WD Caviar Black AALS 640GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD Caviar Green EARS 2TB Vertex Turbo 60GB (SSD) Samsung Blu-ray, Samsung DVD Burner H50 (With push/pull nocturas) 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Professional 64 LG 47inch LED LCD Saitek Eclipse Lite-touch Wireless Seasonic X750 Gold 
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post #10 of 18
I'd say Avast or AVG + Malwarebytes free tool
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merc SteelSeries Enermax Evolution 1050W Azza Solano 1000 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 
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Phenom II x4 555BE @ 3.96GHz MSI 790FX-GD70 2x Sapphire 5850s 2x4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x OCZ VertexII RAID0 + 2xSamsung F1s RAID0 Lite-On BD-ROM/DVD-RW WinXP Pro x64/Win 7 Pro x64/Kubuntu 9.10 x64 Acer G24 Ferrari 
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