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ok so instead of buying AV i decide to go with free programs, seems to work for everyone else just fine. so i download Avast and it seems to be working great. then a few weeks later all of a sudden it just stops working and keeps giving me an error. so i uninstall it, then decide to try AVG, same thing happens. its giving me some error saying the Resident Shield is not running, but when I go to its properties, all the boxes are greyed out, so I can't select any of them to restart it. is anyone else have similar problems with free Antivirus or am i just that unlucky.

any other suggestions for free antivirus that i can try?
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All free Antivirus have a mandatory registration process, they will send you a free serial number to your email address. Then the Resident Shield would work all right.

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i don't think "error" means they want me to register. it was something else.
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i don't think "error" means they want me to register. it was something else.
Then uninstall your antivirus, Clean your Registry, reinstall the AV again.

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post #5 of 7
All free AV is CR@P! No question about it. If you want a decent AV program then you must pay for it

on the other hand AOL AV

Hear me out first. I know that AOL sucks as a company but they are using the Kaspersky engine. You give them your email they send you a serial and it will work. It gets definition updates directly from kaspersky labs.

It's basickly Kaspersky AV with a skin on it.

If you don't believe me look at the bottom of the page

*Powered by Kaspersky Lab, one of the largest anti-virus providers, worldwide.
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What error? And I beg to differ, AVG detected more than Norton and McAfee ever did, at least for me.
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post #7 of 7
Dude, I was having these similar problems. Thing is, I used Avast for more than two years straight, no issues, and now it quit working. You can try Clamwin, it's another great free AV.
 
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