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Hey everyone,

I am gonna be installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 64-bit and would like to know what the best anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are?

The free-er the better, so I that I can keep getting updates biggrin.gif

Thanks!
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Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
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10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
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Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
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AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
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My System
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HTPC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 2600K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI GTX480 Lightning 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
10TB 7500RPM SATA3 64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 (Boot Drive) Lite-On IHAS124-04 DVD RW Windows 10 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dual Screen (x2) Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS... Apple Keyboard (A1243) Antec Truepower New 650W Modular Corsair Carbide Series 500R 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX Anywhere 2 None Cooler Master Hyper 212+ 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD A6-5400K MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 AMD Radeon HD 7540D 8GB Patriot G2 Series Division DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 ... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSCase
64GB Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 Toshiba HDKPC08 3TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache Windows 8 Professional 64-bit Apex DM-387 mATX HTPC Case w/ 275W PSU 
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post #2 of 29
Best AVs are MSE and Avast!.

For Anti-spyware get Malwarebytes anti-malware.
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Kingston UV400 240GB+Seagate Barracuda 1TB+WD B... LG HL-DT-ST GH24NS72 lapped TRUE 120 Windows 7 Pro x64 
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BenQ G2220HD Razer Lycosa Mirror Corsair TX650 V2 Corsair Carbide 400R 
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Razer Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Fragged Onboard 
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Kingston UV400 240GB+Seagate Barracuda 1TB+WD B... LG HL-DT-ST GH24NS72 lapped TRUE 120 Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ G2220HD Razer Lycosa Mirror Corsair TX650 V2 Corsair Carbide 400R 
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Razer Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Fragged Onboard 
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post #3 of 29
Avast! Free and Malwarebytes are good
Edited by MaroonCoyote - 2/19/11 at 8:13pm
Teh Duhstroyer
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i'm a cheapskate, so i personally use AVAST free edition in tandem with SpyBot smile.gif
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1TB Seagate Win 7 x64 HAF 932 
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I like MsE
Das Boot
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Western Digital 320 GB Samsung DVD/RW Windows 10 Acer 19" WS 1440x900 
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Western Digital 320 GB Samsung DVD/RW Windows 10 Acer 19" WS 1440x900 
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USB Keyboard Antec Earthwatts 500 Watts Antec Sonata Logitech usb 
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post #7 of 29
avast has good detection rates

I have been using MS essentials though. Decent detection rates and its light on resources
24/7
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Corsair SSD SATA cheapie 7 x64 28" 22" 
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see mouse Corsair 750W Rosewill midtower MS Enteratinment desktop 8000 
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i7 920 d0 Rampage III Formula ASUS EAH4890 OCZ Reapers 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Corsair SSD SATA cheapie 7 x64 28" 22" 
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see mouse Corsair 750W Rosewill midtower MS Enteratinment desktop 8000 
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Taped gel pad thing 
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post #8 of 29
comodo 4tw:D
myrig
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OCZ Vertex 3 H2O Win7 64bit Optoma Beamer 
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Cherry G80-3000LPCEU-0 Corsair 850W HAF-X Roccat Tyon 
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Onkyo TX-RZ900 Magnat Shadow 209 + 213 
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myrig
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i7 4790k ASUS Maximus VII Hero Z97 XFX RX480 GTR 2x8GB Gskill 
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OCZ Vertex 3 H2O Win7 64bit Optoma Beamer 
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Cherry G80-3000LPCEU-0 Corsair 850W HAF-X Roccat Tyon 
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Onkyo TX-RZ900 Magnat Shadow 209 + 213 
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post #9 of 29
AVG is crap.
MSE ftw.
post #10 of 29
Take your pick.

MSE/Avira/Avast

and get Malwarebytes for on-demand scanning.
Anthrax 2.0
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G0 Q6600 @ 3.6ghz GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P ASUS 5850 G.SKILL Trident 2X2GB @ 960Mhz 
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WD Black-500GB/1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 24" Samsung 245BW Corsair 850HX Modular 
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Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Krait and Razer Diamondback 
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G0 Q6600 @ 3.6ghz GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P ASUS 5850 G.SKILL Trident 2X2GB @ 960Mhz 
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WD Black-500GB/1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 24" Samsung 245BW Corsair 850HX Modular 
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Corsair Obsidian 800D Razer Krait and Razer Diamondback 
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