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Does free antivirus software work as well as the ones you pay for?

Lanna asked:


I used to have Norton Antivirus, but my subscription expired. Is it worth it to pay to renew my subscription, or should I just download a freeware antivirus program?

What are some good free antivirus software? I keep hearing about Avast and AVG?

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5 Responses to “Does free antivirus software work as well as the ones you pay for?”

  1. Georgiaboy17 on July 30th, 2011 2:41 pm

    With AVG the only thing that you do not get with the free version that you get with the paid version. is tech support. Other than that, from what I have seen, it is the same.

  2. ? on August 1st, 2011 6:46 am

    after being with a p,c over 11 years i have found not to buy anything to do with p.cs like norton get avg free you wont go wrong i have 7.5 version

  3. Dennis L on August 3rd, 2011 1:11 pm

    The thing to remember is you get what you pay for. The reason you pay for those security products is because you are paying for the research. The free versions don’t offer the same levels of research and development.

    If you wanted to use a free version, I would recommend AVG. As for renewing Norton, I personally prefer McAfee but either way would be good.

  4. Ooops on August 4th, 2011 4:17 am

    I have used AVG Anti Virus, Zone Alarm Firewall, Spy-bot Search and Destroy and Ad Aware both spyware killers for years. They are all free for personal use and I have had no trouble with Viruses Trojans Hackers etc. I have just upgraded to AVG free 8.0 and all seems good so far. Zone Alarm allows a lot of personal configuration unlike the Windows Firewall. They can all be downloaded from I also use Windows Defender from the Microsoft site. It is safe to use two anti-spy products but never use more than one A/V as it can cause conflicts. You should run A/V and anti spy weekly. Hope this helps

  5. Cert Helper on August 9th, 2011 11:19 am

    Check the below site for FREE Anti-Virus Software (Mcafee,Norton,Zone Alarm etc)