Best free antivirus software?

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  1. Eman7673

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    So my norton security expired today and I don't feel like paying for it again, what free software do you guys recommend?
     
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    Broken Forge Formerly Neo Vox

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    I've had good fortune with Microsoft security essentials. I can't claim expertise because I don't usually work with windows, but I found that security suite effective.
     
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    I use AVG Free and it's worked pretty good for me so far.
     
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    Avast is by far the best free option I've found. Norton sucks and uses lots of resources.
     
  5. Eman7673

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    ok so.... to install a new antivirus do I just uninstall norton then install whatever else I choose to put in?
     
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    Uninstall & destroy everything Norton related. Then, go download the free AVG & just make sure to only select the free version.

    It's a pretty simply concept in itself, but you'll have to actually install the program instead of just deleting files which tends to be the "hard part" if you wanna call it that. If there's a way directly from the norton thing then cool, but if not, just go from the "add or remove programs" widget. I'd still save the product key (which should be in your e-mail) in case you wanna go back to the devil for whatever reason, but it shouldn't be too much work.

    OOOHHH and this is key. Make sure that Norton doesn't automatically charge you for another 6 months/1 year, as it'll do that by default. You might need to reply to the e-mail or something to do it, but if you don't, they'll just keep sucking money out of you all the time for a service that you DONT want to keep paying for.
     
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    Yeah I just uninstalled norton and got avast, for free I heard it was great
     
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    TrueNomadSkies Airachnid's ratservant

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    Same idea, but make sure that Norton's not constantly charging your credit card, which is something they'll do even if you uninstall the program, and at least when I had it, they had you set to this by default. If you haven't done so already, read the e-mails the sent you to make sure because chances are that once you're charged, they won't give you a refund & you'll be down 50 bucks.
     
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    the credit card i used to buy it is canceled now so its all good
     
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    TrueNomadSkies Airachnid's ratservant

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    Swindle to the rescue :) 
     

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