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Yes - AVG antivirus and Avast are both reputable, free-version AV programs.

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Do i need to install anything before using my notebook on the net


Yes, you should have firewall and antivirus programs installed to protect your notebook from the myriad of malware threats that exist on the internet.

If you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Vista or 7, then you have a built in Windows Firewall which should be enabled if no other firewall program is installed.

There are a variety of both free and commercial security products available which will offer good protection for connecting to the internet.

AntiVirus tools
Microsoft Security Essentials http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/products/security-essentials
AVG Anti-Virus Free 2012 http://free.avg.com/gb-en/homepage
Avira Free Antivirus http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
Avast! Free Antivirus http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index
Integrated Security Suites
Comodo Internet Security Free http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php
Outpost Free Security Suite http://free.agnitum.com/

Of the above I have been using Comodo Internet Security for some years and find it very good.

Important Note: Do not install more than one AntiVirus program as this will cause problems. Windows Firewall can be enabled when another firewall program is installed but isn't necessary and most firewall programs will automatically disable Windows Firewall when installed.

Jan 07, 2012 | Computers & Internet

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Virus Infection - The best FREE Anti-Virus software on the net


When it comes down to viruses you may think to yourself antivirus software is going to cost a bunch, but in actual fact there are quite a few really good FREE antivirus programs out there. Here I list a few.
Avira AntiVir Personal
Avast! Free
AVG Free
Microsof Security Essentials

I've included a few statistics and figures to show you how effective each of these anti virus programs are.

The best FREE AntiVirus programs according to detection rates are:
Avira AntiVir Personal - 99.8%
Avast! Free AntiVirus 5 - 99.3%
AVG Free AntiVirus - 98.3%
Microsoft Security Essentials 97.6%
This shows that Avira has the highest virus detection as it finds 99.8% of virus' on on your system.

The best FREE AntiVirus programs according to false/positive alarms on a clean file set are:
Microsoft Security Essentials 3 files
Avast! Free AntiVirus 5 - 9 files
Avira AntiVir Personal - 10 files
AVG Free AntiVirus - 19 files
Microsoft's Security Essentials has the least false reports out of all of them with a low 3 files on a clean set.

The best FREE AntiVirus programs according to scanning speed are:
Avast! Free AntiVirus 5 - 17.2 MB/s
- 15.1 MB/s
AVG Free AntiVirus - 13 MB/s
Microsoft Security Essentials 5.9 MB/s
Be prepared for a fast accurate virus scan with Avast! as it takes first place here with scan speeds.

Where to download
Avast: http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download
Avira: http://www.brothersoft.com/avira-antivir-personal---free-antivirus-47759.html
AVG free: http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-avg-anti-virus-free
Microsoft Security Essentials: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

In general any one of these 4 free antivirus programs are good. I personally use Avast! Free AntiVirus 5 as it's fast, reliable and constantly up-to-date.
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A more detailed testing can be found at av.comparatives.org
* These AntiVirus programs were rated by av-comparatives.org.
Their website can be found at: http://www.av-comparatives.org/

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I want free antivirus


http://tinyurl.com/4bvuc4k
Hi,
The link above will lead you to the installation of Avast anti-virus which is free for a life time. I hope i helped you secure your computer.

Rating my assistance will greatly be appreciated. Thank you for choosing Fixya!

Jan 22, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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