Free antivirus programs & BF3

SCAR-H1988

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Free trial time of my antivirus program ends after 4 days so im gonna replace it with one of free programs. When i google names of free antivirus programs + bf3 i see shitload of "Antivirus program x + BF3 problem" -threads and looks like they all suck. :D Do you guys use free antivirus programs and which one of them you recommend? Which one don't have problems with BF3? My operating system is Windows 8.

Thank you beforehand. :)
 

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Well I use it but as long as you don't do anything stupid Windows Defender should be okay.
 

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Check Windows Defender is running after just incase as it might have disabled it but Windows should warn you anyway.
 

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Sam: Yes Windows turned it on automatically after uninstalling other program.

Loeft: Thanks for sharing your experience, i maybe try that if i don't trust enough that Windows Defender.
 

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dont hear at sam. windows defender is only a piece of crap. just there was a test here in germany and the well know free programs doint it ok but windows defender was the looser at all because the virus / avenger signatures are mostly not up to date or mostly days after other programs doing there updates.

so use avg free or avast free. i take avg free for years in the past and had never problems.
 

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dont hear at sam. windows defender is only a piece of crap. just there was a test here in germany and the well know free programs doint it ok but windows defender was the looser at all because the virus / avenger signatures are mostly not up to date or mostly days after other programs doing there updates.

so use avg free or avast free. i take avg free for years in the past and had never problems.
Urgh no seriously the difference you would notice in real world would be very little unless you are really stupid enough to fall into obvious traps. If you do really want the best free AV it's prob still Avast but then again it impacts system performance more than MSE. I've managed not to get any viruses since using W8 (Sure you could say I don't know ones there but that's the same for all AV). Mix it with malwarebytes and it will basically pick up everything. The best part of MSE is the fact you get basically 0% false positives and no nagging.

You're opening a can of worms here, friend. :p There's lots of free ones and you're about to see a lot of "this is the best", and "no, you're wrong, this is the best!" So, let me preface my opinion by saying that there's many out there, and most are good. But, only use one single antivirus. More does not equal better protection. Multiple AV's will usually conflict with each other, cause problems, and make each other miss stuff.Now...
I personally prefer Microsoft Security Essentials. Lots of people don't recommend it anymore because "it failed antivirus certifications" (recent news), but I still stand by it. It's fast, free, and good. The main downfall is that it's better at retroactive removal than proactive protection.
http://ninite.com/essentials/
Other good free ones: Avira, Panda Cloud, or Comodo. Avast is great too, but it's gotten naggy and bloated for my taste.
All that said, the best protection is to not rely on an AV to be your "end-all-be-all" protection. Think of it more as an extra precaution, and your main defense against malware should be good online practices. Don't go to any shady websites looking for warez/porn/whatever the lingo is these days. Keep exploitable apps and runtimes up-to-date, like Java, Adobe Reader, Flash, etc. Install Windows Updates. Use alternate browsers like Firefox/Chrome/Opera, and be sure they update themselves. Enable "click-to-run" for things like Java and Flash, so that drive-by infections are less likely. Install and run an on-demand anti-malware tool like Malwarebytes, and run weekly or monthly scans to keep tabs on things that may have slipped through undetected.
http://ninite.com/malwarebytes/
http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/11okhk/antivirus_help/
 

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Urgh no seriously the difference you would notice in real world would be very little unless you are really stupid enough to fall into obvious traps. If you do really want the best free AV it's prob still Avast but then again it impacts system performance more than MSE. I've managed not to get any viruses since using W8 (Sure you could say I don't know ones there but that's the same for all AV). Mix it with malwarebytes and it will basically pick up everything. The best part of MSE is the fact you get basically 0% false positives and no nagging.

You're opening a can of worms here, friend. :p There's lots of free ones and you're about to see a lot of "this is the best", and "no, you're wrong, this is the best!" So, let me preface my opinion by saying that there's many out there, and most are good. But, only use one single antivirus. More does not equal better protection. Multiple AV's will usually conflict with each other, cause problems, and make each other miss stuff.Now...
I personally prefer Microsoft Security Essentials. Lots of people don't recommend it anymore because "it failed antivirus certifications" (recent news), but I still stand by it. It's fast, free, and good. The main downfall is that it's better at retroactive removal than proactive protection.
http://ninite.com/essentials/
Other good free ones: Avira, Panda Cloud, or Comodo. Avast is great too, but it's gotten naggy and bloated for my taste.
All that said, the best protection is to not rely on an AV to be your "end-all-be-all" protection. Think of it more as an extra precaution, and your main defense against malware should be good online practices. Don't go to any shady websites looking for warez/porn/whatever the lingo is these days. Keep exploitable apps and runtimes up-to-date, like Java, Adobe Reader, Flash, etc. Install Windows Updates. Use alternate browsers like Firefox/Chrome/Opera, and be sure they update themselves. Enable "click-to-run" for things like Java and Flash, so that drive-by infections are less likely. Install and run an on-demand anti-malware tool like Malwarebytes, and run weekly or monthly scans to keep tabs on things that may have slipped through undetected.
http://ninite.com/malwarebytes/
http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/11okhk/antivirus_help/
thats the point sam. if you know what you have to do to get a save system you are ok with windows defender because you set other things in relationship to get a save system.

but i think its a bit carelss to say windows defender alone bring you some saveness because it isnt. its one basic but just for "not pc nerds" lol its way better to install a free AV.
 

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Magically after that uninstall of antivirus program co-op started bitching and don't work. Can somebody try it and say is it just co-op what sucks or is problem only in my computer? :p When i try go co-op it stucks to "Initializing" and that lasts forever. Then i cancel and try again and game starts cry all kind of shit and even multiplayer don't work after that without restarting of computer. :(

Edit: And thank you all for your help and sharing your experiences/opinions. <3
 

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Yes i tried that earlier and older recovery points sucked even more becouse that uninstalled antivirus program was "haunting" there and co-op still not working. :D Why i did not play that stupid co-op when it worked?! Whyyyyyyyy?!?! Tell me that SG553 sucks and i don't want it. :D :D
 
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try booting your PC up in safe mode and if it's still acting up get your windows cd out, boot from it and select repair windows