Help Me Decide Bitdefender Free vs. Avast Free vs AVG Free vs Panda Free

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Efficient and Light AV

  • Bitdefender Free

    Votes: 32 26.0%
  • AVAST Free

    Votes: 61 49.6%
  • AVG Free

    Votes: 2 1.6%
  • Panda Free

    Votes: 8 6.5%
  • Others - Pls specify

    Votes: 20 16.3%

  • Total voters
    123
Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#1
Hello!

I have tried AVAST Free before (before acquiring AVG), AVG Free(before being bought by AVAST) and Panda Free. I was never infected because I am a careful user.
Now I am using Bitdefender Free and found it to be strong in protection and light. However, it becomes suddenly heavy and stalls my old netbook when it finds malware to clean. Also, even if I turn off its shield, its AVC will still take action - this irritates me so much (Sometimes even if exclusions have been set.)
What free antivirus could you advise which is light and effective, even those not included in the list? thanks.
Running Windows 10, Creators Update
 
May 7, 2016
966
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Avast
#2
Kaspersky Free Antivirus+Sandboxie free.:)(y)
Kaspersky Free Antivirus:Good signature+Phishing Protection+KSN
Sandboxie free:For extra protection.
Windows Firewall:Best in Windows10 CU.
A Backup Software.(y)
 
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Dec 22, 2016
48
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Qihoo 360
#3
360 Total Security, even with all 3 engines ON its very light
 
Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#4
Kaspersky Free Antivirus+Sandboxie free.:)(y)
Kaspersky Free Antivirus:Good signature+Phishing Protection+KSN
Sandboxie free:For extra protection.
Windows Firewall:Best in Windows10 CU.
A Backup Software.(y)
Thanks much!

after installing Windows 10 Creators Update, my first Antivirus was Kaspersky Free. yes, it was light and efficient, yet I was forced to remove it because occasionally, it conflicts with my system's fast startup (hybrid shutdown/hibernate) - it hangs my system sometimes that I have to restart it by force.
 

amico81

Level 10
Jan 10, 2017
465
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Avast
#5
protection with strong signatures and atc -> bitdefender free
protection with more layers and tweaks -> avast free
panda free -> strong web protection, but mediocre against malware
avg -> avast
 
Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#7
protection with strong signatures and atc -> bitdefender free
protection with more layers and tweaks -> avast free
panda free -> strong web protection, but mediocre against malware
avg -> avast
On the last line do you mean AVG is better than AVAST? Or equal to?
 

amico81

Level 10
Jan 10, 2017
465
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Avast
#9
avg and avast have the same signatures....but avast is the better choice...you can make it better with tweaks ( guide here in the forum)
 
Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#10
avg and avast have the same signatures....but avast is the better choice...you can make it better with tweaks ( guide here in the forum)
Yes, I will remove Bitdefender Free now.

According to a review, AVAST doesn't have fingerprinting technology during scans so duration of scans do not shorten after doing a full scan. is it true? I thought it has in its settings..
 

XhenEd

Level 27
Content Creator
Verified
Mar 1, 2014
1,636
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Default-Deny
#11
Yes, I will remove Bitdefender Free now.

According to a review, AVAST doesn't have fingerprinting technology during scans so duration of scans do not shorten after doing a full scan. is it true? I thought it has in its settings..
Avast has a setting about shortening the duration of future scans. I think Avast refers to it as "caching" or similar. :)

I believe this is already a must-have and is imperative for all AVs. :)
 
Apr 1, 2017
1,373
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
ESET
#12
Q360, without doubt, because of its a clean product without any bug.
Q360+Appcheck+zemana would be light and effective.
 
Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#13
Q360, without doubt, because of its a clean product without any bug.
Q360+Appcheck+zemana would be light and effective.
Really, is it bugless?

But it has ads as one commented here. Also, its BitDefender signatures do not update frequently
 
Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#14
Avast has a setting about shortening the duration of future scans. I think Avast refers to it as "caching" or similar. :)

I believe this is already a must-have and is imperative for all AVs. :)
Well, PCMag did the review if I am not mistaken :)

I believe AVAST and every other AV has this caching tech.
 

Cats-4_Owners-2

Level 37
Verified
Dec 4, 2013
2,669
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Kaspersky
#16
Avast! Free received my vote. It was the first AV, following Windows Defender, I'd used based upon reading testimonial advice and encouragements from members & staff shortly after discovering this Island of enlightenment that is MalwareTips.:giggle:
I have personally found it to be light yet very protective upon my 4 year old Acer lap top set High on Hardened mode, and recommend it as my 1st choice among free alternatives that I've returned to again and again!:)

Good luck, & please, share your impressions following your winning choice!
 
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Jun 23, 2017
144
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
F-Secure
#18
Kaspersky Free Antivirus+Sandboxie free.:)(y)
Kaspersky Free Antivirus:Good signature+Phishing Protection+KSN
Sandboxie free:For extra protection.
Windows Firewall:Best in Windows10 CU.
A Backup Software.(y)
Kaspersky Free has no behavior blocker unlike the paid Kaspersky products if I remember right
 

Sue Thomas

New Member
Oct 2, 2017
1
Operating System
Windows 8.1
Installed Antivirus
BitDefender
#19
I used for many years avast! free and I was satisfied. But now it's trying to do what specialized programs do better (driver updates & ...). So I went to the BitDefender Antivirus Free. So far, it looks good (also scans files / folders on demand, the user can individually choose what to do with the quarantined items etc.). But it makes a short but terrible sound when it updates the database or finds any malware and puts it into quarantine. (Why ? Does the user know it immediately? It is very disturbing when I´m on Skype, when I watch a video, and not just there ; I already wrote to them, they promised to remove it.)
I also use BitDefender Anti-Ransomware (I have found more independent professional evaluations, they mostly evaluate it as very good). It helped me several times even in times when I was still using avast! free.
 
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Jan 31, 2014
837
Operating System
Windows 10
Installed Antivirus
Microsoft
#20
Avast! Free received my vote. It was the first AV, following Windows Defender, I'd used based upon reading testimonial advice and encouragements from members & staff shortly after discovering this Island of enlightenment that is MalwareTips.:giggle:
I have personally found it to be light yet very protective upon my 4 year old Acer lap top set High on Hardened mode, and recommend it as my 1st choice among free alternatives I've returned to again and again!:)

Good luck, & please, share your impressions following your winning choice!
Hello!

Actually I have no grunts against Avast, it is one of the companies who respect most your privacy (with Emsisoft), great protection and lightness.

I have only one negative comment for the new software.....

GUI Glitches!

Sometimes the Main Screen is almost blank.....only showing the placeholders for the images and texts...experiencing now on my old netbook (after 30 mins of fresh install), and have seen this too on our desktop...the GUI goes blank sometimes :(