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

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Efficient and Light AV

  1. Bitdefender Free

    32 vote(s)
    27.4%
  2. AVAST Free

    57 vote(s)
    48.7%
  3. AVG Free

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  4. Panda Free

    7 vote(s)
    6.0%
  5. Others - Pls specify

    19 vote(s)
    16.2%
  1. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

    Jan 31, 2014
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    List of products to compare:
    Bitdefender Free, AVAST Free, AVG Free, Panda Free - all Latest Versions
    What I am most interested about:
    • Exclusive Features & Functionality
    Why I want to compare:
    Efficiency and lightness. I have an old netbook.
    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
     
  2. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome Level 19

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    #2 Captain Awesome, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
    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)
     
  3. Kwan ST

    Kwan ST Level 1

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    Qihoo 360
    360 Total Security, even with all 3 engines ON its very light
     
  4. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    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.
     
  5. amico81

    amico81 Level 7

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    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
     
  6. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    3 Engines including Avira and Bitdefender?
     
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  7. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    On the last line do you mean AVG is better than AVAST? Or equal to?
     
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  8. amico81

    amico81 Level 7

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    360 total security shows ad !!! just for your information
     
  9. amico81

    amico81 Level 7

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    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)
     
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  10. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    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..
     
  11. XhenEd

    XhenEd Level 27
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    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. :)
     
  12. Sunshine-boy

    Sunshine-boy Level 22

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    Q360, without doubt, because of its a clean product without any bug.
    Q360+Appcheck+zemana would be light and effective.
     
  13. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Really, is it bugless?

    But it has ads as one commented here. Also, its BitDefender signatures do not update frequently
     
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  14. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Well, PCMag did the review if I am not mistaken :)

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

    XhenEd Level 27
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    So, why did you still ask whether it is true that Avast has the "fingerprinting" tech or not? :)
     
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  16. Cats-4_Owners-2

    Cats-4_Owners-2 Level 37
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    #16 Cats-4_Owners-2, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
    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!
     
  17. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    Rhetorical question...just to make sure if scan durations shorten :)
     
  18. steel9

    steel9 Level 3

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    Kaspersky Free has no behavior blocker unlike the paid Kaspersky products if I remember right
     
  19. Sue Thomas

    Sue Thomas New Member

    Oct 2, 2017
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    #19 Sue Thomas, Oct 2, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
    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.
     
  20. ifacedown

    ifacedown Level 17

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    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 :(
     
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