Best Free Antivirus of 2015?

  • Avast Free Antivirus

    Votes: 33 29.7%
  • Avira Free Antivirus

    Votes: 12 10.8%
  • Comodo Internet Security

    Votes: 22 19.8%
  • Panda Free Antivirus

    Votes: 7 6.3%
  • Qihoo 360 Total Security

    Votes: 37 33.3%
  • Total voters
    111
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Avast vs Avira vs Comodo vs Panda vs Qihoo 360

phyniks

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I m running Comodo IS premium on my laptop,Windows 7 64 bit, and regarding performance and system impact,it is great....I has changed a lot since the last time I d used it....no bugs seen yet(10 days)
The GUI is great

I don't know about the antivirus(regarding new,or known threats......and I m curious to know ,if anyone kindly inform me about it) but the Firewall is one of the bests(if not the best)
 

Der.Reisende

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I voted for Qihoo 360 Total Security.

Since the poll is for the best Antivirus I'd say with great confidence that Qihoo 360 Total Security beats the rest!

I've tried all the above and I will share my personal experience with them:
1. Avast Free Antivirus - Always slowed my computer to a crawl the moment I restarted my computer. I had to remove it using the Avast uninstall tool in safe mode.
My friend had Avast Free Antivirus installed in his computer and when I ran Emsisoft Emergency Kit and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free on his computer we found over 500 PUPs and Adwares!
On top of that Iobit Advanced System Care detected 20 spyware threats on it!
I even have the proof 'cause I took screenshots and saved them. :cool:
Now you know where I put Avast Free Antivirus? Right down at the bottom of all!
Of course no offense to all the Avast users and fans out there. It still provides some form of protection to them I guess.

2. Avira Free Antivirus - The last time I installed this it was quite heavy on resources. It has decent detection rates. And the performance was better than Avast.

3. Comodo Internet Security - I have switched on and off to this several times. Before I finally decided to let it go completely. Reason: It has poor compatibility with other Antiviruses and Antimalwares and so on. The firewall is amazing. It provides numerous features which lack on other firewalls. But the Antivirus has lower detection rates in my opinion. It's more useful for prevention mechanism than cure. You know I mean? o_O

4. Panda Free Antivirus - I tried installing earlier this year. And it didn't even complete the installation because of some error. So I can't say how good it really is.
I've used Panda Gold Protection and Panda Internet Security though. And they were pretty good I'd say. But not as good as Eset or Kaspersky. Know what I mean? o_O

5. Qihoo 360 Total Security - Now this is just one beast that I discovered after dumping Comodo Internet Security. It has a total of 5 engines of which 3 are enabled by default. It's detection rates are pretty good when you have both Avast and Bitdefender Scan Engines installed. For some strange reason though, the antivirus updates are always one or two days apart from each other. Sometimes they are on the same dates but other times the Bitdefender engine's definitions are behind the Avira's.
Qihoo 360 Total Security also provides Webcam protection, 3 layers of Internet Protection, and 9 layers of System Protection!
It also provides utilities for speeding up your computer and performing cleanup.
It also provides a tool box from which Patch Up and Sandbox seem to be the most useful for me.

Now I've read a lot about the privacy intrusions regarding Qihoo 360 but I'm sure this could also apply to other cloud detecting Antiviruses and Anti-Malwares right? For example when I used Hitman Pro I could see from the logs that they produced my Computer name, Windows version, Username on the scan logs. So I'm pretty sure they have that information on their side too. When I used Zemana AntiMalware they produced my Operating System, Processor, BIOS mode, CUID, and Domain Info on the scan logs. So I'm pretty sure they must have that information with them also.
What we do know about Qihoo 360 TS though is that the same amount of transparency isn't there. Their scan logs don't give away any information other than the threats detected.
Now if you're smart enough though you can configure your system to only allow updates to made. But this will restrict the cloud detection capabilities. This won't really matter though if you have enough confidence on the Bitdefender and Avira scan engines! ;)

I know this got too long but hopefully it was informative.
Thank you
Well said Sir!

Agree on Avast regarding system performance and detection, my stepmother's PC got heavily infected (guess by Malvertisement). Q360 TS which replaced Avast found some (not many) PUPs, Viruses (different classes).
Used to have Avast Pro three years ago, but maxed out it was horrible regarding system impact (Gamer PC).

Avira: Really dislike the GUI. Can't speak on the detection, removed it after 1 week, no viruses tested.

Never tried Comodo nor Panda.

Had BD IS 2015 for a while, but takes down system performance badly :(

Q360 TSE replaced KIS 2015 on my main laptop for me, for compatibility reasons (Windows 10) and 'cause of a system crash when scanning a Malware pack (had to reinstall Windows 10 'cause of the performance impact even after removal of KIS). Before, Q360 TSE was just installed for 1 year on my elderly gaming PC. After having good feedback from my family (Q360 TS installed), I replaced TSE, 'cause of very fast / often update of TS only. Impressed by detection + performance (Avira + BD activated - yes, I discovered the update problem too...). Love the new German translation, too.
The cleaning tools replaced CCleaner and others for me, still employ Auslogics DD.

Don't care too much about privacy, happy user of Apple, Google, Facebook and M$ products (not Office) :D

Q360 Works fine with HMP.A :)

Looking forward to test 360 Connect on iPhone :) Did someone use it on Android by now?
 
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LabZero

CIS gets my vote because it has opted for a system-wide integration of prevention of attacks and by implementing high level modules.
The firewall component isn't for basic users. Its optimal response to external attacks is guaranteed by a high degree of customization suitable for experienced users who are able to handle, for example, the rules for each type of softwares.
 
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I've tried all the above and I will share my personal experience with them:
1. Avast Free Antivirus - Always slowed my computer to a crawl the moment I restarted my computer. I had to remove it using the Avast uninstall tool in safe mode.
My friend had Avast Free Antivirus installed in his computer and when I ran Emsisoft Emergency Kit and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free on his computer we found over 500 PUPs and Adwares!
On top of that Iobit Advanced System Care detected 20 spyware threats on it!
I even have the proof 'cause I took screenshots and saved them. :cool:
Now you know where I put Avast Free Antivirus? Right down at the bottom of all!
Of course no offense to all the Avast users and fans out there. It still provides some form of protection to them I guess.
1.) Which version of Avast did you use, the resource usage is the lowest (they received AVTest Gold Award for performance) so I don't know why it would slow your computer?
2.) Your friend probably didn't have 'Scan for Potentially Unwanted Programs' checked.
3.) Advanced System Care is by a company called IObit which have a very bad reputation, upload its installer to VirusTotal you'll see and they steal other companies signatures and generally do more halm than good they would detect it because they want you to run their 'Malware Fighter PRO' which will ruin your system.
 

lyzza1974

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Accoding to AV-Comparatives org and av-test.org last detection test on sept and oct Avira is the top ranking antivirus.Meanwhile Panda Av is on 9th place and Avast is on 12th place in AV-Comparatives org test.Accoding to av-test.org Panda free antivirus on Oct results test 97.2% on protection and 99.6% on detection.Qihoo 360 98.2% on protection and 99.6% on dectection last august
 

Azure

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Signature detection is an outdated method for response to new threats. Add cloud protection, behavioral blocker, zero-day protection, web protection and sandbox, you can see how well it does against threats everyday.
Maybe. But when the threat is old (a week or more old) then signature detection is a decent method. Remember threat don't stay new or zero-day forever.
 

jackuars

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Maybe. But when the threat is old (a week or more old) then signature detection is a decent method. Remember threat don't stay new or zero-day forever.
Sure about that. But then I was mentioning that faster signature updates doesn't mean better protection. By the time the threat is old, Qihoo's definitions frequency (7 days) will catch up to it.
 

Der.Reisende

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So, the signatures of 360 TS doesn't updated at the same time that Bitdefender and Avira?.... old signatures.... Dangerous
No, Q360 TS own database is updated very often and does not lag behind. Avira usually does update timely, too. BD is kinda problem. Sometimes, it lags behind for one day. In most cases, I need to manually update 3-4 times to get the new signatures (sure they might come by auto-update too). I manually update as soon as I start the PC, it's kinda habit I had with every AV I had.
According to VT + this forum, I noticed that Qihoo's Signatures a pretty strong, and they're cloud based.
 

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