Help Me Decide Free Antivirus of the Year 2017 [Poll Thread]

Discussion in 'Compare Apps' started by jackuars, Dec 21, 2017.

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Free Antivirus of the Year 2017

Poll closed Dec 29, 2017.
  1. Avast

    35.1%
  2. BitDefender

    9.3%
  3. Kaspersky

    33.0%
  4. Panda

    4.1%
  5. Windows Defender

    18.6%
  1. jackuars

    jackuars Level 21

    Jul 2, 2014
    1,089
    2,136
    #1 jackuars, Dec 21, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
    From your nominations at Free Antivirus of the Year 2017 [Nominations Thread], 5 products have been selected for the final poll phase starting today.

    The poll will be closed on 29th Dec 2017 and the winner revealed on 30th Dec 2017.

    Do reply in this thread which product you chose and why?
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    **** Also please take a moment to mention the Pro's and Con's you have found in the Product, so that it will be helpful for others while making their decision. ****

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    Nomination Results:
    Product (votes)

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    Avast (34)
    Kaspersky (24)
    Windows Defender (10)
    BitDefender (8)
    Panda (8)

    Comodo (4)
    Avira (2)
    FortiClient (2)
    Zonealarm (2)
    Qihoo
    ClamAV
    SecureAPlus
    AVG
    Zemana
     
  2. Hanmin147

    Hanmin147 Level 28

    Jul 28, 2014
    1,786
    7,607
    Windows 10
    Avast
    Avast free for me!

    Pros:
    - Layered protection that to totally configurable
    - Able to edit or remove protection layers independent of each other
    - Generally quite light on the system
    - Very decent signatures

    Cons:
    - Behavioral blocker component is broken for me (giving off errors when I have it on and I can't open anything)
    - HTTP scanning seems to cause some disconnects when I game, solution is to completely disable the AV when I game and turn it back on when I'm done
    - Notifications have been getting slightly more aggressive, last time I got a threat detection notification it covered the entire screen prompting for a quick scan until I clicked on the exit
     
  3. Stas

    Stas Level 6

    Feb 21, 2015
    281
    887
    IT Technician
    For me its between Avast & Kaspersky, Avast has an edge because it has more features but I Voted for Kaspersky simply because it has finally launched its free antivirus worldwide in 2017 and that's why I believe it deserves the title Free Antivirus of the Year 2017. Avast free has been there for years it can win title next year.
     
  4. TerrakionSmash

    TerrakionSmash Level 16

    Nov 17, 2016
    750
    2,127
    Somewhere underwater or over water. I am water!
    Windows 10
    Microsoft
    I predict Avast will win this
    It seems to be the most popular among the 'I want an antivirus' crowd. The more/equally popular Windows Defender/MSE has apathetic users who probably won't go to Malwaretips.
     
  5. sameermanas

    sameermanas New Member

    Dec 13, 2011
    3
    7
    India
    Kaspersky! I have used paid suites for years but nothing beats detection rates like Kaspersky, BitDef and Norton IMO. AS per several lab tests, Kaspersky is among the top ones along with BitDef.

    I use KAV Free Edition on my Windows 10 Laptop.
     
  6. amico81

    amico81 Level 6

    Jan 10, 2017
    299
    1,205
    Germany
    Windows 10
    G-Data
    Avast free offers a behavior blocker, Kaspersky free NOT. I voted for Avast (y)
     
  7. bribon77

    bribon77 Level 10

    Jul 6, 2017
    492
    3,401
    spain
    Windows 7
    Emsisoft
    I choose Kaspersky Free for simplicity. because they have everything equal to the paid version, with the exception of System Wacher. And because I tried it with some malwares, including Rasomwares, and I responded well. and in the Malwarehub tests. I've seen the tests of @omidomi and it's going very well.
     
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  8. Pat MacKnife

    Pat MacKnife Level 4

    Jul 14, 2015
    194
    657
    Belgium (Europe)
    Windows 10
    Kaspersky
    #8 Pat MacKnife, Dec 21, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2017
    My choice is Kaspersky Free also for simplicity and very important for me, no popups and nags like you have with avast.
    Very good signatures and detection rates even without a system watcher
    Otherwise would have chosen for Panda.
     
  9. Syafiq

    Syafiq Level 7

    May 8, 2017
    330
    2,134
    Student
    Indonesia
    Windows 10
    Emsisoft
    I vote for avast free, as Kaspersky Free Anti-Virus lacks of System Watcher module :)
     
  10. brod56

    brod56 Level 11

    Feb 13, 2017
    543
    1,517
    Studant
    Portugal
    Windows 10
    Default-Deny
    My vote goes for Windows Defender, not for being the absolute best one, but for having improved a lot this year.
     
  11. LahiruTarz

    LahiruTarz Level 3

    Jul 6, 2015
    100
    317
    Software Engineer
    Colombo
    Windows 10
    Kaspersky
    I vote for Kaspersky since it has better signatures, nag-free and cooperate well with Comodo Firewall...
     
  12. Deletedmessiah

    Deletedmessiah Level 15

    Jan 16, 2017
    714
    6,570
    SSD
    Windows 8.1
    Emsisoft
    I also vote Avast. It seems to provide best protection among free AVs. But I've yet to use kaspersky free.
     
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  13. Omidreza.S

    Omidreza.S Level 2

    Dec 20, 2014
    50
    154
    Electrical engineer
    Shiraz
    Windows 8.1
    Doctor Web
    please add sophos home
    i vote for panda
     
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  14. omidomi

    omidomi Level 61
    Trusted AV Tester

    Apr 5, 2014
    5,219
    34,104
    Fallout New Vegas :D
    Windows 8.1
    Kaspersky
    I voted to Kaspersky free,Avast Free is buggy.
    I prefer Kaspersky Free+ZAL or ZAM :)
     
  15. Spawn

    Spawn Administrator
    Staff Member Content Creator

    Jan 8, 2011
    16,256
    24,184
    Windows Defender for Windows 10
    Advantages
    • Integrated with Full Antivirus and Malware protection
    • Smartscreen protects Windows, Store apps and Edge browser (compatible with 3rd-party security)
    • Limit App installations options (may help improve device security on shared devices)
    • Built-in Firewall profiles for Private and Public networks
      • Advanced rules available (3rd-party WFP apps are easier to use)
    • Health reports for Device & Performance issues
      • Monitors Windows Updates, Storage, Drivers and Battery life
      • Online reports of connected devices (microsoft.com/devices)
    • Controls for Family accounts and Parental controls
    • User friendly - Minimal user interaction for beginners
    • Configurable - Options to protection settings, hide notifications etc.

    Disadvantages
    • Windows 10 Home has limitations
      • Advanced options are exclusive to Windows 10 Pro or higher (ie. Block-At-First Sight)
      • No Data Protection without BitLocker or compatible hardware (3rd-party apps available)
    • Major OS Upgrades required
      • Microsoft release major OS upgrades every March and September and may contain Defender upgrades.
      • New & Improved Features are only available in the latest stable builds
      • Not all PC users upgrade their OS, have Updates disabled or are running older versions
      • Security limited to Windows 10 devices only
     
  16. Infrared

    Infrared Level 7
    AV Tester

    Feb 15, 2014
    319
    1,092
    I say Avast it's a well rounded free solution that i used for years! But no matter which one you choose it will have disadvantages and advantages over each other.
     
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  17. carsten ibsen

    carsten ibsen Level 20

    Sep 18, 2016
    980
    5,206
    retired
    denmark
    Windows 10
    Microsoft
    I voted Windows Defender(other)
     
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  18. Iapepe

    Iapepe Level 4

    Mar 17, 2013
    192
    512
    Romania
    Windows 10
    Kaspersky
    I prefer Kaspersky Free.
    Accurate, reliable antivirus engine, user-friendly, highly configurable.
     
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  19. jackuars

    jackuars Level 21

    Jul 2, 2014
    1,089
    2,136
    #19 jackuars, Dec 29, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
  20. daljeet

    daljeet Level 5

    Jun 14, 2017
    241
    2,396
    india
    Linux Ubuntu
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