Are there any legitimate free security software sites or are they all bait & switch?

by tyankee7 on February 23, 2013

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Question by Edward N: Are there any legitimate free security software sites or are they all bait & switch?
So far all the websites advertising free software downloads for pc’s have been misleading and attempt to sell a product. I’m beginning to feel guilty about attempting to steal or grab a freebee.
Can someone advise me about this? Hell, if everyone else is paying, I will too, but I keep hearing about good free software. I presently have a subscription with Norton Symantec, but my pc is gettin slower and crashes too much. Thanks to all who attempt to help.

Best answer:

Answer by Andy
oh yes
if you want a free AV (not like the security tool that is actually malware)
then just look for free versions of the real AV’s
Avg free edition is great –>better than norton payed version

What do you think? Answer below!

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Broggy February 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Avira, Avast, FreeAVG, and I believe now Microsoft Antivirus is free.

Of the above I like Avast the best you must register every year, but registration is free to home/personal userrs.

Avira has an annoying popup when it updates.

If you have comcast then you can download a free security suite from Mcafee (Might be changing to Norton)

Jon February 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Avast is free for home users. You could also consider switching to linux. You won’t get a virus again.

Jason February 23, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Have your pick.

avast! 5 Free Antivirus
AVG Free Antivirus
Avira Antivir

Mark February 23, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I’ll list some great software that I personally use. There are paid for versions of these, but the differences between the two are minor perks like automatically updating rather than manually.

Malware bytes anti-malware:

For malware.

Spybot Search & Destroy:

For spyware.


For junk cluttering up your computer, such as cookies, internet cache, recycle bin, ect. all in one easy one-click application.

There are also some really good free anti-virus out there but I’m unsure of what would be best. Avg seems to be the most common suggested one and from past experience I’d say it’s pretty good. While some software can pick up things like spyware and adware, it’s important to have some that are good at their specific ones.

Min February 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I use Comodo Internet Security which is better than a straight A/V program. I have also used Avast free. Previously tried AVG Free but because it doesn’t work in ‘real time’ or have ‘rootkit scanners’ it cost me a new HDD.

So my current D/T set up: Comodo I/net Sec, Malwarebytes, Spybot Search & Destroy (all free from ‘

Laptop: Kaspersky I/net Sec (subscribe yrly), Ccleaner – cleans lappy up after surfing (free @ ‘’ )

As with anything, you only get what you pay for so be very vigilant when installing freeware.

Norton does make yr pc run slow.

NO6664ME February 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Go to CNET at for guilt free downloads of free security programs

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