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What free antivirus do you use?

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I've just had a major problem with the latest update of Avast Free. Caused  a memory leak and RAM memory usage on my PC would go from 50% to 100% within a few hours and freeze. It also used 25% of my CPU by itself.

 

Reverted to Windows Security for now (memory usage on my PC now stable at 29% and CPU at 0% with no programs open).

 

I've had issues with AVG in the past  so I dunno

 

Is windows security ok to keep?

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Lately I've only had Windows Security for a while - a key trick is to install a blocker extension like ublock origin, catch the problems on the other end.

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Antivirus programs are problematic by nature since they have to get access to everything in the system, so they are a potential threat themselves if corrupted. As far as I understand the independent experts, Windows security has made great advances so it should be enough to protect against the usual threats, besides using common sense.  So in your shoes I would rely on Windows security on a Windows PC. Since I am using a Mac I have no first hand experience with Antivirus from the last 8 years. 

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I use whatever security comes with Windows 10. Haven't used any additional software for probably a decade, and the last time I had a virus was in 2005 when I downloaded something I knew would be dodgy.

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I use a Mac and don’t download programmes outside the AppStore*
 

 

*Unless they’re reputable like Photo Mechanic etc. 

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4 hours ago, Quintus said:

I imagine KM's PC to be ancient and in dire need of a defrag. 

 no I bought it last year

 

8gb ram, 128gb ssd

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