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Difference in paid and free anti virus

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    I have been reading a few threads on the forum about the best anti virus, and the costs it involves. Both have their own pros and cons, and to be honest it is difficult to decide whether one should choose a paid antivirus or a free anti virus. I would like to clearly know exactly what differences there are in a paid antivirus and a free antivirus obviously from reputed companies. This would not only be beneficial for me but many other people who need to know about the different anti viruses.

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    Free antivirus are of 2 types
    1) freeware
    2) the free versions provided by those companies who also have a paid version for the same product you can also call this as limited feature antiviruses.

    free antiviruses dont fully clean your pc they just fix some easy threats of the computer but this depends on what antivirus you use some freewares works just like the paid ones and are awsome!
    eg:1) Microsoft security essential freeware is the best freeware out in the market it works perfectly,
    2) CCleaner is also much reliable in removing browsing threats and increasing pc speed etc..

    when it comes to paid antiviruses most of them are good ,fast and are relliable they dont remove the important files like some of the freewares does.. without your permission they sometimes delete the files which are important for your pc this can harm your pc/laptop.. they clean the deep parts of your pc to let you enjoy a fast and safe surfing ,gaming experince...
    eg : Advanced system care, Mechanics these are two that i prefer

    Apart from these antiviruses You must scan your pc once a month by using the in-built scanners from microsoft...

    The type of antivirus one should have depend on the users requirement as well. if you just do normal browsing and other normal stuff then a freeware is fine but if you browse , download and alot have some important documents, and your are a daily user then an trusted and a good antivirus is what u need!
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    I do not know much about anti viruses but just passing on information which was told to me, that there is some limit of antiviruses as to what they can prevent which is why there are free and paid services. It would be good to know how true this is from experts, so that I will also get to know the real difference between paid and free anti viruses.

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    the difference between any paid antivirus, and a good paid anti-virus software, is that, some one gets money.

    the free versions of avast, avg, etc., are pretty good at their job.
    I myself have been using avast home edition for over 8 years and have never had a virus infection. It has detected and cleaned more stuff than a typical dishwasher.
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    I would not say there is much difference but apart from a few added features which are provided with the paid services.

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    Tubelight, you are 100% right. I posted about paid antivirus software in another thread. All extra features, which come along paid security software are mostly appropriate for business users, I think.

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    Exactly what kind of features are you talking about which are extra, I mean can one do without them as well?

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    ithose extra features depend on I
    ur antivirus software.. Some provide extra tools like Fixing shorfcuts, Deleteing empty folders etc
    in others , when u get a paid version then that clsimply cleans the entire pc from very bottom all the directories, all files etc etc.

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    Like everyone else has mentioned that there is a difference in paid and free antiviruses, and when it comes to choosing one, it all depends on your needs and requirements. For simple browsing any free any free antivirus would work fine.

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    I don't think if there is any significant difference between paid and free versions. Nowadays even the free version offers real time security in most of the cases. With a free program you will get virus protection essentially which is the most important thing. A paid option obviously has all the benefits of a free version and also it may offer firewall protection, performance enhancing software, anti-spyware etc. A paid version also guarantees a good customer support.

    I think for a home PC a free version is more than enough for basic operations and if you use it extensively for sensitive operations, it would be ideal to go for a paid version.

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    There is virtually no difference between free and paid anti viruses.
    All of them can be easily pwned. It does not take much to develop a FUD malware.

    Real time security, anti-spyware etcetera are just an eye-wash. They don't offer any real security.

    I would suggest to move to a linux distro and forget about anti-viruses. The number of malware targeting linux is negligible compared to a Windows OS.

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    The answer lies in the question itself. If something is paid them it definitely would have something premium to offer as a result the developer is asking for subscription. Whereas free versions lack in features.

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    To be honest I've always used the free antivirus software across all my devices and I haven't had any problems and always been kept secure.

    Having said that paid for software does include features that others might find useful but that's just down to each person's perspective and what they need in terms of level of security.

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    I have been using Avast antivirus (free version) for my laptop for more than 3 years now. I never faced any virus infections till now. Yes, there were attacks, but my antivirus could handle it effectively. It also warn me of sites with malicious contents and asks for my permission to go ahead. As far as my laptop is concerned I think a free version is more than enough.

    I heard that there is another antivirus called Bitdefender which is very good for laptops and very effective in virus detection. It also provides real time security and very light on PCs.

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    The best anti-virus is 'common sense'.
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    Common sense does play a part but it's also important to have a program installed also to protect you from viruses and malware.

    Most also come with other functions as well like remote wipe and locate programs as well, even the free versions.

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    I don't really pay for Anti-Viruses. But I think that there's no differences between free and paid. I am using Malwarebytes and I will never pay for premium anti-virus. That is wasting of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihailo View Post
    I don't really pay for Anti-Viruses. But I think that there's no differences between free and paid. I am using Malwarebytes and I will never pay for premium anti-virus. That is wasting of money.
    I second you mate, even I don't see any necessity to pay for an antivirus for my phone. I had an app called '360 security's in the past, but I uninstalled it because I didn't see any major difference in my phone's performance and used to work like before.

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    When it comes to PC, I think Windows defender has a very good rating and it's probably the best free antivirus for PC.

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    You're right, these days there's no reason to pay for any antivirus software as the free editions that you can download will do exactly the same as the paid versions.

    The only difference is that the paid ones will offer a few more options but that's all.

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    I think it depends. If you are basically a home user, a good antivirus (freeware) can meet the demands and in case of a high end usage, a paid version is advisable. A paid version gives good after sales support and technical backup. Otherwise there is no significant difference between a free and paid antivirus. Nowadays even free antivirus gives real time security and online updation of viruses.

    As already mentioned by @sumanth, commonsense is the most effective antivirus. Always exercise enough caution when online and avoid downloading doubtful contents. While downloading try to avoid third party sites and instead download it directly from the publisher's site itself.
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    I dont know but I dont like paid services of Antiviruses because I dont want to give my credit card number to purchase it. I rather use the free trials and uninstall them and replace them with another free trial later. That is a safer and better option for me. I think recently a popular antimalware got hacked and the credit card numbers of the paid users got stolen. That news alone makes me hesitate to try them.

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    The basic difference is that the payed antivirus offers a big amount of modules of security like firewall, malware protection and a database diversified. In constrast, free antivirus usually offers a basic protection with a module of security for virus and basic database.

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    Free and Paid antiviruses don't have that much difference for a Basic user. But there is a huge difference between them for an advanced user. Free antiviruses are only suitable where protection against viruses is required. However, paid antiviruses can be used at places where security against hackers, viruses, trojans, spammers, scammers, etc. is required at the same time.

    The biggest difference is help system of paid antiviruses. Whenever we face any issues using their antivirus we can complain them. But in free one we can't do this at all

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    I believe that a lay user needs a paid antivirus, because it can offer a complete protection against several threats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    I believe that a lay user needs a paid antivirus, because it can offer a complete protection against several threats.
    I use the full, it's preferable since it comes with internet security and all. Someone who doesn't use the internet much just needs a basic antivirus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I use the full, it's preferable since it comes with internet security and all. Someone who doesn't use the internet much just needs a basic antivirus.
    What antivirus do you use?

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    Many full version anti-virus had been hacked and the hackers managed to get the credit card numbers of those who paid. I prefer free because I wont need to share personal information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    What antivirus do you use?
    I use AVG, it is very secure and I have been using it for years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Many full version anti-virus had been hacked and the hackers managed to get the credit card numbers of those who paid. I prefer free because I wont need to share personal information.
    I've never been hacked.

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    I don't see any use of downloading a "Paid" antivirus in my mobile, as I don't think smartphones now-a-days are prone to malware attacks. Still for cleaning out the junks, I use 360 mobile security which also works as an antivirus and more importantly, its free!

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    I am testing 360 Total Security, it seems good! It has a excellent reputation in the internet, the main websites about security talks very well about this free antivirus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waqsi View Post
    I don't see any use of downloading a "Paid" antivirus in my mobile, as I don't think smartphones now-a-days are prone to malware attacks. Still for cleaning out the junks, I use 360 mobile security which also works as an antivirus and more importantly, its free!
    I think it all depends on your usage. If you are an extensive user it is better to go for a paid Antivirus, otherwise a free version is more than enough. This is true for computers also. There are a lot of positive reviews about 360 mobile security. I think it is a good bet to try as a free antivirus available today.

    With regard to AVG, I was using it around six months back. But it was really slowing down my system. Now I finally settled with Bitdefender Antivirus (free version), which seems to be very good in speed and security. I think I will have to check 360 security too to find out which one is better.

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    Which Paid Antivirus do you consider the best? I am thinking to buy a Kaspersky license.

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