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  • 2.0 stars

    "Very poor in detection rates for an AV"

    November 23, 2012  |   By ComputerLuvr


    None at the moment


    Poor scanning. Does not cleanly uninstall. Remnants remain in registry keys which you have to manually remove. Not good if you're a novice PC user.


    Would not recommend this product for an AV for your computer. For a free AV I'd recommend Avast, AVG and Kingsoft AV 2012. Paid product would be Kaspersky, Avast, AVG. Have tested this program on ten computers. I'm an IT professional and test AV software.

    Updated on Nov 23, 2012

    Avast has fixed that issue. I also would recommend Avira and AVG. Avast 7 is working beautifully for me, not only on my home PC, but, also on ten computers which I use to test AV software.

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  • Reply by ComputerLuvr on November 23, 2012

    Meant to say that Avast has fixed the issue which was freezing computer systems. Tested the newest version of Avast 7 on ten computers. In Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP SP3. MSE performed very poorly on the tests.

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