Just got a new laptop. I mainly need a program that looks for spyware and viruses. I was going to download Avast but Reddit seems to hate it so I’m looking at Malware Bytes. Is the free version any good? Don’t need anything super advanced, just a good free basic antivirus to detect spyware and viruses. Am on windows 11 Lenovo if it matters.

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  • Crimson_Keys

    November 11, 2021

    The free version of malwarebytes doesn’t have any real-time detection functions so is not suitable for use as a standalone AV and it’s better suited as a second opinion scanner. As for a decent free antivirus I’d personally recommend Kaspersky security cloud free although you get pretty good protection from most of the big name free AVs (Kaspersky, bitdefender, sopos etc) and which you choose mostly comes down to the features you require as their detection ratios are usually very similar.

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