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Free Anti Virus Recommendations?

So I had a bit defender license from a friend but to be quite honest it was kinda proving to be a pain in my butt when I would do more tinkery things and it would flag things as a false positive.


I was wondering if there is any AV software someone could recommend me that will let me easily recover things I know are safe if it tried to quarantine/delete them, (this is my biggest pet peeve with av software is it fighting me/deliberately making it hard to recover things.)  And thinking also something I can pause active monitoring on as well If I know in advance that something is gonna cause issues. Lightweight wouldnt be argued against either since im "only" on a 4770k.
 

I guess I am looking for less of a "vault" style AV and more a personal defence shield just in case something does go south.

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CPU: Core i7 4770k @4.2ghz | Mobo: Gigabyte Z87X-UDH5 | RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1333 16gb | GPU: ASUS RTX 2080TI | Storage: Samsung 840 Evo, WD Blk 1TB/Blk 500gb /Grn 2tb | PSU:Corsair ax860 | Cooling: Corsair H100i w/NF-F12 LTT Edition Displays: 55" Samsung TV, 24" BenQ XL2420TE/XL2411Z & Asus VG248QE | Kb: K70 RGB Blue | Mouse: Logitech G700s | Case: NZXT H440 Matte Black | Extra: NZXT Hue+ Fanatec CSR/Shifters/CSR Elite Pedals w/ Rennsport stand, Thustmaster Warthog HOTAS, Track IR5, Nvidia 3d Vision 2, ARCTIC Z3 Pro Triple Monitor Arm | OS: Win 10 Pro 64 bit

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The built in one in windows. I'm not joking it's plenty good if you don't go around being stupid download mp3.exe files and running them.

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Just now, jaslion said:

The built in one in windows. I'm not joking it's plenty good if you don't go around being stupid download mp3.exe files and running them.

I used to only use it, but a few years ago I recall it being panned in reviews of yearly AV updates so it made me a lil...gun shy about it if im totally honest.

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CPU: Core i7 4770k @4.2ghz | Mobo: Gigabyte Z87X-UDH5 | RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1333 16gb | GPU: ASUS RTX 2080TI | Storage: Samsung 840 Evo, WD Blk 1TB/Blk 500gb /Grn 2tb | PSU:Corsair ax860 | Cooling: Corsair H100i w/NF-F12 LTT Edition Displays: 55" Samsung TV, 24" BenQ XL2420TE/XL2411Z & Asus VG248QE | Kb: K70 RGB Blue | Mouse: Logitech G700s | Case: NZXT H440 Matte Black | Extra: NZXT Hue+ Fanatec CSR/Shifters/CSR Elite Pedals w/ Rennsport stand, Thustmaster Warthog HOTAS, Track IR5, Nvidia 3d Vision 2, ARCTIC Z3 Pro Triple Monitor Arm | OS: Win 10 Pro 64 bit

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1 minute ago, Nexxus said:

I used to only use it, but a few years ago I recall it being panned in reviews of yearly AV updates so it made me a lil...gun shy about it if im totally honest.

Well simply put the best antivirus is you. If you don't do shady shit and aren't stupid nothings gonna happen. If someone wants to be in your system for stuff they would be by now plenty of easy way to just avoid any antivirus.

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I use to use Avast Free Antivirus. Never had problems with it. Sounds like it'd meet your needs.

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I never browse the internet outside of a VM on VMWare Workstation. I just create a template windows machine and i can clone a whole new one anytime.

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I would say Avast is the one I've used and has sandbox-mode, and you can set it to be primary for all detected stuff. Haven't used Avast in few years, so I don't know if its still as annoyingly intrusive as it used to be.

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