Free antivirus protection for Vista
Question : The McAfee antivirus program that came with my new Vista
computer has expired and asks for payment. I have replaced it with the free
edition of AVG. I also have CounterSpy installed. Is this adequate for the
Vista software ?
Answer : Windwos Vista, while proclaiming tighter security features
than previous editions of Windows, does not include an antivirus program.
But because viruses and similarly malicious software can still cause
problems for Vista, the system may pester you with an occasional alert if
you don't have antivirus software installed.
Uninstalling the free trial version of the antivirus software that
shipped with your PC and using a different program should help stave off
many virus infections -- as long as you keep the new program updated against
the latest threats.
Antispyware programs like CounterSpy also need to be updated
regularly with small software downloads from the manufacturer to keep them
fortified against new spyware.
Most commercial security programs offer an automatic update feature in
the program's settings.
The free edition of AVG Anti-Virus ( availabel for home and
non-commercial use at
http://free.grisoft.com ) offers basic protection against viruses and
can be updated with the Check for Updates option in the AVG Free menu.
Paid versions of the company's security software include more features,
like technical support.
Avast is another company that has a free version of Vista-compatible
More information on the software is at