Antivirus software download recommendation

Antivirus software download recommendation

I adapt the approach that all computers should be running the latest and most modern and most up to date antivirus software in order to assist you in protecting your computer. Running a computer that does not have antivirus software up and running with the latest updates is leaving your computer exposed. For this reason, I run the avast antivirus software on my computer. I have been running it now since at least June 2011, which is over 6 years ago. From time to time I have experienced some fairly minor glitches. I would have liked no glitches, however that may not be reasonable. 🙂

Early glitches

The early glitches for me were related to the automatic download updates process. This is a process that checks and retrieves updates on a regular basis and the process happens in the background. Anyway this process did not work in the way that it was supposed to. To be fair, this issue at the time of writing this in July 2016 has not happened for at least 2 years.

This automatic process that downloads the latest definitions did not work in the expected way. Around these times, it reported a Host Unreachable error. The first solution was to upgrade the product to the latest version. This resolved the problem for a period of a few days. Then the error was experienced again. Although the latest version of the product was being used, the product was re-installed to see if that would sort it for me. It sorted it out on a few occasions, however it does not resolve it on all occasions.

Further online research suggested the following approach which worked on this solution. The following tip worked when other approaches did not work. This may also work for you and save you time and effort so that you can go back to doing your thing sooner rather than later.

After doing some online research, and trying out a few suggestions which were time consuming and which also did not work, the following link was found. This link has worked for me on a number of occasions in the past. I am offering this link in the hope that it will help you also, and therefore free you up to do other more important things with your computer and help make your life more enjoyable:

The link is:

The automatic background process of downloading the latest definitions is therefore pretty solid.
I have not experienced this host unreachable error for at least two years at the time of writing this article in July 2016.

I got a new computer in the summer of 2015 which came with Windows 8, which I could upgrade to Windows 10 in my own good time. Well I got the new computer and within a week, I had upgraded to Windows 10 home edition. The process for me was painless as you will see from the related article.

RELATED: Upgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, the actual process.

After I uninstalled another antivirus software package that came free for a trial period (think it was 30 days), I installed Avast antivirus software. I contacted Avast support to learn how to transfer the remaining time on my Avast software license. I had extended my Avast license by two years some months earlier. Once I got the instructions, I moved the license information across. I was impressed that I could move the license over. Happy days. 🙂

I had to configure my computer so that it would not use the Microsoft antivirus and to use the Avast antivirus software instead. For some reason, at the time, they would not play well together and could cause issues. This may or may not still be the case.

If you are using Windows 10, there may be no need to buy another antivirus package

Let me explain, you need an antivirus package in place and operational. You also need to be getting regular definition updates. There could be a few definition updates every day as new antivirus definitions are added. This is because the antivirus software suppliers are working in the background. They are discovering new viruses and adding additional defences against these new viruses all the time. These defences are added to the antivirus definitions database on a regular basis. Sometimes the antivirus software itself needs to be updated as well. This is an ongoing continuous process and will never end.

Windows 10 comes with its own antivirus technology called Windows Defender. Windows Defender has an antivirus component. You would need to do more research yourself to determine if this approach is ok for you. For the moment, I have decided that as my Avast antivirus subscription does not expire for another 8 months or so, that I will continue using them. I have been using Avast antivirus software for years now and am familiar with them. In 8 months or thereabouts, I will do research to determine what I will do. I may decide that Windows Defender software will be enough for my antivirus requirements or I may not.

Antivirus software download

You can get Avast Antivirus software from Amazon.

I recommend using a good anti virus solution. I have used Avast Anti Virus software for a number of years now. I would never recommend running a computer without running a good antivirus solution. Avast is one of the good ones.

Below is a text link to another source of Avast Antivirus software. Get yours from your preferred supplier. 🙂
avast! Pro Antivirus. NEW – award winning antivirus & antispyware software. Try, free of charge, for a 30 day trial period!

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Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Antivirus software download recommendation”

  1. I use the avast antivirus on my laptop and certainly does a good job. I find it regularly scans my computer and keeps me up to date on potential threats and the threats that it has blocked. Great software and for the price you can’t really go wrong. To be honest i have only used the software for a couple of months now but everything has been smooth sailing. Do you think over time it could slow down your system? as it keeps running on start up

    • Hi Vinnie,

      I wouldn’t expect your system to slow down over time due to using Avast antivirus software. However, if your system does slow down, you may need to find out why. When I got my new laptop last year, it came with a 30 free trial for McAfee Antivirus. I didn’t get a chance to install Avast and transfer my Avast licence across to the new laptop for a while. I upgraded my new laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, and did other ‘house keeping’ tasks. For a while I had Avast, McAfee and Windows Defender all working at the same time. The system was slow. When I reached the end of my 30 day trial with McAfee I simply uninstalled the McAfee antivirus product.

      My system was quicker, a lot quicker. However I got “Critical Error with Windows 10 Start Menu and Cortana”. Once I configured my laptop not to use Windows Defender, it improved again.

      RELATED: Getting critical error with Windows 10 Start Menu and Cortana Try this.

      Kind Regards,


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