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#1 tarajos

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 05:33 AM

Is there one particular antivirus program that is less "bulky" than another? And by bulky, meaning that it doesn't slow the machine down excessively so that all other activity slows to a crawl. I've tried Norton, Mcafee (completely froze my system after awhile) AVG free & am now doing Microsoft Live onecare.

I know that my machine probably needs more memory...that's for the extra speed right?......but overall I try to keep everything clean. While I'm not a brainiac about computers I don't believe these applications should be hanging other programs. :thumbsup:

Any opinions on which is best?

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 07:06 AM

Yes, additional memory will probably solve your "hanging" problems. The real-time protection of none of these AVs should, under normal circumstances, be a cause for concern; if you are talking about a hard drive scan, then it is best to avoid using your computer for anything else while it does the scan.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:24 PM

You can also try running your scans in "Safe Mode".

Why use safe mode? The Windows operating system protects files when they are being accessed by an application or a program. Malware writers create programs that can insert itself and hide in these protected areas when the files are being used. Using "Safe Mode" reduces the number of modules requesting files to only the essentials to make your computer functional. This in turn reduces the number of hiding places for malware, making it easier to find and delete the offending files when performing scans with anti-virus and anti-malware tools. In most cases, performing your scans in "Safe Mode" speeds up the scanning process.
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 06:26 AM

Thank you for the info. Memory is going to be my project this week as far as figuring what kind & then getting it! I've also just tried to start my computer in safe mode.....got in fine but I didn't have any way to scan my computer. I analyzed to see if it needed to be defragged & it said no, but I don't have any "scan" tools. I'm obviously missing something with the startup.

I was able to go into the firewall options & it said something about being turned off & do I want to start it...was that where I could scan?

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:46 PM

I've also just tried to start my computer in safe mode.....got in fine but I didn't have any way to scan my computer


if you DID get it into safe mode did you not find your desktop icons for your antivirus and other protection programs ?(they may have been a wee bit 'rearranged ' so may take some locating on the new look you get while IN safe mode )

or at least on your start/programs menue?

what is your windows version?




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