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Fastest Startup Antivirus?


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#1 BrainyTehBrain

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 05:52 PM

I've been getting tired of McAfee's antivirus as it seems ineffective, slow, and updating issues? Any recommendations?
And how do I uninstall McAfee

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 06:00 PM

Kaspersky! I am not running it anymore only due to the free Microsoft Security Essentials which is also quite fast, I feel KAV is a little better then the MSE but with four computers I'll chance MSE.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 06:06 PM

There should be an uninstall.exe included in the program's main menu.

If not go to your Control Panel and look for Add or remove programs double click the icon then in the window that opens, select the program and choose uninstall.

I suggest you try Microsoft's Security Essentials. The program is FREE, does not hog resources and does not come with tons of bloatware. It runs in realtime protecting your computer and you can choose a shedule for when it scans a quick scan or a full scan.

Here is the link. http://www.microsoft.com/SECURITY_ESSENTIALS/

Once it is installed, make sure you choose the Update tab and update the program before doing a scan.

Try it and let us know what you think of it.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:04 PM

I would recommend ZoneAlarm Antivirus and firewall. I have used it for many years and love it.

It uses the Kaspersky scan engine which I believe makes it as good as Kaspersky but it costs quite a bit less.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:10 PM

Can you share your system specs with us?

I would highly recommend staying away from Zone Alarm anything their programs are notorious for changing things without user intervention.

I would use Windows Firewall or a Router.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:37 PM

In the many years that I have been using ZoneAlarm not only has it never changed anything on any of my systems, it is it what keeps other programs from making changes on my system without my permission. I have also never had a virus while using it either.

ZoneAlarm also found viruses on a system someone brought me to clean up that both McAfee and Norton missed

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:55 PM

McAfee has a removal tool, which can be found by following this link:
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Posted 18 April 2010 - 05:37 AM

OP asked for fastest startup antivirus and nobody recommended avast! ?
avast! is lean and mean, low on resources and provides all around security. This is what I use and what I recommend.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 07:30 AM

My computer is XP.
Pentium 4 2.20 Ghz
1.25 Gigs of RAM. ( It came with 0.5)
If that helps

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:43 AM

I would get another Gig of RAM and upgrade your PC.

Also how fast is your hard drive?

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 12:51 PM

Can you share your system specs with us?
I would highly recommend staying away from Zone Alarm anything their programs are notorious for changing things without user intervention.
I would use Windows Firewall or a Router.

I have never seen ZoneAlarm change things without user intervention. Windows firewall for XP is not recommended. Router cannot control applications accessing internet. Zone Alarm is one of the best protections available.


I would get another Gig of RAM and upgrade your PC.
Also how fast is your hard drive?

1.25 GB of RAM is good enough for a Windows XP based computer, unless the user runs many memory hungry apps on it. Upgrading RAM just for running a memory seeking antivirus is beyond my comprehension.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:08 PM

I would get another Gig of RAM and upgrade your PC.
Also how fast is your hard drive?

1.25 GB of RAM is good enough for a Windows XP based computer, unless the user runs many memory hungry apps on it. Upgrading RAM just for running a memory seeking antivirus is beyond my comprehension.



A default Windows XP Installation with no services disabled and standard set of start up items consumes between 256Megs and 512Megs of RAM leaving 768Megs of RAM for other processes. If they use Firefox with several tabs open it can consume more then 200Megs of of RAM leaving 512Megs of RAM for all other processes. When virus scanner scans it can consume a lot of resources such as RAM.

I have seen systems comes to a complete crawl with 1Gig of RAM installed, and after they installed more memory the system performed well.

Here are my observations/experiences with Windows OS's and various amounts of RAM:

Windows 3.11 was less than 64Megs of RAM - Anything more and the system crawled

Windows 95 = 256Megs of RAM - Anything more and the system crawled

Windows 98/ME = 512Megs of RAM to 1Gig of RAM - Anything more and the system crawled

Windows 2000 Professional = 1Gig to 2Gigs of RAM - Anything more and the system crawled

Windows XP Home/Pro 2 to 4Gigs of RAM - Anything more and the system crawled

Windows Vista = 2Gigs of RAM or more

Edited by cryptodan, 18 April 2010 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:23 PM

My dear friend, most Windows 98 systems ran on 64MB RAM. My father has an old Toshiba laptop with Windows 95 and 16MB RAM (it was advertised as superfast)
Older motherboards do not even support upgrading more than 256 or 512 MB RAM.
I have no idea where you have taken data from.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:27 PM

My dear friend, most Windows 98 systems ran on 64MB RAM. My father has an old Toshiba laptop with Windows 95 and 16MB RAM (it was advertised as superfast)
Older motherboards do not even support upgrading more than 256 or 512 MB RAM.
I have no idea where you have taken data from.



Using various systems over the last 10 years that I have been in the IT industry. As time goes by system requirements can change as stated in various End User License Agreements that I have read. It also states that these changes can be made without notice.

I have worked and used various systems with Windows 95 with various amounts of RAM installed from school computers to my own and to customers and clients.

The most stable systems had the various amounts of RAM I have listed.




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