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#1 MHN

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:23 AM

I am tired of my PC constantly being slowed down by anti virus "Running in the background". I wait several seconds to see results from clicks. If I look at the task manager,I see high CPU usage for items that are not "System Idle" I want to see "System Idle" at high values.
So delete anti virus? Probably not.

However, I remember I guy I knew at a large computer firm that suggested an anti virus program that does not work by looking through every file on your PC. It takes a completely different approach.

In order for anything to adversely affect your system, it HAS to modify the registry and or the OS in memory. All this program does is monitor and block any attempt to do this.
Of course, if you are installing something, it will pop up and ask for permission for xxxxx to go ahead and modify the registry.

My question is, What anti virus programs work this way?? I wish I could remember this program. Guy I knew is now dead.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:14 AM

Hello, whilst your description of the malware actions is not necessarily very accurate, there could be several anti-malware programs operating on the principle you refer to.

The "Tea Timer" component of Spybot Search & Destroy is a registry watchdog:

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/

Tea Timer is often regarded as intrusive and awkward to use, since most people have no way to be sure whether a registry modification is valid or not, so are faced with the choice of unintentionally allowing a malicious modification or preventing a necessary modification and hamstringing something in the registry.

Another possibility that springs to my mind is DriveSentry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DriveSentry

Edited by Platypus, 09 March 2012 - 04:15 AM.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:20 AM

I remember I guy I knew at a large computer firm that suggested an anti virus program that does not work by looking through every file on your PC.

ClamWin Free Antivirus does not include an on-access real-time scanner. You need to manually scan a file in order to detect a virus or spyware. However, you should be able to do that by performing a custom scan no matter what anti-virus you use.

There are several types of programs available which can monitor the installation of files, folders, modifications to the registry, etc. Some are more specific than others...some provide additional security protection so it depends on what you are looking for and how comprehensive you want the monitoring to be.

  • Spyware Terminator monitors attempts to add or modify installed applications, programs that run at startup, programs that add to Windows services and other security monitoring features.
  • WinPatrol is a tool that alerts you to changes in programs that run at startup, monitors toolbars, registry modifications, changes to file extensions and changes to the HOSTS file. WinPatrol PLUS offers more comprehensive monitoring.

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