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slow old pc on xp, have microsoft security essentials, what other options....


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#1 cpunoob

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 06:13 PM

have a 1.3 gig amd processor with 640mb ram and only 32 mb inter grated graphics.

 

ive tried mcafee and its just a power hog.  things just seemed to slow to a crawl.  i like mse, it has always proven to be far more effective than mcafee.

 

im here to ask if there is a antivirus system that will make mse seem like mcafee, one that is a bit more efficient.

 

 



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 07:41 PM

My personal choice is ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus if choosing a paid for program as it leaves a small footprint...meaning it is not intrusive and does not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-Virus is also a good choice if looking for a paid for program. If you don't want to pay then I recommend avast! Free Antivirus.

Important Fact: It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software. Therefore, security begins with personal responsibility.

For more specific information to consider, please read:BTW...Microsoft will continue to provide database signature and engine updates to MSE for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015.
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Posted 19 April 2014 - 01:13 AM

so avast would run slightly faster than mse?

 

i do have mse because its free, i could get mcafee from my service provider website for free, but i just dont like it



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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:50 AM

Although McAfee is as good as any other well known anti-virus program, it requires numerous services and running processes that consume a lot of system resources and often results in complaints of high CPU usage. Anti-virus software components insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up and create files/folders/registry entries in various locations. If you do a Google Search you will find there have been numerous complaints about it affecting system performance. Those issues plus the cost factor are the primary reason many folks look for a free alternative as a replacement. Further, IMO, McAfee is better utilized in an Enterprise system environment protecting many client computers.
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:58 PM

after checking the system requirements i think ill be switching to avast

 

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:49 PM

avast has far more settings to change than mse

but atleast it updates a lot faster

 

maybe after i understand what the scan settings are it will be faster

mse took just about 4hrs this take just over 3 lol



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:59 PM

avast has far more settings to change than mse...maybe after i understand what the scan settings are it will be faster.

avast support current does not have a user guide for version 9, but the settings are not too much different from version 8.

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