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#1 MM208

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:04 AM

Hey all. This is my first ever post here. I was going to post in the Windows 10 area about computer problems but I have figured something out. I was using Avira free. My computer always seemed to be pretty slow and there seemed to be a lot of hesitation when doing just about anything. Especially irritating was the lag in composing emails or writing anything online. I ran about every free anti-virus program I could and found nothing. Then someone told me it was Avira. So, I thought I might try switching to Avast. I did this yesterday and it only seemed to get worse! I was online and talk about slow! Geeze! I couldn't get a web page to load without freezing and sputtering! I was on EBay and it was taking forever to look at anything. Now, I am on the lowest rung of AT&T Uverse and I understand the word fast will not be seen much but still. This morning I removed Avast and went back only to Windows Defender. What an improvement! I don't understand this. Why are these anti-virus programs slowing me down so much?



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:14 AM

It is not uncommon for some anti-virus programs to be resource heavy and negatively affect system performance. This is because they insert themselves deep into the operating systems core where they install kernel mode drivers that load at boot-up and require numerous services and running processes that consume a lot of resources which often results in complaints of high CPU usage. This is especially true, if the anti-virus software is a bundled suite which includes "bloatware" and extra features with unnecessary "bells and whistles." How adversely the impact on performance also depends on the computer system itself (amount of, RAM, CPU speed, motherboard, etc) and what other installed programs load at startup which will compete for system resources. The impact of an anti-virus on newer computers will be less noticeable and not appear intrusive even though it may utilize a lot of resources without you being aware.

avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it.

Further, avast! pushes a support package for $180 offered by a third party which prefers to take remote control of your computer in order to fix problems.

If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials.

For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason.

For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:23 AM

Okay, thank you for the response. I remember using Avast some years ago and it was great. That's why I went to it. But it obviously is not what it used to be.



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 10:32 AM

Do you think using Windows Defender is just as good as using one of the free anti-virus products? I see people swearing by it and I see those who hate it. But that happens with everything.



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:19 AM

IMO Windows 8/10 Defender is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups.However, I have read complaints from users who reported they encountered problems with updating definitions, error messages and Defender turning off for no apparent reason. Regardless, it is still worth a try if you are not interested in a paid for solution.
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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:34 AM

I'm not exactly a novice but I still like those utilities where you don't really have to do much. I just want something that works well and doesn't aggravate me too much. LOL I have used paid versions before and have not been anymore impressed than I've been with the free versions. In fact, I used one years ago that I had to uninstall after only a few months. It was really causing me problems and the customer support was making me want to chew nails. LOL Thanks for the help!



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:24 PM

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