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Free, simple, lightweight anti-virus?


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#1 Personous

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:55 AM

I've recently had to uninstall my previous anti-virus because of compatibility issues and have been looking for a new one. I have a very old computer whose RAM and Processor don't function as well as they used to. I've been looking at free anti-virus software but most of it either has too many things I don't need and don't want to manage or is way too resource intensive. I was hoping you guys might know of a free anti-virus that meets these parameters: 

 

*Just offers real time protection and ability to perform a system scan (file scan would be nice too) without all the extra features I won't be using like email security, internet security etc.

 

*Is very lightweight, doesn't consume much RAM while conducting a scan and runs quietly in the background when not running a scan.

 

Well that's it, that's all I really need. Just a humble little anti-virus. If you guys could recommend something, I'd really appreciate it.

 

Thank you for reading.


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 02:17 AM

Avira is the pick of the bunch right now.

 

That could change next month, but all things considered that's where it's at right now.

 

edit: (IMHO: I do follow this, but I am human)


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 03:20 AM

Avira is the pick of the bunch right now.

 

That could change next month, but all things considered that's where it's at right now.

 

edit: (IMHO: I do follow this, but I am human)

I tried Avria, but it was regularly sucking up all of my computers RAM. Anything a little less resource intensive? 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:25 AM

If you don't want to pay, then I would recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:42 PM

If you don't want to pay, then I would recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials.

Sorry, I probably should've said I'm running Windows Vista, Sophos doesn't support my OS. Going to try BitDefender. Thank you for your reply.



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:59 PM

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Posted 18 February 2017 - 10:58 PM

Sorry for the late reply, it looks like Bitdefender doesn't support my OS either.



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Posted 19 February 2017 - 05:02 AM

Panda Free Technical requirements indicates it works on Vista.
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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:43 PM

I'll try it, thank you!

 

It works on Vista.

 

We'll see how this goes.


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Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:45 PM

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