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What is the best AV Product (Paid or Free) that is light on your computer?


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#1 SportzForLife39

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:26 PM

So I have an old computer, and I can't afford an upgrade this moment, but I need security. What is the best light AV product that is actually good?



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 07:32 PM

How old?

What operating system are you using?

What other security programs are you using?

 

There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no one best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware. Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another.


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:01 PM

Its a 2009 Acer 5734z

Win 7 64 bit

None (hence why i actually asked the question).

 

When I asked i didn't need one specific to me, i just mean a decent antivirus that wont be a hog in resources



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:04 PM

I usually recommend Panda free. Very light on resources & it stays out your way.

 

Here: http://www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/solutions/free-antivirus/

 

Along with a good antivirus you should also install Malwarebytes https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/malwarebytes-anti-malware/

 

Spywareblaster https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/use-spywareblaster-to-protect-your-computer/


Edited by saw101, 26 June 2017 - 08:10 PM.

I never make the same mistake twice....I always make it 5 or 6 times just to be sure!


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Posted 26 June 2017 - 08:06 PM

If you don't mind paying, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they are effective but leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources which slow down performance. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason. If you don't want or can't afford to pay, then I would recommend Sophos Home Free Antivirus, Panda Cloud Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if you prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials, the free anti-malware solution for Windows 7 and Vista SP1/SP2 that combines the features of an anti-virus and anti-malware scanner to provide real-time protection.

ESET and Emsisoft Anti-Malware also have the added advantage of blocking the installation of most Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) (such as adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers) if you enable that feature. The most recent release of Emsisoft Anti-Malware includes an Anti-Malware Anti-Ransomware module.
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Posted 27 June 2017 - 10:27 AM

Hi, SportzForLife39!

There are also WinPatrol FREE or PLUS and CryptoPrevent Free or Premium, both of which have free as well as paid versions, i.e. the latter with extra functionality (AutoUpdate).

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Edited by midimusicman79, 28 June 2017 - 09:11 AM.

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