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360 Total Security - should I enable BitDefender and Avira DBs?


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#1 ChirunoIceFairy

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:19 AM

I'm using 360 Total Security on a Windows XP SP3 computer. I'm not sure whether or not to have the BitDefender and Avira databases enabled, given I only have 1016 MB of RAM. Could anyone give some advice?

 

I'm using 360 because I've had a lot of trouble with Avast before and 360 seems to be the only other option for XP users.



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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:40 AM

 

Keep in mind that an anti-virus program alone does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. Anti-virus software is inherently reactive...meaning it usually finds malware after a computer has been infected rather than block or prevent the infection in the first place. Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats. Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an effective anti-malware solution with real-time protection for maximum protection. Zemana AntiMalware, Malwarebytes 3.0 and RogueKiller Anti-malware free all support Windows XP.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 08:17 AM

I would enable Bitdefender if your computer can handle it. I would avoid using both Avira and Bitdefender especially on an old XP computer.

 

You can also try Panda Free which is another excellent AV if your computer has no problem with it.

 

I do know Comodo AV doesn't run if the CPU does not have the SSE2 instruction set. This is also the case with Panda. 


Edited by JohnC_21, 16 November 2017 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 09:47 AM

Hi, ChirunoIceFairy!

 

A free download, CPU-Z, is available from CPUID that will indicate if SSE2 is present on your system or not.

 

https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

 

Good luck! :)

 

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:20 AM

I've managed to run Pale Moon unofficial builds on here which requires SSE2 processor, so it should be fine, however I chose 360 because I wouldn't expect at all a Chinese company to drop XP support anytime soon what with the fact many are still using XP there. :)

 

I'll take your advice JohnC_21. :)

 

Anyway, another thing, Panda antivirus gave me quite lot of False positives last I used it.


Edited by ChirunoIceFairy, 16 November 2017 - 10:24 AM.


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Posted 16 November 2017 - 10:42 AM

Qihoo 360 has a fairly decent behavior blocker. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YpLwfnm8g0



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Posted 17 November 2017 - 04:16 AM

Hm... I've just read up on the things Qihoo have done in the past. Seems like they don't learn from their mistakes, given they've made multiple shady decisions. I think I'm going to try Panda again...



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Posted 17 November 2017 - 05:45 AM

That's one of the reasons I do not recommend Qihoo 360.
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Posted 17 November 2017 - 09:51 AM

You may also want to look at Kaspersky Free if you have problems with Panda.

 

https://usa.kaspersky.com/free-antivirus


Edited by britechguy, 17 November 2017 - 10:01 AM.
Edited broken link. Was missing final 's' on "antivirus".


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Posted 17 January 2018 - 03:11 PM

In my experience, enabling both Avira and Bitdefender engines in 360 Internet Security has very little impact on performance and should be done as a matter of routine.

 

The biggest impact that AV engines have on system performance is with accessing the hard drive to read the files for scanning; once this has been done the actual scanning of the file contents with the AV engine is CPU only and very much quicker (probably 3 orders of magnitude with a modernish processor).

 

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 08:07 AM

Another impact is during the time an anti-virus is updating itself
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