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Antivirus Software That Does Not Slow Down Computer


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#1 nyyanks

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:23 PM

Which antivirus software (either free or commercial doesn't matter) does not overly hog a computer? Is there one that "fades in the backround" and really does not take up much system resources?
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:30 PM

There are as many opinions as there are antivirus programs. What I use and is generally recommended her is AVG Free. It uses very little resources and mingles very well with other safety programs. Do not use more than one antivirus program though since the realtime protection can give conflicts.

Also check the freeware section in my link.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:32 PM

I've used this one for years. The free version.

Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic
http://www.free-av.com/

Edited by mommabear, 25 March 2007 - 12:32 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:44 PM

A paid for Antivirus program that is resource light is NOD32 Anti-Virus Personal.
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:50 PM

One that does use a lot system resources is Norton.

I also use AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition.
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:22 PM

thanks for the feedback
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 05:37 PM

oh one more thing my laptop has 256 mb what would be recommended?
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:32 PM

More memory :thumbsup: XP MINIMUM is 256. Survival. 512 is next best, 1gig better but not needed unless you really do memory intensive programs, like games or huge databases.
Seriously, I think NOD32 fits the bill. But it's not free.
Do you use a router? Do you have a software firewall? If so what are they? You already indicated in the spyware post what you have. I think you need to tell the experts a bit more what you now have so they can help you. Best would be if you list everything, say, in this post, one place. Also do you do peer-to-peer (p2p), games, use Office, use databases?

Edited by tos226, 25 March 2007 - 06:35 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:07 PM

i have a linksys wireless-g 2.4 ghz (54 mbp) router
my firewall right now is mcafee (virus plus 2007 came with it) but i recently realized that it hogs my system too much
i have a2, spybot, ad aware, spyware blaster, and spy sweeper
i use utorrent sometimes (i scan all my downloads so no viruses)
i use abiword
dont understand the database part

hope this helps if there is anything else you need to know please tell me
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Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:32 PM

If you had Norton suite, it would hog even more :thumbsup:
There are many options. My list would contain
(1) Free ZoneAlarm firewall version 6.1 or 6.5 (version 7 includes some things you will not use under free and so they do hog some memory).
(2) NOD32 for virus if you want to pay. Avast if you don't. Those two play nicely with ZA. As does AVG. There are others.
(3) Find something for email - spam blocker, unless you have just a web account which does it for you.
(4) Spyware - you're covered now pretty well, and NOD32 or Avast will work with what you have.

Set up WPA protection on your Linksys router. Use it wired if you can, wireless if you must.
Database (Access, SQL...) ignore if you don't know what it it.
Don't know what abiword is, I gather you don't use Office.

Your McAfee suite contains firewall, I believe, as well as AV. You must do a very clean uninstall before even thinking about installing whatever you select.

While your subscription is still running, read some of the sticky posts about Protection. There are good descriptions there
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/405/antivirus-antimalware-and-antispyware-resources/

I would hope other users suggest a mean and lean package for you as well.

Edited: I just confirmed that NOD32 does work with ZA free, so long as you set up certain permissions correctly (True of any software there really). Here's an excellent set of instructions
http://forum.zonelabs.org/zonelabs/board/m...essage.id=17355

Edited by tos226, 25 March 2007 - 08:54 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 08:11 PM

thanks i'll look into it
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