Good light weight AV ?

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  1. tonyf1971

    tonyf1971 Registered Member

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    Have a problem one of my clients is a Charity so the license will come under business needs AV for three pc’s

    The last provider supplied Norton which was to much of system strain ie 3-5 mins before pc could be used once it started the desktop plus the pc’s are low spec P4 1.6Ghz ,512mb XP Sp2 .its a three pc workgroup.

    We have tried a Kaspersky trail which is better than Norton in terms of system hit but still very slow

    Any recommendations for the above ?
     
  2. ankupan

    ankupan Registered Member

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    Try Avira AntiVir Premium 8
     
  3. computer geek

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    Make sure to get one with a strong self-defense, and good sig/heuristics......... I too, would reccommend Aviva Avira.
     
  4. Blackcat

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    You could try F-Prot ; $50 for up to 10 computers.

    Lightweight, good detection rates, improving heuristics and a new version out very soon. Should be able to run without any slowdowns on the computers listed.

    But, whatever AV you choose, trial them first.
     
  5. Dark Shadow

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    Here is ones I have trialed and find light on system resources.
    1.Avira
    2.Dr web
    3.Eset
    4.F-prot
     
  6. solcroft

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    F-PROT is a good choice, but depending on where you're from the FPs can run a bit on the high side. Ad/spyware detection is also poor according to Frisk Software's admission, so pair it with something like Windows Defender if you do use it. Also have a look at ESET's NOD32. Some quirks with its advanced heuristics aside, which may or may not be an issue for you, it generally works well on older hardware.

    I'm curious to hear that Symantec didn't work for your clients. Have they tried the 2008 version, by any chance?

    Lastly, I'd like to say that self-protection is snake oil at best. I suggest you be wary of any vendor that goes to length to advertise this feature, since it shows they don't know what's really important. The good thing is, I don't know any who do.
     
  7. Solaris

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    Depending my tests and setups :
    F-prot is the lightest.
    DrWeb is light, but I have notice some lags times when opening programs.
    Avira is light, but not when updating. You will say me that you don’t update each minutes, but on a slow machine, it’s horrible. Even on my Intel Duo, it’s heavy. But again, it’s just when updating.
    NOD32, light, without problems.
     
  8. tonyf1971

    tonyf1971 Registered Member

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    Thanks all for the input :)

    i will get the trials downloaded and tested from next week.


    Regards
     
  9. Technic

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    Try Avira.
     
  10. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    drweb, the lightest available, ram/vram/IDE usage.

    also, 15mb download package, 15kb signature updates and 15mb HD space, roughly.

    nobody out-there, can beat that. ;)
     
  11. yeuxbleus

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    I would also throw Avast into the mix. I find it very light on a similar type system.
     
  12. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    this forum is biased!
    yep, avast isnt too bad.

    there are many, Nod32,Fprot and Drweb being the main ones.
     
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