Low Resource Use

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Mikel, Apr 26, 2005.

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  1. Mikel

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    I've been using NOD32 as my Antivirus, i'm quite happy with it.

    But im wondering if there are other AV's that use Low, Low resource/memory usage and has great virus catching.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    no13 Retired Major Resident Nutcase

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    fella...

    a search around these parts will reveal that

    > NOD32 Beta is even better
    > Dr Web may work out
    > Avast! is light and free, and comes fairly close to any commercial AV
    > McAfee/Norton corporate/enterprise AVs are light and effective, bt they come only if your parent organisation [company office OR school] has purchased a license that they can give you.
    > McAfee Home v7 is on sale for $5.00 somewhere and is REALLY good... better than v9 as it uses same engine and DATs and uses little or no memory.
     
  3. mikel

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    Im not going to touch Mcafee or Norton ever again...

    Might check out Dr.Web and Avast tho.

    Thanks
     
  4. Stephanos G.

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    Is difficult to find a much lighter that nod32.
    Just curious, why u want to replace nod?
     
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    I know Avast! used to be fairly heavy on resources but I believe it is much better now. What about using it on my old 450MHz AMD K3 with 256Mb RAM (Win98SE), though? Will it have a significant effect on performance?

    I used to have version 4 which was really bad and noticeably slowed down my PC. At the time some tests in magazines actually reported up to 14% impact on performance! Is version 7 significantly better (i.e. suitable for the above PC)?

    Thanks,
    patermann
     
  6. Mikel

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    I just put Dr.Web on my computer... And it only supports on demand scanning! Or how can i get realtime protection?

    Now im left with either:

    Nod32 Beta
    Avast
    AvirPE (i think thats what it's called)

    Which one out of those would be the lightest?
    I've heard AvirPE has big updates... are they still biG?
     
  7. Mikel

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    Hang on, i think i might of fixed the Dr.Web problem... I didn't select the SpIDer Guard option, i didn'tt hink it worked on my windows...
     
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    Mikel...
    1. dRwEB License has to be purchased
    2. AntiVir PE still has huge updates

    Pattermann...
    1. Dunno much about Avast specifically, but you can search the forum. If not, starting a new thread and asking for SPECIFIC QUANTIFIED DETAILS on Avast's resource consumption is a good idea.
    2. McAfee Home 7 is 2 versions old. Again, you'll need to do searches around the forum for posts by "bigc" [what was his proper username? I forgot :(]
    Current version of McAfee home is 9. for McAfee Enterprise, its v8
     
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    NOD32 Beta is the best. But you will NOT be able to update the beta after it has expired. You have to purchase a license. Sorry ;)
     
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    Kaspersky is deceptively light :eek:
     
  11. Blackcat

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    Some other suggestions are here and they include;

    Command AV, Dr Web, F-Prot for Windows, NOD32 and KAV 5 Personal.

    All of these programs, if properly configured, have very little effect on system performance even on relatively old systems and will give you very good protection.

    IME, the lightest of these AV's on both resource usage and memory are F-Prot and Dr Web.
    Then stay with it ;)
     
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  12. Stephanos G.

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    I suggest you to stay with NOD32
     
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    DrWeb for Windows have on access scanner SpiderGuard (in "Smart mode" it checks only writing on HDD files and reading/writing on removable disks).

    Btw DrWeb has smallest updates.
     
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    The closest I've found to low system performance hit is Symantecs Corporate Edition/Small Business Edition. NOT...their home user retail product.

    AVG 6 was pretty light, but 7 got quite a bit heavier, not to mention agonizingly long scan times.

    I found Avast heavier than AVG.

    But I've not found any as light as NOD32. Matter of fact, it's the first antivirus I've used at home which I can leave enabled when I'm playing online FPS games like Battlefield '42 and Vietnam.
     
  15. Diver

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    The two AV's with really low memory usage are Dr.Web and F-Prot. Both have very good detection rates. I have some experience with F-Prot and it runs well on old hardware.
     
  16. tahoma

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    my drweb uses about 2-3 mb of ram, thats without the scheduler and pop3 scanner running. the pop3 scanner is useless for me anyway cos i use gmail, and so is the scheduler cos i use a different scheduler for all my scheduled tasks. updates are very frequent (every 30 mins unless there are no new discovered malwares) and they are 5-10 kb each, really tiny. and of course its extremely fast, i dont notice any impact at all
     
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    Command is not exactly the most popular but I tell you it is light and has never failed to operate correctly. Is not very expensive. A real winner imho. I plan to renew it this summer. ;)

    Nod seems to be a fine product but is a little more money then I want to spend.
     
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    If you like and feel secure using nod stick with it!I dont think you will find any AV that has NOTICEABLE less effect on your system(if you look you might see a dif in figures of memory/cpu usage but would not be enough to effect the way a PC runs)
    Overall nod is a very good AV and pretty hard to beat in ratio of protection offered to load on PC stakes
     
  19. Kye-U

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    F-Prot is using around 793 K of memory right now ^_^

    I'm very happy with it.
     
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    Come on now. This isn't the "humor" forum.
     
  21. RobZee

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    My usage now -

    fpavupdm.exe 1240k
    f-sched.exe 748k
    f-stopw.exe 796k
     
  22. On my slow 450MHZ PIII I run KAV 5 personal after I got infected briefly running argueabley the lightest AV around EZ AV. The only problem with KAV on a slow pc is that it still takes a long time to load even when the startup scan is disabled apart from that the slight drag on speed on a slow pc is tolerable given the extra protection KAV provides. AntiVir was also light on my pc although the crappy updater finally got the better of me. AVAST seemed slower on my pc than even KAV 5 so I wouldnt recommend it.
     
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    DrWeb is the answer for you.
     
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    Ho ho ho!
     
  25. Firecat

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    I'm surprised that no one mentioned ArcaVir :eek:

    ArcaVir is a really light and fast AV - and offers good protection and good heuristics :)

    While ArcaVir might be a bit heavy on the memory use - I see no noticeable difference in general PC performance whatsoever ;)
     
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