Shortest update size...

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  1. rdsu

    rdsu Registered Member

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    Hi,

    Which antivirus have the shortest online update size?

    Include the freeware antivirus too...

    Thanks
     
  2. Blackcat

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    A lot of AntiVirus programs now include incremental updating and these include Avast, E-Scan, E-Trust, F-Secure, NOD and Panda.

    Of the AV programs I have used, Dr Web is the fastest updater.

    This AV has frequent updates and very small update files of only 3-4KB.

    The speed of updating virus signature files is of little concern for those on high speed connections but is more important to those of us still tied to dial-up.

    However, my main concern with virus updating is when a new version/maintainance pack becomes available as some of these can take a very long time to download on dial-up e.g Kaspersky.

    In this context, Command AV has the right idea in that for minor problems it issues small patches and not a completely new version/maintainance pack for downloading.
     
  3. tahoma

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    drwebs updates are tiny indeed.
    kavs are too
     
  4. infini

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    One more vote for Dr Web Updates
     
  5. Trans

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    and it takes just two clicks with Dr ;)
    With KAV you need three :)
    (I am not that lazy)
     
  6. Optimist

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    KAV: One Klick!!
    "C:\Programme\Gemeinsame Dateien\KAV Shared Files\avpupd.exe" /q /s
     
  7. VikingStorm

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    KAV is pretty small IMO.
     
  8. bellgamin

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    I'm on dial-up. DrWeb's updates zooooom!!!
     
  9. meneer

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    And you hardly even notice Avast updates when on dial up.

    Yes it does update automatically :p
     
  10. bigc73542

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    I use panda platinum and it updates every day with an average size of 180kb.
     
  11. Weber

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    and which of these uses less resources?

    i need it for a Celeron 500Mhz with 128MB of Ram...
     
  12. bigc73542

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    Two good choices for a slower comp are nod32 and fprot both are very light on resources
     
  13. rdsu

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    But F-Prot have a big update size...
     
  14. rdsu

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    Someone knows if the new McAfee have a small update size?
     
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    When I was useing mcafee the updates ran between 1200kb to 2.5mb. on the NAI site.


    http://www.nai.com/us/downloads/updates/
     
  16. Weber

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    what is the size of the etrust updates?
     
  17. steve1955

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    surely update size is dependent on how often you update:- daily will be small for most AVs ,weekly bigger and monthly(as long as you haven't caught something to disable your AV since your last update)huge!
     
  18. solarpowered candle

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    e Trust v7 promo Incremental: (Daily)
    vet (26/03/2004 689.62 KB)
    InoculateIT (26/03/2004 690.67 KB)

    EZ anti virus 6.1 Incremental: (Daily)
    Vet (03/25/2004 1.2MB)
     
  19. rdsu

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    And PC-cillin have a short update size?
     
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    Virus Pattern Files

    As of Mar 26, 2004, the latest pattern file number is 840.

    Official Pattern Release 840

    The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.

    lpt840.zip (Windows) 3.8MB



    Scan Engines

    File Platform Program Version Engine Version Size Release Date

    Win NT/2000/XP 11.0 and above 7.000 632.0KB (Mar 17, 2004)

    Windows 95/98 11.0 and above 7.000 506.6KB ( Mar 17, 2004)

    http://www.trendmicro.com/download/product.asp?productid=32

    http://www.kaspersky.com/news.html?id=146126048 ( virus reaction time
       
     
  21. rich1234

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    Sophos AV has the smallest updates.
    An IDE file is usually available every few hours, each IDE file is only a few Kb. They usually range from 1-12Kb in size.
     
  22. Arin

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    Pc-Cillin has small updates as it supports incremental updates. if you don't check for updates daily then the size might go higher for ANY product. though the whole pattern file is bulky and even bulkier after decompression the incremental update takes only a few minutes through my pathetic dial-up connection.
     
  23. RejZoR

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    Did anyone mentioned avast!? Full incrimental update system makes update files probably the smallest among all. Even program updates are "incrimental" (very small,usually not even close to 1MB)
     
  24. Tassie_Devils

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    That is so true. Unless you update on a very regular basis, the updates will become longer.

    I use KAV and its updates take around the 10-20 second mark, sometimes a bit longer, BUT, I am also using the xTended data bases covering trojans/malware/spyware/porn, etc. etc. AND that's on Dial-Up to boot. Am a happy camper with that. :D

    Anybody on dial-up is concerned with updating times so this was a pretty good thread that got started by VampiricCrow ;) Something I've never seen before, lol.

    I've used PC-Cillin for a long time also, and its updates I thought at the time were good, but compared to KAV they are slow, especially every now and then it seems to be a bigger one, also, PC-Cillin *always* shuts down and restarts itself again, that was a bit annoying, so you have to take that time into consideration.

    KAV in the time I have had it, even with a big update around a month back to engine, did not need to restart itself, or reboot the system.

    A lot of AV's require the system to be fully rebooted after a bigger than normal update, so that's also something to take on board, especially when you have to redial back in.

    :doubt:

    Cheers, TAS

    edit... example of time.. :D
     

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  25. RejZoR

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    If it requires rebooting of system then there were some changes to program core(usually heuristics part),if not the program simply sucks if it has to restart itself after usual definition update.
     
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