Suggestions for a light AV

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by cp4eva, Jun 6, 2007.

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  1. cp4eva

    cp4eva Registered Member

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    Just wanted to pick your brains for ideas on a good AV that wouldn't bog down our older laptop. As it is just a 2.2GHz 512 RAM, it doesn't quite handle any of the stuff on our beefier desk box.
    If there's something lightweith and can replace other components (AS, et al) please advise.

    Thanks,
    CP

    (Also, something non-intrusive that my wife won't gripe about! :D )
     
  2. Mongol

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    A good, easy to use and light AV that comes to mind is F-Prot. Find a trial version here: http://www.f-prot.com/. It's quite reasonable also at 29 bucks per year for use on up to 5 computers...:cool:
     
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    Which Operating System do you have?
     
  4. cp4eva

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    oops! XP
     
  5. Mongol

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    Well in that case I again suggest F-Prot...:)
     
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    hmmm... F-Prot
     
  7. EliteKiller

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    FWIW I have several clients using Norton IS 2007 with a Celeron 2GHz & 256MB of memory. Norton has little effect on system performance. If you want free then AOL AVS or Antivir would offer similar detection rates and be just as resource friendly.

    Now someone will come in and recommend NOD32 or <insert the AV that you are running here> another AV. In the end you will not get a universal answer since there isn't one. :)
     
  8. glentrino2duo

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    I agree. For something that's free, you can't go wrong with either AVS or Avira.
     
  9. duke1959

    duke1959 Very Frequent Poster

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    Are you worried about using AVG Free on the lap top? I know Avira PE and AVS are better choices as far as detection, but AVG has improved. Just curious.
     
  10. cp4eva

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    She currently has AVG free on the laptop, but we were hoping to put a better AV on (one with more control and features to replace her AS and HIPS as well).
     
  11. WSFuser

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    NOD32, F-Prot, Avira, Dr. Web, are some of the light AVs.
     
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    Not sure that is possible. As far as speeding up the computer, consider blocking unneeded apps that run in the background and disabling unneeded services running. It would also be a good idea to tell us what other security apps are running on the computer. For example, what is your FW, AS and the HIPS you are running? What browser and e-mail programs do you use? Also, is the computer used for accessing the internet at cafe's, etc? Are you behind a router at home? And is most your surfing to safe sites, or do you visit risky sites and or use programs like p2p, instant messaging etc? This should help others to narrow down some of the choices available. As for an all-in-one solution. I'm sure most would agree with KIS(Kaspersky internet security). I've never tried it, but it comes highly recommended here.
     
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    That rules out most of the above suggestions, except KAV with its ProActiveDefense module.

    KAV 7 is out very soon and well worth trying out to see if it runs light on your laptop. Running very light here.

    Then just make sure that in the PAD, Application Integrity Control is not enabled.
     
  14. rayoflight

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    AVG Free and AVG Pro both are very light.
     
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    Avira AntiVir is light.
    As much as I loved Avast, the update checks brought my puter to a crawl every 4 hours that the update was checked for the few seconds. Other than that it is not bad at all. Not taking too many resources or CPU when it is running.
    But AntiVir is much lighter.
     
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    I would recommend NOD32, Avira or AOL AVS!
     
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    Hi all,

    My recommandation : Antivir, NOD32, Avast, F-Prot or Dr Web
    As a gamer, i use Antivir now

    MaB
     
  18. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    Drweb, AVG and Panda
     
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  20. MalwareDie

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    Avira Antivir
     
  21. GES/POR

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    Avira AntiVir and VBA32 BETA!
     
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    I second that. I most recent VBA32 beta is a lot lighter than previous versions.
     
  23. trjam

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    Avira is still the keeper for me.
     
  24. n8chavez

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    Until you feel the need for an avatar change.
     
  25. trjam

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    Tires do wear out you know.;)

    And you are right so I apologize. No matter how hard I search, I always come back to Avira. I cant explain it, but for me it just has a place. And that doesnt mean I expect that for everyone else. Eset has that 2nd place in my heart. What can I honestly say except these are my 2 favorites.
     
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