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cyntho
12-08-08, 02:16 PM
Hey all,

I was wondering if any of you happen to know which Free AV has the smallest memory footprint while still upholding good security.

Right now I'm using Antivir, but I've also used AVG before it. I am just wondering if any of you know anything better for performance, thanks!! :)

Feyy
12-08-08, 02:45 PM
Hmm, for free AV i usually recommend Avast

cyntho
12-08-08, 03:30 PM
So you'd suggest Avast for free, and if you were to buy one?? Would it be NOD32 like I keep reading everywhere?

Feyy
12-08-08, 05:16 PM
So you'd suggest Avast for free, and if you were to buy one?? Would it be NOD32 like I keep reading everywhere?

Yeah i have ESET Smart Security [NOD32]

Perfecto.

bacon12
12-08-08, 05:42 PM
So you'd suggest Avast for free, and if you were to buy one?? Would it be NOD32 like I keep reading everywhere?

Norton 2009 is awesome.

Medion
12-08-08, 06:29 PM
Avira for free, or otherwise.

nekrosoft13
12-09-08, 10:26 AM
Norton 2009 is awesome.

Symantec made a great turn around their recent products are really good.

crainger
12-09-08, 05:34 PM
Avast is good for free. Not a fan of AVG anymore and Avira doesn't have email scanning and tends to have annoying popups.

As for paid. Kapersky is good, but expensive and NOD just isn't what it used to be, the Security Suite I found was hit and miss and would do bad things to some systems it was installed on. ::(:

cyntho
12-10-08, 09:23 AM
Yeah, I was using Avira, and the pop-ups were kinda silly.

So you say Avast is good for free but what about the paid for version??

LovingSticky
12-10-08, 01:13 PM
smallest memory footprint while still upholding good security

Use Brain. Wisely.

Medion
12-10-08, 03:19 PM
Avast is good for free. Not a fan of AVG anymore and Avira doesn't have email scanning and tends to have annoying popups.


Yeah, I was using Avira, and the pop-ups were kinda silly.



You get one popup when it updates.

jcrox
12-10-08, 06:43 PM
Use Brain. Wisely.

+1

crainger
12-10-08, 07:51 PM
You get one popup when it updates.

Like most good AVs it updates often and therefore it popups often. I also found it would popup on boot as well and it wont auto close, you have to click the X ::(:

It's a good program, just too annoying for me, plus the lack of email scanning is a pain.

Medion
12-10-08, 07:55 PM
Like most good AVs it updates often and therefore it popups often. I also found it would popup on boot as well and it wont auto close, you have to click the X ::(:

It's a good program, just too annoying for me, plus the lack of email scanning is a pain.

You can change the schedule to update once per day at a set time, once per week, etc. If you're like many and leave your PC on 24/7, have it update during some late hour where you're like not on it, and you'll never see the popup. As for me, I manually update.

crainger
12-10-08, 08:15 PM
For me the popup ads would appear overnight as hang around until you clicked the close button. ::(:

Toss3
12-11-08, 06:07 AM
Yeah i have ESET Smart Security [NOD32]

Perfecto.
+1 - Very easy to use and doesn't use up a lot of resources.

Medion
12-11-08, 11:08 AM
For me the popup ads would appear overnight as hang around until you clicked the close button. ::(:

Negative Ghost Rider. They self close after 30 seconds :) But your concern over email scanning is still valid.

LovingSticky
12-13-08, 06:16 PM
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2336637,00.asp

crainger
12-14-08, 07:07 PM
Negative Ghost Rider. They self close after 30 seconds :) But your concern over email scanning is still valid.

They do. Wonder why mine seemed to hang round. I'll try it again as I need an AV for my HTPC which doesn't do any emailing at all.

crainger
12-14-08, 07:08 PM
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2336637,00.asp

WTF?

That's really cool. Any 30 days trials?

Oh there is a 15 day trial. http://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Norton-AntiVirus-Gaming-Edition.shtml

Ima try this.

crainger
12-16-08, 04:16 PM
I forgot to add. Don't expect a swift reply. I forgot to test this. ::o:

Medion
12-16-08, 05:27 PM
I forgot to add. Don't expect a swift reply. I forgot to test this. ::o:

FYI, Avira Premium also offers a game mode, though I've never tried it or looked for any tests on it. Avira itself doesn't take up many resources, and while that may still be an issue on an old single-core, it's not even an afterthought on my quad-core.

saturnotaku
12-16-08, 05:36 PM
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2336637,00.asp

Dang. I like AVG, but if my subscription were over in the near future (doesn't expire until 9/2010) I'd try it out.

crainger
12-16-08, 05:41 PM
FYI, Avira Premium also offers a game mode, though I've never tried it or looked for any tests on it. Avira itself doesn't take up many resources, and while that may still be an issue on an old single-core, it's not even an afterthought on my quad-core.

I just use Avast and disable realtime scanning. I leave on the network scanning though. Seems to do a good job at intercepting things before they are downloaded.

crainger
12-19-08, 02:32 AM
Testing Gamer Edition now. It installed in seconds, looks good and seems to be running pretty light.