Least resource hungry & free anti-virus

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  1. Not_Neo

    Not_Neo Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all,

    Which is the least resource hungry & free anti-virus software available (for XP). The machine (netbook-vaio) in question has 1GHz processor and 512 RAM (with XP-PRO, SP2).

    I have tried F-Secure, AVG for which I have licenses and AVIRA free edition. The machine is virtually unresponsive with F-Secure and AVG. AVIRA is Ok, but its still uses the highest resources in the machine.

    So, when I load my web-browser and AVIRA is running in the background, the machine is not very fast. Without the antivirus the machine works like a champ.

    I use the machine just for basic web-browsing and word-processing, so I am not looking for too much security, basic security should be enough. Please advice.

    Cheers,

    Jay
     
  2. gerryf19

    gerryf19 I am the walrus

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    You would get a better response if you put this in the appropriate forum: Security and Anti-Virus Software

    Panda Cloud is light on system impact, but not much lighter than avira.
     
  3. Padmé

    Padmé NBR Super Pink Princess

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    Moved........
     
  4. Kocane

    Kocane Notebook Deity

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    Tryout Avast
     
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    arjunned Notebook Deity

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    I second. :)

    Panda Cloud AV again, is a great suggestion. But i would suggest waiting for v1.1.
     
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    ChristopherAKAO4 Notebook Nut

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    Look at the free AV sticky. The four listed are pretty much your choices when it comes to free AV. I am not sure switch is the lightest (Avast or Avira?), but it sounds like you don't mind trying things out.
     
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    Not_Neo Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks guys, what about NOD32...any more suggestions..Panda cloud looks good.
     
  8. MidnightSun

    MidnightSun Emodicon

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    Well, that's not free. Avira and MSE have both worked well for me, although personally I use Norton Internet Security 2010 on my T500 - NIS09 and NIS10 both have very low system resource usage. Eset Smart Security has worked well for me in the past as well.
     
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    Deks Notebook Prophet

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    Nod32 is not free (albeit, it's good).

    Regarding antivirus programs that are light, have high detection rates and are free, any one of the following 3 will do you just fine:

    Avira 10
    Avast 5
    Microsoft Security Essentials
     
  10. Pirx

    Pirx Notebook Virtuoso

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    Well, nothing can beat Common Sense, on any OS. Zero memory footprint, zero CPU load, and superior virus protection to boot. :biggrin:
     
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