what anti virus pgm. is recommended?

Discussion in 'Computer Corner' started by Breeze3at, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

    In the past I have used Bit Defender (satisfied with it), Security Shield 2009
    (slow). I just renewed to Security Shield 2010 on Sat. It was taking my laptop 4 minutes to load IE Explorer8, and up to 3 minutes to switch from thread to thread on the forum. I uninstalled the pgm. and am back to fast page loads. My laptop is a puny 18G hardrive, 750meg memory, with a 980mhz processor running XP home. I have more than 60% hard drive empty, and usually 500K mem. avail. What antivirus programs are forum members using that work well and don't tie up resources? I may be retired, but I'm still impatient!
  2. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    Norton internet security works for me
    as an engineer working in a small computer shop i see a lot of viruses and malware and usually use a combination of norton internet security and malwarebytes to remove the nasties
    the programmes that dont seem to be too effective are mcafee avast and avg free as ive seen a lot of infetions on computers with these solutions installed

  3. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

    Safe and secure (Synacor 3.0) which is provided with my Armstrong cable service. Works well have not had any problems. Have had similar problems with McAfee anti-virus that I loaded on computer. Seemed as if built in security on computer saw it as a virus. After removing, download was back up to speed. So I just use what cable company offers.
  4. glyd-n

    glyd-n Junior Member

    Breeze, try the AVG anti virus. You can go to their website and download it. It is 100% free and works excellently!
  5. trvlr

    trvlr Junior Member

    Breezy - let me paste a snippet of a thread regarding anti-virus programs and their impact on a machines performance. I personally use a product called Avira, which is free, consistently rates at the top of the stack for virus and malware detection and is pretty low overhead on system resources. Avira you can get for free here:

    Avira AntiVir Personal - FREE Antivirus

    And IE8 is an absolute pig, and 7 is not much better. I use Mozilla's Firefox as my browser. They are quick to patch the browser if a security flaw is detected and if runs circles around IE. Some people like Firefox - some don't. But with the limited resources you're running on your laptop, I'd give it a try. Install it right along side with IE and see for yourself. You can get that here:

    Mozilla | Firefox web browser Thunderbird email client

    And here's the snippet:

    AV suite implicated in horrible boot time

    User wrote in with some useful information related to my July 22 item, "Horrible four-minute boot resists easy fixes."

    "I installed Trend Micro Internet Security 2010 on some of my clients' computers.

    "I noticed significant performance and Web-browsing sluggishness (especially with Vista). Once TMIS 2010 was removed, the performance greatly increased.

    "This unpleasant discovery makes me want to get rid of what I once thought was good software.

    "Personally I'd recommend ESET's NOD32, as I have been both using it and reselling licenses for it since 2005 and have never had any significant compatibility or performance issues. Their software is written entirely in assembly language instead of the bloated C++ used for Norton and McAfee."


    Thanks. AV tools and security suites are notorious system hogs, and feature-bloat is common.

    For example, Trend Micro lists 13 major features and subsystems in its security suite, McAfee lists 14, and Symantec lists 33!

    Many of these features duplicate abilities already built into Windows and the major browsers. For example, Internet Explorer and Firefox have built-in link-checkers, pop-up-blockers, parental controls, and more. Windows itself (especially Win7) has a capable firewall built in.

    So the large security suites are including features you probably already have, and all of these redundant features consume memory and CPU time.

    In contrast, the small, more nimble security packages offer just the essentials. For example, ESET lists just six major features for NOD32.

    And my current favorite security tool, Microsoft's free Security Essentials, lists just two major functions: antivirus and anti-malware protection. When used with Windows' built-in firewalls and a fully current browser (say, IE8 or Firefox 3.6.x), you end up with essentially the same capabilities provided by the huge commercial security suites.

    What's even better, it's all free!

    On any system that's suffering a slowdown, it's well worth the time and trouble to at least temporarily swap out a large commercial security suite with a small and lithe AV tool.

    You just may recover some of the performance you thought your system had lost forever!
  6. 9FLHR

    9FLHR Active Member


    I have used AVG free for the past few years with no problems. Checks in and out going email, works well with IE, updates automatically every day, and scans your hard drive every day. You choose the times to update and scan.
  7. cromwell

    cromwell Active Member

    I use Norton End Point. Have had no issues with it and the best point it was free thru the USAF.
  8. 67wizard

    67wizard Junior Member

    I use Norton, as I was required to use it by the job I had. It was free so why not use it. Tried AVG and some other free ones and got a virus in the old puter.
  9. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

    I agree with you Tank and bigger slows the puter down:s
  10. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

    I have used AVG in the past but now I use PC Tools.