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Anti-Virus software that doesn't slow down the CPU?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Clysta, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Clysta

    Clysta Flightless Bird

    I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    slow down a laptop?
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    Clysta
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Clysta wrote:
    > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that
    > doesn't slow down a laptop?


    eSet NOD32 and Avira AntiVir work pretty well with minimal impact - but the
    truth is you have not given enough information about the laptop...

    What is the CPU (manufacturer, speed and number of cores), how much memory
    (RAM) do you have installed, how much free hard disk space do you have, what
    are your virtual memory settings, is it a shared memory video device or does
    the video device have dedicated memory, what specific operating system are
    you running (edition and version) and what other maintenance do you perform
    on the machine?

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    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
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    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  3. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 15 Feb 2010, =?Utf-8?B?Q2x5c3Rh?=
    <Clysta@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    microsoft.public.windowsxp.general:

    > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that
    > doesn't slow down a laptop?


    EVERY anti-virus program will slow down the computer. It has to, in
    order to do its work.

    I like the free Avast Antivirus. It seems to use less resources and
    impact the system's operation less than most others I've tried.

    <http://www.avast.com/>

    Avira is also good:

    <http://www.free-av.com/>
     
  4. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    Most of the "slowing-down" comes from the software consistantly accessing
    the web for updates,mcafee does this every 5 seconds...Turn off the auto
    updater,& youre pc will run faster.Also,turn the service(s) to "manual-start"
    from auto start,then enable the service as you need it..

    "Clysta" wrote:

    > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    > slow down a laptop?
    > --
    > Clysta
     
  5. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Did you run the McAfee removal tool before you installed AVG and/or Bit
    Defender?

    Did your McAfee subscription expire before you installed AVG and/or Bit
    Defender?


    Clysta wrote:
    > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    > slow down a laptop?
     
  6. graviton

    graviton Flightless Bird

    "Andrew E." wrote:

    > Most of the "slowing-down" comes from the software consistantly accessing
    > the web for updates,mcafee does this every 5 seconds...Turn off the auto
    > updater,& youre pc will run faster.Also,turn the service(s) to "manual-start"
    > from auto start,then enable the service as you need it..
    >
    > "Clysta" wrote:


    My God, Andrew E., is it really true that McAfee does those checks every 5
    seconds? Where did you read that--I have McAfee and I had no idea!!
    >
    > > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    > > slow down a laptop?
    > > --
    > > Clysta
     
  7. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    graviton wrote:

    > Andrew wrote:
    >
    >> Most of the "slowing-down" comes from the software consistantly accessing
    >> the web for updates,mcafee does this every 5 seconds...Turn off the auto
    >> updater,& youre pc will run faster.Also,turn the service(s) to
    >> "manual-start" from auto start,then enable the service as you need it..

    >
    > My God, Andrew E., is it really true that McAfee does those checks every
    > 5 seconds? Where did you read that--I have McAfee and I had no idea!!


    Get SysInternal's TCPview and you can verify or disprove Andrew's claim.
     
  8. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 16, 1:27 am, "PA Bear [MS MVP]" <PABear...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > Did you run the McAfee removal tool before you installed AVG and/or Bit
    > Defender?
    >
    > Did your McAfee subscription expire before you installed AVG and/or Bit
    > Defender?
    >
    >
    >
    > Clysta wrote:
    > > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender.  Is there anything that doesn't
    > > slow down a laptop?


    What is the consequence of letting a McAfee or Norton subscription
    expire and what would is the course of action if the subscription did
    expire?
     
  9. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 15 Feb 2010 20:06:01 -0800, Clysta
    <Clysta@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    >slow down a laptop?


    Avast ? ( audio and visual warning )
     
  10. Tom Willett

    Tom Willett Flightless Bird

    Your question isn't real, of course, you're just trolling?

    You don't get any more virus definitions updates and you will become
    infected. The course of action would be to renew the subscription or get
    another antivirus program.
    "Jose" <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:3f6df1c6-9783-468b-a25c-91ad8b098e4f@f15g2000yqe.googlegroups.com...

    What is the consequence of letting a McAfee or Norton subscription
    expire and what would is the course of action if the subscription did
    expire?
     
  11. Toni

    Toni Flightless Bird

    "Clysta" wrote...
    > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    > slow down a laptop?
    > --
    > Clysta


    I finished an antivirus analysis last month.

    McAfee and AVG are some of the worst in terms of performance and reliability. McAfee is
    the only antivirus I've ever encountered that was disabled by malware, on three separate
    laptops I was asked to look at.

    PC World recently did a comparison and concluded that Avira is hands-down the FASTEST
    RELIABLE antivirus out there, with the absolutely least impact on your computer:
    http://www.avira.com/
    (there were faster antivirus, but they either crashed or were not reliable)

    However, PC World did not award the top slot to Avira. Not surprisingly, PC World
    awarded the top to antivirus manufacturers that advertise on PC World - and tweaked the
    test rules to favor them.

    Avira also has, by my analysis, the best free antivirus out there:
    http://download.cnet.com/Avira-AntiVir-Personal-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10322935.html

    NOD32 has people on the internet that relentlessly promote the product, but in reviews
    it consistently comes up short and is middle-of-the-pack when it comes to performance:
    http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/324714/review/nod32_antivirus_4.html
     
  12. ybS2okj

    ybS2okj Flightless Bird

    MSE - Microsoft Security Essentials or Avast Google for these two and you
    will get the download links.

    hth

    "Clysta" <Clysta@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6F0D9C27-EF0D-420E-A376-67DDC10E2E3A@microsoft.com...
    > I've tried McAfee, AVG, and Bit Defender. Is there anything that doesn't
    > slow down a laptop?
    > --
    > Clysta
     

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