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The most lightweight free AntiVirus?


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Poll: The best lightweight anti virus? (55 member(s) have cast votes)

Antivirus which is not a resource hog

  1. Microsoft Security Essentials (24 votes [48.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 48.98%

  2. AVG Free (6 votes [12.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.24%

  3. Avira Free (2 votes [4.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.08%

  4. Avast! Free (11 votes [22.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.45%

  5. BitDefender Free (1 votes [2.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.04%

  6. Panda Cloud AntiVirus (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Clamwin (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Comodo (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Other? (5 votes [10.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.20%

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#1 P.McGinley

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 11:57 AM

I'm looking for an antivirus which uses the least system resources. I'm currently using Avast on my netbook. I've read some horror stories about AVG so I don't want to use it. I'm confused about Avira, MSE and Panda. Please help!

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:26 PM

I have Avast! Free, and it's good. Easy to disable, no nagging pop ups for updates (a la AVG) etc

Edited by awesomeo4000, 17 December 2010 - 12:26 PM.


#3 Munkypoo7

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:40 PM

MSE.

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#4 Liskiller

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 01:14 PM

Avast is better when you compare PC boot time and Idle memory usage.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 03:33 PM

MSE.

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+1. MSE is super low footprint.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:08 PM

I found Avira to be ok for being lightweight.

I've never tried MSE though and i've heard good things about it. So i'd go for one of those two.

Either way i'd get rid of Avast ASAP!

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 04:39 PM

VIPRE is light weight means fast AV and it's detection level is very good and certified by Microsoft.

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Edited by RUY, 17 December 2010 - 04:40 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:55 PM

VIPRE is light weight means fast AV and it's detection level is very good and certified by Microsoft.

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Certified by Microsoft simply means that it works on Windows. This isnt one of the top dog AV units, so sadly, it is going to get ignored.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:46 PM

Panda cloud antivirus is quite light on system resources but you have to be online all the time for using it.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 08:48 PM

Avast is better when you compare PC boot time and Idle memory usage.

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Chart totally blows the Norton is a memory hog myth out the water doesn't it xP

#11 CommonSense

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 03:50 AM

Avast or MSE, can't go wrong with either.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 04:18 AM

VIPRE is light weight means fast AV and it's detection level is very good and certified by Microsoft.

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This is lightweight, however I'm biased towards MSE

(+1 Munkypoo)

#13 Secured Tim

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:52 AM

Norton was a memory hog but it's a decent AV now. I'm disappointed to note that ZoneAlarm AV screws your PC boottime.

#14 RUY

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:36 AM


VIPRE is light weight means fast AV and it's detection level is very good and certified by Microsoft.

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Certified by Microsoft simply means that it works on Windows. This isnt one of the top dog AV units, so sadly, it is going to get ignored.

lol i really didnt knew that what this certification means :P

#15 FalseAgent

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:30 AM


Avast is better when you compare PC boot time and Idle memory usage.

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Chart totally blows the Norton is a memory hog myth out the water doesn't it xP

yeah...it also shows that despite MSE was designed to be super lightweight, even Norton and AVG beats it at being light weight.

I like AVG, but am scared of it, especially after that x64 update issue which caused machines to become completely unbootable.

Edited by FalseAgent, 19 December 2010 - 06:30 AM.


#16 InlineSkate

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:47 AM



Avast is better when you compare PC boot time and Idle memory usage.

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Chart totally blows the Norton is a memory hog myth out the water doesn't it xP

yeah...it also shows that despite MSE was designed to be super lightweight, even Norton and AVG beats it at being light weight.

I like AVG, but am scared of it, especially after that x64 update issue which caused machines to become completely unbootable.


Same i'm not one to hold a grudge on anything. Hell Greyhound damn near left me stranded but I still bought another ticket with them before.

But AVG i've heard so many horror stories with it I will not touch it at all.




#17 P.McGinley

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 05:05 PM

VIPRE is a paid AV. I'm looking for a freeware. It seems like Avast is good enough.. :unsure:

#18 Villain

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 09:16 PM

@P.McGinley, honestly use Security Essentials. They just updated to version 2, and it has more and better features.
see here http://www.winmatrix...creenshot-tour/

#19 P.McGinley

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:50 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm installing MSE now.

Wow, the setup file is only 7.5 MB. :D

Edited by P.McGinley, 21 December 2010 - 04:51 AM.


#20 FalseAgent

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 09:04 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm installing MSE now.

Wow, the setup file is only 7.5 MB. :D

the setup file is a downloader, right?

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