What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

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My PC is 6 years old. A Dell E520. Intel Core 2 Duo with 1.86ghz, 4GB RAM.  
Using Windows XP

I've used Norton Internet Security b/c it came preinstalled so I pretty  
much stuck with it(please don't insult me for this). Mostly upgrading for  
about $20 a year when the program is on sale at Office Depot(or other  
office store).

Is AVG, or Avast or Microsoft or something else the way to go? Prefer an  
including firewall.


TIA!

Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

on 12/16/2013, ringo@home.com supposed :
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I would recommend Avira or Avast! but they don't have their own  
firewall I don't think. As for resources, generally speaking, to be  
better they must do more, and to do more takes more resources. XP has  
its own firewall and IMO is adequate. If you like to play with personal  
firewalls or actually like to have more configurable "outbound"  
firewall-like protection features, like which programs are allowed to  
have LAN/RAN/WAN access, there are plenty to choose from. A firewall  
group may help you out there, I suspect you would get mixed results in  
this group.



Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

Per FromTheRafters:

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+1 on Avast.

I use Windows' firewall.
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Pete Cresswell

Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

On Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:17:01 -0600, ringo@home.com wrote:

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I would give avast! Free Antivirus a try. Use a custom install, so you
can uncheck unnecessary tools. And if your provider checks for viruses,
then you can uncheck Mail Shield as well.

The paid version of avast! has a firewall, but if you're behind a router
with built-in firewall (and NAT), then you don't really need a software
firewall.

If you insist on using one, I have Online Armor Free installed. It also
supports HIPS which is an advantage as well imho.

<http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/online_armor_free.html

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s|b

Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

Per s|b:
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And after it's installed, do:

  "From the avastUI > Settings > Active Protection >
     Mail Shield > Settings (wrench icon) >
     Behavior  - General section >

     "Uncheck" Insert note into clean message (outgoing)"

That'll remove the nasty little advertisement  "free from viruses and
malware" at the end of your emails and forum posts..
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Pete Cresswell

Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

On Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:58:38 -0500, (PeteCresswell) wrote:

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You need to tell that to the OP. ;-)

I decided I don't need Mail Shield at all, not for mail and certainly
not for news. My ISP scans for viruses and I only visit text newsgroups.
Also, File System Shield should warn me if I try to save or open an
infected e-mail.

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s|b

Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

On Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:22:06 +0100, s|b wrote:

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Edit: I meant to say that the Windows Firewall will suffice if you have
a router.

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s|b

Re: What's a good free AV program that doesn't use a lot of resources?

Per Dustin:
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Point taken.    I had forgotten about the recommended approach of
separate Admin and day-to-day-user accounts because I found that it was
too much of a hassle for me - but I'm constantly installing/uninstalling
stuff..  

OTOH the user of the PC in question is a stone technophobe - so if their
login account tried to install something, it would almost certainly be a
case of malware trying to sneak into the system.

Actually, I already have a separate account set up for them - so it will
just be a matter of removing any Admin rights and waiting to see if that
causes them a problem.
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Pete Cresswell

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