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I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There is
only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
think SVCHOST applies here.

I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with a
decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a spyware
component I will take it but I have used the combo of AdAware, Spybot,
and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get infected, but I rarely
get a virus or spyware and am the sole user of my machines. Lucky I
suppose.

In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.


I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version. I
have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version (virus and
spyware only) and not too many were glowing.

In summary,

What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)

Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.

Thanks
Patty

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On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 19:21:10 -0700 (PDT),when reading
"alt.comp.anti-virus", I'm certain I caught a glimpse of
"pattyjamas@gmail.com" saying:

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I have used NOD32 from ESET for a number of years.
There is no free version though.
It has a small footprint and isn't sluggish on my systems.
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Erik.

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I have just changed all my machines and those of my clients from AVG to
Avira for the same reason. Nothing wrong with AVG except it had got too
large. Avira seems very good, perhaps even better

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Yours Quilly,


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pattyjamas@gmail.com wrote, on 22/10/2008 3:21 am:
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I have used Kaspersky Anti Virus for about 3 years.  It is not memory-
or cpu-hungry.  It is not a free product (although you can try it out
for free for a month), but it is well worth it, in my experience. There
is an especially helpful user forum where problems are very quickly
sorted and this, in itself, is a big "plus".



--
Wilf

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Quilljar,
How much memory are you seeing Avira take up in task manager and how
many tasks?

THanks
Patty

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Avira will take 1% when switched on, and then between 5 and 11% when
scanning. does that help?

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Yours Quilly,

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Quilljar,
How much memory are you seeing Avira take up in task manager and how
many tasks?

THanks
Patty


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ur PC's run smoothly with no apparent slowdown due to Avast.
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Thanks Dave and Colon.
I sometimes help friends with their computers and have seen Norton and
McAfee slow peoples computers to a crawl even with a good deal of
memory. They just try to do too much and be the one stop shop for
things a lot of people do not need.
I do not need web site, link scanning or email scanning, and do not
need a password manager, just AV.

My AVG (300k memory usage) is soon going to be replaced with Avast or
Avira as AVG 7.5 will not be supported past 12/31/08. My paid version
expires actually on the 24th. 8.0 is a hog and also not rated as
highly in finding viruses as others I read.

This article below helped as well:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=3D210756


Thanks
Patty


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Little Charlie wrote:
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I most strongly disagree with you on this issue. An xp machine with less
then 1gb, and vista with less then 1.5gb will quickly slow down with the
installation of mcaffe suite, norton suite, avg suite, panda, bulldog.

It is a very very regular configuration for lower end machines both laptop
and desktop to come with 1gb of memory and use shared video graphics of
128mb+ for Vista.. In such a scenario, any of the installations above will
cripple the machine.

Gaz



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pattyjamas@gmail.com wrote:
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Avira on XP:

Avgnt 1024k
avguard 8004k

Gaz



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pattyjamas@gmail.com wrote:
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Your PCs seems to be powerful enough and have enough ram that Avira
shouldn't slow it down at all.
I use the free version on my Win2000Pro and I am running only 1GB of ram
with an AMD 2100XP cpu (1.8GHz).



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Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?

Thanks
Patty

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pattyjamas@gmail.com wrote:
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Why are you so worried about the memory usage? You have plenty.
Are you noticing slowdowns with other AV's?
I don't know all the processes that Avira uses so it would be hard for me to
give you the mem usage figure and I don't want to waste my time looking them
up. If you tell me what the processes are, I will look them up in Task
Manager and give you the mem numbers.




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For Avira Avast 4.8 Home edition, ...

aswUpdSv.exe avast! Antivirus updating service    224 K
ashWebSv.exe avast! Web Scanner                 1,672 K
ashServ.exe  avast! antivirus service          12,000 K
ashDisp.exe  avast! service GUI component       1,268 K

This is with xp pro running in a VirtualBox (under linux), with 768MB
alocated to the virtualbox.

Regards, Dave Hodgins

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Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?

Thanks
Patty


I'm running Avast! free eidition.
Task Manager shows the following:
  Avast! service GUI component - 908 KB
  Avast! e-Mail Scaner Service - 2,368 KB
  Avast! antivirus service - 10,000 KB
  Avast! Web Scanner - 1,124 KB
  Avast! Antivirus updating service - 208 KB

All together, about a 15 MB footprint.
CPU usage at idle flip-flops between 0-1%



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pattyjamas@gmail.com wrote:
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Using Avira on my Win2000Pro and auto-updating turned off, I only found two
(there may be more) programs running:
avgnt.exe = 1.184MB and avguard.exe=1.932MB and they total of 3.116MB of
memory. There may be more processes involved, but I don't know what they are



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http://www.passmark.com/ftp/antivirus_09-performance-testing-ed1.pdf

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Kerry Brown




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When I posted the link I hadn't read it right to the end. The study was paid
for by Symantec. It does correlate with my own anecdotal evidence but it
does make you wonder about the objectivity of the study.

--
Kerry Brown




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