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Windows Anti-Virus software needed - or keep what I have?

Discussion in 'Software' started by logan'srun, 9 Jun 2010.

  1. Bakes

    Bakes New Member

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    I've not had any complaints with Security Essentials.
     
  2. barndoor101

    barndoor101 Bring back the demote thread!

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    how is MSE using 70mb RAM? i just checked task manager and its using 14mb on mine...
     
  3. PhoenixTank

    PhoenixTank From The Ashes

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    Glad to have helped.

    Are you looking at the scanner process or the process for the GUI?
     
  4. Tom @ CCL

    Tom @ CCL AKA: Yewen

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    70MB of RAM is nothing these days, not on Windows 7 anyway.

    I could understand the need for extreme memory management in 9x, XP a little but not on Vista/7.
     
  5. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    i swear it was using around 65-70mb in task manager and it was running in the background. i did not have the interface up or anything.

    can it be set to auto scan 24/7 like stupid macfree or whatever
     
  6. Bakes

    Bakes New Member

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    There's no point setting it to scan 24/7 because that will just slow your system down massively, with hard drive and CPU use clogging up the rest of your system.

    Really, all you need is a quick scan every week, and a full scan every month, unless you really know you're going to be exposing yourself to a helluva lot of viruses in your downloads and whatnot, and even then you can just use shell extension scanning.
     
  7. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    i know i was wondering if it was set like that maybe explaining why the RAM usuage was so high
     
  8. PhoenixTank

    PhoenixTank From The Ashes

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    Eset's scanner (ekrn) hits seems to run happily at about 50MB even when scanning (AFAIK), and I've seen the MSE scanner (inactive above) with significantly higher usage when actually doing something.
     
  9. Nowell @ CCL

    Nowell @ CCL CCL Customer Services

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    I recommend...

    Nod32
    Avira
    Avast
    Malwarebytes
     
  10. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    The fix afaik is to create an exception in MSE so it's not scanning itself, i.e. don't allow it to scan its own program folder.
     
  11. seanbean

    seanbean Certa Cito

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    Ditto - used them all at one time or another. Currently Avast/Malwarebytes at home and NOD32 at work. Solid.
     
  12. mostwanted

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    Windows 7 and MSE is the best combination.
    MSE can fulfill all the AV needs and the Firewall on Windows 7 is quite effective with the options of controlling the inbound & outbound traffic that you may get in a paid Internet Security Suite.
    So, my choice is Win7 with MSE. :)
     
  13. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    mse or avg, i currently use a payed for version of avg, as i use my machine for work as well as pleasure.

    read the licenses, work machines cant generally use free versions
     
  14. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    I'm running AVG Pro at the moment with no firewall (I use a hardware firewall solution). However, when my licence expires, I will either go with NOD32 or MSE. We'll see.
     
  15. Booga

    Booga Cuppa tea anyone?

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    For free av I tried Avira, MSE and am now using Avast.
    Avira dumped me out of a game mid raid when a pop-up/add went off so I switched to MSE which I liked.
    Avast also has a gaming mode which you can turn on automatically so you never have to worry about interrupted gaming.
    I back up Avast with Malewarebytes.

    Interesting AV comparisons.
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report26.pdf
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/images/stories/test/ondret/avc_report25.pdf

    Anyone else had this problem with Avira?
     
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  16. TheBlackSwordsMan

    TheBlackSwordsMan Far over the misty mountains cold

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    Avira, lite and not annoying
     
  17. NethLyn

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    Seconded, I bought the middle Avira package which is AV and Antispyware, the AS searches for new updates every couple of hours so I deliberately have it search before a long gaming session so it doesn't knock me back to the desktop. The Free version, once you close that popup, is less intrusive.

    It is the neat Dettol of AV software though, it kills everything I've ever let it loose on, has been the most effective AV for machines that were already infected and the free version hasn't got worse in the three major refreshes it's seen in the eight years I've been using it. If I had to pick one hole in it, it's that the freebie can be slow in calling its own update server, but the extra scanning speed of the retail version makes up for that for me.
     
  18. andrewbarke

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    MSE or if you use online banking with Barclays you can get Kaspersky for free, got that on my three most used PCs and MSE on the others!
     
  19. Dark Matter

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    Yet another vote for MSSE, works fine on my machines :)




    #42
     
  20. seamatt

    seamatt PC Building Joey

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    Another thumbs up for ESET NOD 32 here. Is a fantastic bit of software. Is also cheaper to buy multiple licences from the website to cover all your pc's.

    Used to use Nortons and then Mcafee, and always found they slowed my machine down. Had one disastrous experience with AVG and then found NOD.

    It used to offer a free months trial as well.
     

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