So i'm looking for a decent anti-virus/trojan/spyware etc utility, to run on Vista 64bit, that isn't going to use up a load of resources and make my PC feel sluggish. I've used a few of the big name software in the past, such as Norton and McAfee, but they've always felt like they're really getting in the way and slowing my machine down.
I did take some interest in those portable USB versions, as having a separate CPU such seemed like a good one of handling it, but after researching some of them it seems they're usually quite buggy and unreliable.
Free or fee, I have no preference other then the best protection with the minimum of resources.
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NOD32 or Kaspersky
Avira antivir (www.free-av.com)
Kaspersky is, in my book, one of THE best, while OneCare is less detrimental to system performance... The newer versions are waaaay better than the older ones...
Why do I recommend OneCare? It keeps shit simple, push this button and get this result, and walks you through the process...
OneCare does one thing which I've not seen any other scanner do, which is that while you're looking at a directory and Windows is loading the icons for the files within the directory OneCare actually scans the file as you go, I've not seen any other scanner do this, and the performance hit while uses this program, is like non-existant... Hell, Norton 360 was released as Norton's answer to OneCare, but OneCare is cheaper overall....
highly recommend OneCare for best performance/cost/non-resource hogging ratio...
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Stay away from Norton. I don't know if it changed during its latest incarnation, but the last version I saw was very intrusive and of course a huge resource hog. It used to overlay 1/8 of your taskbar with a huge yellow button proclaiming what product you just installed. Man its worse than adware and a virus, plus, you have to pay for it. The developers failed the interface design course apparently. The enterprise edition (client-side) seems to be nice though, small client, lightweight, just a tiny icons reminds you about its existence on your system.
The best method of avoiding malware is to surf smart - or use a alternate operating system or live CD for visiting "unsave" sites :winky:. OSX and Linux usually doesn't get hit by whatever exploit the malware developer thought out for the Redmond operating system (not saying that both OSes are without any security weak-points). Personally I only store my personal information in OSX or Linux + absolutely sensitive data is encrypted.
As for Norton, if it doesn't have 2008 in the title you need to kill it with fire immediately. Many versions do not have an uninstaller so use a program like Revo, it's free. The new versions of Norton are a lot better because it uses the Sygate firewall technology as well as a few other companies Symantec bought out but it's still not as good/light as the others.
I'm now thinking of going over to avast.
Also, using kaspersky is dangerous.. it tends to poison people with polonium or shoot them in the head at the most inopportune of times.
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Personally, I'm using (and have for the last couple of years) the premium version of Avira. It hardly uses any resources, it's by far one of the best at detecting malware and it doesn't get in my way unlike certain other AV tools.
I've never noticed this in all my times using AVG, and i play alot of source games.
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I'm not talking out of my ass here, it happens to a lot of people. Do a google search for "AVG" and "paged pool memory".
Never said you were, might be a common problem. But i've had AVG and steam games on three different computers without issue.
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I was using AVG but found it to be a bit bloated for my tastes, using Avast now and haven't found anything to complain about.
AVG alone ate somethin like 50mb of RAM.
+1 to the "Never had issues with AVG+Steam" crew - but I'd never heard of this before.
Of course, now that I have, it's going to shit itself right as I'm about to hadouken Flippy or some shit tonight. :x
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Spysweeper + A/V is a monster, it's REALLY great at catching everything (I think it's $59 for a box and you get 3 licenses)
If you're not willing to pay, Avast! and Avira are both decent choices. Avira seemed more lightweight when I was using it and it catches more threats, but it has two major caveats. It has a very high rate of false positives; identifying files as malware when they are perfectly harmless. You also do have to jump thru some hoops to disable its nag screen telling you to buy the paid version, as Dìrhael has already mentioned.
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Actually, the last year or two the paid version of Avira have been at the very top of AV's when it comes to detection (if one is to believe the tests done out there by the better testing labs). The false positives used to be a problem in the past, but that's not really the case any more.
I previously used to use NOD32, but since they released version 3 it was causing more problems than it solved. I stuck with it [v3] for a year or so, but finally had to abandon it. The frequent long-lasting CPU spikes was to much of a problem, and they still haven't managed to completely solve it. It is also insanely slow at scanning compressed executables (UPX at least), which didn't really help...though to be fair, that's not a new problem with NOD32 seeing as the same could be observed with 2.x.
I would use their 30-day trial first if considering purchasing it, because the CPU problem does not effect everyone but if it does it's nice to know before commiting and while the problems with compressed exe's probably always will be there it's certainly not something most would get problems from. If they ever get it back to the stability and performance of their 2.7 version I probably would switch back without thinking twice though, provided that they could offer better protection than Avira of course.
Thanks so much! I'll give that a try today!
Guide to making Avira more useable.
Stay the hell away from AVG.
I'm still using 2.7 and I'm fine with it. I'll have to see what avira is like though.