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Best, fastest, lowest resources Anti-Virus Program???

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squale

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Jun 29, 2003
Well I have been using Norton Pro 2003 Anti-Virus for some time now. I am getting a bit fed up with it because sometimes when I start my system, my system will just keep running something in the background, slowing it down tremendously, and not allowing me to do anything. I went into "msconfig" and found out that if I Disable all 3 of the Norton Antivirus startup processes and then reboot my computer, I have no problems. Norton just KILLS system resources and I am sick and tired of it.

I need to find another Antivirus program that provides just as good of protection as Norton, if not better, and that runs FAST and takes up very little system resources. I hate using the computer and then my daily full system virus scan takes place and slows me down to a crawl. I need something that is actually coded correctly to run with low system resources. The program also needs to also automatically updates it virus definition files. Any help?
 

Cyrix_2k

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Jul 5, 2003
Location
Frederick, MD
I use AVG on my dad's system since I fed up with Norton. It seems to work fine. It's free too. And yes, it does automatically update the virus definitions. to find it, google AVG.
 
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squale

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Jun 29, 2003
what did you find the problems with Norton to be? what version of Norton did you have?
 

redduc900

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Dec 17, 2000
Location
Portland, OR
I'll second Cyrix_2k's suggestion about using AVG...IMO, it's as good if not better than NAV or McAfee. I've used both the aforementioned products in the past...and found that they're resource hogs, they seemed to cause more problems than they fixed, and I got tired of having to pay for regular updates to the programs once a year or every six months. Since running AVG, it's always found any and all virii on my computer...and cleaned them up without ever a problem. It uses very little in the way of resources, and like Cyrix mentioned...it's free (including program and DAT file updates). You can download the latest free version from Majorgeeks here...

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download886.html :)
 

Remove

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Jun 14, 2003
I put AVG on all my machines awhile back and could not be happier. Having to keep paying for 2 Norton's was bad enough but now I have 11 machines running!

AVG works great!
 

rayik

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May 2, 2002
I really like Panda Titanium antivirus.

It's doesn't use much system resources at all. I've never noticed my system slow down with normal use. Default settings have the av check everthing you download and all email.

It automatically does daily virus definition updates (and you'll notice that Panda does actually add definitions daily).

I've used norton, mcaffee and panda and have liked panda the best.

It's $40 with 12 months of updates. Their website is now promoting a "christmas special" of 17 months of updates for the same price.

Their website is: http://www.pandasoftware.com/

*edit*

Was just browsing Panda's website. They have a "shareware" versions of thier products that they will let you try for free for a limited time period.
 

Ebola

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Jan 16, 2001
Location
Rosemount, MN
I had avg installed a while back and it didnt seem to do anything. I got a virus in an email and it didnt block it and it couldn't delete it. Installed norton and it wiped it clean. I'm not a fan of avg. Maybe they are better now.