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Old 07-11-2013, 16:32
i love sky
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I am looking for antivirus software that wont slow my desktop down as the couple that i have tried slow it right down.

i use free ones so whats the best free one to use?
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Old 07-11-2013, 16:57
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Everyone has their favourites... have you tried using the search function on here? Anti-virus threads practically pop-up on a weekly basis...

Which ones have you tried?

I've been using Avast since 2005 with no significant slow-down issues at all.
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Old 07-11-2013, 17:07
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Would also help if you mention what you have used so far that you have rejected. That way we don't recommend stuff you have tried and didn't like.

One alternative to consider. If you do on-line banking the bank may offer free licences for an AV product. For example I get a three user licence for Kaspersky with Barclays. I don't notice any real performance hit with it running.
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Old 07-11-2013, 17:24
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I use Avira free antivirus and it is backed up with Malwarebytes.
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Old 07-11-2013, 17:25
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IMHO:

Microsoft Security Essentials (renamed Defender in Windows 8) is perfectly adequate for normal users. It has minimal effect on performance, minimal unnecessary messages or false alarms, and is free of charge.

Plus a scan once a week with MalwareBytes Antimalware to make sure. It's also free of charge.

And the automatic monthly scans by Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool which happen behind the scenes as part of the Patch Tuesday routine.
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Old 07-11-2013, 18:59
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MSE, MSE or MSE. Did I mention MSE? Don't say I didn't give you a choice. I visit all sorts of websites where other surfers fear to tread and in my not so humble opinion, there's nothing finer. This is my one and only annual reply to anti-virus threads. Hardly uses any system resources either. Of course you need to know how to set up your internet security as well.
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Old 07-11-2013, 19:04
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I use Avast and it has no impact on desktop performance here.......You don't say which ones you have used (?) but I have used AVG without it slowing anything down.....You don't say which OS you are using, but if it's 8, as the last but one poster suggests, the inbuilt Windows Defender is much improved and fine for everyday use..
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Old 07-11-2013, 19:46
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I've been using Panda Cloud free version for a couple of years now. It seems to work well and is very light.

I tried installing Avira a couple of weeks ago but that slowed down my laptop - so went back to cloud.
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Old 07-11-2013, 19:55
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Bitdefender now has a free edition:

http://www.bitdefender.co.uk/solutions/free.html

Check out www.av-test.org and www.av-comparatives.org for their tests and reviews of all the leading free and paid for anti virus programs.

You'll see that MSE for Windows 7 and Windows Defender 4.0 for Windows 8 are NOT that highly rated.
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Old 07-11-2013, 20:03
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Sorry guys

ive used MSE and that slowed pc right down and also have used AVG which again slowed it right down.

im using XP.
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Old 07-11-2013, 20:49
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Given you're on XP its probably best to start looking a bit ahead and the fact that MS will stop their fixing of security problems shortly, no matter what AV you get once MS stops plugging the holes there will be more and more holes discovered that will allow naughty people in and i doubt many free AV's will support a non supported OS for very long as the effort will just increase with every new exploit found
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Old 07-11-2013, 21:02
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Can we establish what memory is on the XP machine?

I'm typing this on a trusty old EEPC701SD, Celeron with 2g memory and XP, and MSE doesn't even make it blink, even when running the daily check if I have multi-windowed Firefox and Word open.
(It's just nice for laps)
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Old 07-11-2013, 21:09
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Sorry guys

ive used MSE and that slowed pc right down and also have used AVG which again slowed it right down.

im using XP.
I'm on XP as well, single core P4 and 2GB RAM.
It probably is time as Maxatoria says to be thinking of an upgrade but we still have 5 months left !!
In the meantime I would suggest Avira free but don't install the 'web protection' part, a good hosts file and something like WOT will take care of that. As with a lot of other free programs be careful to untick toolbars etc before installing.
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Old 07-11-2013, 21:23
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I've found the free Panda Cloud to be the lightest (and least intrusive) AV for older machines.
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Old 07-11-2013, 23:53
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Sorry guys

ive used MSE and that slowed pc right down and also have used AVG which again slowed it right down.

im using XP.
Are you 100% sure it's the AV slowing it down?
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:28
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Want a virus-free desktop that is very fast?

Run Puppy Linux ( http://www.puppylinux.com )

Download the free .iso and burn yourself a Live CD and you can give it a try without affecting your Windows XP installation at all.
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:29
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Are you 100% sure it's the AV slowing it down?

I am sure it is yes as dont have anything else on pc that would slow it down.

but when im using pc i can hear it working away.

I have a Dell and think its a few years old as got it 2nd hand so think its time to get a new one.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:59
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Kaspersky been my fav for the last 5 years or so. Cheap too if you just buy via ebay.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:41
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Want a virus-free desktop that is very fast?

Run Puppy Linux ( http://www.puppylinux.com )

Download the free .iso and burn yourself a Live CD and you can give it a try without affecting your Windows XP installation at all.
Agree or elementary OS, I have got that on my laptop now.
Certainly more secure than windows XP.

but it depends what the OP is doing with their computer.

If they want to stay with windows then Comodo is what I use, on windows. i have the pro version, but the link is to the free version.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:45
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Kaspersky been my fav for the last 5 years or so. Cheap too if you just buy via ebay.
Is that legal stuff?
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