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    I've been using norton for years with very few problems. I've recently had an issue with my machine and norton won't run. I noticed that w/o norton there is quite a bit of memory available that it used to be using.

    So I was thinking about trying to find a good AV program that does just that. I don't need all the extras and I'm not worried about paying for it. I just want a good strong AV program that stops viruses.
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    Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

    I've heard good things about the free version of AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/doc/289/lng/us/tpl/tpl01
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      I use that particular free version of AVG. Haven't had any problems with it so far.
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        I like AntiVir from www.free-av.com.

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          panda is good...gotta pay for it. small resource usage
          avg is great and its free.
          i switch a couple years ago when i relized norton was a hog.
          that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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            Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

            Originally posted by asch
            I've been using norton for years with very few problems. I've recently had an issue with my machine and norton won't run. I noticed that w/o norton there is quite a bit of memory available that it used to be using.

            So I was thinking about trying to find a good AV program that does just that. I don't need all the extras and I'm not worried about paying for it. I just want a good strong AV program that stops viruses.

            I quit Norton for this very same reason, and others, and have been using AVG for a few months trouble free.
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            • #7
              Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

              Originally posted by USN_Squid
              I quit Norton for this very same reason, and others, and have been using AVG for a few months trouble free.
              I think I'm going to be doing the same and for the same reason...
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                Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                i love AVG free, no problems, pretty light

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                • #9
                  Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                  I used AVG in the past and have since switched to avast after AVG allowed a rather nasty something into my mother's machine some time back.

                  http://www.avast.com/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                    Originally posted by onixxxxxxxx-barn
                    i love AVG free, no problems, pretty light
                    I use it also, really good program!
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                      Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                      I recommend AntiVir XP to all my customers. It is quite good and doesn't take up alot of resources.


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                      • #12
                        Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                        The most CPU friendly version of anti-virus I had seen was Symantec Corporate Edition AV 8.x and 9.x. Then 10.0 came out and it seems to be taking the same route as Norton. I hope they patched the later releases.

                        I use AVG free at home and have been very satisfied with it's performance. Even when scanning, I notice no large latency. At least not enough to affect me browsing the web or editing some small graphics.

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                          AVG free all the way.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                            AVG is a great program. But personally I dont like real time virus protection.

                            Every so often I check my computer with TrendMicro's Housecall free online virus scanner. Works great :)

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                            • #15
                              Re: Minimalistic Anti-virus program?

                              So I'm in the process of rebuilding my HD and have decided to go with AVG as my anti-virus program. I'm looking at task manager and see that there are four programs running in task manager that are eating up a lot of memory.

                              avgamsvr.exe 6.9MB
                              avgcc.exe 5.3MB
                              avgemc.exe 6.1MB
                              avgupsvc.exe 2.9MB

                              That's approximately 21.2 MB memory?!?! When I look at any tasks that run for Norton and there's only a couple MB worth.

                              Is AVG really a light-weight application?
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