Looking for possible alternative to AVG, or other suggestions

By treeski
Aug 3, 2008
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  1. Hey all,

    I am currently not using any anti virus software (aside from zonealarm). I was using AVG for a long time, but after the most recent big update, the program was always chewing up more memory than any other programs running at the same time.

    Anyone have any suggestions for other programs or know of a way to reduce the amount of memory AVG seemed to have been chewing up?

    Thanks!
  2. SpiritWind

    SpiritWind Newcomer, in training Posts: 164

    Avast Antivirus

    Hi :

    I have been happily using the FREE Avast Antivirus Home Edition for several yrs
    and occasionally "Help" out on their EXCELLENT Support Forums . Info about the
    program is at www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html ; always Best to read a
    product's "FAQ"s BEFORE using it and Avast's is at www.avast.com/eng/faq-avast-4-home-professional.html . Avast does NOT function well IF there are any
    remnants of a PRIOR antivirus program on a computer, so any prior program's
    "Removal Tool/Uninstallation Application" should be run PRIOR to actually INSTALLING a "new" antivirus program; this is particularly true IF either Norton or
    McAfee was on the computer .

    SPECIFICALLY, WHICH Zone Alarm program are you using ? Is it ONLY the
    "firewall" !?
  3. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 864   +127

    This is kind of late, but thanks for the suggestion. And I have been been using only the firewall version of zonealarm. I'm going to look into avast asap. Thanks again, any other help is appreciated :)
  4. kimboy

    kimboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 59

    Hey, try Kaspersky Internet Security 8, it doesn't slow down your system, my stsyem is a Pentium 4 2.0 Ghz with 640 MB RAM and there are no slow downs when scanning is going on. Plus it's really effective, it combines web protection and resident shieldind against trojans, viruses, worms et al. It even detected a keylogging program that was installed on my PC by some dumb person.
  5. Psych1012

    Psych1012 Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    Here is one that I learned about here - Malwarebytes' Anti Malware
    The free version doesn't have as many features, but works really good. I don't notice a slow down on my machine with it, but I just installed another 2 gig of ram so I don't have a lot of slow down anyway. I also use Sygate as my firewall and I think it does an awesome job.
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    I recommend Avira Antivir Personal (the free edition).

    lol right now the antivir processes are using around 12-15MB of RAM on my system.

    Highly recommended :)
  7. Psych1012

    Psych1012 Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    What do you use for a registry cleaner? I went ahead and bought Uniblue because it was pretty cheap. But I haven't seen any free ones. Which firewall do you use?
  8. JesseM

    JesseM TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 258

    For me, AVG only uses 1.7MB of memory while idle, I don't see why you'd ever need less. If the problem is memory usage during the scan, simply scan at night or when you aren't running any processes. Good luck!
  9. mrtraver

    mrtraver TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 224   +7

    I use ccleaner for my registry cleaner.
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