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What is a good light antivirus?

By dwizzle
Jan 22, 2011
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  1. hey i was wondering what a good light anti virus is because mcafee takes up to much on my computer.
     
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    If you're using MS Vista/7 then you probably can't go too far wrong with Microsoft Security Essentials.
     
  3. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    Yeah i'll agree with DBZ above, Microsoft Security Essentials is very nice and light if you're using Vista or 7.
     
  4. Patosan

    Patosan TS Enthusiast Posts: 35

    If not Vista or 7 then I'd go for Avast free version ... very low on resources and relaiable.
     
  5. Digimike84

    Digimike84 TS Rookie

    I'm using a lightes and latest version of ZenOK free antivirus, no complains so far, because it hardly uses any resources and it's very easy to handle.
     
  6. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Member Posts: 65

    I used MSE for a while and agree that it was light. I'm using NOD32 now, which is also light and thorough.
     
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Microsoft Security Essentials is working well for me.
     
  8. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I've been using Avast, Avira and MSE and none really seem to impact the system at all. The one problem I have with MSE is it failed to detect a trojan the other day. I didn't execute the file but when I sent it to virus total, 90% of the packages identified it as a virus but not MSE. Still could be a false positive but who knows.
     
  9. Lou3

    Lou3 TS Member Posts: 65

    Does MSE not work as well with XP? I ask because I had it on my XP system, but a short while later noticed that it wasn't in my system tray anymore and had been disabled. I ran Housecall and CCleaner (including the registry cleaner), but MSE wouldn't reinstall. I've tried several other AVs since then, and they all installed without a problem.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,693   +1,880

    I going to hazard a guess and say, "probably not"! M$ isn't really supporting XP, or maybe only supporting it half heartedly. That said, M$E should be used with the other free components of M$ security, "Windows Defender" and, "Malicious Software Removal Tool". Also keep in mind, the firewall in Win 7 is much more competent than the joke of the same name in XP.
     

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