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Windows 7: virus checker

15 Dec 2009   #1
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
virus checker

I have Avast but my trial is up in about 2 weeks and I want a software for 3 computer. I use to have McAfee but it really gums up your system. Anyway what would you recommend? I have a 64 bit OS if that makes a difference.


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15 Dec 2009   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Ooh, you are getting into a touchy topic. There are many different opinions on this site, and I fear the start of a debate.
As far as I can see, the top free programs on this site are Avast! home edition and Microsoft Security Essentials. The highest rated paid program is Eset.

Personally, I use Microsoft Security Essentials. I find that it is quite lightweight and fast, and does a good job catching threats.
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15 Dec 2009   #3
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Every post that I have read indicates that MSE is very good. The only less than fully complimentary comment indicated that anti virus updates are not always timely. Bottom line, I do agree with Johnathan and would use MSE, if I decide to change my Anti Virus.
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15 Dec 2009   #4
BugOutMachine

Windows 7 / Windows 8.1
 
 

Alright guys, don't hurt me , but I really am impressed with Norton Internet Security 2010, which barely uses any of my system resources... plus each Product Key gives you a license for 3 individual computers.
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15 Dec 2009   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BugOutMachine View Post
Alright guys, don't hurt me , but I really am impressed with Norton Internet Security 2010, which barely uses any of my system resources...
We are all talking about major companies, that make a lot of money selling their products; bottom line, it is subjective and your opinion is just a valuable as ours.
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15 Dec 2009   #6
BugOutMachine

Windows 7 / Windows 8.1
 
 

One thing I wanted to mention since the OP was taking about McAfee hogging system resources, is Norton is conducting a "Performance Challenge":

No one likes a sluggish computer. So we designed Norton™ Internet Security 2010 to be the fastest and lightest security suite you can buy.*


38% Faster Total Performance

How do you measure performance? PassMark Software found 16 different ways. Combine the results and Norton Internet Security 2010 performs better than any other security suite tested.*
61% Faster Scan Speed

Norton Internet Security 2010 scanned for malware faster than any other product tested – 61% faster than the competitive average.*
70% Less Memory

Norton Internet Security 2010 uses close to half the memory of its closest competitor – and a whopping 70% less memory than used by the average Internet security suite.*
6 Times More Frequent Updates

Norton streams updates to your desktop – providing protection from the latest threats over 260 times a day – or nearly 6 times more often than its closest competitor.**
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15 Dec 2009   #7
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BugOutMachine View Post
How do you measure performance? PassMark Software found 16 different ways. Combine the results and Norton Internet Security 2010 performs better than any other security suite tested.*

Passmark software results they based their facts on:
http://www.passmark.com/ftp/antiviru...esting-ed2.pdf
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15 Dec 2009   #8
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

wow a nice topic again..
my opinion as always..
free: Avast
paid: eset.
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15 Dec 2009   #9
tbernstein

 
 

Well, I use Avast on my main PC, It does that little bit more than the Microsoft offering.
And I go with Microsoft for my daughter's laptop.
You can't go far wrong with either, and they don't cost.
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15 Dec 2009   #10
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BugOutMachine View Post
One thing I wanted to mention since the OP was taking about McAfee hogging system resources, is Norton is conducting a "Performance Challenge":

No one likes a sluggish computer. So we designed Norton™ Internet Security 2010 to be the fastest and lightest security suite you can buy.*


38% Faster Total Performance

How do you measure performance? PassMark Software found 16 different ways. Combine the results and Norton Internet Security 2010 performs better than any other security suite tested.*
61% Faster Scan Speed

Norton Internet Security 2010 scanned for malware faster than any other product tested – 61% faster than the competitive average.*
70% Less Memory

Norton Internet Security 2010 uses close to half the memory of its closest competitor – and a whopping 70% less memory than used by the average Internet security suite.*
6 Times More Frequent Updates

Norton streams updates to your desktop – providing protection from the latest threats over 260 times a day – or nearly 6 times more often than its closest competitor.**
+1
Recommend Norton IS 2010 over everything eles.
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