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Windows 7: Antivirus question

24 Dec 2009   #1
Kipper

 
Antivirus question

Hey, I know this is 7 forums but I have a question.

Upgrading a friends old XP system; its a 7 year old Del Dem 2400. Only has a 40GB HHD and 512mb of ram.

He really cannot afford to do much with it, I have cleaned the HHD and reinstalled XP Pro on it and now I am looking for a free Anitvirus program that uses little resources.

I have not ran XP for so long I can not remember which is the best. MSE seemed to slow this system down so I am ruling it out for now.

Anyone have any recommendations?


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24 Dec 2009   #2
Johnathan Lyman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kipper View Post
Hey, I know this is 7 forums but I have a question.

Upgrading a friends old XP system; its a 7 year old Del Dem 2400. Only has a 40GB HHD and 512mb of ram.

He really cannot afford to do much with it, I have cleaned the HHD and reinstalled XP Pro on it and now I am looking for a free Anitvirus program that uses little resources.

I have not ran XP for so long I can not remember which is the best. MSE seemed to slow this system down so I am ruling it out for now.

Anyone have any recommendations?
MSE is so-so in my experience. Personally, I'm not big on free AVs but if you HAVE to, Hit up the free Avira AntiVir at free-av.com. From everything I've read, if you have to go free, it'll give you the best detection %. Even over AVG.

My 2 cents.
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24 Dec 2009   #3
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kipper View Post
Hey, I know this is 7 forums but I have a question.

Upgrading a friends old XP system; its a 7 year old Del Dem 2400. Only has a 40GB HHD and 512mb of ram.

He really cannot afford to do much with it, I have cleaned the HHD and reinstalled XP Pro on it and now I am looking for a free Anitvirus program that uses little resources.

I have not ran XP for so long I can not remember which is the best. MSE seemed to slow this system down so I am ruling it out for now.

Anyone have any recommendations?
Avast! Free Antivirus 5 beta is super good and SUPER light!
Another beta refresh is here [5.0.314]
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24 Dec 2009   #4
Mercurial

Windows 7 32bit RTM
 
 

Eset Nod32 !
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24 Dec 2009   #5
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

If MSE slows the system down then anything else will do the same...
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24 Dec 2009   #6
Kipper

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7clutz View Post
If MSE slows the system down then anything else will do the same...
Thinking the samething
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24 Dec 2009   #7
raf051888

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I would say MSE. But he needs some memory even for XP Pro, at least add another 512mb to 1gb.
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24 Dec 2009   #8
gamepro127

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raf051888 View Post
I would say MSE. But he needs some memory even for XP Pro, at least add another 512mb to 1gb.
Yea, 512MB is just too limited! I would buy a 2GB stick if I were him!
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24 Dec 2009   #9
mitchell64

Windows Seven Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

I have an old one in the garage (XP Pro 640mb Ram) running Avast & it seems to run okay.
Acceptiable considering its specs
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24 Dec 2009   #10
Kipper

 

I found a 1GB stick laying in my junk box; put it in and trying MSE again. Seems to be OK so we will see how it goes for a while.

Thanks for the suggestions and comments.
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