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Windows 7: Avira free or Norton Internet Security???

18 Feb 2010   #31
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cocopara View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scoopeeedoo View Post
This morning's outcome :
Avira is far behind with 2 points...
Many other suggestions about other choices ("5 points"),
but Norton seems to have fought his ol'demons and reached a lot of user's trust now, he gets 9 points...
Thanks to all of you, i'll have a look this afternoon, after work, and probably will make my (hard!) choice...
Indeed, Avira is like Avast, Rubbish.
Norton really is a rubbish Anti Virus, compared to many others, but it works, if your one off those teenagers whos curious, like to download new and unknown programs, get Kaspersky or eset :P, with Zonealarms firewall (10x beter then window's)
... a 40 y old curious teenager... ... curious but rather prudent!
I would love Kaspersky, but would have to pay for it while i can use Norton freely... I prefer put my money in other apps... or support creators...!


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18 Feb 2010   #32
Cocopara

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Well, there are other means to achive licens, mentioning none, there are also legal way off doing this. But as a freeware, and "if we consider non - trials" MSE is amongst the best anti viruses, but by no means does it compare to kaspersky, Zone alarm (Not sure of its anti virus, but heard good stuff) or Eset.

What i like about the MSE is that its:
-free
-consumes low amount of memory
-does not bother you
-and search VERY deeply into your PC, compared to other freeware such as AVG free
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18 Feb 2010   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
-consumes low amount of memory
The MsMpEng.exe (MSE) uses about 50MBs. But I do not remember what Kaspersky and NIS used because I do not have a system with those any more (I used them in previous years). Maybe someone can post the numbers for comparison.
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18 Feb 2010   #34
Cocopara

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:
-consumes low amount of memory
The MsMpEng.exe (MSE) uses about 50MBs. But I do not remember what Kaspersky and NIS used because I do not have a system with those any more (I used them in previous years). Maybe someone can post the numbers for comparison.
50 Mb aint much, and KAspersky and Eset sure use more, MSE uses low amount of Memroy, 4mb, forgot if it was RAM or Hard Drive :P
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18 Feb 2010   #35
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

I have tried many anti virus softwares on my system. From what I have seen on my task manager when the AV is idle:
kaspersky (avp.exe ) = 12-20 MB
avast (avastsvc.exe) = 4-9 MB
Norton (ccsvchost.exe) = 15-30 MB
MSE (msmpeng.exe) = 45-55 MB
ESET (ekrn.exe) = 45-55 MB.

Edit:

Comodo internet security (cmdagent.exe) = 8-10 MB
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18 Feb 2010   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Interesting numbers. That would suggest that Norton and Kaspersky use less RAM than MSE (against popular belief and if that is the whole story). But all of those numbers are so small that it does not matter much anyhow. The whole RAM usage "problem" is usually blown completely out of proportion.
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18 Feb 2010   #37
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Interesting numbers. That would suggest that Norton and Kaspersky use less RAM than MSE (against popular belief and if that is the whole story). But all of those numbers are so small that it does not matter much anyhow. The whole RAM usage "problem" is usually blown completely out of proportion.
Exactly. Besides, all these above mentioned AV runs with only 2 processes running. And the numbers I have shown is the total amount of RAM used by the AV.

There are some AV like G data, avg and mcafee which have 6-9 processes running in task mgr. And if you calculate the total amount of RAM, it goes beyond 50-70 MB.

Currently installing Comodo internet security V4 beta.
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19 Feb 2010   #38
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

I have Firefox running with 16 tabs open. NIS2010 is using 10MB of RAM.

It usually fluctuates between 2MB (lasts for few seconds) and 15MB.

Avast! Free uses very similar amounts of RAM...except when scanning. It uses only 14MB on a full system scan. Norton uses 40MB (testing now) on a full system scan and completes a full scan far quicker than Avast!
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20 Feb 2010   #39
lior

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Avira Personal is a good program but I found several problems with it:

1) Update server is excruciatingly slow.
2) Product support is virtually non-existent.
3) When I upgraded to premium, the updater stopped working. After several clean installs and removing all previous registry entries, Avira suggested that I reinstall Windows. That's when I told them aufwiedersehen and installed Avast.

As far as Norton goes, I've heard very good reviews of it starting with the 2009 version. Prior to that it was garbage. The detection rate was decent but the program used a lot of resources. I remember back in early 2000-2001 when it was truly a p.o.s. and back then there weren't any malware or firewall modules built into it. It was a plain antivirus program that caused Windows to come to a virtual standstill when it was running. But apparently they improved a lot since then. If the Norton suite provided by your ISP gives you a more comprehensive security package my suggestion would be to use it over Avira Personal.
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20 Feb 2010   #40
scoopeeedoo

 
 

Thanks again to all of you for your interesting comments, i think my choice is done now...
I'm gonna run Norton... I just hope Avira will let uninstall itself without prob'...
Well, i guess that work will be perfectly accomplished by "Avira Registry Cleaner", "Tune Up" & "CCleaner"...
You really helped me, Folks, Thank you!!!
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