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Best Anti virus for NETbook

submitted on June 3, 2009 by TheBest in "Products / Gadgets"
Can anybody suggest me best anti virus for my netbook it has only 1 gb ram ?
     

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    llocomotive
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    Posted by llocomotive on June 3, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Installed McAfee -- virus + firewall .... opted out of the spamkiller and other options (custom install it) ...running smooth
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      Posted by llocomotive on June 3, 2009 [reply] 0 0
      I run it on a ASUS 1000HE - 1 gb RAM
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    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on June 3, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    I am sure Tarun can give you a complete and current roundup. I understand viruses and malware is his specialty Wink
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on June 3, 2009
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    Till Tarun gets wind of this thread... my thoughts on some I've interacted with.

    1. Nod32 (Very good, but you will pay more)
    2. Kapersky (Very good, and an offer is up right now: http://www.buxr.com/deal/kaspe.....ser_24975)
    3. BitDefener (Not horrible in my opinion, but not great either)
    4. Norton's (Has actually gotten better the last year or so, despite its history of late.)
    5. Iolo (Tends to have programming issues with its updates.)
    6. McAfee (Major suckiness!)
    7. MicroTrend (Don't even go there!)
  • 27228
    TheBest
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    Posted by TheBest on June 3, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Yup Tarun, I need your help Big Grin
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on June 3, 2009
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      Was only trying to give a some help in case Tarun does not show up any time soon, since apparently he is the only person in existence who might know about anti-virus options. Neutral
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    Tarun
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    Posted by Tarun on June 3, 2009
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    I'd go for avast. It's free and can silently update. It's not bloated like most other software (Norton, McAfee, etc.)

    I know Avira is currently better than avast as far as detections go, but it also has a rather annoying popup on every update. AVG is good too, but their user interface is rather hard for most users to navigate and v8 has been called a resource hog too.

    av comparatives is worth a read too, though I stand by avast. Run setup with Minimal so you don't install skin support, configure it for Silent updates and suppress reboots, etc. and the only time you see any alerts is virus detection or if you need to renew your free license key. Smile

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/comparativesreviews
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on June 3, 2009
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      Adding on about how to do Silent Updates.

      Go to Settings (right click Avast in the taskbar --> Settings) --> Update --> Details --> Silent.

      Here's a screenshot example:

      I set the option to Silent and make sure that all five checkboxes are unchecked so it's completely silent. Smile
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on June 3, 2009
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      I understand the 'Virus database' should be better configured to update automatically. What do you suggest for the 'Program' update option? Manual?
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    • Tarun
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      Posted by Tarun on June 3, 2009
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      @Yan,
      I set them both to Automatic. (Screenshot is an example)


      Btw, I actually haven't run an antivirus in years. I've been smart with my surfing and downloading. I have only been infected once and that was when I was testing Adaptec GoBack around 2000-2001.
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    llocomotive
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    Posted by llocomotive on June 3, 2009 [reply] 0 0
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on June 3, 2009
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    Never used it or interacted with Avast, so I can't comment on it.

    However, Norton has solved some of its past problems, not all though.
    I've had AVG miss things that most others seem to catch.

    I would tell you to go Kapersky if you just need an anti-virus with reasonable resource usage.
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    TheBest
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    Posted by TheBest on June 3, 2009 [reply] 0 0
    Thanks guys for your inputs and help. I was using trail version of kaspersky ,I would like to try Antivirus expert's suggestion( Avast ) if it works out well I will continue otherwise kaspersky is always there Big Grin .
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    orangearrows
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    Posted by orangearrows on May 21, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    Any deals on Avast?

    Never mind -- it's free
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    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on May 21, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    As I have said before, just put a distro of Linux on your netbook and it run faster and will be much more secure than using a Windows OS.

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