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A lightweight AV for a netbook, other than Avast?

by Sunsetlover / November 1, 2012 3:33 AM PDT

A few days ago I disabled Avast temporarily to install something, restarted computer, and since then Avast is blocking Chrome.

I can only run Chrome if I disable Avast. Tried unistalling/reinstalling both Avast and Chrome, no luck. Also tried tweaks like disabling sandbox.

IE 8 works fine btw, but I'd like to get back to Chrome.

So now it's time to try another AV. But it has to be light on resources as it's for a 1 GB netbook. Any suggestions?

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A lightweight AV
by gtoguy / November 6, 2012 7:51 PM PST

I would fix your machine rather than go to another AV. You can try REVO uninstaller to make sure everything gets completely uninstalled. then reload Chrome, then download Avast. Maybe you could also restore to an earlier time. I don't know what is going on with your system, but I've never had to stop Avast temporarily except for running Combofix. And even then, it has always come back up fine.

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Thanks, I ended up going with AVG...
by Sunsetlover / November 6, 2012 9:26 PM PST
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...and it's pretty light on resources, even though it loads 7 processes(!), it takes up no more than 40-50 MB of memory.

So far so good.

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So far, it looks to be NOD32.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2012 3:37 AM PDT

When you say lightweight I have to guess something that doesn't tap the machine too hard and doesn't add all that other stuff like Identity Protection, Web browser alerts and more.

For that, Nod32 comes to mind.

it won't change the basic performance of a netbook to work like a laptop but every little bit helps.

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Thanks Bob, forgot to say, FREE lightweight AV
by Sunsetlover / November 1, 2012 12:03 PM PDT

Nod32 gets some good marks here, but I'd rather stick with a free program.

Any thoughts on the free ZoneAlarm AV?

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Not much I fear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2012 12:32 PM PDT

When it comes to free AV we use almost all of them across machines at the office and can't see any real difference. I'm sure someone will come out and state "this one is king" but for me, I won't do that as I roll the dice and the free ones all come out pretty equal.

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Does this fit the bill (no pun intended)
by timmylish / November 2, 2012 1:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Not much I fear.

I use the free and light Microsoft Security Essentials. Works a treat.

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Re: Free and Light
by mchainmchain / November 2, 2012 3:36 PM PDT

MSE may be free and may be light on system resources, but does it really provide the protection you need when you need it?

Not much good when certain malware infections can kill it dead: http://www.anti-malware-test.com/?q=node/194

Yes, I know the date is November 24, 2010, but more recent tests do not show a change in either protection or the use of a self-protection module by MSE.

Your choice to use a free antivirus program; Avast! Free does at least have a self-protection module to defend itself from malicious malware.

An inoperative antivirus offers no protection when it is killed and fails to work.


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Thanks! Interesting analysis
by Sunsetlover / November 2, 2012 6:41 PM PDT
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Hey thanks! This is very interesting!

I wonder why NSS didn't test ZoneAlarm AV though.

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(NT) I think it was called ZoneAlarm Security Suite back then.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 3, 2012 2:16 AM PDT
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by spawn05 / November 2, 2012 4:09 PM PDT

AVG is free and not too intrusive. Installs quick and has a cool widget on Wins 7.

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