an antivirus. I have avast on an old laptop as well as my old desktop and see no slowdowns at all. Perhaps you see a slow down because of your ancient XPSP1 system? It will always amaze me that has not gotten you in trouble yet. You have more holes in that system than swiss cheese. IMO, if you upgraded to SP3 and put avast on it you would notice a big improvement and you would certanily be sfaer than you are now.
As an added note. ClamAV for Windows, back when I tried it a couple of years ago did not include resident protection. Whether that has changed or not, I don't know but that also comes with ask.com toolbar now which puts it in the same dark side category as avira.
With Avira AntiVir having gone over to the dark side and, in fact, disabled
its current real time protection (as well as removing my No Script from FF
at the same time ) at last update, I'm wondering IF MBAMs protection module (which is being offered free for 30 day trial) would constitute
a suitable protection option in place of any other A/V??
Given this is a slow laptop (main reason for Avira was it's lightness) I believe Avast to be too cumbersome and AVG is out of the question in my eyes, leaving likely Clam for Windows as other FREE for Home use option.
I haven't found many testings of Clam A/V so don't know how well they rate.
Will continue w/ SAS and MBAM in any case.
I would prefer NOT to be forced into a cloud required program (an option to NOT join cloud would be ok) .Ideas??? Thanks, Sandy