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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:57 am 
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Since I so seldom deal with any Vista computers, I need advice on a good low-profile (as in, not using much memory, not interfering every ten minutes with some query about system change, etc) anti-virus program. It does not have to have anti-spyware built in, we already have that. Is AVG Free okay? What uses the least resources for the best virus-patrol and destruction, and updates automatically?

I welcome all suggestions.

Thank you in advance.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:09 am 
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Two I use on Vista 32bit and 64bit... Either AVG free or Avira antivirus... Free and download them from filehippo... I also use Malwarebytes antimalware and superantispyware - both free...

All run fine on vista and don't bog it down....

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:29 am 
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More suggestions? (Mr. T is good, but not the only bear in the woods.) I use both those products and like them very much, but am looking for favorites from everyone who has to deal with Vista.

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i use Avast its free, and you just install and forget, been using it for a good few years with no problems

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I personally use ZoneAlarm's Internet Security Suite 2009 (retail) on my Vista rig. 2 operating system firewalls, 1 software firewall, antivirus, anti-spyware/malware/crapware, plus contains about 5 other programs.
It is very fast, and doesn't 'hog' resources or slow down the system. Costs around $40/year.

I have also used Comodo's Internet Security (FREE) which contains a firewall and antivirus. No problems on Vista, or Windows 7, or XP.

I have used and do also currently use SUPERAntiSpyware on XP and Vista, but does not work on Windows 7.
I also use Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware on Vista, XP and Windows 7, no problems.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:39 am 
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Can't say anything bad about AVG. It's on 3 of my PC's and it never failed me yet.


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from version 8.5 it is using more memory, on some 512MB rigs this is becoming a problem. Switched to Avira or Avast, either works nicely.

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Avast here, on Win2K (yes, that oldie!), XP Pro, Vista (forget which one, work laptop), and Win7 RC. Switched from AVG, primarily after I got nailed in a site load virus payload that AVG totally failed on, and after it got to be such a hog that my mom's cheapie XP rig slowed to a crawl (I mean, ten minutes to start up, totally inexcusable).

But yeah, Avast Free and Malwarebytes have been good with me. Speedy, frequent updates, no extra "benefits" like firewalls you don't need if you run a router.......

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