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Very Fast Computer, What AV to run

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I'm about to sink some serious money into a computer that Is very very fast.  What is the best Anti-virus to run if speed is a HUGE issue?

I look at my normal desktop now and AVG is running:
   1.  Anti-Virus
   2.  Anti-Spyware
   3.  Link Scanner
   4.  Resident Shield
   5.  Anti-Rootkit
   6.  Identity Protection

I want my machine to be safe, but don't want to sacrifice speed if it can be possible.

I'm not going to do something obvious like download an unknown .exe file, but I know that there's many other ways to get a virus these days.

Please help me be SAFE AND LIGHTENING FAST.
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Lee W, MVP earned 400 total points
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I find Sunbelt (GFI) VIPRE to work quite well.  I believe you can try it for free and it's cheap (relatively)
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by:Sean Scissors
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Unfortunately to be the safest and fastest is contradicting in terms of AV. The slower ones are usually slower because they are scanner more documents in real-time and therefore much more secure. Others that seem more of a background thing do a similar task but instead just kind of skim and look for something out of the ordinary.

Truth be told AVG is just fine and pretty fast. Avira and Avast would also be suitable. However some other AV like Norton and McAfee and even Trend are just resource hogs but in turn more secure.

I would say if you are smart enough not to click random links stick with a free AV and you should be fine. You seem tech savvy enough that you don't need an AV that will be completely protecting you from everything but also be a resource hog.
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I have to agree with Leew, Vipre is really one of the best out and very light on resources. I use it on over 300+ machines and it's really one of the best AV's I've used.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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> I would say if you are smart enough not to click random links stick with a free AV
> and you should be fine. You seem tech savvy enough that you don't need an AV
> that will be completely protecting you from everything but also be a resource hog.

I cannot disagree more.  You can do EVERYTHING right... and STILL be infected.  Because web sites get infected and those PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE WEB SITES can then infect you if you are not protected.  In the last 10 years my antivirus has caught just TWO things... both on legitimate web sites.
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by:phototropic
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You should consider a Cloud-based av app.  These have much smaller footprints than rival software:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antivirus_software#Cloud_antivirus

I have installed Panda Cloud av on several systems and it seems to work well:

http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/

Immunet is also cloud-based, and I have read good reviews, but have not worked with it:

http://www.immunet.com/main/index.html

It sounds like cloud-based av could be your best solution.
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by:younghv
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Lots of good suggestions already, but if you're going to be spending big bucks on the computer - shell out a few more and make sure you (if you don't already) have a hardware firewall between your computer and the Internet.

I just re-wrote my Article with some new tips and tricks:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/A_1958.html (MALWARE - "An Ounce of Prevention...")
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by:hrolsons
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I will look at Vipre.  How do you guys feel about Microsoft Security Essentials?  It seems the people that wrote the operating system would know best how to protect it.
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by:Lazarus
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Essentiials is not bad, but not the best.There are many better. MS does certain things well, their AV is not as good as it could be. Vipre really is one of the better ones.
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by:younghv
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I have been loading MSE - with Malwarebytes Pro on my customer's computers for about a year now.

In all cases, I have been replacing AVG (it doesn't play well with MBAM) - but leaving AVAST in place until the licenses expire.

MS has done an excellent job with this product and I have not had one single infection reported during this time. In addition, I have found it to be very light on processor use on some fairly old (5-8 years) systems.

Again - all systems have MSE, Malwarebytes-Pro, and at least a cheap little Linksys/Netgear firewall router in front of the Internet.
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by:phototropic
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"...What is the best Anti-virus to run if speed is a HUGE issue?..."

"...Please help me be SAFE AND LIGHTENING FAST..."

You really should look at cloud-based av software...

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by:hrolsons
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I will look into cloud-based, 2 people agreed on Vipre, so I thought that might be a good place to start.
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by:younghv
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hrolsons,
Two people agreed - true - and I wouldn't disagree with almost anything "leew" posted, but 3 people disagreed.

When you ask for "opinions", you might consider them all the next time.
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by:Lazarus
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Perhaps he did consider them. If you think Immunet is that good or fast please look at this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0XIgl2sX6A
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