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anyone know of a virus scanner that doesn't use too much system resource for my netbook?

Hi, I've got a new netbook and I need to put a virus scanner on it.

it's running windows 7 and isn't the most powerful machine in the world - it is AMD dual core 1.0GHz and 1 gb ram. I am only going to be using this netbook for surfing the web, streaming movies, playing DVDs. I was wanting some advice on a paid for virus scanner which doesn't slow your computer down to the speed of a tortoise. Any suggestions? You see I have had bad experiences in the past with both mcafee and panda that would take a perfectly quick computer and make them unusable due to how painfully slow they would become and how long they take to boot up.

kaspersky any good? only £14.99 a license for that.

Thanks.
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I have found I really like Comodo. Works well on some of my older machines, though I have not put it on anything as slim as a netbook... It performed well on a 2.6GHz Celeron with 768MB of PC100 (as you can see an archaic system that though its clock rate was high, the architecture was very old. Your netbook probably outperforms this machine.)

http://www.comodo.com/
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I have used f-secure on my personal netbook and ive had no complaints with it. every virus scan engine that you use is going to have some impact on the system but overall I am impressed with f-secure.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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I'm happy with Microsoft Security Essentials on my XP, Vista, and W7 machines:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5201

I certainly wouldn't mind paying for good quality anti-virus, but MSE has the side benefit of being free. I've switched numerous machines from Norton (not free) to MSE. MSE seems to be less invasive than Norton, taking up fewer resources. It's hard to judge relative effectiveness at finding viruses, but I haven't been able to detect any difference (I still have some machines with Norton). Regards, Joe
Keith BrownAWS System Administrator
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I've had good experiences with Avast. I run it on my Lenovo S10e netbook.
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ESET Esetis one of the fastest and best anti-virus. We have a lot of customers protected with this anti-virus.

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Edwin
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I agree, I really like MS Forefront (free) as well as Comodo.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution Guide
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I agree with Edwin, I use ESET and see virtually no performance hit.  I use Avast! on my laptop and there is very little hit there as well.  I also have MSE installed on a win7 desktop with very little resource hit.  Of all of them ESET Smart Security is my personal choice as best overall with least resource hit.
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I agree with the the MSE recommendations and comments, but would not go on the Internet without the additional protection of "Malwarebytes (Pro)".

Both are relatively light on your processor and they create a great double-defense for you.

Details here:
MALWARE - "An Ounce of Prevention..."

There is a one-time charge of about US$25 for a lifetime license for Malwarebytes - you can transfer that license to any subsequent computer you start using.
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ESET is Good as well as AVG, in addition to AntiVirus, you may want to consider Malware Bytes or SuperAnti Spyware as well.
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To add to the comments about AVAST and AVG, I tried both, and they were fine with respect to resource utilization, but each one had a problem with updates to one of my programs, thinking it was a virus (i.e., a false positive). I tried to get around it, couldn't, so moved on to MSE and haven't looked back. Just my own experience – sounds as if other folks have had better luck with AVAST and AVG than I had. Btw, I'm using MSE on an Atom-based netbook (but XP, not W7) and it works well. Regards, Joe
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<<...so moved on to MSE and haven't looked back.>>

Concur 100%.
I used to buy bulk licenses of both AVG and AVAST for my customers - to get them the discounted rate.

After about 6 months of no reinfections with the MSE+MBAM combination, I forfeited the AVG & AVAST licenses and have stuck with a winner.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution Guide
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MSE is great, but remember if you are going to use MSE in on more than 10 computers, you need to use  Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection (licensed).  To quote exactly from the MS page (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials):

"Microsoft Security Essentials is available for small businesses with up to 10 PCs. If your business has more than 10 PCs, you can protect them with Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection."
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"Hi, I've got a new netbook and I need to put a virus scanner on it."

I think we're talking about only one system here.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSolution Guide
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whoops - good point :-)

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Thanks guys, I've gone with MSE and malware bytes pro for the moment. Thanks for everyone's input.

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