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pattyjamas

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:21 pm
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I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There is
only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
think SVCHOST applies here.

I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with a
decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a spyware
component I will take it but I have used the combo of AdAware, Spybot,
and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get infected, but I rarely
get a virus or spyware and am the sole user of my machines. Lucky I
suppose.

In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.


I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version. I
have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version (virus and
spyware only) and not too many were glowing.

In summary,

What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)

Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.

Thanks
Patty

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:26 am
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I have just changed all my machines and those of my clients from AVG to
Avira for the same reason. Nothing wrong with AVG except it had got too
large. Avira seems very good, perhaps even better

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:51 am
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On Oct 22, 6:55 am, Wilf wrote:
> wrote, on 22/10/2008 3:21 am:
>
> > What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> > small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> > sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> > 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>
> I have used Kaspersky Anti Virus for about 3 years.  It is not memory-
> or cpu-hungry.  It is not a free product (although you can try it out
> for free for a month), but it is well worth it, in my experience. There
> is an especially helpful user forum where problems are very quickly
> sorted and this, in itself, is a big "plus".
>
> --
> Wilf

Quilljar,
How much memory are you seeing Avira take up in task manager and how
many tasks?

THanks
Patty
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:26 am
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wrote, on 22/10/2008 3:21 am:
>
> What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>
I have used Kaspersky Anti Virus for about 3 years. It is not memory-
or cpu-hungry. It is not a free product (although you can try it out
for free for a month), but it is well worth it, in my experience. There
is an especially helpful user forum where problems are very quickly
sorted and this, in itself, is a big "plus".



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(Msg. 6) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:17 am
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wrote:
> I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There is
> only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
> avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
> think SVCHOST applies here.
>
> I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
> ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with a
> decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a spyware
> component I will take it but I have used the combo of AdAware, Spybot,
> and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get infected, but I rarely
> get a virus or spyware and am the sole user of my machines. Lucky I
> suppose.
>
> In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
> highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.
>
>
> I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
> too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version. I
> have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version (virus and
> spyware only) and not too many were glowing.
>
> In summary,
>
> What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>
> Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
> tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.
>
> Thanks
> Patty

Your PCs seems to be powerful enough and have enough ram that Avira
shouldn't slow it down at all.
I use the free version on my Win2000Pro and I am running only 1GB of ram
with an AMD 2100XP cpu (1.8GHz).
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:32 am
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On Oct 22, 11:17 am, "Buffalo" wrote:
> wrote:
> > I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There is
> > only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
> > avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
> > think SVCHOST applies here.
>
> > I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
> > ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with a
> > decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a spyware
> > component I will take it but I have used the combo of AdAware, Spybot,
> > and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get infected, but I rarely
> > get a virus or spyware and am the sole user of my machines. Lucky I
> > suppose.
>
> > In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
> > highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.
>
> > I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
> > too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version. I
> > have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version (virus and
> > spyware only) and not too many were glowing.
>
> > In summary,
>
> > What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> > small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> > sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> > 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>
> > Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
> > tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.
>
> > Thanks
> > Patty
>
> Your PCs seems to be powerful enough and have enough ram that Avira
> shouldn't slow it down at all.
> I use the free version on my Win2000Pro and I am running only 1GB of ram
> with an AMD 2100XP cpu (1.8GHz).- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?

Thanks
Patty
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(Msg. 8) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:21 am
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wrote:
> On Oct 22, 11:17 am, "Buffalo" wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There
>>> is only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
>>> avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
>>> think SVCHOST applies here.
>>
>>> I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
>>> ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with
>>> a decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a
>>> spyware component I will take it but I have used the combo of
>>> AdAware, Spybot, and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get
>>> infected, but I rarely get a virus or spyware and am the sole user
>>> of my machines. Lucky I suppose.
>>
>>> In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
>>> highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.
>>
>>> I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
>>> too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version.
>>> I have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version
>>> (virus and spyware only) and not too many were glowing.
>>
>>> In summary,
>>
>>> What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
>>> small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
>>> sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS
>>> laptop
>>> 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>>
>>> Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
>>> tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.
>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Patty
>>
>> Your PCs seems to be powerful enough and have enough ram that Avira
>> shouldn't slow it down at all.
>> I use the free version on my Win2000Pro and I am running only 1GB of
>> ram with an AMD 2100XP cpu (1.8GHz).- Hide quoted text -
>>
>> - Show quoted text -
>
> Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
> AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?
>
> Thanks
> Patty

Why are you so worried about the memory usage? You have plenty.
Are you noticing slowdowns with other AV's?
I don't know all the processes that Avira uses so it would be hard for me to
give you the mem usage figure and I don't want to waste my time looking them
up. If you tell me what the processes are, I will look them up in Task
Manager and give you the mem numbers.
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(Msg. 9) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:57 am
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On Oct 22, 2:21 pm, "Little Charlie"
wrote:
> "Quilljar" wrote in messagenews:at6dnVIA88IoyGLVnZ2dnUVZ8vmdnZ2d@bt.com...
> > Avira will take 1% when switched on, and then between 5 and 11% when
> > scanning. does that help?
>
> > --
> > Yours Quilly,
>
> >> Wilf
>
> > Quilljar,
> > How much memory are you seeing Avira take up in task manager and how
> > many tasks?
>
> > Thanks
> > Patty
>
> My wife and I both like the free home version of Avast on our respective PC's. (Dell 531 and Dell 531S) I have no idea about memory usage. Both of our PC's run smoothly with no apparent slowdown due to Avast.
> With rare exception I think nowadays the entire AV "resource usage" thing is a non-issue. Even the least expensive PC's have ample CPU and ram to handle them. Moreover the concept of "slow down" and / or "resource hog" is a totally subjective thing. Most users how so many unnecessary (IMHO) background apps running anyway I doubt that a universal and factual AV analysis could be derived.
>
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Thanks Dave and Colon.
I sometimes help friends with their computers and have seen Norton and
McAfee slow peoples computers to a crawl even with a good deal of
memory. They just try to do too much and be the one stop shop for
things a lot of people do not need.
I do not need web site, link scanning or email scanning, and do not
need a password manager, just AV.

My AVG (300k memory usage) is soon going to be replaced with Avast or
Avira as AVG 7.5 will not be supported past 12/31/08. My paid version
expires actually on the 24th. 8.0 is a hog and also not rated as
highly in finding viruses as others I read.

This article below helped as well:

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=210756


Thanks
Patty
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(Msg. 10) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:26 pm
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Avira will take 1% when switched on, and then between 5 and 11% when
scanning. does that help?

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> Wilf

Quilljar,
How much memory are you seeing Avira take up in task manager and how
many tasks?

THanks
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(Msg. 11) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:41 pm
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wrote:
> On Oct 22, 11:17 am, "Buffalo" wrote:
>> wrote:
>>> I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There
>>> is only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
>>> avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
>>> think SVCHOST applies here.
>>
>>> I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
>>> ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with
>>> a decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a
>>> spyware component I will take it but I have used the combo of
>>> AdAware, Spybot, and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get
>>> infected, but I rarely get a virus or spyware and am the sole user
>>> of my machines. Lucky I suppose.
>>
>>> In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
>>> highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.
>>
>>> I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
>>> too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version.
>>> I have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version
>>> (virus and spyware only) and not too many were glowing.
>>
>>> In summary,
>>
>>> What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
>>> small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
>>> sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS
>>> laptop
>>> 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>>
>>> Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
>>> tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.
>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Patty
>>
>> Your PCs seems to be powerful enough and have enough ram that Avira
>> shouldn't slow it down at all.
>> I use the free version on my Win2000Pro and I am running only 1GB of
>> ram with an AMD 2100XP cpu (1.8GHz).- Hide quoted text -
>>
>> - Show quoted text -
>
> Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
> AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?
>
> Thanks
> Patty

Using Avira on my Win2000Pro and auto-updating turned off, I only found two
(there may be more) programs running:
avgnt.exe = 1.184MB and avguard.exe=1.932MB and they total of 3.116MB of
memory. There may be more processes involved, but I don't know what they are
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(Msg. 12) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:56 pm
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On Wed, 22 Oct 2008 12:32:25 -0400, wrote:

> Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
> AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?

For Avira Avast 4.8 Home edition, ...

aswUpdSv.exe avast! Antivirus updating service 224 K
ashWebSv.exe avast! Web Scanner 1,672 K
ashServ.exe avast! antivirus service 12,000 K
ashDisp.exe avast! service GUI component 1,268 K

This is with xp pro running in a VirtualBox (under linux), with 768MB
alocated to the virtualbox.

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(Msg. 13) Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 2:13 pm
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On Oct 22, 11:17 am, "Buffalo" wrote:
> wrote:
> > I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There is
> > only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
> > avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
> > think SVCHOST applies here.
>
> > I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
> > ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with a
> > decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a spyware
> > component I will take it but I have used the combo of AdAware, Spybot,
> > and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get infected, but I rarely
> > get a virus or spyware and am the sole user of my machines. Lucky I
> > suppose.
>
> > In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
> > highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.
>
> > I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
> > too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version. I
> > have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version (virus and
> > spyware only) and not too many were glowing.
>
> > In summary,
>
> > What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> > small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> > sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> > 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>
> > Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
> > tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.
>
> > Thanks
> > Patty
>
> Your PCs seems to be powerful enough and have enough ram that Avira
> shouldn't slow it down at all.
> I use the free version on my Win2000Pro and I am running only 1GB of ram
> with an AMD 2100XP cpu (1.8GHz).- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

Can someone go into task manager and tell me how much mem usage their
AV (trying to take a poll) programs are consuming?

Thanks
Patty


I'm running Avast! free eidition.
Task Manager shows the following:
Avast! service GUI component - 908 KB
Avast! e-Mail Scaner Service - 2,368 KB
Avast! antivirus service - 10,000 KB
Avast! Web Scanner - 1,124 KB
Avast! Antivirus updating service - 208 KB

All together, about a 15 MB footprint.
CPU usage at idle flip-flops between 0-1%



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(Msg. 14) Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:27 am
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> What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>

http://www.passmark.com/ftp/antivirus_09-performance-testing-ed1.pdf

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(Msg. 15) Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:26 pm
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wrote:
> I am running AVG 7.5 on 3 computers. This is a paid license. There is
> only one process running if you shut off auto updates and kill
> avgamsvr. And the main process AVGCC takes up a small 300k. I do not
> think SVCHOST applies here.
>
> I do not need all the bells and bloated whistles of Norton Suites,
> ZoneAlarm or McAfee. Have tried them all before and am content with a
> decent AV product without anything else. If it comes with a spyware
> component I will take it but I have used the combo of AdAware, Spybot,
> and Spywareblaster. MBAM is great if you do get infected, but I rarely
> get a virus or spyware and am the sole user of my machines. Lucky I
> suppose.
>
> In looking at the web site av-test.org I see that Avira ranks pretty
> highly in terms of %'s. AV was fairly low which surprised me.
>
>
> I did try AVG 8 (licensed) and it takes (like others have said) way
> too many resources and I uninstalled it. This was the paid version. I
> have read a few peoples comments about the 8.x free version (virus and
> spyware only) and not too many were glowing.
>
> In summary,
>
> What I am looking for is a fairly high ranking AV product that has a
> small footprint in terms of memory use and will not cause much
> sluggishness on my systems (P4 3.4, E6600 Core 2 Duo, Dell XPS laptop
> 2.4ghz--all have 3gb of memory, 2 are XP, 1 Vista)
>
> Not sure how much memory Avira or AVK or F-Secure use and how many
> tasks they spawn, but they ranked highly.
>
> Thanks
> Patty

Avira is very light on resources, but comes with two drawbacks, one,
scheduled file scanning is disabled by default, and secondly an intrusive
pop up is displayed on every update. However, i assume the paid for version
(and you are interested in paid for) doesnt have the popup.

Gaz
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