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recommendation for "Free" virus scanner with low profile foot print.
Vanne 
2/8/08 6:15:56 PM
Champion

Hi guys n gals, iam looking for a free virus scanner that will when i want to run it scan my whole system. I dont want it running in the background, just when i want to run it.

ive tried AVG a while ago, and its ohkay, iam currently looking into trend micros "house call", but was kinda more looking for something like the old dos F-prot.

anyone have any ideas on whats good out there?

(oh and the smaller , the better :)

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ShiroKage 
2/8/08 10:14:50 PM
Disciple

i'd say avast, but i would recommend having it run in the background. it doesn't take up much at all.

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Midnighter 
3/8/08 2:39:11 AM
Immortal

Clamwin would be my suggestion. Free and has excellent detection. Low footprint, runs nicely.

http://www.clamwin.com/


Edited by Midnighter: 3/8/2008 2:40:07 AM

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Jeruselem 
3/8/08 9:39:46 AM
Champion

Avira AntiVir for me. I actually leave running it when I play games on my desktop. Does have an annoying plug to upgrade to the Premium version on start-up but leaves you alone afterwards.


Edited by Jeruselem: 3/8/2008 9:40:09 AM

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SquallStrife 
3/8/08 10:03:22 PM
Titan

Quote by Midnighter
Clamwin would be my suggestion. Free and has excellent detection. Low footprint, runs nicely.

http://www.clamwin.com/


Edited by Midnighter: 3/8/2008 2:40:07 AM



Clamwin doesn't have a realtime, or on-access scanner.

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Vanne 
4/8/08 6:32:48 AM
Champion

thanks guys, just giving Clamwin a go. looks promising. :)

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Jeruselem 
4/8/08 8:51:30 AM
Champion

Quote by Vanne
thanks guys, just giving Clamwin a go. looks promising. :)



Just be aware any AV without a real-time scanner will not stop a virus attacking your PC when the virus loads. Running an Av after infection is not quite as good as stopping the virus getting into the PC in the first place.

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LordBug 
4/8/08 9:22:31 AM
Immortal

Agree with Jeruselem, preventation is the best cure.

I'm somewhat surprised that you're concerned about the footprint of the AV. I run Avast in the background, and it has no performance hit at all, and that's on a C2D T7500. It's already caught a few nasties, so I'm happier for realtime scanning :)

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bnew 
4/8/08 3:16:45 PM
Guru

Avast would be my choice

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Vanne 
4/8/08 7:22:33 PM
Champion

once again guys, thanks heaps, its just that its not worth me running my XP box with afull-time scanner as its not used for browsing. only playing games. It has however caught 2 nastys and thats after 6 months of no virus scanning.

:)

i appreciate the need for having a scanner running in the background, as i do on my other XP box, but not for this one :)

cheers and thanks again :)

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Athiril 
4/8/08 10:07:42 PM
Titan

Quote by LordBug
Agree with Jeruselem, preventation is the best cure.

I'm somewhat surprised that you're concerned about the footprint of the AV. I run Avast in the background, and it has no performance hit at all, and that's on a C2D T7500. It's already caught a few nasties, so I'm happier for realtime scanning :)



Manually scanning your downloaded binaries would seem like a good idea to me as the best form of prevention :P

Also AFAIK Clamwin is the only free virus that "supports" Windows Server (2000, 2003, 2008) the others simply lock out installation via a version check (scabby bastards).

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Midnighter 
4/8/08 11:47:15 PM
Immortal

Quote by SquallStrife
Quote by Midnighter
Clamwin would be my suggestion. Free and has excellent detection. Low footprint, runs nicely.

http://www.clamwin.com/


Edited by Midnighter: 3/8/2008 2:40:07 AM



Clamwin doesn't have a realtime, or on-access scanner.



Yes, and if you read what he's after, he doesn't want a realtime scanner, just something to scan the drive with when he wants to. So, your point is really no point.

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SquallStrife 
5/8/08 8:29:11 AM
Titan

Quote by Midnighter
Quote by SquallStrife
Quote by Midnighter
Clamwin would be my suggestion. Free and has excellent detection. Low footprint, runs nicely.

http://www.clamwin.com/


Edited by Midnighter: 3/8/2008 2:40:07 AM



Clamwin doesn't have a realtime, or on-access scanner.



Yes, and if you read what he's after, he doesn't want a realtime scanner, just something to scan the drive with when he wants to. So, your point is really no point.



I see... Oops :-/

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Jeruselem 
5/8/08 9:28:17 AM
Champion

You can still get virusses off floppy disks, DVD, CD and flash sticks ... so you have scan everything you put into that PC. Oh yes, turn off CD AutoRun.


Edited by Jeruselem: 5/8/2008 09:42:45 AM

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