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#1 badb0y

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 23:51

Hey guys,

 

Is there any Antivirus/ Internet Security which is lighter than Windows Defender in terms of system resources usage/ system load?

 

thanks




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Posted 15 October 2013 - 23:55

If you want to pay, i'd highly recommend ESET's NOD32 antivirus. (Y)



#3 OP badb0y

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 23:56

Is it lighter than Win Defender?



#4 adrynalyne

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 23:57

Clam AV :p



#5 Marshall

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 00:00

Windows Defender is not considered an anitvirus, it's anti-spyware and other unwanted software. This is considered a secondary defense when it comes to any threats.

 

In terms of resources used, you can't beat Webroot as it's a cloud-based antivirus. My experience with it proved to me that it's detection rates are substandard though. According to a lot of websites, Avast has a small footprint and good detection rates, although I've never used it so I can't offer any advice beyond doing some research.

 

Personally, I've used Eset for years and it has never failed me. It also is not a memory hog and has good detection rates.



#6 SnoopZ

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 00:03

Windows defender is the new name for Microsoft's antivirus on windows 8.

#7 Juguard

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 00:07

how much does windows defender use?  I use Kaspersky Internet security, and have been using Kaspersky since 1998, and never has it slowed me down.  I play some of the highest demanding games, and use Photoshop, rendering, and never have to turn it off.  Right now, it uses 85,808k system resources. :)



#8 DrakeN2k

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 00:10

Some hate for this, but Norton is a very light client now. They have changed there ways after all the hate.



#9 Anibal P

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 00:14

Some hate for this, but Norton is a very light client now. They have changed there ways after all the hate.

 

Norton is still worse than just getting a virus, AND freaking annoying as hell 



#10 OP badb0y

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 00:28

Right now I have Windows Defender + Malwarebytes. 

If I install Kaspersky Internet Security can it replace both?



#11 Luc2k

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:22

Norton is still worse than just getting a virus, AND freaking annoying as hell 

I'll give you the fact that it takes a lot of space on the HDD, but it's very light when it comes to resource usage. Elaborate on the annoying part?

 

Right now I have Windows Defender + Malwarebytes. 

If I install Kaspersky Internet Security can it replace both?

If you want the lightest, you should go with Webroot and keep the free version of Malwarebytes and do a scan every month or so.



#12 cropcircles

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:43

You can go on and on with this discussion with allot of various opinions. My advice is to just try some different ones and see how it integrates into your system. There are a few good free ones such as Windows Security Essentials, AVG, AVAST, COMODO and then you have the paid versions such as Kaspersky and the top of the line IMO Symantec-Norton.  From the feedback I"ve read here at Neowin I've seen Windows Security Essentials being the most preferred. I've tried them all over the years and I'd go with Norton Internet Security or Norton 360 if you want the best paid version. I'm currently using AVG Internet Security 2014 and I'm pretty impressed with it. A bit aggressive at times but workable.  



#13 +warwagon

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:46

Windows Defender is about as worthless as they come.



#14 Gerowen

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:50

Been installing BitDefender Free on computers lately and it seems to be very light on resources, and it's won several recent comparison tests.



#15 Denis W.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 02:05

Avast. The background service averages ~3 MB of RAM, the UI app itself also 3 MB of RAM, and doesn't impact I/O operations that harshly (MSE/Windows Defender is noticeably bad here).

 

NOD32 as a close second though.