Baidu Antivirus Beta

Baidu Antivirus is a ultra light weight, easy to use, extremely fast anti-virus program that protects your system from malware, viruses, spyware, adware and other malicious programs.

The program combines the Baidu Antivirus Engine and Baidu Cloud Security Engine with the Avira Antivirus engine to provide you with complete protection against all online threats.

Baidu Antivirus offers an easy to use interface with several advanced configuration options as well as quarantine of infected files. It also has an extremely small memory footprint, so you can actually do other things while it is running on your computer. Other features include automatic updates, Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS), scan reports and more.

Download: Baidu Antivirus Beta | 22.0 MB (Freeware)
View: Baidu Antivirus Website | Release Notes

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Although I wouldn't argue with your opinion and overview of Baidu, because I've tried it and it's not bad, I would totally disagree with your claims that Avast "likes to 'eat' RAM" and you need a powerful PC to run Avast Antivirus.

It's well known for being one of the lightest free antivirus around and has been for several years. Personally I've installed it on no end of low end and old PC's simply because it runs better than just about anything else on them.

I play with different AV's all the time and I run across some of most low ended machines you can find, including a couple of my own. One is wife's and other is kids actually, as I very seldom touch those 2.

There ARE a few settings in Bitdender you can set, but not the bells and whistles of most other AV's.

I recently switched from Bitdefender to Baidu, and for speed and not slowing computer down, I think I'd choose Bitdender, myself. Panda really sucked on the kids computer.

Thanks Copernic, I am currently using a combination of MSE, and Malwarebytes Pro... But I am a Computer savvy person so I don't go trolling for doggy websites to download stuff from.

Yes, lot of folks are using it:

I tried it too and all I can say is that is very fast, doesn't slow down my computer at all, and, in my opinion is 1000 times better than MSE and 1.000.000 times better than AVG. In terms of detection rates, I think that 3 engines are more that enough. Now let's get to 'this versus that': Forget AVG, it become a sort of Norton. Is Baidu Antivirus better than AVAST Free? In terms of detection I don't think so, but if you have fewer system resources than Baidu Antivirus is the winner. AVAST Free is a great antivirus but likes to 'eat' RAM and other stuff. If you believe various in 'independent' antivirus tests: let say if AVAST catches 98.8 % viruses than Baidu Antivirus is at 97.7% (I don't know exactly but this is the ratio more or less). Do you want to pay for an antivirus? Take a look at NOD32, Kaspersky or Bitdefender but don't forget to buy some additional RAM and a fast processor before buying Kaspersky or Bitdefender.

Other free choices:
1. Panda Cloud is not so lightweight as it claims.
2. Bitdefender Free is a bare-bones, relatively lightweight antivirus. There are zero, zip, nada settings.
3. Emsisoft Anti-Malware (free edition) = AGAIN buy more RAM
4. 360 Internet Security: very similar to Baidu and the main competitor of Baidu in China.

To conclude, the winner is:
- if you need something fast and very easy to use than Baidu is a good choice.
- Baidu has 3 engines; Baidu Antivirus Engine, Baidu Cloud Security Engine and Avira Antivirus Engine. If you don't like Avira than get 360 Internet Security - it comes with Bitdefender engine for free.
- if you have a relatively powerful PC, go with AVAST Free.
- If you are worried and almost 'paranoid' (e.g. you can't sleep because you are dreaming of viruses eating your files) than buy NOD32 or Kaspersky or simply unplug you computer and go hiking.

Oh, almost I forgot: Is it true that Baidu is spying on its users? Baidu is spying on its users no more than Google on theirs. First of all, you should know that in China Baidu is a mega-search engine just like Google is it in the Western world. Both are making money from tracking users etc... so both are 'spying' on you but nor Google or Baidu steals your credit card or looks on your computer folders.

Edited by Copernic, Mar 6 2014, 4:44pm :

Has anyone downloaded and used this software... From what I've seen, looks very interesting as it uses three different scanning engines.