Best performance to quality ratio in AV

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by apu95, Dec 26, 2005.

  1. apu95

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    Hey guys,

    I fixed up a laptop for my sister as a Christmas gift for her. Its a simple config, but enough for what she'll be using it for.

    These are the specs:

    Pentium 3 700mhz
    128 shared PC100 ram
    WinXP Pro
    80 gig drive
    PCMCIA wireless
    Standard 56k modem

    For now I installed Zonealarm Security suite to keep it running, but I notice that during bootup (and in general functioning whenever it asks about a program that wants to access the net) it takes a long time to load. Anyways, I'm looking into another AV software I could use (preferably free) and just keep the Windows Firewall instead. Anyone have any ideas?

    Thx,
    Apu
     
  2. jcim05

    jcim05 OSNN Junior Addict

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  3. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    I use AVG Free on all my personal PC's. As well as a few at work. It really depends on what you want, but for home users, that aren't downloading anything from anywhere? AVG Free is great.

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  4. apu95

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    Yeah, my sister sometimes adds crap to the computer without her realizing...I'm gonna give AVG a shot, thx guys :)
     
  5. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I know you said it is enough, but you might also want to look into disabling some services and parts of the GUI, and perhaps upgrading the RAM. That should give you a nice performance boost.