shmu26

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today I reinstalled avira free 2016, on Windows 10 pro x64.
It seems that the cpu usage is a lot higher than it used to be I am often seeing 6% cpu usage from Avira.
Avira.servicehost is the name of the process I am talking about.
This is on skylake i-5, with a light work load. Aside from windows task manager, I have no other process running that is using a significant amount of cpu.
Isn't 6% cpu too high for an AV running on a modern system?
 

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today I reinstalled avira free 2016, on Windows 10 pro x64.
It seems that the cpu usage is a lot higher than it used to be I am often seeing 6% cpu usage from Avira.
Avira.servicehost is the name of the process I am talking about.
This is on skylake i-5, with a light work load. Aside from windows task manager, I have no other process running that is using a significant amount of cpu.
Isn't 6% cpu too high for an AV running on a modern system?
Tested on my two i7's (4th and 2nd Generation) and barely uses more than 2% cpu
On my mid end system however, goes up to 5% when basic functions are being performed by Avira, and up to 20% whilst scanning (spikes however).
 
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Noxx

If you're up to 15% with AVIRA and not scanning, then your CPU probably isn't very good. 15-20% IMO while scanning is not unreasonable, especially when you're not technically supposed to be doing anything else but casually browsing during that time.
 

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I am browsing internet with that number up to 15% at times ,I have a intel oc'd cpu which is just a few years old ,it is just the way Avira behaves now ,check out there forums ,alot of complaints on this.
 
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Might have been a bad update and it's just not working well with certain people's PC's. EMSISOFT seems to go from light to moderate performance back and forth, as well.
 
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Might have been a bad update and it's just not working well with certain people's PC's. EMSISOFT seems to go from light to moderate performance back and forth, as well.
Avira made recent changes - so could be a new quirk.

Emsisoft CPU usage should not be spiking either. Once you perform one full system scan, thereafter all that is needed is for File Guard to be enabled. You shouldn't notice Emsisoft at all in the background except for perhaps during a very brief period during updates or scheduled scans.

Both need to be reported on their respective support forums.
 
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Avira made recent changes - so could be a new quirk.

Emsisoft CPU usage should not be spiking either. Once you perform one full system scan, thereafter all that is needed is for File Guard to be enabled. You shouldn't notice Emsisoft at all in the background except for perhaps during a very brief period during updates or scheduled scans.

Both need to be reported on their respective support forums.
It's just my average PC talking (and internet). EMSISOFT is stupidly light for the amount of protection it provides. The file-guard change is what helped me a lot. And yeah, I imagine it has to be a recent change, because I ran AVIRA on my laptop for months and it ran very well.
 
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If you messed with the Avira settings - and set heuristics and other settings to maximum - then even during low-level system usage, Avira real-time protection will tax the CPU.
 
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BMW325I

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Try 98% usage with nothing installed,with a fresh reformat on windows 10,thats the reason i cant use avira since upgrading to windows 10
 

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if you just reinstalled Avira, you should perform full scan first and don't touch the heuristic level (I see no point of increasing heuristic level) just keep it default. the only changes you should make are all types of threat enabled on threats categories setting and also all types of file enabled on scanner and real time settings. I am using the pro version with FW module unchecked, I replaced it with Comodo FW, after running full scan from both, my laptop runs very light, I'm using i5 4th gen, 4gb ram,
 

shmu26

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In the past, I have indeed noticed that Avira was using too much CPU (as compared to other simple AVs), when running on a low-spec system. And I saw others complaining about it on the Avira forum.
 

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