..so I suppose our Windows 7 & 8 both using only Windows Defender, Firewall, & UAC (always notify) are technically lighter. We've an XP for which I would have checked "other" since Avira was not mentioned. '..the best protection in real time'? I cant say, although my guess from what I've gleaned here from the "Oracles of Malware Eradication" has been that Comodo is very tight, Quihoo has been said to be light, and Avast may be as well.What's up with the "lighter" questions? Light is all relative to your system and what you have running on it.
neverending, I think you want to know which one uses the least resources, is that right?But some antiviruses slow down your computer by using too much processing power in order to clean a virus
kjdemuth, what is your opinion of Avast; and do you think it might also 'play nice' with Comodo's Firewall, or might one beat up on the other?Can't go wrong with CFW and Qihoo 360. Both very light and ultra powerful. CFW for me is super light and plays nice with Qihoo 360.
GREAT reply, and let me add to it, that most AV solutions will use less resources over time.I agree, everyone keeps asking this same ol' question.
Also what is meant by "lighter" for an AV? Performance?
- Maximum, average or idle RAM consumption
- Amount of I/O on the CPU
- Amount of disk space taken
- Bandwidth required for initial updates
- Bandwidth required for program, virus database, file checking etc.
- Installer size
- How much bloatware is included
- Time for a quick or full scan
In most polls, votes can based on their favourite software and what they experienced on their PC. For example: Some have gaming rigs running Windows 7 with the latest Intel CPUs and 16GB DDR3 RAM, while some have Windows XP with a single core and 512MB RAM. (Very slight exaggeration).
Why don't you try them, and what ones have you found to work best on your system? What kind of system specs do you have?
manmur, do you use Comodo Firewall too? I've read many good things about Comodo, although (presently) my sole experience has been using their extremely fast Chrome Browser alternative, Comodo Dragon.Personally I have no problems with CIS. I have been using it for a long time.