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  1.    09 Feb 2016 #1
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    Antivirus - suggestions?


    Hello. I want to disable Windows Defender as I have feeling it's eating a lot of my memory from using a lot of resources, or whatever, so I need to download some light free AV... do you have any recommendations? Maybe Bitdefender? Anyone using that AV here or at least tried it? Any other suggestions are welcomed.


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  2.    10 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 551
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit

    Hi squickly, Bitdefender free is not compatible with win 10. But there are quite a few alternatives, AVG, 360 TSE Essentials, check out the antivirus thread here for more info.
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  3.    12 Feb 2016 #3
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    I'd probably go Avira or Avast if you want something free.
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  4.    29 Feb 2016 #4
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Georgia
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    windows 10 home premium

    Hi I use BitDefender free on both my computers and they work great .Jerry
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  5.    01 Mar 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 149
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    "it's eating a lot of my memory from using a lot of resources, or whatever"

    So.. how have you come to this conclusion when you don't even seem sure as to what it is actually doing?
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  6.    01 Mar 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    SouthWest, FLorida
    Posts : 470
    Win 10 Pro (x64), OSX 10.11

    Quote Originally Posted by Squickly View Post
    Hello. I want to disable Windows Defender as I have feeling it's eating a lot of my memory from using a lot of resources, or whatever, so I need to download some light free AV... do you have any recommendations? Maybe Bitdefender? Anyone using that AV here or at least tried it? Any other suggestions are welcomed.

    How much memory you have in your system, 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 Gb, 16 GB or 32 GB?
    Do you have any empirical evidence that Windows Defender is eating a lot of memory?
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  7.    01 Mar 2016 #7
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7

    On my system the defender takes 76MB.
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  8.    01 Mar 2016 #8
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    SouthWest, FLorida
    Posts : 470
    Win 10 Pro (x64), OSX 10.11

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    On my system the defender takes 76MB.
    Yes, but you have 8 GB memory so 76 MB only take .1%. That is not bad at all. On other hands, if he has only 512 MB memory that will be 15%+ memory utilization and that is a lot!

    Wait, you need at least 1 GB for 32 bit or 2 GB for 64 bit in Windows 10. If you have a small netbook with only 1 GB memory and you use 76 MB that is almost 7.6% utilization. It is all relative...
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  9.    01 Mar 2016 #9
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10 Home

    Avira free, Malwarebytes paid because of realtimeprotection, but there is a free version for scanning and removing malware. But most important, you!
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  10.    01 Mar 2016 #10
    Join Date : Mar 2016
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    Windows 10 Home

    I used to always use free anti-virus programs. You can get by, but it seems like you will eventually get a virus. If you're savvy and have the time, you can google how to clean pretty much any virus these days and get it off using free tools. After reading a bunch of positive reviews, I finally tried Bitdefender Total Security 2016. You can use it for 30 days for free, so I decided to try it. I was so impressed that I actually bought it. You get deals once your trial period is almost up. I ended up getting half off of the yearly price. (Think I paid $40.)

    Anyway, just thought I'd share my positive experience since I literally just purchased about a week ago.
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