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I hope this hasn't been answered before, but this is a bit of a unique situation.

I am working in an office overseas and the computers they have are archaic by U.S. standards (well, some of them). I am trying to get an antivirus program set up on one of the machines, but I am in need of something that is light on resources if possible.

I use AVG on my own computer and have been happy with it, but I've heard negative things about resource use. The computer I am dealing with is running Windows 2000 with 256 gb ram (!!!) and a 4 gb hard drive. So, 85 megabytes for AVG itself might be a bit much.

It also has to be user-friendly to the point of being idiot-proof. The people I'm working with are not computer-literate in the slightest, so it cannot be self-directed whatsoever. Teaching them how to delete infections once they're found is about the most I can possibly hope for, and it would be even better if it deleted them automatically.

Anyway, is AVG still a good option, or are there others I should look into that still provide good protection?
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Should mention that I've heard about Avira and Avast and just don't have personal experience with them sufficient to make a call about them or others that might be free AVG alternatives.
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This thread will be better suited in the Applications forum. I'll move it over there now.


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I`ve had all three, avg/avira/avast over the last few years, and at this time, I just switched from Avira free over to Avast free, found here: http://www.avast.com...ivirus-download and am happy with my choice. The computer I have it on has almost the exact same specs as yours, and is also running windows 2000.
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I second Mikeme. I recently switched to avast! from AVG Free 9.0. avast! only uses around 10 MB of RAM for active scans, whereas AVG would use anywhere from 65-80 MB. The GUI is simple, intuitive and unobtrusive. The only catch is that you have to provide an email registration; it's free, but a pain in the neck nonetheless.
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Is it super-simple once set up? I am only here short-term and so I can set it up for them and check the scans the first several times (I'm here for 2 months but after that I'm gone and no one will be around)--so I can't have something that is even remotely complicated.

If it's simple, it sounds like that's the way to go. (Thanks for the advice and input so far, by the way).
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Yes, it's very simple. Just follow the installation prompts like any other program. It does need a restart once it's installed, but that's it. :)

Let me know if you need help with anything.
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Thanks guys, it sounds good. Thanks for the quick help....now I can mark this off my to-do list and get some real work done rather than dealing with their computers on a daily basis. :)
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I hope it works out ok for you :)
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Another good option would be Panda Cloud Antivirus
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If you are referring to Panda Cloud Antivirus free edition 1.0.01, the system requirements are Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7. Poster is running Windows 2000.
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Sorry I thought it did work on 2000
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