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Anti-virus for the CPU/RAM challenged


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I hope I'm asking in the right forum.... The Security section seemed to be for topics relating only to malware infection and removal so I popped in over here.

Acer One Netbook - Model AOD255
Windows 7 Starter SP1 (32-bit)
Intel Atom CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz
RAM: 1GB
Charter Security Suite (F-Secure)
Browser is Firefox - latest update.

How much real-time scanning do I really need? Would Windows Defender and doing a frequent manual scan be sufficient for me? I'm RAM and CPU-challenged and it's almost impossible to get around my constantly-performing-something anti-virus. It was the same with McAfee and even Avast.

I don't download movies, music or games.
I don't play games or stream music online.
I have no P2P apps.
All devices (4) are wired to my router - none are wireless (due to a neighbor's neat aircrack trick)
My devices are NOT networked together.
I don't visit porn & hack/crack-ware sites.
I don't Facebook, Twitter, Intsagram, etc.
I don't have email on this machine, either.

On this machine, I only (but daily) visit:
Netflix
Xfinity
Intellicast
and 1 local news site
On occasion I visit my banks and iTunes

All AVs I've tried mess up Netflix and Xfinity to a degree that I can't even watch. Unloading the real-time scanners have worked every time but I get nervous leaving them off for hours at a time. I love the convenience of this little netbook and don't want to have to abandon it. Any advice or solution? Is there an anti-virus with a setting especially for this?

Thanks for any tips.
-Lisa

Edited by medusa9, 27 December 2014 - 08:55 PM.

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Make sure you disable defender. Also for each antivirus that you have had on your machine, please run the removal tool for it. http://kb.eset.com/e...46&locale=en_US After each removal tool has been ran for the antivirus that were previously on the machine, reboot the computer.

 

Then I would suggest that you install 360 total security, I have installed it on machines with 512mbs of ram (xp machines) and notice no difference it is like it is not there.

http://www.360totalsecurity.com/

 

As far as the amount of ram that you have, 1gb...... With windows 7 you should really consider having at least three gigs of ram and with the price of ram these days you might consider purchasing at least one more stick.

 

Use this tool to see what ram you need and more important how much your computers motherboard can support.

http://www.crucial.c...n/systemscanner

 

If you have never changed a ram stick then see the video  below, there is no need to pay anyone to replace it for you, since it is a simple task. :)

 

Just make certain to remove the battery and then hold the power button down for three seconds before opening your machine.


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Thanks so much.  360 is exactly i'm looking for! 

 

I had NO IDEA Ram was this inexpensive!!!  Last time I upgraded RAM was back when 55MHz computers were still the only affordable ones... LOL   It cost me a mint so I had always assumed a ram upgrade would still be too costly.  Wow! Thank you.


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Glad to have helped. :)


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With the 360 Total Security, would  you add the optional Avira and BitDefender Engines?


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They are threre by defualt you need to slide the slider to activate though.


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Does Qihoo still operate light when the extra engines are also running?


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