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Old 04. Nov 2014, 05:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I took a quick look at MCShield and it looks good: I presume you won't be bothering with the option of MCS Cloud because of the lack of connection to the internet.
PS I have just noticed that the forum is in Bosnian!
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Old 04. Nov 2014, 05:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I presume you won't be bothering with the option of MCS Cloud because of the lack of connection to the internet.
Yes, you are right . I turned that option off in the settings.
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Old 05. Nov 2014, 03:21 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I'd suggest Qihoo Internet Security, not the TS version.

IS version is extremely light, and uses less than 20MB of RAM. Also it's got great detection and the excellent definitions of BitDefender [The offline download for BD definitions is also available at the Qihoo website]. I use it on one of my old WinXP systems and it runs flawlessly [low-end hardware with 256MB RAM ].



It's the lightest of all free antiviruses I"ve tested. Although 360IS website states that it's last product updateswas on Jan, it doesn't reflect the updates/fixes that have been coming in the recent months, as they're concentrating more on the TS version.
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Old 05. Nov 2014, 04:08 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Late to this with apologies but without internet and depending on what else they might be used for, isn't Linux an option with a lot less potential for agro?
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Old 05. Nov 2014, 07:54 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I was kind of expecting your post GJ .

Thanks for the suggestion. Sounds quite good, from your experience.

Tempted to try it, but I will pass for now. The huge downloads of more than 100 MB each for the program and the database are putting me off. On a slow internet connection, it will take time. Then, I don't want to again go through the drill of installing and checking out the antivirus.

I will keep the suggestion in mind though, and probably install it sometime, if the requirement so comes. For now, I am just going to go with MCShield, atleast on this computer.

I have one more computer to prepare, and for that I can consider this suggestion.
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Late to this with apologies but without internet and depending on what else they might be used for, isn't Linux an option with a lot less potential for agro?
Linux is an option, yes, but for me, not for the people that will be using the computer. Here in India, most of them want familiar grounds to work with, and therefore want Windows on their PCs. Linux won't appeal to them, and also, they will want to learn to use it first, and will have questions, and will also ask for different programs to do their work... for which I certainly won't have enough time.

Also, with lack of internet, I cannot do much if they require some program, and then I have to check for it at my home, and then go and install there. Not practical, since I myself don't have much experience with Linux and the programs.
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Old 05. Nov 2014, 08:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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GJ, want to ask a few things.

Does Qihoo makes the boot up of the computer slow?

Does it slow down the computer when opening a folder full of exe files? Avira and Avast both tend to do that on older computers.

I see it has secure browsing feature. Can this module be turned off if not needed?
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Old 05. Nov 2014, 10:44 AM   #18 (permalink)
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You don't have to download the definitions file, the installer includes the BitDefender definitions, it's for manually updating to the latest version. The current installer version includes BD definitions from Oct 28 I think.

Actually the experience of using an antivirus varies between different systems. One that works fine on a particular one, doesn't need to work the same way on another.

But if I could run it fine on a 256MB RAM system, then chances are it will run great on yours too. I don't have the system now, I used it last on early Jan this year, and Qihoo IS ran fine.

It's inevitable that antivirus programs scans documents/programs when opening, the degree of the performance slowdown differs according to antivirus and system used, what programs you run. When I used 360IS, it didn't slow down much compared to Avast, Avira and Panda.

It's highly customizable, and yes you could configure each and every component of the antivirus, just disable the add-on to turn off secure browsing.

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Ever since I upgraded and bought newer systems I use the TS version. Although I still feel the IS version was better and almost no false positives.
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Thanks for all the details GJ .
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I installed Qihoo on the computer with P-IV and 1 GB of DDR RAM. I was expecting it to run light. I found the interface pleasant, and settings easy too.

However, when I tried to copy a file from desktop to one of the partitions, the copy was running too slow. Normally, it would be smooth, but now it was crawling.

That really put me off. Maybe I should have given a bit more time to it, but this was bad enough for me, and I uninstalled Qihoo AV after this.

I have now installed good old Avast on the PC. It still slows down the computer when you open a folder with exe files in it. Surprising for me, since I thought that with 1 GB it would not do this, but I guess, apart from the RAM, the CPU, and the type of RAM plays a part too. The CPU is single core, and the RAM is DDR. Maybe all this isn't enough for Avast to function smoothly.

Anyways, am sticking with Avast. Computer otherwise behaves fine.
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