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Which on demand scanner is the best for xp sp3 with low mem?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:16 pm    Post subject: Which on demand scanner is the best for xp sp3 with low mem? Reply with quote

Which on demand scanner is the best for xp sp3 with low mem?

I have been trying to download avast. Cnet, keeps moving the download, so I can't resume downloading.

I do have an old nortons, that I could manually update.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both Avast and Norton are on access antivirus applications. They are not designed to be demand scanners, and neither can be installed alongside another resident antivirus.

Some good demand scanners, that have free versions, included MalwareBytesAntiMalware (MBAM for short), Superantispyware, Asquared, and Spybot.

A resident antivirus should also be run, and a firewall. (Are you using one? XP has a built-in one-way firewall, but no included AV.)

The best cure for a memory shortage is more memory. How much do you have?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry groze, I accidentally hit new topic instead of reply to your post.

Simply read my response in the post over yours.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Osage.

A moderator could move your post for you. Just pm one. It is cnet. It is not the download manager. In fact this download manger can resume files, the next day. You can shutdown the computer and turn it back on. Then you can resume the file.


Tarq57

I think I used the wrong word. I meant on-access protection. ClamWin does not have that. I am aware you normally can't have two virus protection running at the same time. I am using a firewall, that I like.

Does any on know how the new free avast scanner is doing?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The current Avast version is 5.0.418, and appears to be working well for the vast majority of users.
There are reports of teething troubles, particularly with the earlier releases. Those are reducing in frequency.

This using the latest Avast are generally very happy with it. It seems it's even better than the 4.8 version it replaced, and that one is good. I know, I'm still using it.

You can have Clam installed alongside Avast, I think, no problems. It may pay to disable Avast if scanning with Clam, however.

Cnet is a pain at times. Try downloading it from FileHippo
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarq57 wrote:
The current Avast version is 5.0.418, and appears to be working well for the vast majority of users.
There are reports of teething troubles, particularly with the earlier releases. Those are reducing in frequency.

This using the latest Avast are generally very happy with it. It seems it's even better than the 4.8 version it replaced, and that one is good. I know, I'm still using it.

You can have Clam installed alongside Avast, I think, no problems. It may pay to disable Avast if scanning with Clam, however.

Cnet is a pain at times. Try downloading it from FileHippo



I think it is the file itself. Not the program or the website. I even re-installed the download manager. Same problem. I was able to download avg awhile back.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll not know unless you try.
I don't know how (or what) problem with the installer file could cause it to fail to download.

If you do download it (or even if you don't, and elect to install AVG) you will need to remove Norton, and run the Norton Removal Tool before installing the new AV.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a direct download. At least I hope.

Is this a valid link?

download780(dot)avast(dot)com(slash)iavs5x(slash)setup_av_free.exe

I think the problem. I was not getting a static link. The website location keep changing. I won't know for sure for awhile.

I just want to make sure avast uses download 780
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea.
How about posting the URL?
Or you could try version 4, English version, Direct download (From Avast).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://download780.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free.exe
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

groze wrote:
http://download780.avast.com/iavs5x/setup_av_free.exe


Oops, I meant to ask if that link is ok.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure looks OK, and genuine, what is the parent page?
The normal download page is here and if you were to click the top download (multi-language 43Mb) you'd probably get a similar result.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other thing to possibly point out, is the fact that using secondary
AV scanners like trend micro and similar, is not as easy as it seems for the download challenged.

Simply because they need to first download a massive set of definition files before they can start doing any scanning. It used to take me about a whole afternoon on dial up, just to get the definition files. If you can't download an active anti virus, I doubt you would have any success downloading the definition files to accomplish an inferior single time passive scan.

As for groze, if groze can't manage to get any success downloading avast or any similar full time active antivirus, one alternative is either to go to a public library or have a friend with better computer with broadband, simply download the install files for avast 5, put it on a cdr or a pen drive, and use that method to install avast on your own computer.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tarq57 wrote:
It sure looks OK, and genuine, what is the parent page?
The normal download page is here and if you were to click the top download (multi-language 43Mb) you'd probably get a similar result.


I hope it is. I just installed it on Xp sp3. Which I am posting from.

I finally got it downloaded. I will ask over at avast forum.
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