Is there a 64-bit antivirus software out there?

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Spin, Mar 26, 2008.

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    Spin Guest

    Gurus,

    Just ordered a Dell laptop with Windows XP 64-bit edition. However, the
    only antivirus software which can be placed on the laptop from Dell is
    32-bit versions. Is there a 64-bit antivirus software out there?
     
    Spin, Mar 26, 2008
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    Jane C Guest

    Jane C, Mar 26, 2008
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    Spin Guest

    "Avoid Norton/Symantec and MacAffee on anything."

    Why?
     
    Spin, Mar 26, 2008
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    Howard Swope Guest

    I am running Norton 2008, it is 32 bit, but seems to run fine so far on
    Vista 64.
     
    Howard Swope, Mar 26, 2008
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  5. Personally, I think Norton and McAfee, are both very heavy on execution.
    Ties up the system noticeably. You pay good money for them, and still they
    carry restrictive license's. In contrast, Avast! has kept me well protected
    for several years now on a free license - it updates up to several times a
    day and it is extremely lean on system resources.

    I wouldn't contemplate going back, even for a nano-second!

    Several of the regulars here are equally happy with this, and the
    alternatives.


    Tony. . .
     
    Tony Sperling, Mar 26, 2008
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    TJD Guest

    I have been running Norton 360 for a year and now, and Norton 360 version
    2.0 for a month - both on Vista Ultimate 64-bit - flawlessly. In fact, the
    new 360 combines both a security system and a "tools group" that all work
    fine on 64-bit (albeit in 32-bit mode). But, I believe Norton even works
    fine with the 64-bit Explorer (except for their "anti-phishing" feature).
     
    TJD, Mar 27, 2008
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    Carlos Guest

    Because...
    1.- Behemoth sized software
    2.- Resource hog

    I have been using Avast for a couple of years and feel quite satisfied with
    it.
    I install it with its defaults and I never notice it is even there.
    :)
    Carlos
     
    Carlos, Mar 27, 2008
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  8. McAfee you should avoid like the plague. I had to put up with it on a
    corporate network once; it was setup by domain policy (so I couldn't
    override) to full scan *every* file on *every* read, write, attribute
    change, sneeze, sideways glance at, thought about, imagined thought about,
    etc. Every file. Even 6Gb VMware image files, 70Gb MySQL database files,
    etc. The hard drive light is on solid all day and a 2Ghz box runs like a
    300Mhz one. It also has the worst known detection rate of the pop
    commercial antivirus products in testing - less than 60% iirc. The free
    ClamWin is better for your security.

    (these hits from google on "antivirus shootout")
    http://www.sunbelt-software.com/ihs/alex/marx/detections_2007q2.htm
    http://virus.gr/portal/en/content/23-april-10-may-2007

    Norton/Symantec is significantly better for your security, however its
    memory footprint is atrocious. Go out and stick a few more Gb of ram in
    before using this gargantuan beast! Also as a power user I think its
    interface sucks. Probably best left to old people with lots of money for
    the ram they need & no IT nouse, whose last virus infection was Influenza ;)

    From experience I can recommend Kaspersky Internet Security on Vista x64.
    I'm waiting on Eset and F-Secure to make 64-bit versions of their products.
    It's always useful to have more than one method of protection.

    -M
     
    Matthew Hawkins, Apr 3, 2008
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    John Barnes Guest

    Go into Program settings/sound and disable either all sounds or select a
    less annoying one.
     
    John Barnes, Apr 3, 2008
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