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Default Battle of the Antiviruses! - 11-07-2009, 07:39 AM

I've been reading some threads on Mydellmini about antivirus, where people ask what is the best antivirus for the Minis. However, the opinions are widely varied and none of the threads seem to come to a final conclusion about what is the best netbook antivirus. So I decided to test them out myself.
For each antivirus software, I test the shutdown and boot times, and the amount of disk space free. After testing it, I uninstall it using Revo Uninstaller. I try to be as fair as possible, and I'm not rooting for any of them.

Note: it seems that my free disk space specifications are irrelevant, because installing and uninstalling the antiviruses leaves some files scattered around my ssd. In the beginning with no antivirus, I had 2.61 gb free. Now I have 2.54 gb free with no antivirus. You probably noticed how the ssd space decreases for each antivirus as I go through the tests...

No Antivirus:
2.61 gb free
Startup: 48:15 seconds
Shutdown: 25:58 seconds

Avast Antivirus
2.46 gb free
Startup:1:25:27
Shutdown: 38:00 seconds

Norton Internet Security 2010 Netbook Edition
2.35 gb free
Startup: 1:26:16
Shutdown: 45:27

ESET NOD32
2.34 gb free
Startup: 50:76
Shutdown: 29:65
Note: When starting up, NOD32 displays a splash screen. That stays on for 3-4 seconds, but can be turned off. Here are instructions: http://www.eset.eu/buxus/lib/print_page/print_page.php

Microsoft Security Essentials
2.23 gb free
Startup: 55:72
Shutdown: 35:76

UPDATE: Kaspersky Netbook Edition doesn't play well with Windows 7. Therefore, I'm trying Kaspersky Internet Security 2010.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010
1.98 gb free
Startup: 1:02:67
Shutdown: 43:35


Winner: ESET NOD32!
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Default 11-07-2009, 07:48 AM

http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

Don't forget SE and its free as well...
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Default 11-07-2009, 06:03 PM

What do you consider startup time? I am seeing much shorter times than you with Norton. Also, Norton is the only product you tested that is also a firewall.


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Default 11-07-2009, 06:39 PM

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What do you consider startup time? I am seeing much shorter times than you with Norton. Also, Norton is the only product you tested that is also a firewall.
What I consider startup time: from the second i press the power button, to the send I see my desktop. Since I have a password, I pause the stopwatch the second the logon screen appears, and resume the stopwatch the second I press "enter"

Also, after reading the antivirus threads, I know you're a big fan of Norton.
I might actually redo the Norton test tomorrow, because I might not have done the most accurate test. That one was actually the one I wasn't 100% sure about. A question: I used Norton 2010 netbook edition, but Windows told me there were compatibility issues. I told it to run anyway. Maybe that could cause issues? What edition are you running?


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Default 11-07-2009, 07:08 PM

Norton, as far as I am concerned, is a Virus of it's own. If you dont believe me, try uninstalling it some time. No way will you ever catch me using a program that wont allow you to uninstall. Pretty shady, imo

I dont personally run an anti-virus on my own PC or netbook, but when I do installs for friends and family I have used AVG and Security Essentials with great success. Avg seems to slow things down more than SE (but nowhere near as slow as Norton) so I have been using SE more and more.

As far as why I dont use AV, It is more about fals positives than speed. Every once in a while I install AVG on my own system to check and make sure it is clean, then I uninstall it. They tend to quarantine first and ask questions later, and when copying files and folders it screws the copy, making my work more difficult. Plus, I dont look a the PORN, Facebook, Twitter, etc which seems to be where 95% of them hang out
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Default 11-07-2009, 08:25 PM

Norton uninstalls quickly and cleanly, and has for the past several releases. Yes, sometimes things can go wrong, and they have a nice "removal" tool. So do most other anti-malware products I have seen. My HP printer driver also has one.

I am using the regular "edition" of NIS 2010. The "netbook" edition comes on a USB stick but is otherwise the same.

I just tried timing startup and shutdown using your method. I got 33.0 seconds for startup and 50.6 seconds for shutdown, but I have lots of other software installed that may influence this. You didn't compare time to a stable system (CPU usage under 10% for at least 5 seconds), so you aren't looking at how the various products initialize once you log in. You also didn't look at time to do a scan, taking into account number of files scanned.

I don't doubt that NOD32 is a good product, but this simplistic comparison is like comparing two race cars to see which one can start its engine the fastest. Yes, startup and shutdown time is important, but it isn't the only important thing.


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Default 11-07-2009, 08:52 PM

I don't need one for my HackMini, but for my Mini 9 with XP it's AVG, 'nuff said.


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Default 11-07-2009, 09:39 PM

I lost interest in AVG after several issues with false positives were reported in the past year. Also, reports are that it dramatically slows down boot times. In recent months I have tested Avira, BitDefender, Microsoft, Avast and Norton.


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Default 11-07-2009, 11:12 PM

I've never had an issue with either of those things, but I guess it is possible.

I have used it for years and if you set it up properly it works fine.

BTW, I am referring to the free version.

I don't care for the new way they have you install it, by downloading a download manager. But that is another issue.

I personally stay clear of anything by Norton (other than Ghost, years ago.)


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Default 11-08-2009, 01:04 AM

Kaspersky is also a firewall...


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