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What is a good free anti virus for a slow computer?

What is a good free anti virus for a slow computer? The anti virus has to be very protective and include basic protection programs to keep my computer safe. Give me a rating and personal comment (experience).

Also, if you recommend a good free anti virus that is a resource hog give me some information on making my computer faster.

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9 Responses to “What is a good free anti virus for a slow computer?”

  1. Ved said:

    Either AVG or Avast.

    As far as making your computer faster, there are a number of things you can do, but the most recommended is to upgrade your RAM.

    Go to and run their system scanner. It will tell you what RAM type your system uses and how much it can handle. RAM is so cheap now, aside form being free it is the most inexpensive upgrade to increase performance.

    Aside from just upgrading your RAM you can simply eliminate the amount of things starting up on your computer during boot-up. Too many background tasks running can hog up all your RAM and slow it down considerably.

    Go to start/run and type msconfig and hit enter.

    Click the Startup tab and uncheck anything you don’t need starting up when your compter boots up.

    When done reboot. There will be a popup that will come up saying some things have been changed to your startup. Just tick the little box to never show this again, and hit OK.

    Also, run a good cleaner(I recommend Ccleaner)

    …and also defrag.

    Open My Computer, right click on your hard drive(most likely Local Disk C:) and select properties.

    Then click on the Tools Tab, and hit Defragment Now, then the Defragment button.(this could take a while mattering on how large your hard drive is and how fragmented your drive is)

    *seriously? who gave me a thumbs down?*

  2. evchrysler300 said:

    After years of having Norton, I installed AVG on one of my computers and it is great. It is absolutely free and does everything.

    I will never buy Nortons again.

    At first, I was very apprehensive about it, but believe me, it works!!!

    Good Luck!

  3. mltsct said:

    I’ve used avast for several years now. I also recommend getting a program for adware. I use Ad-aware.

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  5. i♥u2 said:

    I strongly recommend Threat fire because it use very little system resources (5 MB RAM) and it won’t slow down your system.
    It offers protection against all types of internet threats – both known and unknown – spyware, adware, keyloggers, viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkits, buffer overflows, and other malware.

  6. fernando said:

    avast or avira

  7. doubledowntrent11 said:

    I don’t know if an antivirus will really speed up your computer much. What you need is a registry cleaner. You can scan your computer and use one for free at

  8. kate said:

    To fix a slow computer you can go to
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    It can clean your computer and restore your system to optimum performance.
    It works very well for me.
    Hope that can help you.

  9. Thomas said:

    Many anti-virus programs fail to remove or recognize viruses, leaving your system vulnerable. Consider trying Avast. It is a very light freeware program that is constantly updated and eliminates viruses and spyware efficiently. It often deletes a virus as soon as it enters your system.

    Here are the steps to take.

    1. Download Avast and follow the registration process.

    2. Install Avast.

    3. Uninstall your current anti-virus software from your system. Running more than one security program can decrease the effectiveness of your anti-virus software. Make sure that Windows Firewall is running in the Security Center under Control Panel.

    4. Right-click on the Avast icon in your taskbar. Its the “a” in the bottom right hand corner.

    5. Choose “Start avast! Antivirus.”

    6. Avast will run a short memory check.

    7. The memory check will close and another window will open. These are the directions for avast. Minimize or close this window.

    8. A grey rectangular screen will open on your desktop. This is the anti-virus program.

    9. Right click on the gray screen and choose “Schedule Boot-Time Scan.”

    10. Another gray screen will open.

    11. Choose the following circles and boxes.

    Scan all local discs

    Scan archive files

    Advanced options

    12. Under advanced options choose the following from the first pull down menu.

    Delete infected file

    13. In the second pull down menu choose the following.

    Allow delete or move

    14. Another gray window will open. Choose “Yes.” This box will close.

    15. Then choose “Schedule.”

    16. Another gray box will open. Choose “No.”

    17. When you are ready to run the scan, close all programs and restart your computer. It is a good idea to run this scan during a time when you will not need your computer. Consider running the scan when you leave for work or when you go to bed. It is a very thorough scan and can take a couple of hours.

    Avast! Information and History

    Avast! Homepage


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