Free AntiVirus for DialUp(WindowsXP SP3)

Emachine / T1220
August 21, 2009 at 11:22:31
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 128MB ram
Im new at computers. I just tried and UNinstalled Avast free antivirus (it slowed my pc down to the point where it almost froze) Im looking for a "free" anitivirus for dialup. Is there even such a thing out there?

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#1
August 21, 2009 at 12:21:34
You're running XP with 128Mb memory? Good Lord; don't blame Avast for the slow down, blame eMachines for marketing that thing configured the way it is.

http://www.emachines.com/support/pr... Series&model=T1220

You need to max out the memory on that thing to have any real success running XP and any internet browser.

http://www.crucial.com/store/listpa...

You have to shop around for a decent deal; here's one example...

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name...

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#2
August 21, 2009 at 12:26:57
You could use a Portable App like Clam

http://portableapps.com/apps/utilit...


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#3
August 21, 2009 at 13:17:36
Not enough memory is a constant problem with systems running slowly, even if they are not on dial-up. SP3, anti-virus and then opening various windows will cripple any system with less than 512mb of RAM. I recommend a minimum of at least 1gb. Your problem will be that the T1220 with a Pentium 1.2G CPU will be the price for RAM. It uses PC100 memory which probably limits you to finding 512mb modules. Consider that pricing could be in excess of $100USD for 2 modules. Many places do not stock them now so good luck on finding them.

Richard


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#4
August 21, 2009 at 16:05:54
Avast is one of the "low-resource" virus scanners, so any other package (aside from the previously mentioned portable Clamwin) will only slow you down more until you get more RAM. If it does use PC-100 memory, you may get by with PC-133, and here's a decent price on 512MB sticks:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...


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#5
August 21, 2009 at 16:23:05
It's supposed to use a max of 2x256Mb PC133 unbuffered nonecc ram. I imagine it's a Tualatin core Celeron so PC100 would probably work too.

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#6
August 21, 2009 at 16:51:03
Thanks for all your input, Im really not interested in adding anything to this right now, as I do plan on getting a new PC, but for the time being, thought I should get an antivirus, (I had the free trial Macafee Virus Scan, but the trial period is over, I know I will NOT get another Emachine either, I may not know much about computers, but I have heard Emachines are the worst. I do appreciate your help.

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