Solved virus scanner for Windows XP

Toshiba / P30
August 28, 2014 at 08:21:57
Specs: Windows XP, 512MG RAM
What are people using these days. Yesterday I removed AVG because it just seemed to be getting too slow and replaced it with Microsoft Security Essentials, but I ma not sure if it working correctly, because I keep getting warned about the end of support for XP.

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August 28, 2014 at 11:02:48
From Microsoft:

"If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed on Windows XP, you'll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time

Which means eventually MSE on Windows XP will be next to useless.

Avast Antivirus is the only other free one which will run on Windows XP (SP2 or SP3 required):

Eventually, however, Avast updates will also be unavailable for XP users as the application is improved and new features added which XP doesn't support.

You really should consider moving up to a newer version of Windows so you'll be able to use any antivirus that's out there.

I use the free Comodo Antivirus & would recommend it to anyone without hesitation, but it requires Windows Vista or later.

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August 28, 2014 at 15:44:03
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Also Bitdefender intend support for a few years, see here:
It is a very low resource and non-intrusive cloud based package.

MSE will continue to be updated until mid 2015.

These two XP security notes might be of general interest:

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 28, 2014 at 15:52:00
I have worked on 2 XP comps in the last week, both using BitDefender.

Slowed them down way to much, replaced them with this.

Baidu Antivirus

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August 28, 2014 at 16:02:49
"Slowed them down way too much"
Worth knowing, also about Baidu - thanks.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 4, 2014 at 17:14:01
Thanks everyone....i will try out different options including baidu.

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