What are the best free, light firewall and antivirus?

by on June 5, 2012

Hey all, At the moment I have Comodo internet security, which has good detection rates and an excellent firewall, but is very resource-heavy. What I want is a antivirus with excellent detection rates which is light, and also a good firewall. My system specs are: 3Ghz CPU 1Gb RAM. Thanks! P.S. I would get avast, but I just have one concern and that is: No heuristics?

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Gustav June 5, 2012 at 1:56 am

Download AVAST anti virus and use Zonealarm for your firewall :)

Then if you want download Spy Bot search and destroy for your Spyware and remember to update them…

Jack June 5, 2012 at 2:37 am

My cfp.exe is idling at 8MB of memory usage. I’d hardly call that very resource-heavy. What’s yours at?

I’d recommend Eset Smart Security if you care to pay or pirate. I used Zonealarm for a while but don’t recall performance impact or reliability. Comodo is the only firewall I’ve used long term and it does fine for me. Avast does have heuristics.

Do not pay for AVG or use it if you think you may need phone support. You will be charged for help or made to use e-mail support which is generally useless.

Jacob S June 5, 2012 at 3:14 am

Comodo Internet Security is very light on resources and is good at prevention and good removal. I have vista on my pc and 1gb of ram and im only using 39% ram. But if you want to pay for one i would go with kaspersky or norton, norton has got really light and gots good detection.

F - Secure June 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

Sometimes you get what you pay for – so it might be better to shop around for a deal instead. You should be able to find some good products out there in the 50-80$ range. Google the names of retailers, read reviews, etc. The important thing is to use a security product that includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and firewall.

500 free online channels TV @ PC June 5, 2012 at 4:13 am

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