Reader Peter Killick wrote:
In your current newsletter you talk about the miniscule effect on computer performance of NOD32 antivirus.
To me, this is probably the most important aspect for rating any antivirus program (assuming its virus capturing ability is at least average or above by comparison to its peers).
I already begrudge the fact that money I could have used to purchase more productive software has to be spent on thwarting the scummy people that write and publish viruses. When antivirus software also significantly degrades the performance of my rather less than state-of-the-art computer (but it’s still the best one I could afford), well, that’s completely unacceptable.
There must be many in the same boat as me, but, strangely, antivirus reviews in the leading computer magazines hardly ever touch on this aspect. Probably because they’re aimed at business users who have massive budgets. So, to get to my point, I hear what you say about NOD32 being the best – but it’s more than I can afford.
The only comparative review I’ve seen recently that did include impact on the system as a significant criterion rated BitDefender as being the least demanding – but it only reviewed four AV packages altogether, so it was hardly comprehensive.
Maybe you could devote some space to your thoughts on this aspect in a future tips newsletter or article?
My thoughts on this aspect? Performance, or the lack of efficient performance, is the reason that I stay away from the big “I want to do everything” antivirus/antispyware/firewall packages.
One particular major manufacturer made my “don’t buy their products” list because, when I installed their 2004 antivirus on my monther-in-law’s computer, the computer slowed to a crawl.
It seems that some of the companies have forgotten that we use our computers for more than antivirus studies. Certainly, her Windows 98 / Pentium 233 worked just fine with the 2003 software, but the 2004 apparently assumed that there would be huge amounts of memory available — and the computer spent all its time writing to and reading from the swap file.
That just reinforced my thoughts that I would use the best in each category. Also, by using an application in each category, if I decide to change on of them, I can easily change.
Am I planning an sntivirus comparison article? No, I’m not — I’ve found the antivirus program I like.
Since I’m an individual, my research is focused on picking programs for me to use. Then, I write about some of them.