Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 26

Thread: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

  1. #1
    HEXUS.admin
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    29,027
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    1,867 times in 640 posts

    Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    AVG, Avast, Panda, McAfee and more have been tested by AV Comparatives.
    Read more.

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    198
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked
    9 times in 7 posts

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Makes me glad I've used Avast for the past 3 years (for free too). Though my low powered chromebook (compared to my R9 280x equipped pc) is much faster when it comes to web browsing. If windows didn't dominate the games industry they'd be dead.

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    3
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    0 times in 0 posts

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    huh, just yesterday I dropped my free version of avast and went back to windows defender 'cause it seemed like avast was bogging down my laptop performance. after seeing this, i don't know what to think... i'll wait a few days before deciding if i should switch back again.

  4. #4
    OilSheikh
    Guest

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    I bet they didn't bother testing Norton as it would have scared the jewels out of them!

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Kingdom of Fife (Scotland)
    Posts
    4,991
    Thanks
    393
    Thanked
    220 times in 190 posts
    • crossy's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASUS Sabertooth X99
      • CPU:
      • Intel 5830k / Noctua NH-D15
      • Memory:
      • 32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4
      • Storage:
      • 500GB Samsung 850Pro NVMe, 1TB Samsung 850EVO SSD, 1TB Seagate SSHD, 2TB WD Green, 8TB Seagate
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus Strix GTX970OC
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX750 (modular)
      • Case:
      • Coolermaster HAF932 (with wheels)
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10 Pro 64bit, Ubuntu 16.04LTS
      • Monitor(s):
      • LG Flattron W2361V
      • Internet:
      • VirginMedia 200Mb

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Security software of one kind or another is widely regarded as a necessary evil for PC users. I remember, back in the 90s, trying out various AV solutions that had a terrible impact on my PC's performance.
    Linux+ClamAV - don't even notice it's there. Actually the only security software that does make it's presence felt are the various browser plugins (like ABP) that I use.

    (Yes, I know it's a cheap shot, but I don't feel up to anything more strenuous at the moment).

    Career status: still enjoying my new career in DevOps, but it's keeping me busy...

  6. #6
    Senior Member spacein_vader's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    Location
    Darkest Northamptonshire
    Posts
    1,374
    Thanks
    69
    Thanked
    356 times in 224 posts
    • spacein_vader's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus B85M-G
      • CPU:
      • i5 4460 3.2GHz
      • Memory:
      • 4x4GB Crucial DDR3 1600
      • Storage:
      • 256GB Crucial MX100, 500GB Crucial MX100, 1TB Crucial MX200
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus RX 480 Dual OC 4GB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX 520W modular
      • Case:
      • Fractal Design Meshify C
      • Operating System:
      • Pop!_OS 19:10 / Windows 10 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ GW2765, Dell Ultrasharp U2412
      • Internet:
      • Zen Internet

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Quote Originally Posted by Luke7 View Post
    If windows didn't dominate the games industry they'd be dead.
    I think you misspelt "corporate enterprise".

  7. Received thanks from:

    peterb (07-07-2015)

  8. #7
    Senior Member jag272's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    529
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked
    31 times in 30 posts
    • jag272's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI Z87-G43
      • CPU:
      • i5 4670k
      • Memory:
      • 1x8GB XMS3 1600Mhz CL11
      • Storage:
      • 1x 1TB WD Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • MSI GTX 760 2GB Gaming
      • PSU:
      • XFX TS 550W Core
      • Case:
      • Corsair Carbide 300R
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Samsung SyncMaster 943NW

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Quote Originally Posted by OilSheikh View Post
    I bet they didn't bother testing Norton as it would have scared the jewels out of them!
    I mentioned this to my friend as soon as I saw this article. They're not included in any of their other tests either other than the Enterprise tests in which Norton scores top marks (As they actually have to keep their enterprise version resonable rather than a bloated pile of junk the general consumer version is).

    But ye, wouldve been nice to include Norton, I suspect it would have messed up the scale of the results too much however, akin to making the rest of the results a lovely field and then Norton becoming Mt.Everest.

  9. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    1,388
    Thanks
    8
    Thanked
    68 times in 60 posts

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    I stopped using kaspersky (had it free from bank) because that bogged my system down and went back to windows defender...

    Might give avast a try before reinstalling but can't see a reason to change my usual approach (common sense) if I'm honest.

  10. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Cymru
    Posts
    309
    Thanks
    152
    Thanked
    47 times in 45 posts
    • satrow's system
      • Motherboard:
      • ASRock Z77E-ITX
      • CPU:
      • Ivy Xeon 1230 v2/Be Quiet Shadow Rock Topflow
      • Memory:
      • GSkill 2x8GB DDR3 2400Mhz
      • Storage:
      • 3x 256GB SSDs, 2x 1TB 2.5" HDDs.
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus blower GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 360W Gold
      • Case:
      • BitFenix Prodigy/2x 120mm fans
      • Operating System:
      • W7x64 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dual (/triple) Dell U2412M 1900x1200
      • Internet:
      • TalkTalk FTTC ~14Mbps

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    The system under test was an HP branded PC...
    They missed a trick there, should have detailed how much HP's crapware Windows version hits performance compared to the Retail version of Windows that they tested with.

  11. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Redditch, United Kingdom
    Posts
    337
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    10 times in 7 posts

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Quote Originally Posted by v0j4 View Post
    huh, just yesterday I dropped my free version of avast and went back to windows defender 'cause it seemed like avast was bogging down my laptop performance. after seeing this, i don't know what to think... i'll wait a few days before deciding if i should switch back again.
    windows defender is pretty useless

    I also thought its "good enough" until saw random window opening on top of screen that was changing home pages on browsers... was quicker to just kill the .exe via task manager, defender didn't even notice anything was weird even after full scan.. installed avast - cleaned all that crap out

    im still using defender tho but only because i cant disable it on windows 10 because its mandatory there -_-
    Last edited by aniilv; 06-07-2015 at 08:39 PM.

  12. #11
    Senior Member MrNeil's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    544
    Thanks
    23
    Thanked
    53 times in 34 posts
    • MrNeil's system
      • Motherboard:
      • H370 Aorus
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 8600k (1st intel ever in all my 16 years with AMD)
      • Memory:
      • 16gig G.Skill Trident Z 3200Mhz
      • Storage:
      • x2 Kingston 240GB HyperX SSDWD + 480gig evo 500GB Caviar Blue Hard
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Aorus RX580 8gig
      • PSU:
      • 850W EVGA SuperNOVA G2,
      • Case:
      • NZXT H440 STEEL Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Window 10 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • AOC G2770PF 144Hz
      • Internet:
      • TalkyTalk 76mb

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    No Comodo ?
    Used them for years and never had a problems with virus or malmare ! Not even system hogging ..

    Quick Heal and ThreatTrack !! Never heard of these guys .

  13. #12
    Token 'murican GuidoLS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    806
    Thanks
    54
    Thanked
    110 times in 78 posts
    • GuidoLS's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5Q Pro
      • CPU:
      • C2Q 9550 stock
      • Memory:
      • 8gb Corsair
      • Storage:
      • 2x1tb Hitachi 7200's, WD Velociraptor 320gb primary
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia 9800GT
      • PSU:
      • Corsair 750w
      • Case:
      • Antec 900
      • Operating System:
      • Win10/Slackware Linux dual box
      • Monitor(s):
      • Viewsonic 24" 1920x1080
      • Internet:
      • AT&T U-Verse 12mb

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    I've found that a combination of Defender/MSE, Malwarebytes and common sense have worked very well for me.
    AVG has memory leaks, and the nags are annoying and obtrusive - something that never gets mentioned.
    Kaspersky is way too invasive on too many fronts. And while it *may* be tinfoil hat territory, there are some political issues there.
    Norton Enterprise is decent - Norton Home and McAfee make me want to poke hot needles in someone's eye...
    Never thought much of Avira. It's not bad - it's just meh - or was, anyway.

    And I'm going to presume that a professional outfit removed all the HP bloatware, but even if they didn't, that would probably be a good thing. Real world demonstrations on real world machines.

  14. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Liverpool
    Posts
    1,017
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked
    26 times in 20 posts
    • [DW]Cougho's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus Crosshair VI Hero
      • CPU:
      • AMD Ryzen 1700 @ 3.9GHz
      • Memory:
      • 16GB Team Group Dark Pro DDR4 @ 3466 C15
      • Storage:
      • 256gb Samsung 830 & 1TB Samsung 850 Evo
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Gigabyte GTX1070 G1 Gaming
      • PSU:
      • Corsair AX760
      • Case:
      • Silverstone FT-05B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • BenQ XL2730Z 1440p 144Hz
      • Internet:
      • BT Infinity 1

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    I have used Avast in the past and it was fine, but I didn't think it was particularly lightweight. I've been running Bitdefender free for years now and I love it, I mainly switched due to it consistently topping the charts on another AV league table. Windows defender seems generally awful, and I don't like Panda either - as I run that on my works laptop.

    As said above though, realistically any of the main players plus an occasional run of Malwarebytes seems to do the trick for me, but nothing can replace common sense.

  15. #14
    Banhammer in peace PeterB kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,219
    Thanks
    1,526
    Thanked
    2,940 times in 2,383 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Do check out the detection rate reports for the softwares as well - system impact is but one factor and for an overpowered gaming machine probably the least important. Avira does especially well in those tests, AVAST not bad either, but both have quite high false positive rates (AVAST especially).

    I'm quite happy with Avira - the daily nag pop up is potentially too annoying for some, I'm OK with it. It did think RaceRoomExperience on Steam was a virus though and the O2 broadband installer was potentially unwanted - how it knew I'd swapped providers I'll never know

  16. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Bermondsey
    Posts
    207
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked
    7 times in 7 posts

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    I remember using ESET for a while, long ago, but that's it - I just don't run any AV programs.
    Unless you count windows Defender.

  17. #16
    Banhammer in peace PeterB kalniel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    29,219
    Thanks
    1,526
    Thanked
    2,940 times in 2,383 posts
    • kalniel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte X58A UD3R rev 2
      • CPU:
      • Intel Xeon X5680
      • Memory:
      • 12gb DDR3 2000
      • Graphics card(s):
      • nVidia GTX 1060 6GB
      • PSU:
      • Seasonic 600W
      • Case:
      • Cooler Master HAF 912
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10 Pro x64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell U2311H
      • Internet:
      • O2 8mbps

    Re: Impact of security software on system performance investigated

    Quote Originally Posted by Lil-Diabo View Post
    I remember using ESET for a while, long ago, but that's it - I just don't run any AV programs.
    Unless you count windows Defender.
    According to the results, no it shouldn't probably be counted.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •