Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 28th Nov 2012 01:24 UTC
Windows The clock is ticking for XP users, with Microsoft ending support with its final security update after 11 years on April 8, 2014. Netmarketshare's desktop browser statistics show 40% of users are still using XP, totalling about 500 million users (versus Windows 7 at 45% and Vista at 6%). Gartner and Forrester analysts predict that 10% to 20% of enterprise PCs will be running XP after April 2014. Options for companies include: speed up XP conversions, sign up for Microsoft's Custom Support Program for after-retirement support, and add a supported browser to XP to replace unsupported IE8.
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De-support isn't the only problem
by benali72 on Wed 28th Nov 2012 06:03 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

I still have an old machine running XP. I'm not so concerned about the de-support as I am about running anti-malware on it. It's a uniprocessor P-4 that just doesn't have the horsepower to run most current anti-malware efficiently. Adaware and Avast! are examples. The thing can't run them with sufficient speed to make them practical.

Any ideas for other antimalware I can use (that has real-time support?)

I can run Malwarebytes and Clamwin but these do not have real-time support.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Microsoft Security Essentials

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benali72 Member since:
2008-05-03

Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't trust MSE because MS has an incentive to mess up my system (namely to force me to upgrade). They seem to try so many tactics to get users to upgrade that I wouldn't put this past them at some point.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

If you really don't want to run MSE for whatever reason (you know, Microsoft essentially already has root access on your Win machine, via Windows Update) - NOD32 was always very light, suitable for older machines; F-Prot similar, IIRC; though both not free.
Avira was also rather light last time I used it, and free (but it seems it has some gotchas now http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avira#Problems )

Or you might always try http://clamsentinel.sourceforge.net/

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silviucc Member since:
2009-12-05

Malwarebytes does have a real-time component in its Pro version.

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