Which 2010 Antivirus Programs Are The Fastest?

Have you ever wondered which antivirus program is the fastest or which uses the least system resources?

I know I have, especially as I found one that was a real resource hog last year (though, to be fair, it was a beta version).

Well recently Anti-Malware.ru did just that, basing their findings on both raw speed and the level of system resources utilised.

which 2010 antivirus programs are the fastest?

which 2010 antivirus programs are the fastest?

The antivirus programs run through the tests were –

  • Avast
  • AVG
  • Avira
  • BitDefender
  • Dr.Web
  • Eset
  • F-Secure
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Microsoft
  • Norton
  • Outpost
  • Panda
  • Sophos
  • Trend Micro
  • VirusBlokAda

(You can learn more about many of the above in my ‘top 10 antivirus for 2010‘ post)

If you read their article you’ll see that they put various antivirus programs through a large number of tests to measure performance in many different settings such as –

1. Operation system boot time.
2. Memory & CPU used by antivirus software.
3. File copying performance (on-access antivirus scanner performance testing).
4. Scan speed (on-demand antivirus scanner performance testing).
5. Boot time for the five most popular office applications.

– I’ll let you read the detail, via the link at the beginning of this post, for yourself as it is quite in-depth.

Overall it looks like Avira performed very well in all the tests with the programs from other vendors getting mixed results depending on the particular operation being performed.

What is your experience with your antivirus program like?

Is it quick enough or do you find it sluggish in operation?

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. ESET NOD32 anti virus is the BEST…….. it rocks… and most user friendly….

  2. Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira, and PC Tools ThreatFire.

  3. I have heard good reports on Avira an have suggested it to other users before when discussing anti virus programs.
    I currently use AVG which i do like, except for currently it is flagging my Firefox profile as a virus.
    Last year i used Avast an it was okay, had no problems with it.

    • Hi Dave

      I don’t know about you but, having tried many antivirus programs over the last couple of years, my only firm conclusion is that they all seem to have their relative pros and cons.

      (You can probably tell which ones I positively dislike based on their absence from any of my posts over the last year or more).

      Interestingly, in terms of speed, it was one of my favourite vendors who served up the program that crippled my system when I tried it so I guess the best antivirus solution for anyone at any given time is quite a fluid answer.

      In terms of the free antivirus programs both Avast and AVG do a good job, as does MSE, but I still prefer the paid-for alternatives – I’m running F-Secure Internet Security 2010 right now and that is excellent both in capabilities and features. More importantly, for me, is the fact that I set it up once and then just left it to it and I don’t even know its running in the background.


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