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Which Antiviruses are Known for a Fact to be Working on XP SP3 as of 2019?

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4 minutes ago, mo832 said:

@Dave-H 

Does either of these two have low resources strain (especially less than MSE when it did the daily background update) ?

Do you have any other suggestions for a good substitute that is free, effective, and light system drag?

Well my netbook is a pretty feeble machine, and Avast free doesn't seem to cripple it!
Malwarebytes is good by reputation for being light on resources, and again there is a legacy XP compatible version (3.5.1) which I'm using on my main machine as I couldn't get Avast to work there.
The snag with MB is that the free version only does on demand manual scanning, not real-time scanning, if you want real-time protection you have to pay for a subscription.
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I too use Symantec Endpoint Protection (Client) version 12.1.6 on one of my WinXP machines. It is very heavy on the hardware, but is also very reliable and relatively easy to configure. Updates will be coming for at least one more year from now.

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Yes that is the right version.
Beware that a lot of download sites say they have 18.8, but when you download it it's actually the current incompatible version.
:)

EDIT: Oh the link's gone. :dubbio:
This is it anyway. :yes:

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2 hours ago, Mathwiz said:

Here's a quick link to the installers for the last XP version: https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=223244.0

Nope :no: ; the correct official avast forum topic with links to both off-line/on-line installers is:

https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=220639.0

:yes:

Edited by VistaLover
fixed wrong link :-{

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Thanks, it is exactly the same file as on Filepuma, but always best to get downloads directly from the source company if you can!
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Well, it's done. Avast 18.8 Free is on my system and MSE is gone. Looks like I traded up (although Avast wants me to update FF 52.9.1 :rolleyes: )....

Be Aware: getting MSE off my system was a nightmare! May have been a mistake to install Avast first; anyhow, the first time I tried to uninstall, it just locked up and I couldn't stop it. Had to power off & reboot.

I gave it one more chance, and the second time it sort of half-worked. Said it uninstalled, was gone from Add / Remove Programs in the Control Panel, but the logo was still in the system tray in red. Had to kill the msseces.exe process, then delete "/Program Files/Microsoft Security Client/", "/Documents and Settings/All Users/Application Data/Microsoft/Microsoft Antimalware/", and "/Documents and Settings/All Users/Application Data/Microsoft/Microsoft Security Client/" all manually to completely get rid of it.

There's probably still a registry entry or 12 floating around....

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Is there a way to disable MSE in XP without having to uninstall it? And is this ok to do, or is it better to just rip the sucker out altogether?

(If I try one of the other av programs I would like to do it without disrupting my system in case I don't like it and have to remove it after the trial.)

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I think you can stop it from running by:

  1. Disabling the Microsoft Antimalware Service
  2. Removing the registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MSC (export it to a .REG file first, in case you change your mind)

But it looks like #2 must be done offline. The key is protected....

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3 hours ago, Mathwiz said:

Here's a quick link to the installers for the last XP version: https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=223244.0

BTW, I think you have to use the online installers. The offline installer links are for the current post-XP versions.

To download Avast Free Antivirus v.18.8.2356 I suggest you use this site:
https://yadi.sk/d/Jr7OwahWbXaUD
or:
https://www.filepuma.com/download/avast_free_antivirus_18.8.2356-20726/
The offline installer file downloaded from there seems to be appropriate. The full version name is:  18.8.2356 (build 18.8.4084.409)

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1 hour ago, Mathwiz said:

I think you can stop it from running by:

  1. Disabling the Microsoft Antimalware Service
  2. Removing the registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MSC (export it to a .REG file first, in case you change your mind)

But it looks like #2 must be done offline. The key is protected....

It is easier to use the Autoruns program (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns).

microsoft_security_client.png.c024d138bbf2dad159d992f6dfc7b3bf.png

In the "filter" window, enter: microsoft security client
and then deselect all displayed items.
This is effective if the MSE has been installed in the folder with the default name: Microsoft Security Client.

And:  1. Disabling the Microsoft Antimalware Service

At the end you need to restart the computer.

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If you go to msconfig and uncheck msseces from the startup tab, and disable the ms antimalware service, will that work?

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Avast recommend that you uninstall MSE completely.
Frankly, what's the point in keeping it? It will never work again on XP!

I had the same problems that @Mathwiz had uninstalling it.
The first time it just said it was uninstalling and never completed. After 15 minutes I got bored and manually rebooted.
The second time it appeared to uninstall but didn't at all, apart from the entry in Add/Remove Programs disappearing.
I tried the MS "Fixit" that's supposed to uninstall it, and that didn't work either, it said it completed successfully but didn't appear to have done anything!
I had to manually delete the folders too, and get rid of a large number of orphaned registry entries, including services entries.
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