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The fact is 256 MB is not sufficient to run any of the current operating systems. That means that you're in a difficult place.
I have a 256 MB of RAM system. Whatever anti-virus I install, the system is terribly slowed down. Can you suggest an anti-virus that is compatible with 256 MB of RAM? I've tried almost all the anti-virus softwares, the latest being Avira but even that slows down my computer a lot. Can you help?
In this excerpt from Answercast #62, I look at an old machine struggling to run current software.
Probably not, unfortunately. 256 MB used to be a pretty big system - not anymore. I don't know what version of Windows you're running, but even Windows XP will struggle (without any anti-virus software!) on that kind of a system.
So about the only thing that I can recommend (and recommend strongly) is that you increase the amount of RAM in that machine if it's at all possible.
If it is not, then I really don't have any good alternatives for you short of finding a new machine. The fact is 256 MB is not sufficient to run any of the current operating systems. It just isn't and that means that you're in a hard place.
If you can't upgrade the RAM, you may need to consider upgrading the computer.
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