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Our organization is currently running Symantec Corporate Antivirus, which is rumored to be a big resource hog. I know that we do have a lot of older machines that are running slow. Our PCs are all running Windows XP Pro and are used only for business applications (mostly Microsoft Office), e-mail, and web surfing. They're not used for gaming (one would hope not, anyway).

I'd like to take one of the old PCs and do a speed benchmark test while it's running Symantec AV, then another test with no antivirus, and a third test with ESET NOD32. As I said, I don't care much about graphics performance.

What would be an appropriate benchmarking program program to use? Freeware is best, of course.

Thank you for considering my question.

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The /best/ tool is probably XPerf, but that's probably overkill for what you want. :) – Shinrai Jan 17 '11 at 21:05
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Found 4 free CPU benchmark utilities. I haven't tried them though.

PC Wizard 2010 .

NovaBench.

Fresh Diagnosis.

CPU Speed Professional.

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