Anti-virus for a gamer

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  1. blackfira
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    What are recommended antivirus programs for "gamers"? something that wouldn't take up a lot of cpu usage.

    Also anti-malware, firewall programs, etc
     


  2. moodswinger

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    Malwarebytes for anti-malwares. It doesn't update automatically but it's free.
     
  3. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

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    Antivrus/Firewall: ESET Smart Security BUSINESS Edition.... only the business edition has the firewall. Lets say its the lightest anti-virus, but either way when you game, just close your anti-virus or disable real-time protection (or something of the sort) its basically what eats up from your CPU...rather way it shouldn't affect gaming at all.
     
  4. mrfatso

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    eset nod32?

    works well for me, and at the very least no annoying pop up everytime i play some private servers [​IMG]
     
  5. Lodis

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    You are better of finding an alternative to having to use Antivirus along side gaming. I would dual boot for gaming only and use the other partition for anything else.
     
  6. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

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    avast isn't a resource hog at all. it's what i've been using for a while now, and i highly recommend it
     
  7. Linkiboy

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    Seconded, I have avast! with real time scanning and it doesn't use any significant cpu cycles on my netbook.
     
  8. david432111

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    Norton gaming edition. I'm totally serious, it's nothing like the regular norton it barely uses any resources and is very fast. Read some of the reviews. Doesn't include firewall but in my experience windows firewall is good enough.
     
  9. RupeeClock

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    Hahahaha, no.
    That's fine if you want a placebo effect, but everyone knows that Norton doesn't actually protect you from viruses.

    I agree with Avast, it's effective, and doesn't hog resources like other anti-virus do.
    I was using F-secure on my laptop for months just because it came with it, as soon as I replaced it with Avast I saw huge speed improvements.
     
  10. WeakNiZ

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    Avast is free download right?
     
  11. Wabsta

    Wabsta you fight like a dairy farmer

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    I'm (still) happy with AVG [​IMG]
     
  12. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

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    it is, but i arrrrrrred the pro one.
     
  13. Minox

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    Seconded, Norton doesn't find jack shit. You're better off without an AV if you're even considering Norton.

    As for recommended AVs I'd have to put a vote for NOD32.
     
  14. RupeeClock

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    Yeah, just download the home edition and register it.

    By the by, what do you guys prefer, Avast or AVG?
    I prefer Avast for being simpler and not hogging resources.
     
  15. Satangel

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    I prefer AVG. According to System Management, it takes 1MB RAM at the moment.
    So it's absolutely not hogging.
     
  16. moodswinger

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    Another good thing about Avast is that it lets you pick which category you want them to protect. If you don't need to protect your email from viruses, turn it off.
     
  17. blackfira
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    AVG is kind of funny because sometimes it scans and deletes files for some games. Not much of a problem, but I don't consider it a 'warning' when its scanning my computer.

    I think I will be trying NOD32. Any opinions on Kaspersky, anyone?
     
  18. Splych

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    I got ESET Smart Security 4. It is nice, runs smooth, and so far, I haven't received any virus (and I am not trying to get any ;P)

    I used to have Avast, it worked well too since it was free. Just register each year... I recommend either... If you got the money, or if you have your "resources" get ESET Smart Security 4, and if you don't got the money and are too lazy to do a little research for "resources" get Avast.
     
  19. Cermage

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    i use common sense 2010.
     
  20. Joe88

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    I just use ZA security suite
    has a gamer mode that just allows everything internet access when gaming so it doesnt bug you