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Best Antivirus for PC While Gaming

Best Antivirus while Gaming

  • Bitdefender

    Votes: 5 10.9%
  • Kaspersky

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Webroot

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Norton

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • McAfee

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Panda

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Avast

    Votes: 5 10.9%
  • AVG

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Zone Alarm

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Windows Defender

    Votes: 33 71.7%

  • Total voters
    46
  • Poll closed .
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Just have the free malwarebytes installed and if you are feeling that you may have an infection and windows defender isn't detecting it, run it.

Otherwise, I do a ton on my PC like you wouldn't believe. I have yet to get infected. But that is because I am smart about it. I use malwarebytes if I am really unsure, I use ad blockers.
 
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Also Windows Defender,can't really remember the last time I used any other nor when was the last time I picked up anything 'nasty'.

Every now and then run the free version of Malwarebytes too.

My PC is mainly for Gaming and general use like browsing,multimedia,etc.
 

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I use and am happy with Avast. The reality is with modern PCs you really aren't going to notice a performance impact caused by your anti-virus. Any of the well known AV programs are decent enough and shouldn't impact performance.
 
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I use and am happy with Avast. The reality is with modern PCs you really aren't going to notice a performance impact caused by your anti-virus. Any of the well known AV programs are decent enough and shouldn't impact performance.
I did get a ton of warnings when I was using Avast:s email plug-in. I dropped Avast and rolling with only Defender this time around. The guy I talk with that has a sick rich grandmother who needed my help cashing checks recommended Defender.

@Wolvyreen , you should modify the poll to include Defender so you can get actually useful results.
 
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I did get a ton of warnings when I was using Avast:s email plug-in. I dropped Avast and rolling with only Defender this time around. The guy I talk with that has a sick rich grandmother who needed my help cashing checks recommended Defender.

@Wolvyreen , you should modify the poll to include Defender so you can get actually useful results.
Apologies but the site doesn't allow me to edit the poll. I tried. I think it's because others have already voted. :(
 
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Its alright. Conclusion clearly is in favor of AVG antivirus.
 
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Apologies but the site doesn't allow me to edit the poll. I tried. I think it's because others have already voted. :(
Yeah, I think you are right about the voting closing editing. You could try asking a mod but it may not let them either.
 
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The guy I talk with that has a sick rich grandmother who needed my help cashing checks recommended Defender.
Remember as long as you wire me that money I'll let you keep some for your troubles...and Grandma says "Hi"
 

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Apologies but the site doesn't allow me to edit the poll. I tried. I think it's because others have already voted. :(
No need to edit the poll, I did edit the title to reflect what you meant to ask ;)
 
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No need to edit the poll, I did edit the title to reflect what you meant to ask ;)
Actually, if you could edit the poll to include Windows Defender, that would be great. Most people have posted that option but can't select it in the poll.
 
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That
Actually, if you could edit the poll to include Windows Defender, that would be great. Most people have posted that option but can't select it in the poll.
Would be awesome if @bogmali would do that for us...
 

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Just have the free malwarebytes installed and if you are feeling that you may have an infection and windows defender isn't detecting it, run it.

Otherwise, I do a ton on my PC like you wouldn't believe. I have yet to get infected. But that is because I am smart about it. I use malwarebytes if I am really unsure, I use ad blockers.
Exactly my method so I’ll just quote it.
 

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OK poll reset and added Windows Defender to the list
 
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Thank you @bogmali. Pity that the poll had to be reset though.
 
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Hi,

I am curious as to what the community thinks about the best Antivirus software while gaming. Which Antivirus has the least amount of performance knock and best security at the same time.
No clue what the "BEST" is... but I just let Defender do its thing. That + good browsing habits = no viruses in ages. ;)

All this poll will show is what people use. Performance impact on AV, AFAIK, has never been measured empirically so nobody is going to know the answer to the actual question.
 
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i join the group with Windows Defender and that since i upgraded from Win 7 to 8.1 and finally 10 ... not a single issue with it
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but I just let Defender do its thing. That + good browsing habits = no viruses in ages. ;)
yep, pretty much that.

edit: now ... [tinfoil hat on]if we imagine that big company behind paid AV are, probably, also behind most viruses/trojan/malware on the web ... we are not out of the cr@p[tinfoil hat off]
(just in case ... i am not serious at all with that last sentence ... )
 
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I use and am happy with Avast. The reality is with modern PCs you really aren't going to notice a performance impact caused by your anti-virus. Any of the well known AV programs are decent enough and shouldn't impact performance.
This. We're not in 2005 anymore, we have gobs of RAM and more CPU cores (which are quite fast on their own) than we know what to do with. An antivirus bogging down the system is a thing of the past.

Windows defender already comes with Windows, and does a good enough job on its own. It's worth noting that any user can still infect even the most secure machine with the best antivirus with enough bad habits...
 
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No clue what the "BEST" is... but I just let Defender do its thing. That + good browsing habits = no viruses in ages. ;)

All this poll will show is what people use. Performance impact on AV, AFAIK, has never been measured empirically so nobody is going to know the answer to the actual question.
I don't think best is being used properly in this case. I think the average person thinks (I'm not speaking for you OP or suggesting this is what you think) the more people that use something then the better it is. In that case, whatever gets used the most is the "best". As you so astutely pointed out, no one here at TPU, me included (because I don't care enough) does any empirical measurements of their AV (or likely anything else).

Actually, I take that back. I can think of two users who will pop in and say they have and then tell you to go research on Google.
 
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Webroot has the lowest overhead and fastest scan times.
With years of use under my belt, I have never had a virus with it.
 
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Webroot has the lowest overhead and fastest scan times.
With years of use under my belt, I have never had a virus with it.
interesting. :) The first respondent mentioning webroot. My renewal is coming up and after this thread, I'm thinking of ditching it for Windows Defender. Hence the reason I posted this thread. I wanted to know exactly what everyone was using and it is obvious it is Windows Defender.

I've never had one single problem with webroot except that I had to pay for it. It's overhead is minimal but there are issues with it regarding the whole zero day recognition not being as good as the more well known AV's but people make a good point here about the overhead not being an issue anymore with all the resources we have.
 
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