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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
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Defender is better than most free stuff out there, and better than nothing/good AV that isnt setup properly.
Do prefer Avast as free version with real time protection for system/web maxed out it usually blocks infected files so i dont even have to deal with infections and cleaning of the system.
And major reason why i didnt have do deal with any "..can you drop by and fix an infection.." calls from friends/family in the past +10y that im running it on their rigs.
None have hardware anywhere close to mine, so if it had any negative impact on performance, they would have complaint already :D
 

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Well, from my research, most sites say that Windows defender is good enough if you download the odd file and just surf the net but if you download torrents, access social media sites, accessing banking sites, crypto exchanges etc and do more than just surfing the net, then you should go paid. So these replies are most interesting.
AV does nothing to prevent any problems with anything but the first thing on that list.
 
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AV does nothing to prevent any problems with anything but the first thing on that list.
Sorry but I don't agree with that statement.
 
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AV won't stop user from installing crap that will ruin their PC's. It's the same as saying that simply having green lock icon next to the address bar makes the website safe.
 
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AV won't stop user from installing crap that will ruin their PC's. It's the same as saying that simply having green lock icon next to the address bar makes the website safe.
I think that we can all agree here that 90% of us are a bit more tech savvy than the average Joe. This thread isn't for those who are the average Joe. This thread is for finding out which AV is the most widely adopted AV amongst gamers and those of us who know the difference between an antivirus and an antimalware tool.
 
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Don't need to list my reasons. To say that a paid antivirus ONLY protects you from internet surfing and downloading the odd file is not giving them enough credit at all... If you want more reasons you can google it ;)
How would AV software protect banking stuff, cryptowhatevers and social media stuff, and why isn,t Defender good enough?
 
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How would AV software protect banking stuff, cryptowhatevers and social media stuff, and why isn,t Defender good enough?
Just for the record, I never said that Windows Defender wasn't good enough. Not sure where that came from...

But I'm not going to get in to a debate with you when that is not the point of this thread.
 
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Not going to get in to a debate with you when that is not the point of this thread.
It's odd you don't feel that is part of the discussion as to what is "best" for an antivirus. Though this thread was created under the guise of 'while gaming', "best" to me includes the right and best protections. This can also mean correcting misinformation...wherever that may lay.

...just saying. ;)

Anyway, have fun with this thread... can't say it answers the OP really, but hey...... ;)
 
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It's odd you don't feel that is part of the discussion as to what is "best" for an antivirus. Though this thread was created under the guise of 'while gaming', "best" to me includes the right and best protections. This can also mean correcting misinformation...

...just saying. ;)

Anyway, have fun with this thread... can't say it answers the OP (performance), but hey...... a thread is a thread!
You can start your own thread about the details of the different AV'S and their ins and outs and why free or paid is better than each other in whatever way they are.

You're welcome to discuss what you chose and why you chose the AV that you did for gaming but the rest of, it I don't care.

...just saying ;)
 
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eset smart security is the #1 anti malware/firewall solution for all scenarios incl. gaming, in my book.
 
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been using BitDefender and havent had any big impact then again i have a decent rig, for the longest time i only used Window Defender but lately i been going to questionable websites. :fear:
 
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Hm, hm. I use 4 kind, on diff pcs, but for gaming porpuse and compare each of them for it, i cant say much.
Avira is quiet fine for daily task, browsing, downloading, well even gaming too.
AVG has game mode (not really disturb you when specific programs - game executables run). It is fine too.
Kaspersky Free is the most annoying for me, it is always pop windows when i choose to not to...It slows my start and shutdown, since a few updates (But i will check this later, is it really relating to kaspy?)
Win Def is pretty fine too.
 
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been using BitDefender and havent had any big impact then again i have a decent rig, for the longest time i only used Window Defender but lately i been going to questionable websites. :fear:
The consensus here is that it doesn't matter what youre using if you're going to questionable sites. :)
 
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Hm, hm. I use 4 kind, on diff pcs, but for gaming porpuse and compare each of them for it, i cant say much.
Avira is quiet fine for daily task, browsing, downloading, well even gaming too.
AVG has game mode (not really disturb you when specific programs - game executables run). It is fine too.
Kaspersky Free is the most annoying for me, it is always pop windows when i choose to not to...It slows my start and shutdown, since a few updates (But i will check this later, is it really relating to kaspy?)
Win Def is pretty fine too.
I used to use AVG many years back until I switched to Webroot but I don't want to have to pay for another year if Windows Defender is good enough
 

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Just for the record, I never said that Windows Defender wasn't good enough. Not sure where that came from...

But I'm not going to get in to a debate with you when that is not the point of this thread.
Based on this:

Well, from my research, most sites say that Windows defender is good enough if you download the odd file and just surf the net but if you download torrents, access social media sites, accessing banking sites, crypto exchanges etc and do more than just surfing the net, then you should go paid. So these replies are most interesting.
I may have misread, but if one "should go paid" because you do banking online it sounds like Defender isn't good enough. Why isn't it? I'm not being abrasive (I hope); I'd really like to know what your conclusions where andwhat you based them on. When you did your research I mean.
 
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Based on this:



I may have misread, but if one "should go paid" because you do banking online it sounds like Defender isn't good enough. Why isn't it? I'm not being abrasive (I hope); I'd really like to know what your conclusions where andwhat you based them on. When you did your research I mean.
No offense but that quote specifically refers to most sites saying that. Not me specfically who said that Windows Defender wasn't good enough. I said it was based on the research of most sites I found. Meaning OTHER peoples findings. It wasn't me who said it.

However, I really don't want to detract the attention of this thread in to a discussion about why Windows Defender is or isn't good enough. I have already removed my AV in favor of Windows Defender on my machine which should indicate where I actually stand with this.

The point of this thread is as stated above "for finding out which AV is the most widely adopted AV amongst gamers" so I really don't want to keep going around in circles.
 
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That may be true but not everyone only has a gaming machine. Most machines are gaming and work or streaming etc. Which means that it stands to reason that if most people's machines are more than just gaming, surely people would have to have more than just Windows defender so it would be nice to know which AV is used. But the consensus seems to only be Windows defender which is surprising to me. :)


Do you use the machine for anything other than gaming?
Using my machine for many things, if not everything and its smooth sailing with Defender alone.

Paid AV?! That was NEVER necessary nor safer. Sites say a lot of things, I know better - a hint is that all these sites need an income and paid AVs do their marketing and lobby. Ill leave it to you to put two and two together ;)
 
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so you say malware risk is snake oil?
users that venture outside in the online world, so to speak, need robust protection, and eset here has been running like a dream since 2006 for me.
interactive manual firewall, and light on resources. i sourced a year's licence for six pc's for 7 bucks.
 

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so you say malware risk is snake oil?
users that venture outside in the online world, so to speak, need robust protection, and eset here has been running like a dream since 2006 for me.
interactive manual firewall, and light on resources. i sourced a year's licence for six pc's for 7 bucks.
Banking isn't "outside" and neither is social media, and firewall isn't AV. Or are we talking security suits? Because that's a different thing.
No offense but that quote specifically refers to most sites saying that. Not me specfically who said that Windows Defender wasn't good enough. I said it was based on the research of most sites I found. Meaning OTHER peoples findings. It wasn't me who said it.
Fair enough, but hard for me to know. Also, if talking "pure" AV, it's basically fearmongering. Or AV software has evolved insanely over the past few years.

also, conversations are fluid by nature. ;)
 
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Fair enough, but hard for me to know....
Hard for you to know?? If I read my post, the line "from my research, most sites say" would have given a clue immediately...

but hey, ok... sure...
 
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Surprised there isn't a "none" option?

When I was using Windows...the first thing I'd get rid of is any form of firewall. I used something a little more robust(hardware option). Now that I"m on linux...Gufw is the only firewall I've used. Turn it on and a) it stays out of your way, and b) doesn't hog resources. As long as that continues to be the case...I'll continue to use it.

Gufw

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Hard for you to know?? If I read my post, the line "from my research, most sites say" would have given a clue immediately...

but hey, ok... sure...
I think what you're seeing is that people want topics with substance, and the current content is... well. Okay, so we have established the majority uses Defender. When we get into the why though... we are offtopic? In that case just the poll would have sufficed, I guess.
 
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Surprised there isn't a "none" option?

When I was using Windows...the first thing I'd get rid of is any form of firewall. I used something a little more robust(hardware option). Now that I"m on linux...Gufw is the only firewall I've used. Turn it on and a) it stays out of your way, and b) doesn't hog resources. As long as that continues to be the case...I'll continue to use it.

Gufw

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Well, everyone should be using SOME sort of security but I guess my poll is not really meant for linux users so that is my bad and you are right, there could be scenarios where some ppl don't use any of the ones listed but maybe another :-( Sorry Liquid.
 

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Processor Ryzen 5 2600x
Motherboard Asrock B450M-HDV
Cooling AMD Wraith Spire I think
Memory 2 x 8GB G-skill Aegis 3000 or somesuch
Video Card(s) Asus GTX 760 DCU2OC 2GB
Storage Kingston A400 240GB | WD Blue 1TB x 2
Display(s) BenQ GL2450HT
Case Some old Antec
Audio Device(s) Line6 UX1 + slightly modded Sony DR-ZX302
Power Supply Fractal Design Effekt 400W
Mouse Logitech G602
Keyboard Cherry MX-Board 3.0
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores I once had +100 dorfs in DF, so yeah pretty great
Hard for you to know?? If I read my post, the line "from my research, most sites say" would have given a clue immediately...

but hey, ok... sure...
I missed that tbh. Mea culpa. The point still stands.
 
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