Originally Posted by Hot Fuzz
Lol at people telling me I shouldn't be using a PC? I haven't been using an anti virus or firewall for nearly a year now on my main computer (majority of the time it was disabled). I have never had a serious virus/trojan or any forum of malicious software on my computer in years.
I am asking this question more-so to see if there is any antivirus/firewalls that I should download that are gaming friendly. Everything else I have tried has really dampened my gaming experience as I had to fiddle with the program to make it cooperate. If an antivirus/firewall can give me security that I may or may not need and still not affect my gaming experience, then I will obviously use it. That is why I am asking.
I'll have a look at MSE and AVAST. Thanks for the help so far.
I've found Avast! to be quite gaming friendly. I only have one custom rule to make 3DMark11 work properly. I've also never
had a false-positive with Avast! nor have I ever had a situation where Avast annoyed me while gaming. It's so low-resource that I honestly don't even notice it running and the Web-Rep plugin is pretty nice. (For IE, Chrome, or Firefox) I think that you'll be happy with Avast! or MSE in terms of footprint. Avast! probably has better detection rates than MSE though.
Originally Posted by Warmonger
I also run no adblock or no-script with my chrome. The chances of you getting infected from something web based is a lot less then you actually downloading something and executing it. I don't say this to encourage people to not use protection, im simply stating that getting an infection is really, really, really hard if you don't toy around doing things on your machine that you shouldn't. And if I really ever do become infected, I will still of known about it in the end due to constant scans with Malwarebytes. I choose it over anything else such as clamav etc, simply because its definitions cannot be matched. Its made to scan and detect whatever is detected umong virus, trojans, rats, rootkits, keyloggers, etc. A simple system format and a clean install of the OS and your good as new. Simply because the fact is a machine getting an infection is like getting into an accident with a brand new car, no matter how much body work you do, it will never be the same.
A gaming forum that I visit was hit with some crafty injections from a .ru domain that infected the php scripts that it ran. Anyone who logged in and used the website for the 5 hours or so that it was compromised became infected with a pretty nasty worm that mined data from any active headers or cookies. I'm not precisely sure how it worked, as I'm not a virus/malware/adware/trojan security expert. I do know that even folks who delete all browsing history, cache, and cookies on browser-close (or regularly) and who run no-script and AdBlock Plus were infected because they already had the site set in a mild level of trust before it was compromised. Anyone who had other browsing tabs open, such as for their e-mail, had their e-mail accounts compromised and becoming spam-bots for male enhancement and such. It wasn't a bad site and no one expected it to be compromised, but there was apparently a vulnerability.
Avast caught it real-time and prevented it from infecting my machine. MSE, Norton SE, Comodo AV, and AVG didn't catch it and their users were infected. Yes, Malwarebytes rocked the solution to it for them, using file-assassin and MWB in combination, but it was an annoying fix for them and their e-mails had already become spam-bots, sending links to friends that were also links to a similar bad site with malicious php on it that would do the same thing.
If your solution to that is to blithely state, "I've got all of my data on a different drive or partition entirely and I'm willing to reinstall my OS every time this happens" that's fine, but I personally won't play with that. Needing to reinstall my OS is unacceptable to me. I like NoScript and AdBlockPlus because I like to have total control over what ads, popups, and other annoyances affect my browsing experience and what ones don't. I don't rely on them for "security" but rather for my own happiness.
Originally Posted by iknownothing
I seriously doubt anyone here has to worry about DDoS attacks, also I was saying that if people are seriously worried about security or have something worth protecting get a decent cisco router or go nuts and get a Cisco ASA 5505 on ebay for around 200 euro
Yeah, I wasn't clear with what I was trying to say. What I meant to say was that it's possible that their PC could be infected by a trojan that turns their PC into a bot in a bot-net that activates for DDoS attacks on other sites. A home/home-office firewall won't normally stop that, unless it blocks that outbound port, because the traffic appears to be legitimate. A software firewall may very well analyze the packets and stop them upon origination. That was the case that I was trying to make for the outbound protection on a software firewall being a bit more robust. I like having total control over all packets on my machine and I honestly don't notice the added overhead at all.