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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ok seriously? I hope people who are saying to not use an anti virus are trolling. It's like sleeping with every single person you visit with no protection. Pretty sure you won't be saying that when you get an STD(virus) because you didn't use protection(anti virus). Best to have one running and not need it, then not have one and then realise that your back account, RRSP's, and personal information has be violated. Any website can get hacked at any time. Anonymous is breaking into EVERYTHING and if they can do it, some Joe will break into your system. PS, don't post your stuff up here saying your don't run anti virus n stuff. Not hard to packet sniff your ip address and get your info.
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I think someone is talking out of their rear end. The ONLY people on here who would be able to get my IP address are going to be the moderators / administrators.

Now, with my IP Address ... what can they do? All having my IP address is going to do is allow them to run a port scan / vulnerability scan to see what ports are open. I'm behind a firewall / NAT device. I have no ports forwarded and I access my home computers / servers through a VPN.

Just having my IP address ... isn't going to do anything at all. Now, if I were directly connected to the internet and had a bunch of ports open on my laptop ... then maybe, just maybe ,they might be able to attack RPC or something.

I use a modified hosts file that I update regularly. Don't visit any crazy sites (on a windoze machine) and keep everything updated along with clearing browser info on exit. I run combofix and kaspersky bi-weekly. Never ... NEVER had a problem.
    
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Ok seriously? I hope people who are saying to not use an anti virus are trolling. It's like sleeping with every single person you visit with no protection. Pretty sure you won't be saying that when you get an STD(virus) because you didn't use protection(anti virus). Best to have one running and not need it, then not have one and then realise that your back account, RRSP's, and personal information has be violated. Any website can get hacked at any time. Anonymous is breaking into EVERYTHING and if they can do it, some Joe will break into your system. PS, don't post your stuff up here saying your don't run anti virus n stuff. Not hard to packet sniff your ip address and get your info.

Anonymous are a group of amateur hackers, they mostly do DDoS'n and that's about it. Also they don't spend their time creating and spreading infections, they only compromise websites. A antivirus wont save you from being phished by them. Again the only thing you can do with a home IP is denial of service. Router firmware rarely has exploits in it due to manufacture error. So there is absolutely no way for them to get into your network if your behind hardware. You need to learn how a local network really works before assuming having no antivirus will make you vulnerable to people hacking into your home network. The people who are "trolling" about not using an antivirus are the few people who know how to keep themselves safe without relying on dodgy software.
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I use Norton Internet Security 2012 without any issues. No noticable impact on any of the games I play. Just add the games to the Quiet mode settings, especially if you play them windowed.

I also use Spybot Search & Destroy and SpywareBlaster as passive protection, and for the browser (FireFox 8) I use NoScript, Ghostery and Adblock+. And yeah, I do visit porn sites. tongue.gif

With an SSD, an overclocked Sandy Bridge and plenty of RAM, there is absolutely zero reason not to use security software.
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NOD32 is the opposite of bulky, not sure what version you used.. i've been using it for years. The new 5.0 even has a game mode where it makes it uses even less processes when using a fullscreen app. You have an i5 at 4.6GHz, nothing is going to slow it down enough to make a difference.

NOD32 has no issues when gaming, i've never had one. I've never had to disable it (other than recently but that was a very odd situation, that I fixed by adding an exception to the program).
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Have you tried Zone Alarm? Im not sure how lightweight it is but ive never noticed any difference in games, it also has a gaming mode smile.gif
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Lol at the people who suggest Norton or McAfee... I work at a tech center for my university and I cannot begin to tell you how many people come in with problems that are solved by UN-installing those programs. Even had a strange case where the laptop's left and right click were reversed, and as soon as I rebooted after unistalling McAfee, no more problem. I personally do not run any security mainly because I know where I'm going online and trust myself not to make stupid decisions. However, I always recommend the use of MSE just for the simplicity and overall effectiveness.
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For free I often recommend

* MSE + Windows Firewall (lightweight PC setup)
* avast + Comodo Firewall (If you have SSD this will have similar boot time as above configuration, more protection on this one).

For paid I often recommend Kaspersky or NOD32. NOD32 is very lightweight (I believe it is written in assembly language, not sure).
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