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Anti virus for gamer?


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#1 plunger12345

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 06:24 PM

All I do on my computer is play video games and surf the web a bit. So I am just wondering what a suitable anti virus would be that is free for gamers? I have heard a lot of good stuff about AVAST and AVG. I've had trouble in the past with Avira and got a lot of virus' with it. So is AVG or AVAST better?

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 02:07 AM

AVG and Avast are both excellent free antiviruses, but Avast has slightly higher detection rates according to most tests, and is also lighter on resources in my experience.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 08:05 AM

You did not mention online gaming sites so a word of caution if you use them too.

In many cases, online gaming sites are a security risk which can make your computer susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, exposure of personal information, and identity theft. They can lead to other sites containing malware which you can inadvertently download without knowledge. Users visiting such sites may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code which can trigger pop-up ads and malicious Flash ads that install viruses, Trojans and spyware. Ads are a target for hackers because they offer a stealthy way to distribute malware to a wide range of Internet users. Gaming sites can put you at risk to fraud, phishing and theft of personal data. Even if the gaming site is a clean site, there is always the potential of some type of malware making its way there and then onto your system. In some instances an infection may have caused so much damage to your system that it cannot be successfully cleaned or repaired. In those cases, recovery is not possible and the only option is to reformat/reinstall the OS.
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Posted 17 August 2009 - 08:31 PM

Set up Avira Antivir, and run Spybot Search and Destroy, run a scan once a week, other than that your fine.
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Posted 18 August 2009 - 06:42 AM

mvps.org is no longer recommending Spybot S&D or Ad-Aware due to poor testing results. See here - (scroll down and read under Freeware Antispyware Products)

Further, most people don't understand Spybot's TeaTimer or how to use it and that feature can cause more problems than it's worth. TeaTimer monitors changes to certain critical keys in Windows registry but does not indicate if the change is normal or a modification made by a malware infection. The user must have an understanding of the registry and how TeaTimer works in order to make informed decisions to allow or deny the detected changes. Additionally, TeaTimer may conflict with other security tools which do a much better job of protecting your computer and even prevent disinfection of malware by those tools.

More effective alternatives are Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware Free.
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