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May 8, 2011 10:51:31 AM

Topic. Don't won't anything that's going to raise my ping in games, already low as it is. Don't forget links.

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May 8, 2011 11:27:10 AM

any good av with gaming mode. kaspersky internet security comes to mind..
personally i use avira antivir personal. and malwarebytes pro. then again i have a high midrange setup so i dont notice any performance hits. and no they dont affect my ping.

http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
http://www.malwarebytes.org/
http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/antimalware/

avira updates 1s a day as its the free version.
malwarebytes updates every 3 days or so. emsisoft updates when it needs to so that could be every hour or 1s a day when you choose the payed version but does have a gaming mode that suspends updating while you play.
btw no av should affect your ping unless you don't have it setup rite, or have not used a given option for game mode.
i have had my current setup 18 months and have had 0 infections (touch wood) while using these, and yes i have tried other scanners jut to see if something sneaked past...

i recommend you stay away from avast and avg free i tried both and was infected withing 3 days for avg and a week for avast.
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May 8, 2011 9:02:43 PM

Hey Hexit,

Have you been getting daily pop ups from Avira. I am using the free version and every day I get a pop up from them.
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May 9, 2011 12:33:07 AM

Microsoft Security Essentials is free and works very well as long as you have a decent cpu of dual core or better ^.^

http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx

It's active monitoring is why I said that. Shouldn't have to worry about messages or anything popping up since there is no trial version of this since it's an included feature from microsoft themselves.
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May 9, 2011 12:34:30 AM

oh yeah make sure you don't have mcafee or norton installed >.> those will definately cause confilcts in games.
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May 9, 2011 4:21:16 AM

Targ42 said:
Hey Hexit,

Have you been getting daily pop ups from Avira. I am using the free version and every day I get a pop up from them.

that is normal m8. if you google it you can turn it off. its not exactly addware as it only shouts about its own software but yes it can be an irritation.
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May 9, 2011 9:18:23 AM

+1 for Microsoft Security Essentials.
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May 9, 2011 11:14:52 AM

surely if you want to be infected within a week...
m.s essentials are about as good as there xp firewall... yes they work but boy is it flawed. if your relying on ms essential then i recommend you run other scanners you will find its no better than norton or avg.

infact its so good microsoft have refused to take part in independent comparatives for the last 6 months, they got a good rating compared to a dozen other av's which most of then got, vgood and excellent... they wernt happy so took the football and refused to play... so to speak.
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May 9, 2011 11:32:06 AM

Sorry, but practical experience doesn't bear that out. I've had less trouble running MSE than with the paid version of Trend Micro, and MUCH less than with AVG. In fact, since switching to the Windows 7/MSE combo, I've not had a single infection in more than a year.
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May 9, 2011 12:55:02 PM

good for you. but i bet you surf safe... ;)  but if you like. feel free to check out comparatives org. 1 of the truly independent av testers out there. they and many other sites just dont rate mse as any more that adequate.
also for you other guys, be aware the likes of pc world actually take money for advertising and even awarding products, so any test they do, have the potential to be bias.

the 1 thing i do know for sure is that mse really did drop off a cliff at the beginning of this year. rite up until December it was putting on a good show. its just failed to keep up with recent adaptations. for instance it was getting a 97% catch rate which by any standard is very good. but the same company then tested for day 0 infections and it only scored 47% this isnt as bad as it sounds as it does actually depend on what applications are running as to whether your potentially gonna get infected. but it did end up with an over all rating of 67 percent which in there terms was a pass but only just.
so if you do surf safe and dont download anything and everything like me. it probably will work well for you. but im often grabbing 25 gigs per night and for that it just inst up to it.
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May 9, 2011 1:44:06 PM

TitusFFX said:
Microsoft Security Essentials is free and works very well as long as you have a decent cpu of dual core or better ^.^

http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx

It's active monitoring is why I said that. Shouldn't have to worry about messages or anything popping up since there is no trial version of this since it's an included feature from microsoft themselves.


+1 for MSE. I'm a heavy gamer and have had 0 problems with AV conflicts with a game running.
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