What is the best configuration for a gaming system? (Lightweight)

  • Comodo Cloud + Qihoo 360

    Votes: 1 1.5%
  • EAM + WF

    Votes: 15 22.1%
  • G Data

    Votes: 2 2.9%
  • ESET

    Votes: 23 33.8%
  • ZAM + WF

    Votes: 5 7.4%
  • Panda Cloud

    Votes: 2 2.9%
  • Other (Specify)

    Votes: 20 29.4%
  • Total voters
    68

Local Host

Level 18
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Lightweight totally go with Panda, I found it uses the least resources compared to all the other offers.

ESET itself is also no longer extremely light compared to the other offers, nowadays most Anti-Virus are on even ground when it comes to performance hit (Kaspersky uses less resources than ESET, last time I checked).

Of course we're talking in standy and not during full scans (you shouldn't be scanning and playing games at the same time anyway).
 

Fuzzfas

Level 2
If you use Windows 7, you can't beat Microsoft Security Essentials + Tinywall. Avast's GUI was slow a few months ago, even on my main rig (FX8350 + 16GB RAM), despite only having file shield+behaviour+game mode. On my laptop the performance hit was much more noticeable. Comodo v8 with the firewall active only, slowed down all disks operations on my laptop (E2-7110 + 8GB RAM) and i can even perceive a performance hit on my main rig (which also has SSD).
 

tonibalas

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@Syafiq nice picture there.
But it's not always about ram usage.
A few years back Eset was using more ram but it terms of system performance was better than other products.
These days other companies have closed the gap but to me Eset seems to have a little advantage on system performance.
When playing a game things seem to run smoother when i am using Eset than other products.
 

TairikuOkami

Level 23
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Another vote for Avast Free + Windows Firewall (+Windows 10 Firewall Control would not hurt, literally zero impact).
Though some BSOD might occur, if Avast does not like your system, in that case pick KAV Free or Panda Cloud.

Avast's GUI was slow a few months ago, even on my main rig (FX8350 + 16GB RAM), despite only having file shield+behaviour+game mode.
You do not need to run Avast GUI, just disable self-protection and remove it from startup. It should get rid of popups as well. :)
 

Evjl's Rain

Level 43
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Another vote for Avast Free + Windows Firewall (+Windows 10 Firewall Control would not hurt, literally zero impact).
Though some BSOD might occur, if Avast does not like your system, in that case pick KAV Free or Panda Cloud.


You do not need to run Avast GUI, just disable self-protection and remove it from startup. It should get rid of popups as well. :)
just disable avast's hardware-assisted virtualization. There will virtually never be BSOD

I also recommend avast + WF
he should add his gaming folders to avast's exclusion
 

LukeLovesSecurity

Level 4
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@Syafiq nice picture there.
But it's not always about ram usage.
A few years back Eset was using more ram but it terms of system performance was better than other products.
These days other companies have closed the gap but to me Eset seems to have a little advantage on system performance.
When playing a game things seem to run smoother when i am using Eset than other products.
Thanks for the response, I think im going with ESET. Do I have to put it on gaming mode? (Assuming it has it)
 

Robbie

Level 28
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I will have to differ from opinions claiming all AV are light nowadays. On the last two years up to now i've used 4 antivirus, 6 months each. They were, in this order: Norton, Emsisoft, Kaspersky and ESET.

Norton was really light. Emsisoft was a bit heavier but it was also kind of light on my system. Kaspersky was a bit heavy and when tweaked for maximum protection it turned really heavy on the system. ESET, the one i'm using now, is the lightest i've tried. It's fully equipped with tweaking options and after configuring it for maximum protection is still the lightest.

Aforementioned, it's not all about RAM consuming. ESET consumes more RAM fully tweaked than Norton or Emsisoft did, but it's lighter. You'll have to try and test on your own system.