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

LukeLovesSecurity

Level 4
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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.
With 32GB of ram, I'm not to worried about ram consumption. As long as it doesn't effect my gaming, I'm good. ;)
 

toto

Level 3
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I am using the latest version of Eset and it is very light, low on cpu and disk read/writes also. Just try two or three of your favorites and you will find what works best for your specific system.
 

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askalan

Level 16
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Malware Hunter
Many users aren't understanding what RAM is. The more RAM a AV uses the better. If you have 32GB RAM then you want that someone uses it!!! If a AV loads the signatures in the RAM then it will not slowdown your hard drive. There are also cloud AV's. They aren't loading signatures in the RAM but they will slowdown maybe your internet connection. But both are using your CPU. Default-deny solutions (like Hard_Configurator) are using nearly nothing but you will need to click more and make decisions.

EDIT: I'm feeling that I described Hard_Configurator a little bit wrong. Let's take Windows 10 that was configured by Hard_Configurator as a example. You will need do two clicks more with it while installing a new software. This is nothing compared to other default-deny solutions. But it is a difference to a AV that everybody will notice.
 
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Fuzzfas

Level 2
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.
I agree. Unless someone is stuck with a PC with 2GB RAM, talking about heaviness in term of RAM usage, is something of 2005. I look at CPU usage and most importantly, lag that they add on i/o disk operations. Like lag added when you rapidly open folders, copying, launching applications. Much like the "performance tests", made by AVTest.org or AVComparatives.
 

Hector1

Level 4
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Comodo Firewall alone is very light, even windows built in + voodoshield + binisoft WFC ( my actual config) is very light for everyday use.
 
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JakeXPMan

Level 15
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I am not so sure, so I selected Other.
For me lightest while gaming was Avira, and then Panda, Zone Alarm and Avast free versions.

Avast might be the best well rounded option.

AVG and Comodo did well to protect, but felt a bit heavy during gaming, they have good behavior block that is the reason for a bit of drag/slowdown.
 

JHomes

Level 7
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I'm a bit confused, what exactly are you aiming for here? Active protection? Backup?

What I'd recommend if you want to just ensure you have a way of getting out of an infection is Rollback Rx Home. It's lightweight, free, and effective. I put it on an Ideapad 100S and that machine is pretty much a hair above a tablet, and it ran perfectly.