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Hi All, I do hope I've picked the correct Forum.I have used Symantec's Norton Anti virus software for many years and over the last 2 years have suspected that it's not really compatible with my Flt. Sim hobby needs. I believe it is taking far more of my resources than it warrants for a sensible level of protection for my system.I've read somewhere (and specifically relating to Flight Sim programs) that 'AVAST' anti-virus has far less impact on said resources whilst giving a sensible level of protection. This software I understand is made by a Czech company.Does anyone have any observations regarding this particular anti-virus software? Indeed observations on anything contained in this posting would be appreciated as I think that system protection and how it impacts upon our hobby software needs some research. If I've missed some huge bulk of similar discussion material on this site I'd appreciate someone pointing me in the right direction;-)Merry Christmas all!Regards,Blue

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Been using AVASt for a few years prior to switch to Nod32 for my FS9 & FSX rigs.Never noticed any problems what so ever with it.Merry Christmas

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Been using AVASt for a few years prior to switch to Nod32 for my FS9 & FSX rigs.Never noticed any problems what so ever with it.Merry Christmas
Concur, been using AVAST for many years now.

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Another vote for avast I run it on three machines and have never had a problem it To be honest the only time I know its there is when it gives a "spoken" notification that it has updated it self Even if FS9 is running it seems to have no noticible effect when updating Oh and the price is good :( Mark

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Hello,Many .. many users of FSX-FS2004 are very satisfied with this antivirus:http://www.eset.com/products/nod32.phpI don't use it myself ( I disable my antivirus [CA antivirus and any autoupdates are also disabled by default] when I play FS)but have very positives from close friends (I see the result on their computer)

After trying out numerous antivirus products and numerous reformats to switch from one to another, ESET NOD32 is the best there is in many ways.AVG 8.0

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Thanks to you all! As usual with the AVSIM forum site - some excellent information and advice. Very much appreciated. FURTHER: to my original post: Looks like a vote of confidence for the AVAST program - am I to take it that I could be correct in my assumption that Symantec/Norton is more of a drain on my system resources than I if fact need? Observations would be appreciated on this point as I am looking for something to give me an improvement - rather than just a 'change'.Merry Christmas.Regards, Blue.

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I believe you are correct concerning Norton. Best I remember, it also caused other problems for me in FS as well, but it has been so long since I removed it from my system (what a hassle) that I don't remember exactly what they were. My next try was with AVAST Free for some time, but began to get false positives with it (LDS 767). Went with ESET-Smart Security (NOD32) over a year ago, and never looked back. Checks and updates every night and I am very pleased with it. I highly recommend ESET. Between ESET and Diskeeper, housekeeping is totally automatic and takes care of themselves and my computer.Good luck:RTH

Thanks to you all! As usual with the AVSIM forum site - some excellent information and advice. Very much appreciated. FURTHER: to my original post: Looks like a vote of confidence for the AVAST program - am I to take it that I could be correct in my assumption that Symantec/Norton is more of a drain on my system resources than I if fact need? Observations would be appreciated on this point as I am looking for something to give me an improvement - rather than just a 'change'.Merry Christmas.Regards, Blue.

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I used Norton for years, which always hindered performance as it ran in the "background". With ESET

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Hello,Actually ... due to the economic - financial crisis .. peoples are wondering where invest their money ....I think ESET-Nod32 is a very good place for put some money ... wink2.gifRegards. biggrinsanta.gif

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I might add the following to my previous reply regarding ESET.Unless something has changed since my purchase over a year ago, you can purchase antivirus provisions alone, or a complete "Smart Security" package which also includes firewall and Antispam provisions (which I purchased). I also use Spybot and SpywareBlaster for Spyware detection and prevention. Previous to ESET, I repeatedly found multiple spyware files that needed to be removed when I used the latter two. After implementing the ESET Smart Security package, I have never detected another case of spyware useing these other programs. They are now prevented. The Antivirus provisions do occasionally notify me of an intrusion or danger. So far I have quarantined and/or removed them as recommended by ESET with no problems.To each his own, but I highly recommend ESET.RTH

I used Norton for years, which always hindered performance as it ran in the "background". With ESET

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I found out very early that Norton AntiVirus is a frame rate killer in FS2004 and after removing it from my system, which took considerable effort, my simming experience has greatly improved. I now use Avast Pro which is not free but well worth it, the avast home edition is free and still up to the job and has minimal effect on frame rates in my opinion.

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Happy New Year to All.Thanks for the interesting replies and observations. I've now removed Norton/Symantec protections from my system and replaced it with AVAST for the time being and as a trail. I like the fact already that it is less intrusive. Also - a couple of glitches on my system have disapeared which I do not think is coincidental. (i.e. often whilst shutting the system down it would lock up and I'd have to turn off manually. Also on start up the system would not proceed to the 'memory test' in the boot up process. Touch wood - niether of these minor inconveniences have occured since the change.;-) _Thanks all.Blue

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My response is probably going to result in a lot of rolling eyes and "you

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Hello,

I have proved to myself that it is an unnecessary expense.
Each his way ... I can't disagree ..But I disagree on the fact you never caught a virus :)As you don't use a antivirus.. you don't really know if this is not a virus running on your computer.Some virus are running sometime in "silent mode" and make some nasty thing in your PC (and you are not aware of this until you want to use some services or soft infected or make a specific operation)Also they can just reside in your PC ... as a launch base for infect other computers by the internet.Viruses appears under many forms.Run a antivirus is the safest way for be a responsible PC user.Safety is sometime expensive ... but with all the free security softs available .. methink this cost is reduced to nil.... not the risk to be infected of course .. it's allways a risk.Regards. bye.gif

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Hey Charlie, Thanks for taking the trouble to append your experiences.I have to say it takes a lot of courage to expose your system as you do. I am also past student status and have been flying since I was 18 so have some experience of risk taking. My take on this is that, 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating', and clearly your pudding is untouched by the dreaded scourge we call "virus".Now, how do you remove all the "other stuff" - not necessarily a virus per se; but "Malware"/"Trackers"/"cookies" that frankly, my system seems to attract when visiting even the everyday sites we use to check the weather or our bank balance - buy insurance or order college photo's etc. etc. etc? I regularly clear these things out; and should I ignore them they sap the strength of my system preventing my Flight Sims doing what I bought them for. I'd appreciate your observations on that if you have a moment. I must say "No anti virus software" seems like a great idea if it works;-)Regards, Blue.PS. Does anyone else run their system thus....... without anti virus protection? I'm really curious!

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Hey Charlie, Thanks for taking the trouble to append your experiences.I have to say it takes a lot of courage to expose your system as you do. I am also past student status and have been flying since I was 18 so have some experience of risk taking. My take on this is that, 'the proof of the pudding is in the eating', and clearly your pudding is untouched by the dreaded scourge we call "virus".Now, how do you remove all the "other stuff" - not necessarily a virus per se; but "Malware"/"Trackers"/"cookies" that frankly, my system seems to attract when visiting even the everyday sites we use to check the weather or our bank balance - buy insurance or order college photo's etc. etc. etc? I regularly clear these things out; and should I ignore them they sap the strength of my system preventing my Flight Sims doing what I bought them for. I'd appreciate your observations on that if you have a moment. I must say "No anti virus software" seems like a great idea if it works;-)Regards, Blue.PS. Does anyone else run their system thus....... without anti virus protection? I'm really curious!
First of all, I should tell you that I run Windows 2000 and only recently moved from Windows 98SE, so those are the platforms that I speak from experience about. When I ran Windows 98 SE, for years I used Lavasoft

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Charlie,I am just wondering.You said "I haven't used anti-virus software of any kind for at least 5 years – not sure, maybe more - and have never had any problem whatsoever. "If you do not use an antivirus program (to detect a virus or scan your PC) how do you "know" your PC is not in fact infected.Some infections could be "working" in the background ... correct?

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I just read the most interesting interview. It claims that Anti virus software can produce new vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit; and that the best approach to pc security is virtualization. The researcher has configured her machine to have 3 vms, one completely unprotected, but with an image of the vm saved to which she returns once a week. Her second VM is her work machine, in which she provides limited access to scripts etc., and finally her third vm is dedicated to her bank, in which access is isolated to her bank.I also thought the discussion was pretty interesting to note that when malware occupies the same permissions level as anti-virus software, that the odds are only 50-50 as to which will win. I assume this means if the malware wins, it creates a false comfort for the user...I assume in that case it's successful at hiding itself from AV. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/joanna...otkit,2356.htmlBob

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I use CA security and I am very happy with it.

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One more vote for AVAST! I have used it for many years now. I fly FSX with it, just as I did with FS2004. I am in a Pentium 4 (2.65 MHz), FX-5700 and IMB ram. FSX is killing my HD. Avast!, Best thing I ever did + COMODO (off while FSX).Cheers,MABfreebies on the World.

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Hello,

I use CA security and I am very happy with it.
One more vote for CA (Computer Associate) Antivirus (former EZ)Use it from ages (from the begining when it was free) with great satisfaction and they offer great services !1zn0h12.jpgThis coupled with Tiny Firewall and Malwarebytes I'm on the safe side MDR97.gifIf I must make a other choice I will go to ESET Nod32.Regards.bye.gifGus

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Avira is free and has no affect on the performance of the sim

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Charlie,I am just wondering.You said "I haven't used anti-virus software of any kind for at least 5 years

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