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Does any specific anti-virus program really help with FSX and the amount of processor power needed to run it? Simply put, since we know that FSX is processor-hungry, I'd like to know if one AV program is easier on FSX when it's running, or should we always shut down our AV programs before running FSX?

I love Nod32 and it's been great when threats occur. What do you think?

 

Stan

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Nod32 is excellent and very light.I use NIS 2012 which contrary to many people. is a very light product.

In the exclusions settings,I basically exclude the whole FSX folder and other programs that deal with

FSX,for example ASE.This means I have no unecessary interruptions or loss of performance while "gaming".

Another very good, and light solution is "Webroot" which is a cloud based AV product.

 

Hope this helps!

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Does any specific anti-virus program really help with FSX and the amount of processor power needed to run it? Simply put, since we know that FSX is processor-hungry, I'd like to know if one AV program is easier on FSX when it's running, or should we always shut down our AV programs before running FSX?

I love Nod32 and it's been great when threats occur. What do you think?

 

Stan

 

I have been a very happy NOD32 user for many years now. Not sure anymore about effects in FSX, but a small footprint AV like this can't hurt.

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I use AVG and it allows me to exclude the FSX folder while running. Seems fine.

 

Lee

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dont forget to disable the windows default as well. My system would go from rock solid 30fps to 5ps mid flight and took me ages to figure out the culprit.

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I can vouch for NOD32. It's definitely saved my butt a couple of times.....and definitely add the FSX folder to the exclusion list, though I didn't notice any difference speedwise when I did that.

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Don't use one. I have malwarebytes that I'll run periodically. It almost always comes up clean anyway.

 

In my experience, even when I was doing IT work, always on anti-virus is pretty overrated.

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I run MS Security Essentials, behind the windows 7 F/W, but kill it along with every other unneeded process I can find, using Ken Salter's 'Alacrity' when running the sim. The F/W stays up, of course, and that's enough security when tied with a good DSL router.

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Don't use one. I have malwarebytes that I'll run periodically. It almost always comes up clean anyway.

 

In my experience, even when I was doing IT work, always on anti-virus is pretty overrated.

 

+1. I haven't had any anti-virus software installed for five or six years and not once run into any difficulties I couldn't avoid with common sense. In fact I would consider most anti-virus software to be worse than a virus. You have to be pretty dumb to get infected these days but there seems to be huge paranoia about it, in some nations more than others. Trying to persuade people they don't need it though is like trying to persuade someone to give up smoking!

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I use MSE and leave it active at all times. It has never been a problem, just make sure you run the updater before launching FS. Otherwise it may start an auto update in mid flight. Which would interfere with frames.

 

Have used most of the well known AV programs over the years and without exception they have been very intrusive. Something which can not be said of MSE.

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I used AVAST does anyone knows if it has an exclusion list ?

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I have been using both AVG and Avast but have shifted now to the Microsoft Security Essential which is light on the system and free.... FSX.EXE is excluded from the process.

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I think AVAST does have a exclusion list. It has served me well for several years now.

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I usually block internet access with the firewall and stop antivirus. Gives me about 3 fps. Doesn't work for real weather and multiplayer of course...

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A simple trap that these programs can avoid for you is when a friend's PC is hacked and their mail addresses are stolen. Now you can receive a message from that "friend" and upon opening you will be infected. There is a strong chance that almost anyone could fall into that trap. This seems to be a common way for getting access to larger systems where only one employee may disregard anti-virus protection and now the "keys" to the main computer are available.

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I don't run AV these days either. I just use MSE also. Dedicated AV programs (all of them) in my experience are more intrusive than a benefit. Common sense and regular vigilence will always be the best defence.

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Thanks for the various opinions. I really didn't know that Nod32 had an exclusion list, so I'm going to use that. Why not? Seems like a "no-brainer".

Thanks.

 

Stan

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I use AVG and it allows me to exclude the FSX folder while running. Seems fine.

 

Lee

 

Lee,

 

where exactly (Menu path) do you set the exclude in AVG please? I have not been able to use F1 Garmin 530 on the account AVG prevents it

 

Manny

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I run F-Secure. You can either exclude programs or just unload the AV and leave the firewall running which is what I do.

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Manny, in AVG click on Overview, then click on Anti-virus. Down at the bottom you will see a tab that says Manage Exceptions. You have to add the path to FSX in the menu it provides.

 

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To those of you who think you've gotten off "scott-free," by not having any security software - gooooooood luck.

 

Before I retired, I was a security solutions developer for the government. In my opinion, it is just a matter of time before someone gets through your thinly-veiled security and screws up your system. You've been warned.

 

In the past I have used just about every security software package you can name (freeware and payware). I had trouble using all of them. Then I found VIPRE Internet Security. This package is the elephant in the room. I would be greatly surprised if any process or person gets by VIPRE unless you tell it to allow the access.

 

I never disable the program (caveat). I use it when I run FSX with no appearent issue. I use it when I download and install all my software. There's never been a problem - including not placing files in their correct location. Now, my system is a high-end computer using Windows7 so this solution may not be for every person.

 

The caveat - VIPRE, while running, will not allow you to access web content that it feels will compromise your system. That includes downloads you're trying to get as addons for your simulator. This does not apply to every site - only those VIPRE security deems dangerous. If this happens you have two choices. One, roll the dice, deactivate VIPRE, and complete your download. Then re-establish your security. Two, place VIPRE into a "learning mode." VIPRE will attempt to stop your web access but will then let you notify VIPRE that you want to make this particular file or site "safe." This is a very neat trick and not found in most security software.

 

VIPRE provides Internet and e-mail security. Their technical support is the best I have ever used. If something comes up they haven't seen, they will ask you to send them data and then get back to you with solutions. They will even make attempts to download files you're having problems with to see what is going on. This eliminates most of the issues we all have regarding false positives.

 

No, I don't work for GFI but I am a very loyal customer.

 

Frank

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To those of you who think you've gotten off "scott-free," by not having any security software - gooooooood luck.

 

Before I retired, I was a security solutions developer for the government. In my opinion, it is just a matter of time before someone gets through your thinly-veiled security and screws up your system. You've been warned.

 

In the past I have used just about every security software package you can name (freeware and payware). I had trouble using all of them. Then I found VIPRE Internet Security. This package is the elephant in the room. I would be greatly surprised if any process or person gets by VIPRE unless you tell it to allow the access.

 

I never disable the program (caveat). I use it when I run FSX with no appearent issue. I use it when I download and install all my software. There's never been a problem - including not placing files in their correct location. Now, my system is a high-end computer using Windows7 so this solution may not be for every person.

 

The caveat - VIPRE, while running, will not allow you to access web content that it feels will compromise your system. That includes downloads you're trying to get as addons for your simulator. This does not apply to every site - only those VIPRE security deems dangerous. If this happens you have two choices. One, roll the dice, deactivate VIPRE, and complete your download. Then re-establish your security. Two, place VIPRE into a "learning mode." VIPRE will attempt to stop your web access but will then let you notify VIPRE that you want to make this particular file or site "safe." This is a very neat trick and not found in most security software.

 

VIPRE provides Internet and e-mail security. Their technical support is the best I have ever used. If something comes up they haven't seen, they will ask you to send them data and then get back to you with solutions. They will even make attempts to download files you're having problems with to see what is going on. This eliminates most of the issues we all have regarding false positives.

 

No, I don't work for GFI but I am a very loyal customer.

 

Frank

 

But I have gotten off 'Scott Free' because I have never been infected, not once - and I have been using the internet on an almost daily basis since it was created. Out of interest though, how many websites have you actually visited which VIPRE considered dangerous and what sort of websites were they? I'm just curious because whenever this subject comes up I always wonder what it is that people are actually doing to get infected and what sort of risks they are taking. I also haven't heard of any freinds or family getting a virus for at least ten years either and some of them are clueless when it comes to security. And yet it's obviously such a huge industry with products like VIPRE, which I've never heard of cropping up all over the place. Makes me wonder where all the fear and paranoia comes from :wink:

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But I have gotten off 'Scott Free' because I have never been infected, not once - and I have been using the internet on an almost daily basis since it was created. Out of interest though, how many websites have you actually visited which VIPRE considered dangerous and what sort of websites were they? I'm just curious because whenever this subject comes up I always wonder what it is that people are actually doing to get infected and what sort of risks they are taking. I also haven't heard of any freinds or family getting a virus for at least ten years either and some of them are clueless when it comes to security. And yet it's obviously such a huge industry with products like VIPRE, which I've never heard of cropping up all over the place. Makes me wonder where all the fear and paranoia comes from :wink:

 

Same here. And I have been using the net since the days of gopher. As many times as the gov's systems have been compromised make me wonder also.

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I cannot tell you how many users over the years who have said the very same thing - I've been using the Internet for years and have never had a problem. Thus, I have no need of any security. OK, so it hasn't yet. This same argument is posed by people who don't purchase life insurance or auto insurance. The question is not whether it will happen but when. You may get by year after year - so you're lucky.

 

I don't remember the sites VIPRE prevented access. Some of the sites contained malicious content while some sites had files I tried to download but were deemed dangerous to my system. The percentage of sites I accessed successfuly is very high so most of the time there is no problem. Mainstream flight simulator do not pose a threat.

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