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I've had Advance System Care for the past two years.It has the virus protection, Driver booster, De-frag, and a number of other tools. My subscription is about up. Before I renew I'm wondering what you guys are using. I want something that is light on the system. I not only use the computer for FSX SE, and PREPARED v4 but also some internet use. Two porn sites that haven't given me problems in the past, and they are visited maybe once every two months. Let me know what you think, what your set-up is. Thanks

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gave up payware  av   years  ago  and  now  use  mse  no issues  at all

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gave up payware  av   years  ago  and  now  use  mse  no issues  at all.

Thank you Pete for your reply. You are well respected for your advice. When you say MSE, is that referring to Defender? What do you do to keep up with your drivers?

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havnt updated  my  drivers  at all  for  a long  time,  since  havnt  had  any issues  and  cant  see  why,  dont  break  anything  unless  some  thing  is  wrong  is  my  motto:happy:

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Excellent topic! I am using bitdefender and am fed up of it taking control of everything I want to run, including deleting shortcuts and executables. I also looked at the topic from PMDG support (Kyle, I believe) writing about only running defender. I will probably give this a try once my subscription runs out. Apparently also need to install an anti-malware program (also freeware).

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Using Windows Defender (Windows 10) and MalwareBytes Premium.  Malware Bytes lets you know what it is blocking on the fly, and it stays very active...  Would not go online without it.

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None! anti virus/malware programs that are always running and have live scans or similar functionalities are more a source of problems than benefits in any gaming/flight simulator computer, they decrease your pc performance, they put a lot of false positives in your program/tools, they can ruin a simulator installation...as for any firewall. If you know what you are doing you dont need any of it at all.

Of course this my opinion for a gaming/flight simulator computer not for a general use computer, when you open and visit a lot of potential malware programs and sites.

I dont have any protection on my gaming/flight simulator computers for years now with zero problems, the only 2 things i use are malwarebytes, that i run weekly just to ensure that everything is clean, and sandboxie when opening some program that im not sure of its source, a random look on the windows processes that are running using process explorer is also a good habit.

 

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20 minutes ago, fppilot said:

Using Windows Defender (Windows 10) and MalwareBytes Premium.  Malware Bytes lets you know what it is blocking on the fly, and it stays very active...  Would not go online without it.

Exactly what I use I’m very happy with both of them

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2 hours ago, tamsini said:

I am using bitdefender and am fed up of it taking control of everything I want to run, including deleting shortcuts and executables.

I've used Bitdefender for a number of years and have never experienced any of these problems! In fact I would recommend it highly. In its game mode I've found it to have no noticeable effect on performance and it always does well in comparative tests. With regards to false positives, I've had two in the four years I've been using Bitdefender. Both were quickly updated by the developer when I reported them.

For some good information, AV-Comparatives is a well-respected anti-virus test site: https://www.av-comparatives.org. Whilst the default Windows Defender does quite well at stopping viruses, it has one of the biggest hits on system performance.

For the latest protection rate tests, see: https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/avc_prot_2017b_en.pdf

For the latest performance tests, see: https://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/avc_per_201710_en.pdf

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I use Defender with Windows 10 and once a month run MalwareBytes.  Never had any malware issues... at least none that I know of :wink:

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I use Malwarebytes and windows defender. Been years since I had any PC viruses!

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1 hour ago, dmiannay said:

... at least none that I know of

And therein lies the problem, particularly if you use no antivirus or don't update it regularly. Not all viruses or malware have a noticeable effect. I have a friend who opted not to use antivirus and claimed he hadn't suffered as a result. When he sent me an email which contained a virus, I finally convinced him to install one and it found, amongst other things, a key logger which was (obviously) designed not to be noticed. It took him quite some time to change all of his passwords, logins and bank cards. If your system never connects to the Internet and never has USB storage devices plugged in which have been used on other systems, then having no antivirus or out-of-date virus signatures is probably not a problem. However, for how most of us use our systems I think that the risk is too high.

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I have the windows 7 operating system and use MSE, malwarebytes (free edition) or superantispyware (free edition) randomly. Before I create a backup image I always run CCLEANER and at least 2 of the programs mentioned. These programs rarely find anything but are easily quarantined.

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54 minutes ago, vortex681 said:

And therein lies the problem, particularly if you use no antivirus or don't update it regularly.

Hi vortex.  I appreciate your informed post on the ills of inadequate AV protections.  Hopefully you noticed the small *wink* emoticon after my statement... it was a bit tongue-in-cheek.  I do care and keep Defender updated daily.  My browsing habits are conservative, which is a huge part of the problem for many folks these days.

Again, appreciate your detailed post.  Happy New Year!

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I will be done with these commercial AV suites in a few months when my Bitdefender subscription runs out.  I've never had more issues than I have had the past year+ with these stupid things.  They flag everything as a virus or malware and I have reinstalled P3D twice due to a huge Webroot problem where it deleted a bunch of critical P3D files earlier in the year and now Bitdefender is causing me one headache after another.  I will be going back to using Windows Defender as I never had a single issue with it.  I will also likely run Malwarebytes as that seems to be a pretty good program. As someone else mentioned on a different thread the modern AV programs are viruses in and of themselves!

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2 hours ago, dmiannay said:

Again, appreciate your detailed post.  Happy New Year!

Sorry, I was just using your comment as an opportunity to vent about poor antivirus awareness! Happy New Year to you, too.

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