ESA study on video game consumers, there are around 1.8 billion gamers in the world at the moment, and 1.2 play exclusively on PC. Which means that around two-thirds of people on the planet use a PC to play their favorite tittles.   If you follow the gaming industry at all, you are probably sick of the console wars. Basically every gamer has a different opinion which console is better, and can talk about Xbox or Sony for hours at a time. But when it comes to the market share, it seems like PC gamers clearly come out ahead of console gamers. According to a recent
Why You Need an Antivirus
Now just think about this situation for a second – one you’re casually playing games, you finish, go to your bed and the next morning you wake up and realize your bank account has been emptied. While this may seem like a farfetched scenario, trust us, these things happen more often than you think. Just look at it from this perspective – in 2014 alone, PC/MMO revenue broke 24 billion dollars. And with all of that money comes a lot of greedy hands. Basically, there is a good reason why your seemingly paranoid friend spends hours looking at Top 10 Antivirus lists, comparing the features and prices.
Ok, you’re probably still think that you’re aware of all those threats that lurk on the web. After all, malware is nothing new, as a matter of fact, it has been around for more than 40 years at this point. However according to a Panda Security report, nearly 20% of all malware that ever existed in human history was created since 2013. The report also explains that, every year, there are roughly 30 million new threats created, which means you have to face with more than 82,000 new viruses, Trojans and other malicious software every day.
Pros and Cons of Protection Software
Now, when you’re new in the gaming world, and you look up some “get your game to work” guides, the first thing you see in most cases is “turn off your antivirus”. Now, while this will definitely prevent any interferences, this leaves you completely unprotected from all the malware we mentioned just a second ago. And all of this brings us to the question – are there any antiviruses on the market that keep your device completely protected without affecting with your Call of Duty session?
So in order to answer that question properly, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of having a full-fledged security pack installed on your PC:
Heavy dependence on PC resources is perhaps the biggest drawbacks of any antivirus on the market today. The worse thing is. Most weak devices can do little to nothing when running a scan. While these scans are running, access certain folders, apps and even the Internet can slow down to a crawl.
- App Conflicts:
Every antivirus begins its protection by scanning all of downloads you have stored on your computer. But some programs simply cannot differentiate between something you need and recognize as legitimately safe, and some file you’re not so sure about. Which means that, even though, an antivirus is there to protect you from infected files, it may lock you out of safe files, and even your favorite games.
- Virus Deletion:
Programs like AVG and McAfee run quick scans on your PC and all of its associated drives in order to detect possible dangerous files, and then attempt to delete them. And the most important feature these antiviruses possess (for gamers anyway) is that they may be automated to run at specific times or even specific days.
- Malware Prevention:
A lot of modern antivirus software doesn’t even scan your computer (which means they don’t demand too much CPU to work properly) but instead prevent malicious files from being downloaded to your device in the first place. Some of the solutions we plan to talk about in just a few minutes, block tracking cookies, prevent strong spyware and block your access to potentially dangerous websites.
Top 4 Gaming Antiviruses
- BitDefender Antivirus
We’ll start the list with probably the most well-known antivirus in the world today. And don’t worry, BitDefender is not just hype, the software has one of the most appreciated engines in the market. Whenever you’re going through the payment center in Steam, having this software will surely help get rid of any threat.
- Kaspersky Antivirus 2016
The latest version of Kaspersky is stripped-down version of the software that is focused more on security issues like filtering dangerous URLs. The good-old antivirus engine effortlessly detects and removes threats, monitoring tools and reverse malicious actions. And it doesn’t even have all of those annoying pop up ads anymore.
- McAfee Antivirus
Developed by the famous programmer John McAfee, this antivirus is also one of the better-known names in the business. McAfee Antivirus offers great services like Secure Cloud Storage, Mobile Security and even a Password Manager. That last feature is really important for gamers, seeing how most of them have accounts full of resources on different websites.
- Webroot Secure Antivirus
We’re finishing the list off with the least-known software on the list, but don’t let the lack of name-recognition fool you, Webroot is one the finest antiviruses you can find today. And the best thing about it is – it uses the least amount of disk space out of the four. Furthermore, Webroot also uses 11 times less memory than its closest competitor on the market – Norton Security.
Operating without an antivirus is, as we established before, very risky – even when you’re not using the internet at all. You can still get infected through services like Origin and Uplay after all. In addition, if you have the habit of downloading games from pirated sites, there is a huge possibility that the game files are infected. Sometimes, these viruses manifest as new toolbars in your web browser, other times they are completely invisible, which is even more dangerous.
Of course, those were some of the few light antiviruses they you should definitely try out. Keep in mind that most of them were fantastically rated by independent research labs, so you know that they are completely legit. When it’s all said and done, while you’re a gamer at heart, and you want to play your games unobstructed and worry-free, you need to have something to play all of those games on, right?
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