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09-01-2014, 07:20 PM
Hey guy's, Can I ask what antivirus programs you all use for the Asus ROG gaming system's?

09-01-2014, 08:27 PM
Hey guy's, Can I ask what antivirus programs you all use for the Asus ROG gaming system's?

i really dont trust in antivirus but its good to have one just in case.... AVG ist one of the best out there.... you can try that one

09-01-2014, 08:47 PM
I've always had good luck running Norton 360 on all my computers...and until someone can tell me why I shouldn't, I will continue to do so. $49.95 buys a year's worth of protection plus, some other worthwhile features.

09-01-2014, 09:00 PM
first thing i did was uninstall the provided short-term sample subscription for macaffee or whatever that was bundled; then i headed over to microsoft and downloaded their FREE microsoft security essentials! Boy gosh jolly say what you will about that hulking unfeeling company but they sure are SWELL to provided protection free of charge! :-X

EDIT: Sorry windows defender as it's known in win8+

09-02-2014, 12:12 AM
Hey guy's, Can I ask what antivirus programs you all use for the Asus ROG gaming system's?

Reaper22, I have been running Norton Internet Security for quite a while, after abandoning it and trying most of what is out there, I came back to NIS back in 2008/9, after they rewrote everything and it became a light weight load on Windows, and it keeps getting better all the time. I have also run Norton 360, and it is a toss up as to which to go with - flip a coin :)

I am running the BETA for NIS 2015, and Symantec also has a BETA for 360 2015, and plain old Norton Anti-Virus 2015.

See the Norton Beta Twitter for updated locations for download:

Currently updated August 21st

The products have been released, but they are still running the BETA...


I haven't tried downloading the 30 day Trials to see if they update to the 2015 release versions, but here they are if you want to try them:

There have also been 90 - 120 day longer term trials for NIS/360/AV sponsored by various companies, you can google for them.

I also recommend Norton Utilities, currently on release 16. It does more than NIS/360 in other maintenance areas, with some overlap.

Norton Utilities - Download 30-day free trial

These days an anti-virus and firewall are just the start - there are lots of other tools available to protect privacy, prevent advertising, and block other nasty stuff at the browser level.

Adblock Plus for IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, Android , here is the link for IE - click on the browser Icons for other downloads.


Once you have it installed, pick blocking lists local to you, I use these lists:


Adblock Plus Facebook page :)

And, for right side ad's specifically in Gmail and others, Webmail Ad Blocker




The Webmail Ad Blocker site has tons of ad's that show up if you turn off adblock plus and webmail ad blocker :)

I have been using these for years, and it is nice to have a clean non-cluttered page that isn't constantly scrolling and sliding and changing while I read my email or do research on web sites.

And, as long as we are at it, here are a couple more firefox extensions I use for blocking things:

Adblock Plus Pop-up Addon 0.9.2

BetterPrivacy 1.68 - don't forget to exclude / whitelist sites you *want* cookie info to remain active - like gaming sites.

Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus 1.3

Flashblock 1.5.17 - turns annoying flash animations into little Play buttons - exclude sites you want flash from all the time.

Ghostery 5.3.2 - use the web page that comes up to select all sites and cookies to block - these are the tracking sites to avoid.

HTTPS Everywhere - lock out network sniffers from seeing your transactions

NoScript Security Suite - takes a little effort to exclude the sites you go to at first - to unblock their stuff - but worth it to keep out malware.

Private Tab - looks like Firefox > release 31 isn't working right now, but a fix is coming :)

QuickJava 2.0.4 - click icons to enable / disable blocking Java, Javascript, Cookies, Image Animations, Flash, Silverlight, Images, Stylesheets and Proxy by site/page.

Redirect Cleaner 2.4.0 - lets you catch redirect's mid jump

Self-Destructing Cookies 0.4.4- Fix the web. Gets rid of a site's cookies and LocalStorage as soon as you close its tabs. Protects against trackers and zombie-cookies. Trustworthy services can be whitelisted.

To get an idea of what your unprotected Browser, and later your Protected Browser, is passing on about you and your browsing habits, try Lightbeam to show how your personal info is being passed around between sites you visit:


Please come back and let us know what you end up using and how you like it :)

09-02-2014, 02:24 AM
I been using Norton NIS for years now, has never let me down yet!

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09-02-2014, 10:21 PM
For Window 8.1 built-in antivirus [ Windows Defender ] is OK

09-04-2014, 12:08 AM
I personally use the built in windows defender in windows 8.1 along with the premium version of malwarebytes (a must have iMO). I torrent a lot and haven't had a single virus/malware in years.

09-04-2014, 07:43 AM
* For my WinXP laptop, I use AVG Free from Grisoft. (detects often false positives, for tiny/packed EXE files)

* For my Win7 desktop, I use MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials). This one too claims sometimes that some DLL are "generic Win32 Troyans", when they aren't... in this case, you can "exclude" the specific folders.

* In Win8, MSE has been included in some ways : it's Windows Defender. That's what I use on my G750. Sadly, since I have turned Windows Update OFF, Defender needs to be updated manually. (on Win7 + MSE, it's smart enough to update itself automatically, it's not considered as a "windows update".

I had experiences with McAfee and Norton : huge "bloat-things", almost impossible to get rid off.

Many people like Avast! too.

When smething seems suspicious, I ALWAYS double or triple check with another utility, like Malwarebytes or Sophos Removal Tool (both free).

And anyway, many dangerous threats, at least when they are new, won't be detected (like bitcoin miners or Java exploits). So I keep an eye for weird EXEs in all crucial folders (MyProfile/LocalSettings..., Windows,System32, Temp....), and watch my registry ("run", "runonce"), Start menu/folder and MSConfig.

by the way, the Opera browser has a nice "Ad-Blocker" feature, works very good.

09-04-2014, 08:34 AM
Guys, here is a pretty recent rating of what is out there.


The site covers pretty much everything, pop up a couple of levels from the Software=>AntiVirus ratings, lots of useful comparisons in diverse categories.

09-04-2014, 06:42 PM
I also use the built-in Windows Defender (which is, essentially, microsoft security essentials). It works fine.

09-05-2014, 09:39 AM
here in holland we have so called student or educational licenses for various antivirus software, i looked on the net for a site where to order them and found it on sale for 3 computers for 27 euro for the whole year eset antivirus 7 :) so thats 9 euro for each computer. im sure in other countries there should be similar offers and no im not a student anymore. here in holland a consumer testing organisation tested eset and other brands and eset smart security was at the top spot followed by g-data wich had the same score . the built in microsoft one ended last.

But i guess for all programs available out there the best form of defense you can have is still common sense

09-05-2014, 10:51 AM
I've never used a anti virus ever, and if I ever get one, I just delete it. ;x

Usually they aren't tricky to root out, though when it doubt, I recommend MalwareBytes Anti Malware.

P.S. ignore the User Interface, since it new version looks like Malware.. lol

09-05-2014, 01:54 PM
I also use the built-in Windows Defender (which is, essentially, microsoft security essentials). It works fine.

Windows Defender?? you might as well NOT use any antivirus if you wanna use Windows Defender LOL!

I have said it many times but noone believes, MSE is one of the worst antivirus programs out there! Yes it is light on resources but it sucks big time in protection!

I have had 2 viruses crawl twice on to my system even though I am a safe user. Furthermore, it sucks in deleting any threats

AV-TEST - Feb 2014 (http://www.av-test.org/en/home/)

I don't know how many people believe in this POS Antivirus, just because they *think* they had no problems with it that makes it good? LOL To everyone running MSE I advice you to run a scan with another AV god knows how many viruses you might be having and not even knowing it

Look at MSE's results down at the bottom:


09-17-2014, 07:32 AM
I am running Immunet, it's a cloud based antivirus so it keeps my PC fast.

09-17-2014, 01:46 PM
I am running Immunet, it's a cloud based antivirus so it keeps my PC fast.

It's not listed HERE (http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php) or HERE (http://www.av-test.org/en/home/) so I wouldn't trust it

Dr. Zchivago
09-17-2014, 02:18 PM
I've been running with nothing more than MS Security Essentials (Windows Defender) for as long as I can remember, and I have never once had an issue.

Granted, all of my temporary or cache folders are located on a RAMDisk that loads a base image at start-up, and wipes out everything temporary at shutdown; and, I don't visit questionable websites or torrent or download via FTP from people I haven't met personally, so my experience may differ from yours.

I am connected to my university's wide-area network, though, and I have been since summer of 2012 - even so, not a single hiccup or problem.


Edit: Should clarify: I'm saying that Windows Defender has served me well, and I don't intend to change any time soon. Should also add that I have set up a physical firewall in between my PC (which deals with switching for laptop and phone) and the WAN.

09-17-2014, 02:32 PM
Whenever I see someone expound the use of little or no protection from internet baddies, and cite their years of trouble free open exposure to the internet, and then suggest that it's only "illegal" or "immoral" actions that attract infections, I recall this lovely video:

Bambi Meets Godzilla


For the literally dozens of people that have had me clean their computers after an infection, every one said, "but I had been running for years just fine" - it's easier to spend a few bucks on Norton NIS on sale for $50 every year, than to have one heart attack inducing potentially complete data loss every few years. :)

Armor up! Don't take chances!

Bambi Meets Godzilla 2

Ok, maybe add some good thermal protection too ;)

Mainstream Websites More Likely to Harbor Malware

You won't find a lot of companies that will explicitly announce exposures to users, and not many articles about it.

Here is an annual report that has some summaries:

2014 Data Breach Investigations Report

Bambi gets a Godzilla Intrusion Detection System

Tuxxy Thang
09-17-2014, 02:40 PM
The thought of using a security tool from the company that makes the most insecure operating system makes me laugh. Micro$oft security tools are crap.

Personally I only use windoze for gaming and would not if game writers had the guts to write for linux, so I'm happy to hose and restore if I get one but for me I use Avast (free) and have never had to hose the system. I tend to smile when avast catches **** coz it stops me doing a restore.

09-17-2014, 02:53 PM
I use Kaspersky 2015 , works fine , I bought it because full feature antivirus was 15$ Canadian , while Norton was 40$ Canadian , plus Kaspersky forum site was great , when I had a ? they replied right away. like instant. I could not be happier. Full time help at the Kaspersky forum , the forum mod is there 24/7