Webroot® Real-Time Threat Protection Revolutionizes PC Gaming Security with Maximum Gameplay Perform...Broomfield, CO – January 22, 2014
Key features of Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus for PC Gamers:
- Allows maximum PC performance for gaming – either online or offline. No interruptions for downloads, scans, alerts or updates.
- Virtually no impact on performance, with less than 5MB of RAM usage and deep system scans in less than two minutes.
- Does not require "Gamer Mode" or "Silent Mode" which leave systems vulnerable and unprotected.
- The Webroot Identity Shield secures personal information from being stolen and protects gaming characters and accounts from keyloggers that capture account credentials.
- Cloud-based security means no need for daily updates – gamers will always have the most up to date version 24/7.
- Real-time anti-phishing protects against clicking on bogus links that trick gamers into entering personal information.
We're curious to know what PC gamers think about antivirus. What's working for you? What isn't? What would you like to see in an antivirus program to complement your PC gaming activities? Do you feel like you need to disable your antivirus software in order to have a successful gaming experience? If you're a Webroot user, what particular things make you happy about Webroot as a companion to PC gaming? Is there anything we need to change to improve the experience? Are we doing better or worse than whatever antivirus software you had previously? Have you ever contacted support about a gaming issue? If so, how did that experience go for you, and what was the issue?
We believe we have what is currently the best antivirus program available for PC gamers because of our light footprint, minimal resource usage, and our Identity Shield, which protects even your games from information-stealing attacks like keyloggers that can be used to hijack your account.
I don't think we have a lot of gamers on this community, but I could be wrong (and actually I hope I am because I'm a big gamer myself and I'd like to get to know you!). If you know a gamer, please ask them to let us know what they think about antivirus software and gaming in this topic. We're always interested in improving, and this is one area we'd like to focus on to ensure we're giving every Webroot-using PC gaming enthusiast the best possible experience we can.
Please let us know what you think.
Well I would Submit a Support Ticket to make sure there is nothing malicious going on for sure! Also if you know it's safe you can go here and set to allow: http://www.webroot.com/En_US/SecureAnywhere/PC/WSA_PC_Help.htm#C3_Shielding/CH3b_Changing_Shield_Settings.htm and here as well after it's running: http://www.webroot.com/En_US/SecureAnywhere/PC/WSA_PC_Help.htm#C10_SystemControl/CH10b_ControllingProcesses.htm
As for trainers etc being blocked by WSA a good number of them that I have looked at are actually doing malicious things like contacting remote servers so do be careful when using them (I use some myself).
Currently playing through the new Xcom game which is quite excellent just as good as the originals in my opinion.
League of Legends US accounts hacked, credit card details could be at risk
While some here have commented that trainers and other 'cheating applications' don't function properly, I don't remember having encountered that a lot with WSA. The one I frequently use is called Cheat Engine, which manipulates the memory of the game directly. Initially I was expecting Webroot to complain (as it's probably virus like behaviour to manipulate memory like that), however I never saw it being blocked or prevented by WSA.
For people that are looking at getting the most of their performance out of their games (Yes, I'm looking at your Crysis 🙂 ) WSA would be a great addition if people aren't running it at the moment. Since it out-performs it's competition this would be ideal to supplement other security measures that most gamers take already.
Maybe marketing can think of something to bring this up to the global gamer community as I only see advantages versus other AV solutions.
I decided to give Webroot a try thinking that my original antivirus (Kaspersky Internet Security) somehow robbed my computer of its performance and caused my games to play at a lower framerate. So, I purchased, installed and ran Webroot and to my surprise, there was absolutely no difference in the performance of my games: the framerates were identical to those I had using Kaspersky. In otherwords, the game performance was the same, and Kaspersky really didn't slow down my system at all compared to Webroot as the marketing hype wanted me to believe.
The differences I found:
1) Webroot's memory footprint was about 4MB while Kaspersky's was close to 100MB. Obviously, this difference in memory usage doesn't make my system any faster when playing games as I've noted above.
2) Whenever I install a new program onto my computer, the setup process would start up much, much quicker with Webroot than with Kaspersky. As a matter of fact, the startup of any new program would be delayed by about 10sec - 20sec while Kaspersky did whatever checks it does in the background for new programs. There were no such delays with Webroot. BTW, these delays are a one time thing for Kaspersky: there would be no delays to any subsequent start-up of the program and the start-up time (ie, time it took the program to execute once the icon was double clicked) was comparable to Webroot.
3) Webroot is alot more sensitive than Kaspersky when it comes to flagging game cracks and trainers as being malicious. As soon as I installed Webroot on my system, it flagged several existing game cracks and trainers as being malicious. (Kaspersky had classified these as being clean.) Further investigation on my part proved these to be false positives, and I had to make exeptions in Webroot to get my games to work "properly."
So, speaking strictly as a gamer, there are really no earth shattering advantages to keep using Webroot over Kaspersky once my subscritpion expires come next year.
Hello Greekguy have you contacted Webroot support to see if they were truly FP's? Because if they are they can whitelist them for you.
Thank you so much for sharing this! :D Big kudos to you and your whole crew for putting that together!
So you're a big fan of FPS games I take it?
Excellent video it looks awsome and you did a great Job now that you joined here take the time to get to know the community we are a great bunch Staff & Members!
Smooth awesome gameplay without having to touch Webroot ever!
Webroot is perfect for my needs in that respect. Although sometimes I'll use a trainer for some older ones just to mess around after I've beaten a game. (Lifetime membership to Cheat Happens), and Webroot doesn't seem to like some of them, even though I know they are safe. It's the nature of the app I guess. It IS doing stuff to another program that may appear virus-like.
Anyway, No problems with Webroot and games here. And nothing I can think of to improve it in that respect.
My Steam library is currently at exactly 300 on top of my physical collection.
The only negative with PC gaming when it comes to Webroot is its intense heuristics, memory protections and untrusted process sandboxing, which make things like cheat trainers really not reliable at all. I've had to swear them off but it's probably in my best interest. I'll probably put in the work to whitelist them when I run some old GTA games again with well-vetted trainers but until then it's not worth it to me. If Webroot wanted to improve this they could implement a way to just tell it to shut up about everything when it comes to a certain file. It's a pain to convince WSA to let me run something that it thinks is an infection and modifies memory. Probably a good thing for 95% of people since trainers are a major vector since they specifically require the disablement of a lot of antiviruses to function.
I'm running a GTX780 Classified, and I'm not going to waste the performance of a $700 card. With Webroot I don't have to pick between performance and always-on protection.
Games are an infection vector since they are not usually as scrutinized for security holes but as online gaming moves more and more to MMO/hosted server solutions this is less of a risk. However, the only thing that would probably stop a hijacked game executable would be a HIPS solution anyway. It's not something I would trust an antivirus to solve regardless of vendor.
I have seen how much of an impact WSA-Complete has on my current computer. This computer is old folks.. 2008 model. It was not top of the line by any means when I got it. The CPU is mediocre, and downright bad by today's standards and I only have 3 Gb RAM. I have essentially NO computer impact running WSA-Complete except when scanning.
If I was running an AV solution this light back in my Quake III days, the protection would have been left ON while gaming.
Just me .02 worth.
A small price to pay for me really. At least they are reputable and I know their trainers are not viruses.
I for one would rather that my software would alert me to possible issues then to let it slide. I can always mark it as clean myself, and if I really think it should not be blocked I can always pass it on to Webroot as