AVG stopping SH3, What's the next best free anti-virus program?

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KoutaFG
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Hello, as the subject title says, for what ever reasons AVG crashes/closes Strong Hold 3 and it seems no matter what I do, AVG still closes/crashes Strong Hold 3.

So can a few people suggest a few other free anti-virus programs?

Or if any one else has had this issue and know of a work around, well, it'd help out a lot if you post it heh.

Thanks!

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Consult the AVG user's guide on adding an "exception" to SH3. You can configure the system to open Firewall and program access to the SH3 software set.

Don't ditch it because of this! My Kaspersky Business IS makes it almost impossible to play games without doing this, but unfortunately I have been involved in anti-virus and anti-hacking development for so long that I somehow have made the hotlist, so I need wicked software.

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eire1274 wrote:Consult the AVG user's guide on adding an "exception" to SH3. You can configure the system to open Firewall and program access to the SH3 software set.

Don't ditch it because of this! My Kaspersky Business IS makes it almost impossible to play games without doing this, but unfortunately I have been involved in anti-virus and anti-hacking development for so long that I somehow have made the hotlist, so I need wicked software.

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Yeah, I attempted to add the game to the allow list but avg kept removing the .exe before I could before I could add it but finally I guess AVG was too slow this time and I was able to add it, so finally I can play stronghold 3 with out it annoyingly crashing on me.

Heh, if I was not already a fan of the stronghold games I would of closed the payment to steam for the game.

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If you decide to make the switch, have a look at Microsoft Security Essentials. And FYI, if you cancel the payment to Steam, they will ban your account.

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Had similar issues with AVG and Thunderbird. Even if I added the software to the exceptions. So I switched over to Microsoft Security Essentials and have had no problems.

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Yeah, I ended up getting avg to leave stronghold 3 alone but still, they shouldn't ban people's account just cause they cancel the payment, they should simply deactivate the game on the account.

and if they say the reason they don't do that, is because they us a S/N for the game, that's view able on the steam account thus, someone could cancel the payment but keep the S/N and just re-install use a some other means and use the key,

Well then, they should make it that you can't see the cd-key until you agree that you will not ask for a refund, I'm sure they said something to the same effect when I first paid for the game but still, they should make it so you can refund a game if you have not played it for more then 5 minutes or less or what ever. No wonder why steam got hacked heh.

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KoutaFG wrote: "Yeah, I attempted to add the game to the allow list but avg kept removing the .exe before I could before I could add it but finally I guess AVG was too slow this time and I was able to add it, so finally I can play stronghold 3 with out it annoyingly crashing on me."

That's unusual. Are you running the latest scanning engine? I know the 2010 version did that, but it seemed that the 2011/2012 versions didn't blank out like that.

Tivon wrote: "Had similar issues with AVG and Thunderbird. Even if I added the software to the exceptions. So I switched over to Microsoft Security Essentials and have had no problems."

I've never had a satisfactory view of MS SE. It always struck me as a loose system. I know they don't want "a difficult user experience" but I have had several user issues with rootkit infections that they didn't even detect, that AVG Free did. Also, their reaction time (viral internet release to definition release) is worse than Symantec, and that's saying something.

KoutaFG wrote: "Yeah, I ended up getting avg to leave stronghold 3 alone but still, they shouldn't ban people's account just cause they cancel the payment, they should simply deactivate the game on the account."

The reason behind that is the key in many cases does not belong to Valve Software, who hosts Steam. If you buy a game from Steam, and then block the credit card payment, then Valve has already paid the developer of the game and you have just left them with no payback. They don't take this lightly, at all!

Furthermore, credit card systems (VISA, Mastercard, Discover) will not block payments to on-line sources unless you claim that a) the card has been stolen, or b) the numeric info has been falsely used in a criminal manner, and in this case you HAVE RECEIVED THE MERCHANDISE THAT WAS PROMISED and it is in fact only an issue with the computer that stops it from being used. Claiming theft in such a case is fraud, and you likely will be caught, because Steam captures all purchase IPs.

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I don't think anyone these days sticks to just one anti-virus. For the last many years I've been switching back and forth from AVG and Avast. This last year I've used MSE without any issues with my games or apps and it did find some viruses. I still use malwarebytes, spybot, combofix ect.. and a few others. I gave that bulldog software a try, but I don't know.. its firewall software was ticking me off so bad I removed it.

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I'm currently using Microsoft's anti-virus program on my old computer and it works just fine. It seems to run smoother during bootups than other antivirus programs I've used. Scans are a little slow but all in all I would recommend it. Good luck!