A top antivirus program is an essential security tool for PC gamers. It protects against malware like ransomware and spyware, identity theft, viruses, phishing and other online threats. It should be lightweight and non-intrusive, with a minimal impact on gaming performance.

Many antivirus programs include extra features specifically designed for gamers, for instance a dedicated game booster which reduces background processes and improves the performance of your CPU. Some antivirus programs have features that prevent hackers from gaining access to personal information. Others allow you to play with friends anonymously through the use of a VPN.

Bitdefender is a top-performing antivirus for gamers, with one of the highest malware detection rates in tests, and cloud scanning that is low-impact and has no impact on performance (even during full system scans). It also comes with useful tools for tuning the system including disk cleaners and duplicate file removal.

McAfee is another top security product, has an advanced gaming feature which places your games over resource-hungry background applications. It comes with a Game Boost Engine and a number of other options, including parental controls, scheduling updates and system scanning planning and much more. Its machine learning and heuristics are also among the most effective technologies in the industry.

Webroot Secure Anywhere can be installed in under one minute. It is lightweight and consumes only 5MB of RAM in idle, and less than 15 percent of your CPU when scanning. It has an excellent rate of detecting malware and includes an extra feature that wipes away all traces of your online activities, rendering deleted files inaccessible.