Recently, I installed a new security suite onto my PC. You see, being a PC owner means needing a healthy amount of outside protection from viruses, malware, spyware, adware, underwear, and everything else that tries to invade your system. Mac users can just shut up. Anyway, being that I just built a new computer that would make C’thulhu quiver in fear, I figured I probably shouldn’t skimp out on the protection. This is where BullGuard comes in. For years, I’ve been using the free version of AVG because I don’t like paying for things. Lets be honest, paying for things you need sucks when you could be spending that money on things you want. However, like most protective items, you’ll be glad you had it should anything go awry (car crash, babies, etc).
So I got BullGuard Internet Security 10 and threw out my crappy free antivirus software. Now, I tend to get excited when I get new things with lots of options and settings. Yeah, Im a tad lame (a tad?). After installing the program, I found myself looking at a large menu of things for me to run, scan, configure, etc. and my eyes lit up. Unlike my time with Civ 5, I don’t want to micromanage my antivirus; I just want to set it all up once and let it shield me from nasties. Thats exactly what I did. It took a while, but it was worth it. I ran a full scan of my PC before anything else, and that took about 2 hours. I have a lot of stuff. BullGuard actually found things wrong that AVG hadn’t, and I was already happy with the program. After the scan, I immediately explored what initially drew me to the product: Gaming Mode. If you didn’t know already, I like games. I also like modes. The combination of the two is always a winner.
Gaming Mode allows you to specify how active you want BullGuard to be while you are running a game. You can set it to only check incoming emails, or only check executables, etc whilst gaming. Oh, and it gets better. You can set up individual profiles for every game, if you want. Say, for example, I’m playing Civ 5 locally; I can set BullGuard to check everything under the sun because its non-intrusive for what I’m doing. On the flipside, were I playing an MMORPG like WoW or FFXIV (vomit), I’m not going to want a bunch of scanning and other processes going on in the background. I actually crashed out of FFXI once because I got a pop-up notification from AVG saying that it had done something. Crashed my damn game in the middle of something that I probably thought was important at the time. Or sitting around waiting for an exp party invite…
Now for the minor negative I’ve experienced so far. Really the only thing that has bothered me has been the initial pop-up notifications. After first installing the suite, its going to ask you or tell you about permissions for just about everything you do, which is really obnoxious. However, unlike Windows, each pop-up has a little check box for “Remember my decision” or something like that. Check that off and hit allow or deny and you’ll never have to do it again for that program/action. Basically, my annoyance is a temporary thing, but at the outset it really is a lot of pop-ups. A few days later, I had run just about every daily function on my PC, so it won’t be until I do something I haven’t done in a while that I should get another notification. Yay!
The rest of the functions and settings offered in BullGuard are swell and I haven’t had any issues. It quietly backs up my desktop every 2 hours, just in case. Its scheduled to scan my whole PC every Monday morning at 3am. Its a security suite; it does what you’d expect it to do, but it does it well. If you like, you can try it out for free for 30 days at their website. The suite itself is $59.95 to buy. I recommend this suite if you find yourself with issues on your PC, or if you just want some added protection. Mac users can just shut up.