OK here I go sounding like a noob again (I know, what's new huh?) Anyway. I have used several tools recommended here, mostly some sysinternals apps, to monitor Norton 360 during game play. With the system I custom built and configured with all of your help there is no reason I can't play a game, even something like Skyrim, in all it's full glory. Well that's true but every now and then I get these long hiccups. Like I used to get when large textures were loading on a platter drive. Now I have all my games and OS on SSDs and quite good ones.
After running the monitors I found a single point of reference causing some HUGE spike in CPU cycles during these "hiccups" in my games, Norton 360! Now even though during game play I turn on what Norton considers game mode, suspending auto-protect and turning on silent mode during gaming, the program still spikes like crazy every so often.
Well as you may have read, and read, and read, I am planning to switch security suites. That said I have 3 options I am looking at. The full COMMODO Internet Security (free), Microsoft Security Essentials w/COMMODO Firewall (free) and Eset Smart Security. The reason I am looking at Eset is I got a limited time deal on the program. I can get it for 75% off a 2 year subscription for a limited time because I did some beta work for them. I have heard from many gamers that Eset is the best, most secure and least intrusive of all the paid solutions.
So the question is with the deal I can get on Eset should I go for it or use some other solution.