Do I need Antivirus and Windows Defender on Gaming PC?

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March 20, 2018 at 12:11:52
Specs: Windows 10, I5
I have a desktop that is 100% used for gaming only. Even if it were hacked the only thing that would be seen are the game files since that is all that is on it. I use my laptop for daily activities and it is secure. Oh I do have Google chrome browser on the gaming PC though so that is my only concern. Though don't I have to actually download a virus to get one? I was wondering if I could disable the Windows Defender and Avast Antivirus at least during gaming as some maps I play the frame rate fluctuates a little to where it makes competitive gaming more challenging so I am trying to free up as much resources as I can. Thanks.

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March 20, 2018 at 13:26:44
If you go online with the computer, it needs virus & malware protection. Simple as that. If you disable it for online gaming, you put your system at risk. I suggest you look elsewhere to free up resources, however, you might want to consider replacing Avast with something more lightweight.

Did you disable all of the Win10 "spyware"? Did you look at your list of startup apps & disable the unnecessary ones? Posting your system specs might be helpful too.

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March 21, 2018 at 07:50:25

use method 1, this will make sure the MS antispyware executable doesnt randomly hogg up a single cpu core as it did on mine

the thing is when i was running cpu intensive tasks, the antispyware would take 25% (1 out of 4 cores) making the program i was running slower.
that trick in the link fixed it.(a reboot is required)

i5-6600K[delid]@4.814GHz/4.613GHz cache@1.385v | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL16@12-13-13-28 1T 2708MHz@1.37v
Samsung 250GB SSD 850 EVO
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1375/1940 BiosMod

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February 13, 2020 at 03:08:06
It was bad enough that we recommended something else, but it's since bounced back, and now provides very good protection. So in short, yes: Windows Defender is good enough (as long as you couple it with a good anti-malware program, as we mentioned above—more on that in a minute).

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February 13, 2020 at 06:00:45
RE #3 M8 this thread is 2 years old

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