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Is It Safe To Disable Firewall And Av?


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#1 Rustendrage

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 01:15 AM

Hi all,
Sys Specs::
Antivirus Software: Avast 4.7 Free edition
Firewall: Comodo Firewall
CPU: Intel Celeron 2.4 Ghz 400 Mhz FSB
Ram: 1 Gb DDR RAM @ 400 Mhz
Storage: 40 Gb Seagate @ 7200 rpm
Video Card: 64 mb onboard Intel 845g
Power Supply: Powersafe 400w

As you can see,I use onboard graphics.So I really need to free up PC resources to get decent FPS in games.Is it a safe practice to disable AV and firewall while playing games??
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 03:07 AM

Is it a safe practice to disable AV and firewall while playing games??

I say it is never safe to disable your firewall while connected to the internet. This is because the incoming/outcoming internet information that can comprimise your computer can still be sent whilst connected.

The same thing goes for AVs. You never know, depending on the type of game your playing you may receive a virus or other malware that isn't good for your computer either.

You could try making it so that nothing else besides the AV, firewall and the game runs. Avs and firewalls shouldnt take up that much computer resources anyway.

Thats my opinion anyway.
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 05:40 AM

if it's not an internet based game, then you could always remove the ethernet cable from the modem or turn off your wireless connection at your PC. If you trust the software and know it to be free of nasty's then turn off the AV and the firewall once you have turned off any internet connections, but as Anna has pointed out it's not wise to go without any security if you need the internet.
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:03 AM

In many cases, online gaming sites are infested with a smörgåsbord of malware that can lead to other sites where malware is lurking. They are an increasing source of malware which you can inadvertently download without knowledge or consent. Users visiting such sites may see innocuous-looking banner ads containing code that can launch annoying pop-up ads and change the home page settings of your browser. Further, gaming sites can put you at risk to fraud, phishing and theft of personal data.

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Even if the gaming site is a clean site, there is always the potential of some type of malware making its way there. Innocuous-looking banner ads can contain code which trigger pop-up ads and Flash ads have been reported to install malware.

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Bottom line: You need your Firewall & Anti-virus if you are going to play games on line.
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:03 AM

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The games I run are trusted games [San andreas,half life 2 and likes.] and I don't [rather can't] play multiplayer.
So I think it would be safe to disable the firewall after disconnecting the net.
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Posted 04 October 2007 - 09:15 AM

If you are playing solo games, and not connected to the internet, you can certainly temporarily turn off your firewall and antivirus to free some system resources. If you do not defragment your hard drive, it helps gme performanace to do so on a regular basis.
Just remember to turn your firewall and AV back on if you do connect to the Internet.
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