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post #11 of 21
I do it only when benchmarking, when playing games I dont see any difference. Depending on the game of course, BF2 performed poorly with AV on and only 1GB ram but when I went up to the 2GB world I stopped having the problem and there had been no updates to Bf2 in that time.
post #12 of 21
I leave everything on, all the time. My system has a habbit of not being fast when there are no processes running.
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post #13 of 21
Firewall never on here, the modem takes care of that and I'm on a network. Antivirus just does its thing. AVG dominates! There is no need to go that extreme for better performance, you wouldnt notice any difference at all if you left everything running, I dont think.
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post #14 of 21
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The general consensus it to not worry about it then. Thanks for the replies.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by aweir
I'm just curious to know if any one else does this. I tend to close down all my backround apps (firewall/antivirus, ect) to free up as much ram as possible and for better speed. Then I completely disconnect from the internet via the Standby button on my modem. Sometimes I will go to msconfig and disable everything from starting up at the next reboot and then play my game.

Is this a normal thing to do, or am I going to far. For example how much ram does FEAR use with all settings on high, with maximum texture settings?

If I am playing an online game of course I leave my firewall/antivirus on, but for all other games, I usually do the "msconfig" and disable programs for a gaming session, and then reinable them when I'm done.
I used to run the Windows Beta Antivirus stuff// Avast // Microsoft Anti-Virus at the same time, and when I ran games, it would cause a second long spike about every minute. When I disabled them, it would go away. It wasn't the computer being crappy, it was just the anti-viruses being lame. And some games do need your windows firewall off to play or host. But I can seem to leave Avast on 24/7.
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post #16 of 21
I always leave stuff on. I think that either my router or modem has a firewall, but I still use Zone Alarm and Norton Antivirus. I've gotten spyware before when I didn't use them, and it was not fun. Looking through my ZA logs, there have been several attempts to access my system which were not approved. Also, the IP addresses were not from my home network.
post #17 of 21
I keep mine all the time, if your having trouble while playing games you can get an antivirus and firewall that runs in the background without stealing all your memory, They dont have to be full time app just game time ones, what ever you do dont use norton or McCaffe or Zone Alram, they are the scurge of the gaming world!
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post #18 of 21
I don't use a firewall on my PC, both my modem and my router have built in firewalls. I do run Anti-Spyware/Adware/Virus programs once every day or two, they usually don't find anything. I turn off everything I can when I game, my PC needs all the help it can get.
post #19 of 21
i went on the net with no av just to download avg i had 2 viruses and 56 bots within the time it takes to download avg....lol....i wouls say leave them up unless benching
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post #20 of 21
Because of this thread I turned off my antivirus (Avast) and antispyware (Microsoft) and observed the overall impact to the system. I only got back about 10MB of RAM. If you're playing a game where an extra lousy 10MB of RAM actually makes a difference, you need more RAM!

So leave it all on, the risks of turning it off overshadow the minimal resources they consume. (And like everyone else said, don't use a software firewall; get a router with a hardware firewall. They work better and consume zero PC resources.)
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