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Avira and it affect on gaming?

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May 26, 2012 5:16:23 AM

Just curious how much of an affect Avira has on games and if it should be disabled when playing games. I have 8GB RAM btw.

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May 26, 2012 5:24:40 AM

I have used Avira for years and always found it to be very light on resources. I just leave it alone when gaming.
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May 26, 2012 5:44:09 AM

Leaving any AV on right now shouldn't impact gaming. Quad core CPUs with 4-8GBs of ram is the norm now. I could see issues way back when with single core CPUs and 256-512MBs but not now.

Running an active scan might cause issues. We have enough CPU and ram power to not have a scan impact performance, but hdds are a different matter. I can easily see a single 5400-7200RPM drive have issues loading a game with a full scan in progress. But just leaving even a bloated AV running like Norton or McAfee shouldn't be an issue.
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May 26, 2012 5:50:10 AM

You could always add exclusions from having Avira real-time scan your games. For example adding exclusion from the whole folder of Steam, not just the individual files within Steam.
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May 26, 2012 6:11:52 AM

I'm not sure how exclusions work but I'm guessing it won't matter much. Spinning hdds just can't transfer data or move the heads fast enough. So if you are running a scan on the drive while trying to load a game or level it will be a lot slower then it should be. (read heads needing to be in two places at once.) Having the scan run while you are sleeping would eliminate this problem.
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May 26, 2012 6:15:28 AM

Exclusions tell the antivirus to not scan or look into the folders you selected. It's in most anti-virus settings. Simple to use.
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a b 4 Gaming
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May 26, 2012 6:21:14 AM

Which is how I expected it to work. Its not the fact that its scanning the same folder as your game, but the fact that its scanning at all. Again, read heads only travel so fast.
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May 26, 2012 6:24:02 AM

I understand what you mean. A HDD can do only so much.
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a b 4 Gaming
a b $ Windows 7
May 26, 2012 12:59:50 PM

used it for years and i dont exclude anything. i get the fps i should in bf3 and every other game i play. it has 0 impact as its so small it can scan every file i load without it affecting system performance.
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