Can i play games while doing Virus Scan?

So I want to do a virus scan while playing Fallout but idk if I should, what "could" happen if i do. And another question ik that you cant defrag a SSD but is there any other ways to clean one?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    If the virus scan is scanning a file currently in use......wouldn't that cause a problem?

  • 3 weeks ago

    Better not do that.

  • 3 weeks ago

    The answer is yes. The performance of the game may suffer depending on how heavy on recourses your antivirus is. You can "clean" a SSD if you were to format it.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Depends doesn't it? How bogged down will your computer be when it's working something in the background?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    These days, it's not too much of a problem running a virus scanner while you're doing anything in the background. Most processors are now multi-core, so they can be running the virus scan in the background on a separate core, without affecting whatever you're doing in the foreground. At worst you might experience a 1% performance drop, which is nothing. The only time it might be a problem is if the scanner gets stuck on a particular file, and that would usually indicate a bad disk drive problem is starting.

    As for optimizing SSD's, no there's nothing you can do to optimize one after you initially set one up. The only optimization that ever needs to be done with an SSD is to set its partition to a particular location in the SSD, and that only needs to be done once, the first time you set up the SSD, and that's usually automatically taken care of by the Windows partitioning software when you create the partition. It's best not to try to do anything with the SSD after it's already setup, it runs pretty much foolproofly.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Playing a game (like Fallout) while a virus scan is running in the background will likely take a performance hit while the scan is running.  This can potentially make some resource-heavy (high-end), high-action games unplayable.  However, resource-light & light-action games (like Among Us or a board game like Ticket to Ride) would like run just fine with potentially some performance hiccups.

    HOWEVER, you may be able to adjust the priority of the scan on some scanners.  Please be aware that while lowering the priority will reduce the potential performance hit (as it will take less resources), but it will take longer for the scan to complete.

    As for cleaning a SSD, it's a bit tricky because the drawback of SSD's is that they have more limited number of write cycles & various secure deletion methods would cause extra wear on the drive.  This may become unnecessary if you go to government / military standards (which overwrites the data at least 7 times, but can go as many as 35 times).

  • prob mess with the fps, and make the game less enjoyable or simply unplayable,  maybe do something else while you run the scan or run when you go to sleep, unless leaving the machine on is for some reason an issue

  • 4 weeks ago

    It is generally a good idea not to run other programs during an anti-malware scan, but it will not cause any damage to the system if you do. ... A anti-virus scan is a disk intensive operation that will most likely slow down your computer until it's completion

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    just try it and see and then you'll know

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    You can but the game will probably run slower. 

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