In the past, antivirus products slowed devices down. But things have changed. Gaming and security are not mutually exclusive anymore. F‑Secure SAFE internet security won Best Protection and Best Performance awards by AV-TEST in 2020 for outstanding protection that doesn’t slow you down. But do you need antivirus software for PC gaming? Yes.
Gamers are affected by all the same online threats as everyone else, such as malware and phishing. In addition, some threats are targeted specifically at gamers. It doesn’t help that many gamers think antivirus is detrimental to both their gaming experience and their computer’s overall performance. In turn, many gamers are left particularly vulnerable.
It’s also worth noticing that gaming involves lots of money and personal information, which attracts criminals. In fact, gaming-related online attacks have increased especially during COVID-19 when people have had more time to spend playing games.