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is it safe to turn off antivirus software

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by skipper847, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. skipper847

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 10, 2011

    Posts: 941

    I only use windows 10 antivirus software but it stopping oculus downloading games and it even says on there website to turn it off while downloading games if having problems. How safe is it to turn off and what do you turn off?. Thanks.

    It only doing it with certain games. At the moment I'm trying to download Elite D and antivirus software is stopping it but I have downloaded other since.
     
  2. Beerbaron

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

    Posts: 5,820

    Location: Beds

    How confident are you that the content you are downloading is safe?

    I have a similar issue with a new vendor's software at work which the AV stops from running. Their fix is for us to add an exception and allow it. I want assurances around their testing and secure coding practices and have asked the AV company to investigate. I want to know my risks first :)
     
  3. mrbell1984

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 9, 2008

    Posts: 23,230

    It's as safe as you think it is safe. You are downloading content and it's up to your discretion to turn it off or not. It's your security and your system you are looking after.

    Nobody on this forum can say otherwise.
     
  4. sideways14a

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 31, 2017

    Posts: 1,760

    If you have to ask the question then NO do not turn off your security.

    The number of wonkey laptops i see come across my desk with malware is ridicules.
     
  5. Orcvader

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 11, 2009

    Posts: 14,216

    Location: Havering

    Have you tried whitelisting Oculus instead to see if that helps? It seems extreme to ask you to turn off your AV in order to fix downloads.
     
  6. skipper847

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 10, 2011

    Posts: 941

    It must be just oculus software as for dozen time shutting it down and re-starting its downloaded but oculus software was actually recommending it with a pop up. It also says here https://support.oculus.com/225459294538101/

    I never turned it off in the end as said I just tried and tried and in the end it did it.