Exclude or include game data files in virus scans

By dustin_ds3000
Aug 4, 2008
  1. if i include the game data files the virus scan can take up to 16 hours to complete, i have about 20 games on my pc and if i exclude the game data files the virus scan only takes about 5 hours
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  3. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 869   +8

    i dont have a virus on my computer right now i was just doing my weekly virus scan and it was taking to long. so the i stopped the scan and excluded all my games data files and i was wanting to now if this is recommended
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    That's difficult to answer

    It is recommended to do a full scan, once in a while
    But if you open those Games, and if they have viruses on them, then your Antivirus will pick them up.

    Also, because my system is huge ( + stacks of games I never use anymore)
    I do run a full scan (overnight) every so often. But it's a heavy load on CPU and memmory I noticed.

    Your call.
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