Is it safe?

Is it safe to play online games without the virus scanner and firewall running in the background?
thank you

NO it is definitely NOT safe to do ANYTHING online without a reputable Firewall and Antivirus running!!!

If you enjoy playing the electronic equivalent of Russian Roulette and are happy to risk loss or corruption of your files and want to make it as easy as possible for hackers to steal your private information then go ahead and disable your Firewall and Antivirus. There are many cases of completely reputable web sites being hacked to install malware on unsuspecting user’s computers.

Yes, you need antivirus running in the background when you are playing an online game. A firewall does not protect you from viruses.