If you’re a serious computer gamer, you know that a fast computer system, a high-speed connection to the Internet, and minimal interruptions are essential to a good gaming experience. When the need for speed is critical, you might be tempted to turn off your computer’s security software to avoid annoying security alerts or slowdowns caused by routine antivirus scans or updates to the software.
The problem with disabling your security software – even temporarily – is that it opens your computer up to malware, hackers, and other security threats. In fact, many cybercriminals specifically target gamers, especially game enthusiasts who play subscription-paid multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) like World of Warcraft or social networking games via Facebook. When you turn off your antivirus and firewall, not only is your computer vulnerable to virus attacks, you put your personal and financial information at risk.
Instead of making the choice between speed and security, you need security software that understands your unique needs as a gamer. That’s why our ZoneAlarm PC security products include “Game Mode” – so that you can have the benefits of online security without compromising the gaming experience.
Game Mode temporarily suppresses permission requests, security software scans, product updates, and antivirus and firewall alerts so that you can play games on your computer with fewer interruptions. These scans, updates and alerts are postponed until after you exit Game Mode – and you receive them in a single, cumulative update. Meanwhile, your antivirus scanner and firewall are still running, so your computer is protected from performance-draining malware.
Turning on Game Mode is as simple as a one-click window:
First, right-click on the ZA icon located in your systems tray, then click on Game Mode.

In the short dialogue that follows, you can opt to either answer all alerts with “allow” or “deny”. For maximum security, click “deny”, which will automatically deny all permission requests; however, this may deny a necessary function of your game.

Game mode turns off only when you close the Game Mode window, or if you click the “Stop Game Mode” button.
Gaming Online Without Sacrificing Security - ZoneAlarm Blog