Modding Skyrim is one of the main reasons why the game is still played today. From adding different assets to the game to improving graphics and fixing bugs, modding opens up a whole world of possibilities for improving the game and making it better. In recent years, modding Skyrim has also become available to players on consoles, further expanding the modding community. Players new to modding are not as confident when it comes to modifying their games, and due to that, one question is often asked, can Skyrim mods have viruses, and is modding even safe?
Skyrim modding is completely safe if you get mods from trusted and reputable sites. In theory, mods can have viruses, but getting them from trusted and official sites lowers the chances of you getting a virus nearly to zero. The same goes for installing mods on consoles as well. It’s even harder to get a virus on a console than on a PC, so you have to be extremely unlucky to get a virus through this route, as it’s almost impossible for a casual user.
Now that we’ve covered that modding is generally safe, it’s time to analyze why and what are the best places to get mods. If you’re interested in more, stay with us and keep reading!
Nothing online is completely safe from viruses, but mods are pretty close to being completely safe
As you all know, every time you download something from the internet, you run the risk of getting your PC infected with malware. Viruses are everywhere, be it some serious threats or annoying bloatware that targets you with ads.
Most people will do everything in their limited power to avoid getting a virus since getting rid of it can be lengthy and exhausting and might even cost you some files. That being said, mods are not necessary to play the game, and if it is too much of a risk that your PC (or console ) will get infected, people would most likely avoid it altogether. But you can rest easy. Modding is completely safe as long as you do it right.
Mods are rarely infected with malware, and this is not just “luck.” Most people tend to download mods from official sources and highly reputable sites. So no, if you’re wondering whether you should drop modding because of safety concerns, don’t do it. And in the rest of the article, we will cover why.
Nexus Mods is a reputable site that is completely safe and one of the best sources of community-made mods
Every avid modder or connoisseur of mods has heard of Nexus Mods. It’s one of the oldest mods aggregators around, and the site has built quite a reputation for itself. Mods you get on Nexus Mods are completely safe because the site has several checks in place in order to provide the users with the possible service. To upload (and even download bigger mods), you need to create an account and verfy your info. Also, mods are screened just in case they contain some malware.
Nexus Mods also has its mod manager, which comes in handy for players new to modding that does 90 % of the job for you. With the introduction of mod managers, modding has never been easier and safer, and now fan-made content is accessible to everybody. In short, if you want to stay safe while modding Skyrim, Nexus Mods is a perfect place to start. It’s not an official site by any means, but it’s pretty close to being exactly that due to the amount of support you’re getting. Nexus Mods is completely free. You only need to create an account, but there are paid plans for faster download speeds.
Skyrim’s Creation Club is an official place to download curated content
If you’re looking for a more “official” place to get mods on both PCs and Consoles, you have Skyrim Creation Club at your disposal. Creation Club is Bethesda’s official marketplace that aggregates highly-curated content, meaning only top-of-the-line mods will be included. Creation Club is also a good place to monetize your mods if you want more than forum recognition.
Creation Club is completely safe as every uploaded mod is checked for malware, and like is the case with Nexus Mods; you need an account to both download and upload mods.
There aren’t as many mods available on Creation Club as at Nexus Mods, but still, there’s plenty to choose from. From textures packs, additional items, and storylines, there’s something for everybody. Generally, Creation Club is not free to use, however, as you will need “credits” to purchase mods, both on PC and consoles. Through those credits, content creators are rewarded for their hard work and dedication.
Skyrim Steam Workshop is still available for people who are still playing Oldrim
If you’ve never made the jump to Skyrim Special Edition, you can still use Steam Workshop to get Skyrim mods. Steam Workshop is completely safe as they check files as well, and added convenience is you don’t have to install additional software as everything is in your Steam launcher. Steam Workshop has plenty of mods to choose from, and it’s completely free to use, just like Nexus Mods.
Is modding Skyrim safe on consoles?
Modding Skyrim is absolutely safe on consoles as your means of getting mods are extremely limited, and basically, you can only get them from the official Creation Club, and the odds of you getting malware from official Bethesda sites are practically 0. Console players are limited when it comes to mods compared to PC players, as console mods are limited only to existing game assets. This adds an extra layer of security, especially for players looking forward to modding their PS installation of Skyrim.
So if anything, modding Skyrim on consoles is even safer than on PC.
To sum everything up, modding is extremely safe if you get mods from reputable and official sites. You should be good if you avoid downloading random files from the internet and stick to Nexus Mods, Creation Club, or Steam Workshop. The odds of getting malware from those sites are practically nonexistent.