Salad won’t tax your hardware any more than playing your favorite AAA game title would. Consumer graphics processing units (a.k.a. "graphics cards" or GPUs) and central processing units (CPUs) are designed to run at peak performance 24/7.
With proper physical maintenance, using Salad should never adversely affect your PC. If you still have doubts, feel free to check out this article
on whether mining will damage your GPU (spoiler: it won’t), or read this one
about running Salad on your CPU.
We recommend that all Salad Chefs keep their corners of the Kitchen tidy to ensure the best performance. You should regularly clean your gaming PC and ensure adequate airflow, as dust build-up and poor access to fresh air are the primary causes of overheating.
Salad will never harm your gaming PC or spoil your privacy. If your antivirus software has blocked Salad, it is likely because the third-party cryptomining libraries we use under the hood are often mistaken for malicious software, despite being shared or otherwise trustworthy open-source apps. To learn more about why this happens, check out this helpful article