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Wait, what...
Correct me if I'm wrong (haven't used PCmark 7), but doesn't a higher score normally indicate better performance?
I was shaking my head too.. what the hell!?
    
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Heh, Been using GFI for months now, no idea how they got it to affect webpage load times so much. Also they failed to mention that while it doesn't ever do a deep scan quickly (~49m sounds right for me as well), it barely registers 5-10% CPU use at any point during the scan, and I can game through scheduled scans without even noticing it.
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WOW. This article is all sorts of screwed up. Tom's seems to have been getting sloppy for some time now...

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Why do people use anti virus? I haven't used one... ever. Are you that bad with your internet use or really paranoid? I don't get it (nor do I get virus')

My dad uses all these scanners to clean his registry, scan for virus, scan for malware, scan for trackers, scan for hookers, scan for... wait what? Sorry got carried away there. Anyways, you know what happened to him? Windows screwed up (had nothing to do with any virus or malware) and he had to reinstall windows on his laptop. It was right after he installed a latest Microsoft security update. Guess he should scan for that too? lol
I started using one on my laptop after I got a virus from a flash advertisement. Not kidding, I was browsing a website I frequent using Firefox and suddenly the computer started asking to install stuff. I was clicking no, but clicking no all the time eventually got old, so I installed MSE (like I do for everyone else) and it cleaned it out.

Later that day, Adobe patched Flash with "security updates." I don't know if it was for that specific one I got, but I didn't need any more convincing.

I got lucky, no damage done, and the User Account Control probably saved my computer. However, with how powerful computers are getting, and how unobtrusive MSE is, I see no reason not to run it.
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post #34 of 81
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Why do people use anti virus? I haven't used one... ever. Are you that bad with your internet use or really paranoid? I don't get it (nor do I get virus')

My dad uses all these scanners to clean his registry, scan for virus, scan for malware, scan for trackers, scan for hookers, scan for... wait what? Sorry got carried away there. Anyways, you know what happened to him? Windows screwed up (had nothing to do with any virus or malware) and he had to reinstall windows on his laptop. It was right after he installed a latest Microsoft security update. Guess he should scan for that too? lol
Way to be ignorant. These AV programs have realtime protection. My AV has caught crap on legit websites. There's a difference between downloading random animal porn and cracked games and surfing normal sites. My best example is TV2's site (one of the biggest Danish TV channels) that got infected once. There's no way to protect yourself from something like that without proper AV.

And your dad? That was completely unrelated. He may well have defended himself from actual threats. That Windows fails is irrelevant.
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MSE is using 6 MB of memory in idle right now, Google Talk Plugin is using 10 MB lol and I use that very rarely.
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post #36 of 81
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Why do people use anti virus? I haven't used one... ever. Are you that bad with your internet use or really paranoid? I don't get it (nor do I get virus')
Infection can happen from a trusted site without clicking anything, and not manifest itself in malfunctioning of your OS. You may never know you were infected without an AV to tell you. I'm of the mindset that taking a totally negligible hit to put an active defense in front of my data is a worthwhile tradeoff.
    
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So then, what would everyone recommend as the best AV that has active real-time scanning of web pages?

Seems MSE doesn't actively scan webpages much and or not very well?
    
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they reviewed pctools online security but i have the spyware & antivirus... i wonder whether theres much difference :\\ either way its made me think about the virus protection i have i mean pctools is at the bottom lol
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post #39 of 81
I use Avira-free. I absolutely love it. Lightweight and accurate
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I use ESET Smart Security 5 + MalwareBytes on all my computers, it works great and so far, I haven't had any problems with malware.
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