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Originally Posted by victorofhavoc View Post

Wow man, of all places I expected people here to have anti-virus running.
I am currently a student with a focus on network security. What I've learned is that you can easily get viruses even if you monitor what you do. A lot of the time people have trojans or viruses of all sorts running without actually displaying symptoms (these are viruses made by the real coders and not some idiot kids goofing off). For example, your computer might suddenly have 30 megabytes less RAM and you'll never know. It won't say you're using 30 more just that 30 is missing. Oh noes! well it's because something is running in the background parallel to your OS.
Honestly guys, have you noticed how windows warns you when something tries to access the network? well that's because it's opening a new port, and often times it won't close it later because that program might need it. These open ports can be scanned by port scanners, imagine that!, and then you start receiving automated attacks until that port is accessed. You won't even know it's happening if the coders have done it well.
Common myths:
if you visit only secure websites you won't get a virus
MACs don't get viruses
Visiting few websites you know well means you won't get viruses
if you don't download anything you can't get a virus
you're not getting attacked at this very minute
Do yourselves a favor and just get a light AV program, and just run a scan once a week and you'll be fine...mostly anyway....the good viruses are actually undetectable by AV programs.
Good Luck guys!

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I just use MSE as well.

And re-install Windows every 30 days when it starts bugging me to activate...



Why dont u use an activator to activate windows so u dont have to re install every 30 days


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You don't need anti-virus.

I don't know what kind of websites your visiting, who has your email, or what programs your downloading, but you simply DO NOT need anti virus.

I download music, games, movies, pictures, visit a plethora of websites daily, and I just ran Microsofts anti virus whatever it is and it found nothing... Not going to lie... probably once or twice a year I get a hardcore virus, in which I reformat which takes 20 mins, reinstall stuff off of back up drive, and my computer is running as good as it was when I first bought it in under an hour.

Forget common sense, avoiding viruses is pretty much second nature/natural instinct for me, and from the amount of time you guys spend with computers it should be for you too.
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Originally Posted by victorofhavoc View Post

Wow man, of all places I expected people here to have anti-virus running.
I am currently a student with a focus on network security. What I've learned is that you can easily get viruses even if you monitor what you do. A lot of the time people have trojans or viruses of all sorts running without actually displaying symptoms (these are viruses made by the real coders and not some idiot kids goofing off). For example, your computer might suddenly have 30 megabytes less RAM and you'll never know. It won't say you're using 30 more just that 30 is missing. Oh noes! well it's because something is running in the background parallel to your OS.
Honestly guys, have you noticed how windows warns you when something tries to access the network? well that's because it's opening a new port, and often times it won't close it later because that program might need it. These open ports can be scanned by port scanners, imagine that!, and then you start receiving automated attacks until that port is accessed. You won't even know it's happening if the coders have done it well.
Common myths:
if you visit only secure websites you won't get a virus
MACs don't get viruses
Visiting few websites you know well means you won't get viruses
if you don't download anything you can't get a virus
you're not getting attacked at this very minute
Do yourselves a favor and just get a light AV program, and just run a scan once a week and you'll be fine...mostly anyway....the good viruses are actually undetectable by AV programs.
Good Luck guys!

People have a false sense of security with programs like Malwarebytes. I had an infection in 2010 that wouldn't go away completely. Malwarebytes would remove it but I would be infected again. The problem was Malrebytes and Superantispyware aren't full malware programs - they mostly target spyware. Eventally I installed MSE and it removed the malware PLUS another virus/trojan that malwarebytes couldn't detect.

MSE also has the uncommon feature of auto-scanning archives. I've actually seen it remove a virus from a Windows restore point.
    
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials, but really I don't need it.
I just am always careful of what do on the web, since I know can happen, I'm not worried about viruses, those are easy, it's hackers my issue. I have worked in network security and design for about a year (and then hated the job, so quit) and I know that an antivirus means squat even to me. So I bought a descent firewall, a CISCO UC560, like the one that is linked but an older model and I've never had a virus and I've been working with computers for about 41 years.
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It seems many people don't realise the main point of having protection is preventing an infection in the first place. Running a scan once every so often will be too late if your already infected as the virus/trojan/malware will most likely have done what it needed to. Its amazing that people think just because they have a lot of experience it makes them immune this kind of complacency and is part of the reason why viruses are spread so quickly. Experience should have taught you that anyone can get caught out and having protection is just a sensible and responsible step. Also I use Avira and apart from the icon in the notification area you wouldn't know its even on your system.
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My anti-virus is NoScript, AdBlock+, MalwareBytes and caution when browsing.

The above block all chances I have of getting a virus short of a direct attack, but if anything fails and I do somehow get a virus I've always got what's needed to restore to a safe backup.
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It's also worthwhile keeping in mind the userbase when you ask this question. Gamers and the like might not care but I would bet people using their machine for productivity would'nt take the chance of running without an AV.

The fact of the matter is that if your HDD contents are valuable it's just not worth taking the risk. The same can be said for your personal info seeing as most viri hide and steal info rather than damage your PC.

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Avast for a lightweight AV. And occassional scans of malwarebytes and spybot.
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Spybot is junk, it was good 3/4 years ago.

Avast is the most lightweight AV together with Vipre.

MSE is far from lightwieght, try Avast and you will notice the difference, also its inferior to Avast, in every possible way, yes there is no best AV, all can miss something but trust me MSE is prone to heavy infections such as rootkits etc, for light malware its ok but when its about serious stuff and surfing in dangerous sites avoid it.

I recommend NIS/KIS/Emsisoft Internet Security, from paid products and Avast/Comodo Internet Security from the free offerings, they are generally the best from both worlds.

Personally i'm an Norton fan, their download intelegence, intrusion prevention, and the perfect behavior blocker( Sonar 3.0) are simply fantastic way of integration of so called layer defence.
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