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It raises the question: is anti-virus good enough to protect against today's threats?

The short answer is no, anti-virus is not good enough, yet consumers can't afford not to use it when one new piece of malicious software, or malware, is released every two seconds.

More here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/6701949/Anti-virus-can-t-keep-up-with-threat-onsalught

An excellent clued-up article with good sources by a 'mainstream media' outlet.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 4/5/12 at 7:56pm
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Really? I haven't used AV software for a few years now. Palemoon with adblock and noscript is amazing.

I run SuperAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes scans every few weeks or so and all I get are tracking cookies.
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Really? I haven't used AV software for a few years now. Palemoon with adblock and noscript is amazing.
I run SuperAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes scans every few weeks or so and all I get are tracking cookies.

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Really? I haven't used AV software for a few years now. Palemoon with adblock and noscript is amazing.
I run SuperAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes scans every few weeks or so and all I get are tracking cookies.

umm i dont think thats a good idea to spread around, i mean an av might use up resources but its good insurance just in case
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avast! seems to do the best out of the whole lot, and I do think it tries to keep up. Every day there is at LEAST one database update. 

    
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Now if only there were a way for people to practice common sense when they use teh interwebz... smile.gif

Okay, joking aside, sometimes things slip through--that's understandable. I would say that smart browsing/internet usage takes care of about 99.5% of the potential problems people can have with malware, viruses, etc., and antivirus only works on about 0.5% of it.
    
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Really? I haven't used AV software for a few years now. Palemoon with adblock and noscript is amazing.
I run SuperAntiSpyware and Malware Bytes scans every few weeks or so and all I get are tracking cookies.

^^^ Waterfox, adblock + noscript, haven't had any problems in almost a year now.
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Same here. Bloat(av crap), go away.
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I don't agree with the "can't afford not to use it" part. Sure we can. Securing your operating system from the get-go is better than relying on a piece of software that works using heuristics and signatures. That same piece of software that is prone to either not being able to detect viruses and detecting files that aren't viruses i.e. false positives. No thank you.
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I don't use any form of anti-virus and I've never experienced any problems. If you know your way around the internet you shouldn't worry about protection.
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