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ITN: Research by antivirus vendor finds that people need antivirus software. The study concludes that users should quickly install the vendor's product to protect themselves.

Pretty much this.
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post #22 of 94
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ITN: Research by antivirus vendor finds that people need antivirus software. The study concludes that users should quickly install the vendor's product to protect themselves.

the study didn't conclude that. the article mentioned it.
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This is both surprising and unsurprising.
 
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post #24 of 94
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the study didn't conclude that. the article mentioned it.

So did the press release that this article is based on. I doubt we actually know what the study concluded (before the sugar coating) since it doesn't seem to be available.
    
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The problem is the majority of mac users AREN'T techies.
The majority of all users of everything aren't techies.
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As much as I hate to agree with this, it's true.
Most viruses online come from browsing dodgy sites and advertisements. They're both easily remedied with Noscript and Adblock Plus.
Obviously, you don't need active antivirus, but it's always good to have malware removal tools for when you do inevitably catch one. MalwareBytes or SuperAntiSpyware are great choices. Those are the two I keep on a usb drive just in case and they havn't failed me yet.
Yeah, I've used those before I think.
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Ok, ok, I'll tell this to a guy I know who's been in corporate IT security for 15+ years and see what he says lachen.gif

You do know that cyber crims can hijack a site by just inserting a piece of code in the source code and do nothing else, resulting in the site working and looking as normal witrohut even the website IT team knowing. Good luck with 'not doing anything stupid' in terms of that.
I doubt that's easy, and that aside, by not going to questionable sites and such, you're pretty much safe. The reason everyone gets viruses, trojans, malware and such, is because they don't know what they're doing.

>>>>>

I run both Windows 7 and OS X Lion without any kind of anti-virus and I've yet to have any problem.
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post #26 of 94
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I run both Windows 7 and OS X Lion without any kind of anti-virus and I've yet to have any problem.

You do realise, like all crimes, the best ones are unnoticed right?
Not to mention most malware do not come from 'dodgy sites' anymore.
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Ok so my only opinion for "virus free" is that if you want to truly be safe from viruses NEVER plug anything into your computer including SD cards and USB, ect. Also do not connect it to the internet EVER! There you go! Perfect 100% AV and its free tongue.gif
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Ok so my only opinion for "virus free" is that if you want to truly be safe from viruses NEVER plug anything into your computer including SD cards and USB, ect. Also do not connect it to the internet EVER! There you go! Perfect 100% AV and its free tongue.gif

Malware can come through audio CDs and software as well... that means after install your OS, enjoy Minesweeper and Solitaire.
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post #29 of 94
The headline is highly misleading. Look at the first paragraph of the story:
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After analyzing 100,000 Macs running the firm's free anti-virus software program, Sophos discovered several Apple computers carrying Windows malware.

But here's the real story:
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Also, about 1 in 36 Macs were carrying malware specifically targeting the Mac OS X operating system.

1 in 36 is about 2.7%. That's a far cry from the 20% the headline suggests.

And here is the real motive behind Sophos' study:
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Why are Macs a key target? Cluley notes most don't run antivirus software, and the average Mac users has a higher disposable income than the average PC user.

Yeah. They are wanting to sell their products to all those "rich" Mac users. And one way to do this is with sensationalist headlines like this one. Furthermore, they know that there are only a handful of Mac viruses out there, so the only way they can convince Mac users to buy their AV software is by convincing them that they are a danger to all those Windows machine out there. Thus they want them to believe they need Windows AV software on their Mac to protect everyone else.

This is why I do not trust any sort of "study" put out by AV software companies. You have to think about who benefits. In all cases they are the ones benefiting.
Edited by thiussat - 4/25/12 at 5:29am
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post #30 of 94
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Anyway, my posts from this OCN thread , facts > myths

Fact remains, only a dumbass will get himself infected.
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You do realise, like all crimes, the best ones are unnoticed right?
Not to mention most malware do not come from 'dodgy sites' anymore.

You have the same argument every time. So you mean to tell me inevitably I'm infected with such a powerful virus it does nothing but sits there and idles? If this all powerful and all knowing virus is next in line with God apparently, but your puny little anti-virus somehow totally caught it in the act? Do you think police officers actually do their job too? It's really really really really really really really really really really really really easy to keep your web browser from running out-of-the-norm scripts. You could install a toolbar that constantly asks if you want to run a script, it would work out better than anti-virus in the first place.
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