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I don't think so.

To me, it looks like having an antivirus has almost become some sort of "social norm", everyone sees that as necessary while I don't think it is. I keep my PC updated and am always watching closely.

For instance, most viruses come with .exe or archives that don't work as intended and/or suddenly disppear when you launch them and there I see right off that I got infected.

When your PC gets infected there are usually "symptoms", you notice it. Or it can be some sort of silent virus like botnets but then again you notice it (if it drains CPU/network) and I periodically check taskmgr but still, 99% of the viruses you encounter come from infected files that you launch yourself...
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Storing usernames and passwords is much more risky than having no AV imo.

I don't see why you wouldn't run an AV, why do all that and check this and make sure that is like this, when you can get a program that does it for you, faster, for free, in the background at no disadvantage to you with a better detection rate?

I want my passwords stored so I don't have to type them every time. I can't remember all of the passwords and emails I use for all of the Accounts I have everywhere, I always backup and restore my saved passwords when I move PC's, and I've got a lot. Again, why put in the effort when I don't need to?

Not running an AV is foolish, plain and simple. They use less than 30MB of RAM now. Unless you have an 'I am almighty' attitude about it, in which case a well placed page exploit will probably turn that around. I use MSE both at home and at work, and common sense, but I've opened links to legitimate pages and got Trojan alerts. You can't be too careful.
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post #22 of 41
Eset NOD32. It has the smallest performance imprint of all the AV's I've tried over the years, and the smallest updates (which is important for me with my severly capped and expensive internet)
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post #23 of 41
Avast is probably the best free antivirus as it has very good definitions and comprehensive real time protection. When paired with Malwarebytes and TDSSKiller literally nothing will ever harm your computer. Avast is also the lightest antivirus software I have ever used. In terms of paid antivirus I would say either Norton or Kaspersky, depending if you don't mind your antivirus slowing down your pc. I game a lot and I like to keep a fast snappy computer so I prefer to use the free software. MSE is also good for basic protection.
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I like Avast, it was better then the paid version of BitDefender too ($1 bug or whatever)
BitDefender sucked, it was cool and secure it just interfered with too much stuff.

Avast free is one of the top Anti-Virus, you can link it to your Facebook to register each year or manually enter all of the details if you wish (or don't have Facebook)
That with AdBlockPlus installed on Firefox/Chrome and you are set! smile.gif
 
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post #25 of 41
My pc never had a virus for like 4 years, could have been longer if hadn't upgraded from XP.
I have used Avast for more than like 7 years! Awesome support too! I'm a free user but they always respond to reports I have made -- we use use a useless AV at work called officescan (trend micro) doh.gif
AV's are there to 'see' viruses that I don't, as common sense alone doesn't always work. thumb.gif
post #26 of 41
A mix of Common Sense, some good privacy protection software (Mask me and Do Not Track Me) as well as Comodo keeps me infection free. I use the secure DNS Comodo provides as well as do my browsing in Sandbox mode.
post #27 of 41
I use System Center Endpoint Protection (the enterprise version of MS Security Essentials) and it does what I need. Non-invasive, scheduled scans, real-time scans, etc. I have my own internal WSUS server through System Center Configuration Manager, on my home network, so I ensure that Windows Updates and virus definitions are distributed throughout my home network on a regular basis. It's a pain to manage Windows Updates and virus defs on 30 devices manually. ^.^

Common sense, as previously stated, trumps all.
post #28 of 41
I use Microsoft Security Essentials, Comodo Firewall, and basic Malwarebytes.
At work when I reformat PC's I load them with AVG (disable pop-up notifications/opt out of AVG Product Improvement Program) and basic Malwarebytes.
post #29 of 41
I personally run avast free antivirus and malwarebytes and superantispyware and spywareblaster. Avast continues to amaze me with how good it is. The boot time scan is what really sells me on it. I also like the notifications but if they annoy you you can put it in silent mode. All around its the best antivirus i feel. Give it a go and see what you think
 
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post #30 of 41
I use Avira Internet Security..

Using it from past 9 years.. Excellent antivirus....
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