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The truth is you don't even need an anti-virus if you know what you're doing. I haven't used an anti-virus in years and I've had no viruses.
Just need some browser plugins and you're good to go.
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post #102 of 233
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Originally Posted by BeerPowered View Post

You never have to go "Deep into the internet". If you don't know the answer, your team members probably will(Or IT Peers). If none of you know, then you call support. Also technet has most of the answers if you are researching.

If you are just a casual home user these forums have plenty of people with answers. No need to visit a shady site.


I wasn't necessarily talking about "mainstream" sites. There's alot of controversial websites, that have issues with hacker groups for example, because of their position on something. The users sometimes are the ones that get affected.

I'm not talking about simple questions that you can go onto a mainstream site about hardware or something like that. Think more controversial. You can learn alot from controversy.

I'm not gonna live in a bubble. But then again I wont complain if anything happens. It's the people that go out of their safe zone, get themselves in a situation, then start complaining
post #103 of 233
I have been using MSE for years and never had any problems so i have no idea what to recommend but if it comes to a point in switching to a new company anti-virus then i would have to resort to do so. It's so hard to believe everything on the internet these days because it could be marketing ploy to get people to switch or they're doing it to make people get Windows 8. Conspiracy theories are annoying but in the end of the day i don't really visit shady sites too like the rest of other people do and get crazy add on plugins or do any overkill stuff. Keep it simple and you should be fine but i still wonder if AVAST is really worth it but MSE isn't so bad. Come on Microsoft i expected better frown.gif
post #104 of 233
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what a virus checker worriedsmiley.gif

should I be worried my Mint install doesn’t have one ?

lol, well played...

Seriously, what do you do on the internet that requires Virus scanners? I haven't used one since like 1998.
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Tried em all. Kaspersky internet security has been my favorite for about 4 years now.
    
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post #106 of 233
Avast! and Avira are free. Not sure about Avast! anymore but Avira does have some nagware. I run it on a laptop and main rig and it's nothing too bothersome.
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Basic Protection is good enough. Cant remember last time i got a Virus.
Good enough for most of OCN's users and tech literate folk alike, yes. Good enough for "ooooh shiney clicky click" McClickerson? No.
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Time to buy Kaspersky
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I had been using MSE/Defender on all my systems since it was released. Recently I switched to Bitdefender free as I had doubts on MSE's ability.
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well they are still putting out definition updates for MSE (downloading one now)
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post #110 of 233
I actually think this is a smart move by Microsoft. They could very well develop the killer AV product for Windows systems but then they'd likely face another anti-trust lawsuit.

People who write viruses and other malware test their code against the popular AV products. It would make sense that the first test would be to evade MSE because so many systems have that enabled by default.

It's certainly not the best out there that's for sure. But to say MSE is completely useless isn't necessarily true. Microsoft does update their malware definitions regularly and so the product does provide some layer of protection. Even if that's the first layer as described in the article.

Link to Microsoft's malware site for reference : http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/threat/threats.aspx
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