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With that attitude, you are 100% correct. It ISN'T worth the hassle.

It really isn't when there's already an OS that just kind of..works with all your programs and hardware.
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With that attitude, you are 100% correct. It ISN'T worth the hassle.

It really isn't when there's already an OS that just kind of..works with all your programs and hardware.

OpenBSD! Yep! biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 119
Trust: A second to destroy, a lifetime to rebuild.

Was nice knowing you Avast. Hope it was worth it.
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Ugh, this really bugs me. This was the kind of crap that Avast was supposed to protect us from in the first place. rolleyes.gif
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Well luckily for me I used to use it but got rid of it from my browser probably 6 months ago.

But now I'm in the awkward position of wondering what to do with Avast that's on my home computer? Do I keep with the actual AV or do I go get something else for free?
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virus software? lol u guys still use this.


Run Linux and just be aware of any security patches + keep off crappy sites. then install trusted script/cookie blockers on your browser + disable java if bothered. simple.

I hate reading stuff like this. This is the same ignorance mac users had from all the marketing that macs were immune to viruses/spyware etc. Linux is no different, just because there is very little out there that infects & harms it doesn't mean it isn't out there. Additionally if you kept up on security news etc you would know that you don't even have to go to shady websites to get infected or even click on anything for that matter.

For this very reason I have my grandmother on Linux with adblocker+ghostery and ClamAV set to update & scan daily. Even with that I will still periodically go and check the system myself.

Obscurity DOES NOT mean security.
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Using an antivirus is for people who have no idea how to operate a computer. I'd be shocked if anyone here feel they are actually protected by an AV.

Two rules:
  1. Don't run random files from the internet that auto-download
  2. Patch your stuff.

Easy.

Have a firewall and HIPS software as well. But most people who use computer don't have good knowledge these kind of things and AVs are the only solution.

This seems to be limited to just their Chrome extension, just to be safe I disabled their web reputation plug-in in FireFox.
Edited by sepiashimmer - 10/23/14 at 9:17am
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Just my opinion, but it sounds like ignorance being preached. I know you guys are all rather intelligent and you know your computers, hardware, software, etc, but talking about not using AV and just "patching" and "being safe" is like not wearing seatbelts in your vehicles but driving safely and saying "as long as I go the speed limit and stay alert, I don't need a seatbelt." And then what happens? You get rear-ended or T-boned and injured, fined, or dead.

Most AV software includes a firewall, heuristic scanning, and other functionalities that help keep a computer secure.

There are more than just virus threats online. There's malicious code, worms, trojans, bad actors, questionable ActiveX and Java items on various sites, etc etc etc.

Ultimately what the user decides to do is up to them and they have to deal with the consequences - either good or bad - in the end. Again, in my opinion, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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Using an antivirus is for people who have no idea how to operate a computer. I'd be shocked if anyone here feel they are actually protected by an AV.

Two rules:
  1. Don't run random files from the internet that auto-download
  2. Patch your stuff.

Easy.
Except there are plenty of attack vectors that your method does not protect from.

It would be people who do not much a lot about security who thinks they are protect by their smarts alone....

There is no magic bullet with security so the best approach is layered defense. AV is a legitimate mitigation technique.
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Except there are plenty of attack vectors that your method does not protect from.

It would be people who do not much a lot about security who thinks they are protect by their smarts alone....

There is no magic bullet with security so the best approach is layered defense. AV is a legitimate mitigation technique.
Eh, it's definitely better than nothing but at the same time a zero-day or something with a stolen certificate can march on by, like Stuxnet.
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