What AVG does, the way things go and the way users don't care, is... natural... One can also read this very interesting , 1 year old report on what data antiviruses can send and do send and also indirectly, indicates that on authorities' demand, they can deliver you "special payload". Meaning, they can root your computer, through your antivirus and use it to own your PC and monitor you. And what better vessel to do that, than your antivirus itself... "Who guards the guardians?".
Workaround to get rid of the ever more intrusive antiviruses, their adds, their registry tools and all the clutter they present as "features":
Use only an on demand scanner once every while. For the rest part, use anti-executables, sandboxes and such. Image your partition when clean. With a bit of experience, if you detect malware, restore a clean image. With few cases, it will wipe out everything, including any malware.
I have been without antivirus for many years now. Small list of "non antivirus" security programs:
- NoVirusThanks EXE Radar Pro
- Zemana Antilogger
- Comodo Firewall with D+ enabled (serves as antiexecutable), at least versions 5.x and 6.x (haven't tried the newer ones).
- Shadow Defender
- Faronics antiexecutable
- Faronics DeepFreeze
- ToolWiz TimeFreeze
- Secure Folders.
Useful On demand scanners:
- MBAM Free
- Emsisoft Emergency kit
- McAfee Stinger
- Hitman Pro (multiple engines).
(and many more if one does a little search).
Principles behind the functioning:
1) Antiexecutables: If it can't execute, it can't infect.
2) Virtualization: If it can't infect the real OS, upon reboot the malware is deleted together with the virtualized data.
3) Imaging: A clean image will always be malware free.
1) Antiexecutables require non trigger happy users, basic knowledge of what's happening in Windows and above all, common sense.
2) Virtualization, when total, requires reboot before deleting everything and remember to save the stuff you want to preserve in the exluded folders or registry entries, otherwise is more dumb proof than antiexecutables.
Scanning "risky downloads" before instaling them, so one can avoid realtime antivirus:
^ A good combination of the above, allow you to have x1000 better security than running a resident antivirus and most security enthusiasts, either run without antivirus or at some point have ran without antivirus without ill effects, but return to antivirus due to a "security app syndrome", a sort of withdrawal reaction.
And you can wave their spyware, performance hit, adds, false positives, slowing down browsing http scanners, goodbye.Edited by Undervolter - 9/21/15 at 9:43am