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For people that don't use antivirus, or those that are sick of commercial AV products, you might want to try out ClamAV. It's open source, it's not the best, but it's better than nothing.
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The world is not black-and-white. Stop thinking in absolutes. Simply using a password and firewall for security is not enough. Those alone won't stop viruses from infecting your machine. I really couldn't care less about how long you have never used an anti-virus program or how long you have been virus free for.

You are not infallible or 100% perfect all the time.

Not to mention the fact that you keep calling me paranoid for no good reason and have even gone so far as to proclaim that I don't know what I am doing on the internet, which is complete BS. You are making some pretty ridiculous assumptions about someone you don't even now for simply trying to educate you.

Your complete and utter arrogance on this issue is not worth my time. Good day, sir.

Don't waste your time. I've delt with people of this mentality for over a decade.

Just wait for them to indirectly download a virus through a malicious advert on an otherwise trusted site and watch the fireworks slowly unfold. You can't fix stupid, but experience can.


Fact of the matter is. Everyone should have anti-virus, from computer noobs to computer veterans. Humans arn't perfect and as internet traffic grows, so do risks. Plenty is being downloaded on simple web page visits that can make infection a high possibility. At least with an Anti-Virus you have some basic means to detect such threats -- and deal with them.

I let my computer worry about defense through some trustworthy AV, so i can focus on being an imperfect human who might -- and does -- pick up a few viruses along the way with what would otherwise be very safe and cautious internet habits.
Edited by Thingamajig - 9/19/15 at 4:24pm
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Don't waste your time. I've delt with people of this mentality for over a decade.

Just wait for them to indirectly download a virus through a malicious advert on an otherwise trusted site and watch the fireworks slowly unfold. You can't fix stupid, but experience can.

You're going to be waiting a while. I haven't used an anti-virus since like... 2004 but I'll let you know when the big one hits! And why would you ever run an executable you accidentally downloaded from an advertisement. This is so mind-numbing to read.
Edited by pnoozi - 9/19/15 at 4:42pm
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Funny think is people that get Viruses and Malware are the ones with AV and Anti Malware software installed lol. AV cant protect stupid.
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Funny think is people that get Viruses and Malware are the ones with AV and Anti Malware software installed lol. AV cant protect stupid.

But it can fix a mistake which can happen from time to time.
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But it can fix a mistake which can happen from time to time.

so can C:\ format biggrin.gif

point taken though - BUT i have found many times its just faster to reinstall if a boo boo happens. and seriously, if you have important data you need to protect then it is prudent to keep that on a separate drive from the OS. wink.gif

. . . just saying.
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Except you aren't taking into account how seriously vulnerable you are to many of the newer threats that just didn't exist 20 years ago. And if you haven't used any AV in all that time, maybe you should give it a scan. You might be surprised.

No kidding.
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Like I said before, I don't need warned, I'm fine and have been for 20 years. I'm not afraid to re-install Windows, everything is backed up, and Windows needs a good fresh install every once in a while anyways (not that I'll ever need to because of a virus). I'm fine. Enjoy your AV. And the loss of performance and privacy it comes with.

I've had one intrusion on my PC in the last 14 years. I still have AV because, like another user said, its an extra layer of protection. It doesn't matter if the URL's it blocks were not infact malicious even if it said they were. Boom, one less potential issue to worry about. I wash my hands and move on, forgetting it ever happened by tomorrow.

There is no loss of performance for me and what privacy? Haha... "competant", hilarious. By using a computer connected to the internet you gave up your privacy. Facts are facts. Is my life affected by the little info they data mine from my PC? Nope.
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AVG lol


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There shouldn't be any debate on it. Everyone should include some sort of scan with regular maintenance, be it once a month or at lest once every few months. You wash your car, check the oil, add air to the tires, vacuum the carpet, clean the windows, etc... you own a computer, you delete temp bloat, clean the registry, run antimallware, update drivers, delete stuff you don't need anymore etc...

I can understand not wanting active monitoring... that's just bloat that can interfere. It can help prevent you from getting something new that doesn't actually have a remedy, but the chances are so small that anything will happen... it's a personal call to make.

I never use those active monitoring things either and just manually initiate a virus scan when I feel its needed. It really is good to be safe than sorry with this sort of thing.
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