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i use avira antivir, comodo firewall, spybot and in firefox i use ghostery adblockplus and privacy badger
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nope. you do not give up your privacy connecting to the internet;

Actually I think you're backwards on that. You give up all privacy once you connect to the internet. It's up to each person to decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves. Firewall VPN proxy whatever. Everything you do is tracked somewhere. Expect no reasonable assurance for privacy if you're not willing to work for it.
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Been using Avast for about 10 or so years.I no it's not the top notch but if you installed it in custom mode then you will not get those funny popups.it's one of the less resource hocks AV software out there.
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I'm considering installing Win 10 where the operating system IS the virus. Anything I install after that is just virus gravy. biggrin.gif
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mmm..interesting flag you have there Bossie. Can I post another flag?

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i got nothing to hide when it comes to spyware, but this really annoys me - junk mail through post, junk mail to my email, and what i browse, does that mean i end up with a sex shop biggrin.gif
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I'm considering installing Win 10 where the operating system IS the virus. Anything I install after that is just virus gravy. biggrin.gif

biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif That gave me a nice long laugh +REP I had to thumb.gif
    
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"Websites or web publishers unknowingly incorporate a corrupted or malicious advertisement into their page. Once the advertisement is in place, and visitors begin clicking on it, their computer can become infected: "the user clicks on the ad to visit the advertised site, and instead is directly infected or redirected to a malicious site. These sites trick users into copying viruses or spyware usually disguised as Flash files, which are very popular on the web." Redirection is often built into online advertising, and this spread of malware is often successful because users expect a redirection to happen when clicking on an advertisement. A redirection that is taking place only needs to be co-opted in order to infect a user's computer.

Malvertising often involves the exploitation of trustworthy companies. Those attempting to spread malware place "clean" advertisements on trustworthy sites first in order to gain a good reputation, then they later "insert a virus or spyware in the code behind the ad, and after a mass virus infection is produced, they remove the virus", thus infecting all visitors of the site during that time period. The identities of those responsible are often hard to trace, making it hard to prevent the attacks or stop them altogether, because the "ad network infrastructure is very complex with many linked connections between ads and click-through destinations."

Look here for more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvertising

A modern browser like Chrome is extremely secure and updated every day. It's just not realistic that an infected ad can run malicious code without intervention by the user. And obviously you should be sensible enough not to run untrusted executables.

How many times has your anti-virus saved you from an infected ad, or anything else for that matter? I welcome all the AV users in this thread to provide a clear personal account. If you can demonstrate it, I would gladly change my mind.
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A modern browser like Chrome is extremely secure and updated every day. It's just not realistic that an infected ad can run malicious code without intervention by the user. And obviously you should be sensible enough not to run untrusted executables.

I agree with what you said but I have to interject about Chrome. It won't even allow you to disable cookies completely, how is that secure? Chrome also automatically downloads files without user confirmation which also is not secure. If you accidentally click an ad or download you didn't mean to, it could download completely before you can ever hit cancel.
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Um no. They are actually masquerading as emails from legitimate companies now.

Oh, and the whole "if you fell for it, you deserve it" mentality is quite silly. Try saying that to a female rape victim in real life and see how far that gets you.

Or even better, they use someone random in your contacts list. I've seen it plenty of times at work.
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