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I stopped running antivirus a long time ago. My DNS does content filtering, my UTM does content filtering, and I don't visit questionable sites. I run adblock since the majority of the exploits I ever got were from advertisements on websites. 12 years without a single incident now.
    
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Originally Posted by Mookster View Post

Stopped using anti-virus software 9 years ago, aside from the occasional manual scan executables. Stopped getting viruses. Stopped having weird Windows issues that are just as damaging as viruses.

They're annoying, intrusive, spammy, and resource hogs. I suspect that they might sometimes compromise critical windows files. I think programmers will first seek to exploit the vulnerabilities of the AV software instead of the operating system itself. I would.

Plenty of people will disagree with me, but my PC experience has been phenomenal from the day I got rid of all my AV software. Hard to argue with those results.

Yeah same here, had far fewer problems since I swapped AV for Ad blocking. Only thing I use is malwarebytes occasionally just in case when I know Im downloading potentially dodgy torrents without the usual common sense precautions.
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Real time antivirus is for people who are ignorant to the better solution. Antivirus is essentially bloatware, it's like calling the cops after letting someone break into your house, when you could instead lock the door with a correctly configured adblocker.

Ublock Origin with these filters is all your prevention: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

To clean out any existing crap use Hitman Pro (VERY impressed with this, unlike any other scanning program I've seen), ADWcleaner, and Malwarebytes AntiMalware/AntiRootkit. (These are all run once and delete utilities here, no installation needed). Use ADWcleaner later on every few months if you want to make sure .

Uninstall all bloatware and everything unnecessary with Geek Uninstaller to remove traces, and clean the rest out with that good 'ole CCleaner (portable)+CCenhancer combo. thumb.gif You should be repairing registry and managing startup with CCleaner here too.

Keep programs up to date, especially browsers and windows.

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7 years, no viruses, no AV, 0 resource usage from antivirus. Make sure you disable windows defender! It's enabled by default and sucks up CPU time and disk usage more than windows update. redface.gif

ESET NOD32 is one of the worst CPU and disk hogs, Norton and McAfee are literally viruses, Avira has gone from a decent (although still pointless) program to a disaster, and AVG is useless. Actually, they are all useless. I had a machine with active ESET NOD32 virus protection AND Windows defender and it was full of viruses and crap, but as usual the slowdown was coming from the AV itself. rolleyes.gif

Why do we use AV in the first place? SO we don't get a virus ridden machine that gets SLOWED DOWN AND HAS OBNOXIOUS THINGS RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND OR POPPING UP. Gee, doesn't that sound like every AV program in existence? lachen.gif lol so stupid.

I noticed several of your multipurpose checkboxes are host files. Are you actively using host files, and if so, how did you merge them to prevent duplicate entries?
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Do you actually torrent and stuff without AV, is standard windows Firewall that good? I've used Norton for probably 15 years. I'm more of a hardware and gaming nerd, other than setting up a small NAS my networking and security knowledge is limited. Hopefully Google exposing Nortons flaws puts a boot under their rear to improve upon things. I do use Adblockers as well, like someone said earlier that is where a lot of the dangers lie and preventing most of it in the first place should be the first line of defense.
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Yeah same here, had far fewer problems since I swapped AV for Ad blocking. Only thing I use is malwarebytes occasionally just in case when I know Im downloading potentially dodgy torrents without the usual common sense precautions.

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