Originally Posted by cookieboyeli
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:
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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.
You should be repairing registry and managing startup with CCleaner here too.
Keep programs up to date, especially browsers and windows.
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.
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.
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?
lol so stupid.