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post #51 of 54
What bothers me is when people say they never use antivirus and they never get infected. They say they are not infected because there is no sign. Well that's what virues do best. They hide, just like rootkits. There's not going to be any popup that says "LOL, yur infected!" So how do these users know they're not infected? How do you know your computer isn't infected?
post #52 of 54
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Originally Posted by aweir View Post
What bothers me is when people say they never use antivirus and they never get infected. They say they are not infected because there is no sign. Well that's what virues do best. They hide, just like rootkits. There's not going to be any popup that says "LOL, yur infected!" So how do these users know they're not infected? How do you know your computer isn't infected?
Yeah I know there is no popup but when my computer works the same 5 years later as it did from the first day as well as daily scans from Windows Defender, while it may not be the best tool... if something bad enough was on my computer it should find that.

I just don't understand how people get these viruses that just totally kill your computer. My mom got one a few weeks back and called me to come fix it. I had to reformat the drive because nothing was recoverable, and all she does is use Facebook all day.
post #53 of 54
How they get infected? Social engineering. They go to sites to look for free games, screen savers, ect and get tricked into downloading spyware, key loggers and all sorts of crap and it infects the computer. And then their email passwords are stolen and now someone uses their email to send spam to everyone in their address book or they just go right for your paypay account.


It happened to my father, all the virues slipped right past MSE and infected the computer. No popup said "click here to download a virus".

It happened to my Dad and if I have to fix it one more time I told him I am going to install Linux whether he likes it or not.
Edited by aweir - 2/19/11 at 1:06am
post #54 of 54
Unforunatly a massive amount of computer users and mac users have no idea how to play it safe online. Even people who think they have no problems might be sitting with a trojan which is sendig data over their idle internet connection as to stay as subtle as possible.

It's a big problem not likely to go away, ever, i would say.
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