Originally Posted by disruptor
Setting yourselves up for one big-ass fall there.
All I'm saying.
Maybe, but I've been using Windows-based systems since Windows 95 (actually, since Windows 3.1, but I didn't have internet access back then); the only time I've ever gotten malware is during a time when I was constantly downloading all kinds of porn as well as all kinds of illegal software using KaZaA Lite K++ and then Limewire (back when KaZaA kinda died) as well as by going to various Warez websites. It was back when Windows 98 was new.
In my defense, I wanted free copies of both Microsoft Office and Windows in addition to other very-expensive (and not-so-expensive) software.
Here's how it went down: I started having major issues that no one (and I mean no
one) could fix, so I bought First Aid 2000. As a result, I discovered that almost every single file was infected; every time I single-clicked a file, First Aid 2000 was like, "ZOMG DON'T OPEN THAT!!!!!".
Luckily, I was able to use First Aid 2000 to clean all of my files and even keep
them (some of my irreplaceable files were infected too). I still have most of those previously-infected files today (because I deleted a few I no longer needed)!
In talking with some computer-savvy people back then (I wasn't very computer-savvy), they taught me that the best way to have the greatest chance of avoiding more malware (although we just used the generic term of "virus" back then) is by not downloading any more porn or illegal software. So, I obeyed and I haven't had one single problem ever since. Yeah, that's right: I haven't had one single computer problem since I stopped downloading porn and illegal software (since at least 1999 or 2000). Except, shortly after I was told to stop, I decided to disobey at first and I became far more careful about what I downloaded. So the actual reason why I stopped is more because I got sick of the work - it just wasn't fun anymore due to having to be more careful.
Now today, a friend of mine seems to keep getting malware once in a while; to my knowledge, he doesn't download porn or illegal software. Instead, his routine involves MySpace and other social-networking sites like it. So, I think that's
where he's getting malware from. I mean, I don't participate in any social-networking sites, I don't have any instant messengers, and I don't carelessly surf the internet (he surfs carelessly because he thinks his anti-malware apps are protecting him, which they're not), and I don't have any problems - ever. I can't remember the last time I had a problem because it's been several years. I think it's because I'm extremely careful and mindful about what I click. I also have NoScript, ABP, MVPS.org's Hosts file
(with my own modifications), and now Firefox 4.0.
I also have a hardware firewall.
So yeah, I think that it's easy to avoid malware. Plus, it helps to know your operating system. I mean I've been through every part of Windows 7 which means if I saw that WindowsRecovery thing pop up on my computer, then I would have lol'd knowing that it's fake. That's how I knew it was fake the moment I saw your pics. Plus, it helps to notice those spelling errors like "Memery".
Finally, I also regularly check Task Manager to see my list of Processes. Not only that, but I also regularly check Programs and Features as well as the amount of free space on my drives. This way, I'll know right away if something is different.
Oh, and I have UAC disabled.
Originally Posted by clark_b