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If you don't download silly things, install silly things, or plug random USB drives into your pc, you will not get viruses.

No serious PC enthusiast would use antivirus on their personal machines.
It doesn't really matter. A virus can come from anywhere even your regular website that's safe you visit. It's the internet for god's sake dude. Just because you can think where to look, not to download and don't own a anti virus software doesn't mean you're 100% safe. Let alone having a keylogger on your system with NO protection? Pshh.. bad idea.
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I disagree. I would rather not risk access to financial records by malicious parties. My machine can easily handle even a resource intensive anti-virus program, so why not?
I can't help but respect your view, but if you do indeed keep sensitive information such as financial records on your pc, you'd be unequivocally insane not to encrypt them anyway.

I've worked as a sysadmin in sensitive networks - I'm not naive to the threat of viruses, and I would ALWAYS recommend professional systems and inexperienced user's systems have some hefty AV on them.

Viruses don't "come from anywhere" - if you're sensible online (this encompasses many things such as disallowing scripting and plugins etc) you will not get viruses.

Having said all that, there may still be security holes in various pieces of software (such as the nasty SO problems flash player had), so I would never say AV is pointless.

edit: apologies for all the off-topic comments
Edited by fluxlite - 4/4/11 at 10:42am
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Every spring I test as many antivirus programs to find out which one works the best. I start with a clean install of the latest Microsoft operating system (Win 7 64 SP1 this time) with no third party applications except disk imaging software. I take an image of that and store it away. Then I get it as infected as i can, take an image of that, and store it. I then try installing different antivirus programs and see how well they clean up the viruses. I grade them based on how many infected files and registry entries they find, and weather or not it really got rid of everything. after i test one antivirus, I image the drive with the infected image, and try another antivirus. After i get all those results, I put the clean image back on the drive, install an antivirus, and try to get it infected, to see if it picks the virus up with the on access scan. I do that with each antivirus, and score it based on weather or not it detected the virus, and if there were any false positives.

I just thought i would make a post here to post the results when I'm done, and ask you guys if there are any antivirus programs you think i should test.


The test rig (not that it really matters): asus maximus extreme, Intel Q6600 stock, 6 GB ddr3 1600, 250GB seagate 7200.9.

Antivirus programs I'm already planning on testing: Avira, AVG, Norton, Mcafee, avast, kapersky, clam win, nod32.
I request your test to include Microsoft Security Essentials. Who knows their registry better than the maker of it ? I would like to see how it fairs against these paid versions.
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I can't help but respect your view, but if you do indeed keep sensitive information such as financial records on your pc, you'd be unequivocally insane not to encrypt them anyway.

I've worked as a sysadmin in sensitive networks - I'm not naive to the threat of viruses, and I would ALWAYS recommend professional systems and inexperienced user's systems have some hefty AV on them.

Viruses don't "come from anywhere" - if you're sensible online (this encompasses many things such as disallowing scripting and plugins etc) you will not get viruses.

Having said all that, there may still be security holes in various pieces of software (such as the nasty SO problems flash player had), so I would never say AV is pointless.
Ty.
I do keep sensitive information encrypted, I was actually referring to a combination of keyloggers and online banking.
Maybe it's just me, but I feel like adding flash block and no-script is too massive an impact on web browsing. I know you can whitelist certain sites, but it was an annoyance to me when I tried them out. I'm kind of lazy though.
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I request your test to include Microsoft Security Essentials. Who knows their registry better than the maker of it ? I would like to see how it fairs against these paid versions.
I did, and it didn't do too bad check the first post again, I edited it with the results.
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I did, and it didn't do too bad check the first post again, I edited it with the results.
I see that now. Sorry if I missed it.

I would have to say the results are impressive for MSE being free, I feel very confident I am guarded. I dont go to questionable sites and such so with what my pop up, I feel MSE keeps me guarded on a daily basis , I scan with Malware Bytes and such on a regular basis as well.
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Can you try G-Data i heard it was a very good one.
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Yeah, I'll add comodo tomorrow. I'm trying to figure out how to test it right now lol.
Eagerly awaiting the comodo results, been using this for a while now. Seems to do well in conjunction with MBAM.
Nice job on the write up so far
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oh crap i forgot about comodo. I'll do it. I'll try and test g-data. I have been trying but keep getting corrupted downloads.
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If I'm reading the results correctly, it looks like Norton, BitDefender and Vipre got top scores. I've done similar testing on a smaller scale and Vipre performing at the top is what lead me to go with them a while back. It's also very light. It integrates the Counterspy engine, which I find to be amongst the best spy/adware performers as well, and frankly I find that more important than AV, since simple spyware is an ongoing nuisance, whereas I seldom get viruses. Vipre has even caught things on my comp that Malwarebyes and SuperAntiSpyware has failed to detect, and the interface and options are nicely done (like auto-shutdown after scan, which many don't have).

Obviously I'm a fan, ha. It deserves a much bigger rep than it gets imo.
    
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