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Right I'm probably going to sound really stupid here but ah well..

Firstly, my RMA from OCZ just arrived and I've installed windows and all my drivers etc. on the lovely new vertex 2 pro they sent me but AVG is refusing to install.

It led me to thinking that I've not actually heard anything about viruses or anything like that for a long long time.

Has anti virus software got too good for viruses?
Have virus creators given up for that reason?
Are viruses just more frequently undetected these days?
Has using advanced, up-to-date browsers (i.e not IE .. hehe) stopped me getting near infected areas of the interwebz?

I know i probably sound like the typical nub who thinks the little 'e' icon on their shortcut infested desktop is "THE INTERNET" and thinks sending stuff to the recycle bin permanently deletes it etc. but I'm not .. honest

Anyone have an explanation as to why talk around viruses seems to have 'quietened down', or is this just me?
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Why are you using AVG? They went bankrupt such a long time ago. Just use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and from Microsoft.
     
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I don't know about you, but I hear about viruses all of the time. More so now than ever before. Sounds like you are just out-of-the-loop .
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Ive also noticed this recently... my avg hasnt told me anything about viruses recently... anyone got an explanation?

EDIT- wow i type slow... 2 posts in the time i started typing.......
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Why are you using AVG? They went bankrupt such a long time ago. Just use Microsoft Security Essentials. It's free and from Microsoft.
Uh, what? AVG Technologies never went bankrupt, and is still a very profitable company. Not sure where you're getting your info. AVG is an excellent anti-virus suite.
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I had no idea AVG went bust lol! I've just always used it as it seems to leave me alone and get on with its job. Not actually heard of microsoft security essentials, is it built into windows or something?

Also I'm not 'out-of-the-loop', I'm a web designer and front end coder who spends most of his working and non-working life on the internet. How viruses or talk of viruses have seemingly avoided me i have no idea..
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Also I'm not 'out-of-the-loop', I'm a web designer and front end coder who spends most of his working and non-working life on the internet. How viruses or talk of viruses have seemingly avoided me i have no idea..
Well I'm a full-time software engineer and I hear about viruses every day. Perhaps "out-of-the-virus-loop" would have been better?
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I would imagine that Virus's are not a huge concern to 99.9% of this forum; its the people on Oprah.com following links from 'Troll_Man568' to a free tuna casserole recipe:

"Make sure to click 'YES' on install!"

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It's just you

You just don't notice cause browsers, OS and anti-virus applications are getting smarter and smarter, and more precise.
People is more aware now than in the past, they are reluctant to open a "strange email" or such.
But viruses are still there, never get off of your guard.
I personally would think the same, I think it's AGES since I got my last virus.
Also, in this time of crYsis, people think only 'bout moneymaking, so keyloggers and fishing websites are hundred of thousands.
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I would imagine that Virus's are not a huge concern to 99.9% of this forum; its the people on Oprah.com following links from 'Troll_Man' to a free tuna casserole recipe.
This is mostly true. There are more viruses than ever nowadays, just not as many of those huge viruses that devastate the world and make global news. More than ever, viruses depend on end-user ignorance. See the ID-10-T bulletin and PEBKAC virus for more details.
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