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Windows 7: How often does your PC get infected?

13 Jun 2012   #11
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

1. Heavy
2. No
3. Sole user
4. N360 and MBAM Pro.
5. Never.

The only time I have ever had a virus was on a work machine using XP when I opened an infected internal e-mail from a colleague. Just about everyone else in the company did too until the word got out.


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13 Jun 2012   #12
flycaster

Windows 7 HP 64-bit
 
 

1. 2-4 hours/day + wife uses about 1 hours/day
2. Some at risk usage
3. Wife
4. Password protected on booting and when opening browser. Norton 360, Windows Defender, Spywareblaster, CCleaner on closing
5. None that I have detected
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13 Jun 2012   #13
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

1. Moderate use, some days more than others and some not at all.
2. No.
3. Yes.
4. Avast! free AV and MBAM pro. Regular automatic updates on both, with flash scans after MBAM updates. Quick scans daily and full scans weekly with both. Accounts password protected.
5. Never.
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13 Jun 2012   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's funny that so many people have never had an issue. I've had some of my coworkers get a drive-by malware thing from time to time. Once I was talking with a guy at work who was searching for a solution to a Microsoft Exchange problem (and he was using IE). We googled the error, clicked a link, all of a sudden a photo of Emma Watson on a toilet popped up on his screen, a bunch of Windows opened up, and he more or less had to power off to get control. He had nothing but problems on boot, and ultimately had to format and re-install. I guess the only common sense here which would have protected me was that I would have NOT been using IE.
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13 Jun 2012   #15
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
It's funny that so many people have never had an issue. I've had some of my coworkers get a drive-by malware thing from time to time. Once I was talking with a guy at work who was searching for a solution to a Microsoft Exchange problem (and he was using IE). We googled the error, clicked a link, all of a sudden a photo of Emma Watson on a toilet popped up on his screen, a bunch of Windows opened up, and he more or less had to power off to get control. He had nothing but problems on boot, and ultimately had to format and re-install. I guess the only common sense here which would have protected me was that I would have NOT been using IE.
Sometimes, it's the plugins. I got a Java Exploit virus recently. Luckily, it was just in my temporary files and it wasn't running in the background. It didn't do any harm. The lesson learned? Java is an exploitable piece of crud. Another lesson is that I should be going to the same websites that I trust and to buy Malwarebytes PRO.
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13 Jun 2012   #16
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IT1 View Post
Answer in the following form:

1. How often do you use the computer: (e.g. little use, intermediate or heavy user);
2. Do you engage in 'at risk' activities: (e.g. torrents, online gaming, searching the web for new and interesting sites, downloading wallpapers, etc);
3. Does anyone else use your computer;
4. What is your computer security set up; and finally,
5. How often does your PC get infected?
1.- Heavy User
2.- No, I got plenty of secure sites from which I can get what I need, primarily free software, for music, I got an special site, virus free. P2P and torrents are just too silly for me
3.- Yes, my mom, but is password protected and is the only one that uses it whanever hers is not available (I?m doing some maintenance stuff), she knows my passwords, but she rarely uses my machines, and when she does, she only checks mails, facebook ans twitter, I just trully trust her, no one else.
4.- I just use ESET Antivirus 5, I used to have Smart Security, but its integration with windows firewall and connection mannager sucks, so I use only the AV version now, along with Windows Firewall.
5.- Since I use Windows XP and now 7? (More than 6 years) Never...
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13 Jun 2012   #17
Trucidation

 

Interesting how we all chime in without asking why the OP wants to know, hehe. This for a class paper or something?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by IT1 View Post
1. How often do you use the computer: (e.g. little use, intermediate or heavy user);
2. Do you engage in 'at risk' activities: (e.g. torrents, online gaming, searching the web for new and interesting sites, downloading wallpapers, etc);
3. Does anyone else use your computer;
4. What is your computer security set up; and finally,
5. How often does your PC get infected?
1> heavy use
2> yes; p2p, porn, programming, gaming, modding - you name it, I've dabbled in it
3> no
4> standard Win7 firewall + MSE, plus an occasional online scan
5> rare, can't remember; probably got hit by the odd 0-day browser exploit or two, but haven't had any issues recently.

Preparation and skill can mitigate risk; many of us here can navigate dodgy websites without picking up a couple extra toolbars (among other things), but I wouldn't ask my barely-computer literate "I use facebook to email the internet!" neighbour to do the same.
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13 Jun 2012   #18
edwar

7 x64
 
 

1) Heavy
2) No
3) No
4) None

Never and I do not use any anti virus or malware software.
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13 Jun 2012   #19
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Answer in the following form:

1. How often do you use the computer: (e.g. little use, intermediate or heavy user);
2. Do you engage in 'at risk' activities: (e.g. torrents, online gaming, searching the web for new and interesting sites, downloading wallpapers, etc);
3. Does anyone else use your computer;
4. What is your computer security set up; and finally,
5. How often does your PC get infected?

1. Very heavy user.
2. Rarely except for torrents.
3. No.
4. Avast! Free A-V, Comodo Free Firewall, MBAM Free.
5. Hardly ever. Don't remember the last time when it was infected.
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14 Jun 2012   #20
Shamone

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

1.. Moderate to heavy user
2..Only play online games from Steam/ only download themes from Microsoft
3..Only user
4..MSE Only/use WOT safe browsing tool also
5..Never
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