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Windows 7: How often does your PC get infected?


13 Jun 2012   #1
IT1

Windows Seven, Home Premium, x64
 
 
How often does your PC get infected?

Hello everyone,

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?

Here is mine:

1. How often do you use the computer? I'm a heavy user.
2. Do you engage in 'at risk' activities? Yes.
3. Does anyone else use your computer? No. Password protected.
4. What is your computer security set up? I have a big security set up. This ranges from 'at browser' security. (For example, using a Sandboxing program to keep viruses away from the PC), I use Norton360 along with several 'on-demand' scanners such as Malwarebytes, TDSSKiller and Kaspasky Virus Removal Tool.
5. How often does your PC get infected? Rarely happens. The last time I came across one was 2 years ago.


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13 Jun 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

1 heavy user
2 no
3 no
4 Microsoft security essentials
5 never had one
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13 Jun 2012   #3
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

1. On an average, 14 hours a day !
2. Not all, but selected.
3. Not usually. There is only one user account.
4. Avast! Free antivirus and MBAM .
5. NEVER.
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13 Jun 2012   #4
scr

Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit
 
 

1. Turn it on in the morning and off before bed
2. Sometimes, but no torrents or gaming
3. No
4. ESET Smat Security, MBAM and Super AntiSpyware on demand
5. Never
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13 Jun 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

1. Heavy
2. No
3. No
4. MSE and MBAM
5. Never had an unintentional infection. Have intentionally infected a VM to test various anti-malware products.
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13 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

1 heavy user
2 only the occasional torrent
3 no
4 Microsoft security essentials
5 never had one
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13 Jun 2012   #7
IT1

Windows Seven, Home Premium, x64
 
 

Wow, some really interesting replies.
I guess when it comes down to it - all you need is common sense.
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13 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

1. Every single day. I'm a systems admin for a living
2. High risk activities : No (I don't consider getting wallpaper or gaming to be high risk)
3. Yes, wife and kids from time to time.
4. Router with NAT, MSE and MBAM. UAC on, All windows updates.
5. Not a single issue in last 5 years.

I consider "high risk" activities to be, searching for pirated software, warez, serial numbers, key generators, porn, peer to peer file transfers, torrenting sites for movies and such.
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13 Jun 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Same answer as Bongo:

1 heavy user
2 no
3 no
4 Microsoft security essentials
5 never had one
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13 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

1. Intermediate, daily, do quite a bit of surfing, mostly research.
2. No gaming or p2p stuff but will surf all areas sometimes using Tor or VPN. Have used Newsgroups in past.
3. Sole user.
4. Run as admin, UAC off (tut, tut), NIS 2011 installed along with SpywareBlaster and a few other tools. Install all usual OS updates and NIS updates daily.
5. Never had any malware on this system or previous XP system - about 10 years of use.

Also -

I tend to use email accounts for specific purposes i.e. one for buying stuff, one purely for banking, others as I see fit. I never open anything I am not expecting.
I do use quite a bit of free software but I am careful where it is downloaded from and I do actually buy stuff (even music) - I must be unusual!
I use CCleaner after every session and so never keep cookies or save passwords to sites - well rarely. I use RoboForm for that.
I take regular system images using Macrium Reflect and also back-up data daily.

Be brave!

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