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Windows 7: how long before an unprotected pc gets infected?

26 Jan 2014   #21
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

well i just went on Goggle.com all i got was a survey (on mac osx lol dont try it on windows...)


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26 Jan 2014   #22
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scr View Post
Is the XP computer on a LAN with other computers? You may get way more then you asked for.

OnEdit: How do you know it's not infected yet if you are not running detection?

I installed avast and scanned. says all is fine. lol. found the router DMZ settings someone mentioned, but have no idea what i'm doing so leaving that alone.
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26 Jan 2014   #23
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
well i just went on Goggle.com all i got was a survey (on mac osx lol dont try it on windows...)
just tried it on xp and IE 8. got this. lol


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26 Jan 2014   #24
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by macgig View Post
lynda.com had a security video, the guy in the video said that by the time you go get a cup of coffee and get back, your pc will be infected. so far i'm not seeing it. the guy mentions the SANS institute, they did this and perhaps still do? see how long it takes to infect an unprotected pc. seems to be harder to infect than what he said in the video.
That is the dumbest thing I`ve ever heard of, a pc will only get infected if you let it get infected, practice safe techniques and you`ll never get a virus.

A pc can`t get a virus if it`s not doing anything.

That is Avast reporting a fasle positive, it`s very annoying and why I don`t use Avast.
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26 Jan 2014   #25
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I have quite a many Windows systems up and running, a few of them 24/7. The PC that has become my "main" system, this laptop, I am online about 12 to 15 hours a day (work and private usage combined).

I can remember having a "mini" infection last time a few months back when a visiting teenager got to my PC while it was on, I was logged in and my Facebook page open. He clicked some of these fake "please share" links which tried to install a search toolbar but luckily the AV found it it.

Before that, I cannot even remember when I've had an infection, any kind of malware.

The article you linked to is from August 2004, almost 10 years ago. It is a very long time in computing in general and the life and evolution of Windows in particular. Today's AV solutions are far better, generally users also know more what is OK and what's not.

If you do not open dodgy email attachments, don't download questionable torrents and such, do not browse adult and gambling sites, it's quite difficult to get your Windows infected.

Using said article or a video based on it to describe today's situation is utterly nonsense.

Kari
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26 Jan 2014   #26
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by macgig View Post
lynda.com had a security video, the guy in the video said that by the time you go get a cup of coffee and get back, your pc will be infected. so far i'm not seeing it. the guy mentions the SANS institute, they did this and perhaps still do? see how long it takes to infect an unprotected pc. seems to be harder to infect than what he said in the video.
That is the dumbest thing I`ve ever heard of, a pc will only get infected if you let it get infected, practice safe techniques and you`ll never get a virus.

A pc can`t get a virus if it`s not doing anything.

That is Avast reporting a fasle positive, it`s very annoying and why I don`t use Avast.
See this POST Being careful is a fallacy, nowadays there are so-called drive-by attacks, web bots and crawlers, and all sorts of things to catch. The criminals who write them are one step ahead usually. I was doing nothing when I got the virus, I also got that Spy Sherriff infection once from a pop-up while visiting a site I had went to many time, my email. someone had made a malicious .js injection or something like that.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
I have quite a many Windows systems up and running, a few of them 24/7. The PC that has become my "main" system, this laptop, I am online about 12 to 15 hours a day (work and private usage combined).

I can remember having a "mini" infection last time a few months back when a visiting teenager got to my PC while it was on, I was logged in and my Facebook page open. He clicked some of these fake "please share" links which tried to install a search toolbar but luckily the AV found it it.

Before that, I cannot even remember when I've had an infection, any kind of malware.

The article you linked to is from August 2004, almost 10 years ago. It is a very long time in computing in general and the life and evolution of Windows in particular. Today's AV solutions are far better, generally users also know more what is OK and what's not.

If you do not open dodgy email attachments, don't download questionable torrents and such, do not browse adult and gambling sites, it's quite difficult to get your Windows infected.

Using said article or a video based on it to describe today's situation is utterly nonsense.

Kari
10-4 to that, we must be up to date. One type of new malware can infect the BIOS/UEFI and makes a mess of things.
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26 Jan 2014   #27
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Not using any AV program at all is a bit like running across a busy road. You could be lucky & get across a few times without being hit, but eventually you will get hit & possibly very badly.
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26 Jan 2014   #28
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
Not using any AV program at all is a bit like running across a busy road. You could be lucky & get across a few times without being hit, but eventually you will get hit & possibly very badly.
Very true, but sometime people think they are smarter than the criminals, not the OP here, he's experimenting.
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26 Jan 2014   #29
3Colors

64-bit Windows 7 Professional
 
 

There is a program that restores the system after restarting the pc. I do not know it can be an option if you do not want to use an AV.
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27 Jan 2014   #30
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

I've repaired a lot of infected boxes for people, one thing all had in common was a history of porn and warez sites. Normal web browsing will give you PUP's but they are not a big deal and easy to kill, most of it is adware crap.
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