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Windows 7: Anti-virus is a Poor Substitute for Common Sense


27 Jun 2010   #1
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 
Anti-virus is a Poor Substitute for Common Sense

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-Common sense always speaks too late.” — Raymond Chandler


A new study about the (in)efficacy of anti-virus software in detecting the latest malware threats is a much-needed reminder that staying safe online is more about using your head than finding the right mix or brand of security software.


Last week, security software testing firm NSS Labs completed another controversial test of how the major anti-virus products fared in detecting malware pushed by malicious Web sites: Most of the products took an average of more than 45 hours — nearly two days — to detect the latest threats.


The two graphs below show the performance of the commercial versions of 10 top anti-virus products. NSS permitted the publication of these graphics without the legend showing how to track the performance of each product, in part because they are selling this information, but also because — as NSS President Rick Moy told me — they don’t want to become an advertisement for any one anti-virus company.

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Anti-virus is a Poor Substitute for Common Sense — Krebs on Security


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28 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

There's always this saying: "Common sense isn't." Google.
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28 Jun 2010   #3

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

People dont have common sense hence humans made anti virus.
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28 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I no longer believe that common sense can keep you safe while using the Internet. It certainly doesn't hurt....but it is far from any type of failsafe either.

Sure, you can visit only sites you trust. But how can you trust the sites that you go to? What if they were compromised, what if there is a DNS hack that redirects you elsewhere, what if there is a banner add that includes some type of payload that exploits something on your machine????

I'm a true believer that there isn't any ONE thing that anybody can do to be safe. Unfortunately, safety involves several layers, knowledge, and often compromise between ease of use.
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29 Jun 2010   #5

 

As long as people without common sense continue to mess up their computers, I'll never be broke
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30 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

You have to think of 70 year old granny using the computer. Common sense is ok for people who know what to expect, but grannies can be taken in. I find those sorts of articles reckless.
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30 Jun 2010   #7

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
You have to think of 70 year old granny using the computer. Common sense is ok for people who know what to expect, but grannies can be taken in. I find those sorts of articles reckless.
Well said.
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03 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have a friend that is 79 years old and I or his son just can't get in his head that when something jumps up on the screen and tells you something like you are infected or you need this don't get it. I have give up and no longer fix the problems because that would be the only thing in my life. His son is working on it now. Lots of luck to his son. Some people just won't learn; I think they call that hard headed.
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03 Jul 2010   #9

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

When it comes to using a computer, common sense doesn't have much to do with it, unless one has been fully educated in the "art" is using them. Many people, including myself, lack this formal education, and have had to learn on the fly. However, regardless of how much common sense anyone may have, it is not enough to avoid every pitfall. Common sense has a tendency to waver at times, and when it succeeds in avoiding a problem, it can also have the effect of falsely bolstering one's ego, making one more vulnerable in times of less acuity...everyone should have a good AV installed at all times.
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03 Jul 2010   #10

 

It's probably a sign of a serious lack of common sense to try to use any other complicated piece of equipment without at least glancing at some kind of manual first, so why wouldn't that apply to people who use computers?

I wish I had a $100 for every phone call I get from a customer who forgot to plug in the computer and can't figure out why it won't start up.
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