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Windows 7: Are Anti-Viruses A Total Waste Of Time?

02 Jun 2013   #21
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Can the OP get honest opinions here (or in most any other forum) for both sides of this discussion? It would be reputation suicide for a forum member to say "Sure, it is okay to be online without an AV tool installed."
Yes, he can. I can for instance see no harm done to OP's own reputation here although he quite clearly states he don't want to use AV and sees no point in using them.

It is an opinion which he as everyone else is entitled to have.
I hope that you are correct, but I fear that you are not.


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02 Jun 2013   #22
cottonball

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

BomberAF,

Since we are all entitled to our opinions, IMO, a computer without an AntiVirus is like throwing a magnet into a bucket of nails. Is this comparison graphicaly undertandable?

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03 Jun 2013   #23
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

When my friends have an infected computer and they tell me that they did not manually ok the installation of any file, I would like to believe them. Toward that end, I've spent hours attempting to get a virtual machine infected by visiting websites known to be infected. I must not be able to construct a good magnet. I've never gotten the VM infected (at least not that MSE, WDO and ESET could detect after a session of trying to get infected).

Feel free to PM me about how to build a better magnet.
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03 Jun 2013   #24
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

As ridiculous as it sounds, my threat level increased clearly after my two nieces (13 & 14) got from their mother a permission to join Facebook around last Christmas. One of the conditions in joining FB was that they do not only befriend their mother, my sister but also me as the "family IT geek". My sister asked then if I would try to keep an eye on them, every now and then check if I can detect something not so kosher.

I try to check for instance every link they share on FB, or links shared bu their friends appearing in their walls. Trying to be a good uncle I do not criticize them about their interests, not even when they like some odd Justin Bieber stuff . The girls are learning, the number of incidents is decreasing; in the beginning they both had some known FB exploits and bad links, nowadays only on rare occasions.

About a month ago one of the FB friends of the girls had shared once again one of these "Like this and you get 1,000 new friends" links which when clicked did seemingly nothing else than opened an FB page but at the same moment my AV warned me about a threat.
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Checking the pop-up blocker revealed that the link had tried to open an adult XXX site in a new window.

For me this kind of thing, even if it had happened only once in my whole computing history, is a clear sign never to surf without protection. Doing it without protection would be foolish, as far as I can see.

Kari


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03 Jun 2013   #25
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Facebook itself is evil, It makes more and more kids rely on the Net for friends instead of making real live friends like we used to do before the Net. One never knows who is really on the other end of your FB chat? It is a tool used by pedophiles and has also caused many people to lose their jobs. If you are looking for a job just remember- whatever you put on the Net stays on the Net just like that Vegas saying.
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03 Jun 2013   #26
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
As ridiculous as it sounds, my threat level increased clearly after my two nieces (13 & 14) got from their mother a permission to join Facebook around last Christmas. One of the conditions in joining FB was that they do not only befriend their mother, my sister but also me as the "family IT geek". .........
Wait until they learn that they can exclude certain friends from seeing certain posts :-(

Like you discovered, the iFrame code would have taken people to a website that they probably did not wish to visit... but not an infection per se. It is listed as severe because the websites that the iFrame loads will often try other exploits. But you still would have to agree to the installation of the malware.

A question that I cannot find the answer to:
Are there true drive-by infections* that can be detected/prevented by AV tools?

*No user interactions - just visit the website either directly or via an iFrame.

It is probably best for most users to put up with using an AV tool and hold on to the slim hope that it can prevent a true drive-by infection via heuristics.
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06 Jun 2013   #27
Rawad

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
I have always been an advocate of not only using anti viruses but paid for anti viruses. For many years i have spent my hard earned cash paying for an AV so I don't get any nasty software on my computer that will cause my machine to not work correctly or steal my money.

As of today I have decided to remove my paid for Kaspersky before the subscription is up and not even replace it with a free one such as MS security Essentials. The reason I have decided to take this action, is because the only piece of software that has caused me any real problems with my computer performance, or cost me money is my AV.

I have had periods before where I have used a free AV such as MS Essentials, and I have found no difference what so ever in the rate at which I get or don't get infected. I have also noticed that the only software that ever has any affect on performance is the AV. I have therefore come to realize that the AV itself is the virus that is either costing me money, slowing my machine down or doing both.

What are your opinions on the matter, do you share my opinion that ALL AV's are a waste of time, resources and money?
I used all the Anti-virus I can think of, after awhile I decided to get rid of all of them. The reason is because it slows down your computer speed . The only one I recommend would be malwarebytes. Such an amazing protector . Now I know many others have different opinions when it comes to virus protectors but I would suggest for most people to get malwarebytes. I have had this laptop for 2 years now , and still functioning as when I first got it.
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06 Jun 2013   #28
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raiden92 View Post
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I used all the Anti-virus I can think of, after awhile I decided to get rid of all of them. The reason is because it slows down your computer speed . The only one I recommend would be malwarebytes. Such an amazing protector . Now I know many others have different opinions when it comes to virus protectors but I would suggest for most people to get malwarebytes. I have had this laptop for 2 years now , and still functioning as when I first got it.
Are you talking about the paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

Windows 8 has MS's anti-virus product built-in. Have you disabled it?
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06 Jun 2013   #29
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raiden92 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF View Post
I have always been an advocate of not only using anti viruses but paid for anti viruses. For many years i have spent my hard earned cash paying for an AV so I don't get any nasty software on my computer that will cause my machine to not work correctly or steal my money.

As of today I have decided to remove my paid for Kaspersky before the subscription is up and not even replace it with a free one such as MS security Essentials. The reason I have decided to take this action, is because the only piece of software that has caused me any real problems with my computer performance, or cost me money is my AV.

I have had periods before where I have used a free AV such as MS Essentials, and I have found no difference what so ever in the rate at which I get or don't get infected. I have also noticed that the only software that ever has any affect on performance is the AV. I have therefore come to realize that the AV itself is the virus that is either costing me money, slowing my machine down or doing both.

What are your opinions on the matter, do you share my opinion that ALL AV's are a waste of time, resources and money?
I used all the Anti-virus I can think of, after awhile I decided to get rid of all of them. The reason is because it slows down your computer speed . The only one I recommend would be malwarebytes. Such an amazing protector . Now I know many others have different opinions when it comes to virus protectors but I would suggest for most people to get malwarebytes. I have had this laptop for 2 years now , and still functioning as when I first got it.
MBAM is not a virus protector such as Kaspersky, Avast...etc. It is basically to be used in conjunction with an AV. It on the same level as Superantispyware, Spybot S&D..etc. AV's are not a waste of time or resources.
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06 Jun 2013   #30
Rawad

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by raiden92 View Post
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I used all the Anti-virus I can think of, after awhile I decided to get rid of all of them. The reason is because it slows down your computer speed . The only one I recommend would be malwarebytes. Such an amazing protector . Now I know many others have different opinions when it comes to virus protectors but I would suggest for most people to get malwarebytes. I have had this laptop for 2 years now , and still functioning as when I first got it.
Are you talking about the paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?

Windows 8 has MS's anti-virus product built-in. Have you disabled it?
Not paid but trial, still does the job though. I have not disabled the MS Anti-virus.
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