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

06 Jun 2013   #31
Kari

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Could someone please provide some credible links and / or results to show how and how much for instance MSE slows down a Windows computer?


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06 Jun 2013   #32
Rawad

Windows 8.1 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Could someone please provide some credible links and / or results to show how and how much for instance MSE slows down a Windows computer?
I don't think it does man.
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06 Jun 2013   #33
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

I was referring to those posts in this thread arguing that as all AV slows down your PC, the cons overweight pros. As I have not noticed any slow down I would like to see some proof.
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06 Jun 2013   #34
Joseph K

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
 
 

I use MSE, Trend Housecalls and common sense to keep bugs and stuff off my computer. Because of my surfing patterns and email setup my system stays pretty clean. I think AV is important, but a good defense and common sense is just as important.

I have a very low tolerance for viruses, bots etc. If I get something and I can't remove it in 48-72 hours, I reformat and re-install. That's happened twice in the seven years I've owned this laptop.
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07 Jun 2013   #35
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Could someone please provide some credible links and / or results to show how and how much for instance MSE slows down a Windows computer?
There was this link from a few weeks ago:
Speed Up PC Performance by Replacing Microsoft's Built-In Antivirus
The chart seems to indicate a difference of 5 (arbitrary units?) between no av tool installed and MSE... or maybe I'm reading it wrong. I don't notice a slowdown, but each computer setup is different. It would be nice if the OP would detail the slow down witnessed.
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07 Jun 2013   #36
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joseph K View Post
I use MSE, Trend Housecalls and common sense to keep bugs and stuff off my computer. Because of my surfing patterns and email setup my system stays pretty clean. I think AV is important, but a good defense and common sense is just as important.

I have a very low tolerance for viruses, bots etc. If I get something and I can't remove it in 48-72 hours, I reformat and re-install. That's happened twice in the seven years I've owned this laptop.
Your story (as told) actually adds to one of the points that the OP was making:
If you still get infected, then why have an AV tool installed?

Of course - this assumes that there are negatives to having an av tool installed.
The OP claims a performance hit - even with MSE
(but the OP won't revisit using MSE at it lowest settings)

The OP correctly asserts that AV tools can hamper the removal of an infection.
(A minor issue - in my mind.)

False positives was an issue that I raised along with the general principle of:
If you don't use the software, uninstall it.

For those that have not read the entire thread - I'll repeat the I suggest people use MSE.
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11 Jun 2013   #37
Wenda

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit; Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (VM).
 
 

"I used to run Avirafree version, but when I went over to the Win 8 preview (CP, I think it was) I decided to give their 'new, improved' Windows Defender a shot. So far, I've been happy with it. It runs in tandem with MalwareBytes Pro (and no, they don't clash, they work well together).

Really, the only issue I've had is that MalwareBytes Pro is sometimes too ready to block a site/program.

I run the latest version of MSE and MalwareBytes trial on the Win 7 machine, with similarly satisfactory results."


And...


"While doing one of my IT courses, we set an XP Pro (no SP) machine up without any security and connected it to the internet, as an experiment. Didn't do anything with it, just hooked it up and opened IE6. It was hit within minutes, and crippled into unusability within an hour. We re-imaged it, installed SP3 and an AV program and did the same thing. It was still clean at the end of the week. But I'm constantly amazed by the number of machines I see with either no protection, or it's so hopelessly out-of-date that it's useless, or, worst of all, it's not even turned on. And yet who's the first to cop the blame when they get a 'nasty'? Yep, Microsoft."


Quotes from a couple of my posts on the same subject on EightForums.


Wenda.
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