Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk
I don't think Anti-Virus is all that needed as people say... If you stay on Legit sites and Download from Legit sites the chances of you getting Malware are minimal.... However Firewalls are a different story
Scumbags are constantly creating poisoned links.
Ed Bott has written articles recently about poisoned links in Google search results: IE9 versus Chrome: which one blocks malware better? | ZDNet
Also poisoned ads: Social engineering in action: how web ads can lead to malware | ZDNet
Most malware (in my Virus Vault) seems to appear after I have been surfing "legitimate" sites only!
On my PC, I only see malware occasionally (once every 3 or 4 months).
I haven't had any system-destroying malware during the last 5 years (since I swapped from IE6 to FF + No Script).
I have had my web mail "hijacked" a couple of times in that period.
Both times I think that I failed to delete my Internet cache.
IMO, the best defence is regular backups of:
- Your important files.
- Your OS.
It takes less time to re-image your system, than to reinstall your OS (or track down dodgy files).
Obviously you should check for malware, BEFORE
creating your backups.
I forgot to say make sure that you have EXTERNAL
backups (not just local ones).