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Windows 7: Does Anything Work?

04 Nov 2010   #51
mooreted

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

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I've never really understood disc imaging. Maybe it's for another thread...but how does a few gig of disc image account for scores of gig on an OS drive? I don't get how it all compresses to a fraction of the actual size.
There are all kinds of compression algorithms: mpg, zip, tar, iso, etc. The basic idea is that when a series of bit is repeated over and over, you can predict those bits and remove them so you can replace those bits when you decompress them. You can also represent a bunch of bits with a smaller set of bits and use mathematical equations to recompile the longer set of bits.


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04 Nov 2010   #52
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Plus, OS auxiliary files aren't backed up.
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shameful scam preying upon the idiocy of Johnny P.C. Punchclock.
Leave out 'scam' and I agree. So many people I meet have no AV or PC safety concept ... - Security | DSLReports Forums.

In this day and age, as long as you use a computer, you'd be silly not to have some sort of security.

Websites are being hacked all the time (often, not for malicious reasons) and malicious ads appear on otherwise good websites.

Malicious websites are being pushed to the top of search results through Black Hat Search Engine Optimization techniques.

If you are careful, you can minimize the risk greatly but it is worse for the uninformed with social engineering taking place on social networking sites probably everyday and the other well known techniques (emails, USBs, etc).
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04 Nov 2010   #53
hello people

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

For sure...I agree that the uninformed will be the first and maybe only to get burnt. As I said...I ran no AV for 5 years and never got crippled. That's a little more than dumb luck. And stats like that fly in the face of 'you'd be silly not to have some sort of security'. The reason I never ran an AV was because they were all so intrusive and with such an annoying footprint. What it means to me is that a PC can run without an AV as long as the user knows what he's doing. But if a user doesn't know what he's doing then no AV in the world will protect him. This is pretty much why I think AV's are scamola...still I use MSE just for a tiny bit of peace of mind. The rest of my peace of mind comes from my knowledge that I can surf the net without shooting myself repeatedly in the foot.
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04 Nov 2010   #54
malexous

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

I don't know what the situation was like five years ago.

I'd be running without a real-time anti-virus right now but I currently have to share a laptop with my parents.

I wouldn't run without multiple on-demand scanners or other protection measures such as Applocker, though.

You never know which website is going to be hacked next or whether or not you will stumble upon it.

People, also, make mistakes.
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04 Nov 2010   #55
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

In the last fifteen years the main aim of Malware has changed, What started as a set of "hackers" writing code to prove something to their peers, to today's multi-million dollar industry.

Whereas the payload of the early Malware was an annoyance, (screen melting, and the rest),which did escelate to software damaging payloads

The payload of the current crop of Malware is designed to create Botnets, steal identities, and properties / money. There is no user visible payload, and as has often been the case, only the errors in the code will make the average user aware that something is wrong.

Whereas it was possible to run a carefully managed system without AV in the past I would not recommend it in today's world, too much is at stake to chance the "perfect" Malware attack doing it's damage before even the most advanced user in the field can notice it.
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04 Nov 2010   #56
hello people

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I ran my PC without AV from 2005 - Oct 2010...just for the record
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06 Nov 2010   #57
bigcitycat

Windows Seven, Ubuntu
 
 

I really like win7 and I can protect it but I find myself using Ubuntu because of all these security issues.
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06 Nov 2010   #58
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

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I really like win7 and I can protect it but I find myself using Ubuntu because of all these security issues.
If you use the recommended precautions and practise safe surfing... Win 7 is fine to use.
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07 Nov 2010   #59
mooreted

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigcitycat View Post
I really like win7 and I can protect it but I find myself using Ubuntu because of all these security issues.
I use Ubuntu on most of my machines, but this is my gaming machine. If you set up Windows 7 properly, you shouldn't have any problems. It is a pretty secure OS. Ubuntu is not impervious to malware either. You still have to be careful.
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07 Nov 2010   #60
EzioAuditore

Winbdows 7 ultimate x64 | Ubuntu 12.04 x64 LTS
 
 

No matter what OS you use, your best defence lies between your ears...
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