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Windows 7: Antivirus Software necessary?

12 Feb 2011   #1
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Antivirus Software necessary?

After reformatting and reinstalling Windows with the help of my bro, he told me it would be unnecessary to install an antivirus program if I did the following...

1. Set up an admin account and not use it.
2. Set up a normal account for normal use.
3. Rely on admin permission requests to warn me of potential virus content.

In essence, if I am just careful and don't download anything that would affect my registry or require admin permissions, I would be ok. Is this true?


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12 Feb 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

No, that is definately not OK! Admin "permission requests" do not warn/stop/prevent of viruses or other malware.

Do yourself a huge favour : ignore your bro's "advice" and download and install MSE. Also, make sure your Windows Firewall is turned ON.

No offense, but perhaps you are better off getting your PC advice here.....
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12 Feb 2011   #3
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Get a new "bro" .....
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12 Feb 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Your bro missed one, 4) stay off the internet.
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12 Feb 2011   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

You would be well advised to ignore your brother's { inaccurate} advice.
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12 Feb 2011   #6
vierasniper

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

become the antivirus and ignore your "bro"
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13 Feb 2011   #7
Moochmaker

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I'll take that as a resounding "no." One problem might be is that he's an Ubuntu user. I think their security works a little differently. Well thanks for the answer.
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13 Feb 2011   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

No worries - if you need help with any of that, give us a yell.
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