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Windows 7: MSE effectiveness ?

21 Jul 2011   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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Risky situations can surprise even the most experienced user. A good website this second, could be hijacked the next. Drive-by infections are everyone's vulnerability regardless of experience.
While I agree with everything here in theory, that doesn't really explain why I hardly "EVER" see any of this kind of stuff, while other people seem to find it every other day. Most of my techie buddies rarely, if ever, get anything on our own machines...but yet we spend hours cleaning machines for friends and trying to teach them how to avoid this stuff. And I work in IT, so I spend the majority of my day googling for things, scouring the net and simply using the computer. So you would think my liklihood of hitting some random site would be far higher than the average joe, but history says otherwise.

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Yea, searching porn and cracks will get you there faster, I agree.
Along with clicking on links for the latest "upskirt photos", or the "autopsy photos" of the latest dead celebrity, or clicking on the links to see "who is doing what on facebook" If people just just contain themselves there, things would be much more improved. I stay away from any sites with "free" non-free software. No key generators, no serial numbers, no warez, no peer to peer file sharing, etc. Once I stopped looking for stuff for free, things got so much easier in my world. I use free/open source apps for almost everything, and buy the 2-3 other things that are worth it to me (Win7, Acronis, and Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD).

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There are several better free products then MSE, with avast! Free being one of them.
I have run Avast on my wife's Vista laptop for years. It hasn't found anything on her machine, just like MSE hasn't found anything on my machine. Random scans with MBAM turn up nothing on either machine. So, I still feel sufficiently protected on either machine.

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That being said, virtualization is the best weapon when browsing the internet, and really should be a users first line of defense.
Yes, I use sandboxie for some things, and virtual machines themselves for other things.


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21 Jul 2011   #12
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I totally agree about what a user clicks and what they are searching for. I try to tell my parents, as well as my 16yr old daughter, that "curiosity killed the cat". It's better to wonder what may have been in that email that was sent to you, rather then knowing and now having a paper weight instead of a computer. Same goes for searches and facebook links..............They don't really listen though.
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21 Jul 2011   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

People just think "wow, look it's really free". They don't recall the saying "if it seems to good to be true, it probably is". Websites that offer this "garbage" are often completely riddled with stuff. This type of stuff just draws people out and then WHAMO...they are hit. Its like hearing that such and such site offers "photoshop for free". Really, you are going to go to that website and see what you find and what happens. Seriously, wake up. Sometimes these offers for free software aren't for the good of the community, but rather a good way to get into your machine, personal info, etc.
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21 Jul 2011   #14
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DBone View Post
I totally agree about what a user clicks and what they are searching for. I try to tell my parents, as well as my 16yr old daughter, that "curiosity killed the cat". It's better to wonder what may have been in that email that was sent to you, rather then knowing and now having a paper weight instead of a computer. Same goes for searches and facebook links..............They don't really listen though.
Well I've not been infected and I only use MSE, but than again as noted common sense should also pervail as well
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21 Jul 2011   #15
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Well I've not been infected and I only use MSE, but than again as noted common sense should also pervail as well
Well that's good, I just hope the name of your next thread isn't "I'm infect.................
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21 Jul 2011   #16
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Likewise
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21 Jul 2011   #17
DBone

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks!
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