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Windows 7: Windows 7 without Antivirus

31 Jan 2010   #41
Capella

Windows 7 64 bit build 7600
 
 

wow thanks for the information! You took a long time to post that Im guessing.
(its a shame that my rep power is only two points >.<)


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31 Jan 2010   #42
Greg S

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaxryley View Post
No realtime AV here in ages.

Sandboxie, Returnil and Images are way safer without the need for constant updates.

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None here as well. I use

UAC highest level
SRP strongest level
DEP all programs and services
MalwareDefender
Router
Windows 7 Firewall Control Plus
Comodo Time Machine(sometimes Eaz-Fix)
Image Backups
Hitman Pro as scanner
Send to Virus Total

At various times, I will use DefensWall or GesWall or AppGuard. <---Presently not using any of the latter three.
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31 Jan 2010   #43
Jaxryley

 
 

Extremely strong protection there Greg S.

As my hobby is searching for/downloading/running any and all malware samples I need the sample to execute unhindered in order to harvest any droppers and check system changes.

That's why I employ a full blown admin account along with sandboxie/system virtualisation/vm's.

I do use Malwarebytes as on demand to test detections which are uploaded if need be.
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05 Feb 2010   #44
Udidwht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 
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Locked down solid here. Running Avast Free AV 5.0.396, Malwarebytes (free), SuperAntiSpyware (free), Online Armor (free) 4.0.0.15, SpywareBlaster 4.2, Threatfire 4.7.0,

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit build 7600
Asus P5LP-LE
Pentium D 930 3.0 ghz
4GB RAM DDR2 5300 Crucial
Gigabyte HD Radeon 4670 512mb DDR3 (CCC-9.10)
Sound Blaster X-fi Xtreme gamer
HP DVD/CD 840b
DVD-ROM
300GB SATA HDD Maxtor
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09 Feb 2010   #45
Freeza

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I am running no antivirus program since starting Windows 7. I used antivirus for years on Xp and Vista. I have used AVG, Avast, Avira, Bitdefender, Norton and other online scanners and none have ever found any viruses or malware. For years no findings at all. So I thought that I will just run windows without it. I still have Windows firewall, The hardware firewall, and Windows defender and UAC running.

I believe an on-demand scanner such as the online bitdefender is the best bet since you can use it whenever you want. People like to feel safe but unless your antivirus is regularly catching things then what the hell is it really doing? When was the last time your antivirus actually saved you? For me, never, so I have no use for it.
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10 Feb 2010   #46
KDW

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I've been using MS Security Essentials and have noticed that it is good. So far no problems.
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21 Jul 2013   #47
ozadaskinson

Win 7 64bit
 
 

AV is not needed unless you are a total idiot.

I use Gmail, chrome and just common sense. you don't open bogus emails but even if you do there are almost no hacks that can get you in chrome without you actually running a executable, there is no exploited dll IE or active x crap and no outlook or any ms word crap.

No spyware or anti vir nothing, not needed! I do run a firewall on my router, it lets the services in and OUT that I choose. Most AV software is just corporate crap/spy ware anyway
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22 Jul 2013   #48
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ozadaskinson View Post
AV is not needed unless you are a total idiot.

I use Gmail, chrome and just common sense. you don't open bogus emails but even if you do there are almost no hacks that can get you in chrome without you actually running a executable, there is no exploited dll IE or active x crap and no outlook or any ms word crap.

No spyware or anti vir nothing, not needed! I do run a firewall on my router, it lets the services in and OUT that I choose. Most AV software is just corporate crap/spy ware anyway
Three and a half years since the last post in thread, then enter you with this utterly nonsense, uninformative post with bad advice.

A serious word for those fellow geeks and newbies alike reading this: It is of course up to you to decide what you install, how you use your computer. But (a serious but!): in todays world, with todays all the time evolving threats it is simply extremely stupid not to use AV protection.

Kari
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23 Jul 2013   #49
robinb9

Windows 7 Pro 32/64 bit and Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit/64bit
 
 

Ditto!
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23 Jul 2013   #50
Diosoth

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

MSE is the most basic you can get and it's not reliable for full protection. You NEED other programs in conjunction with MSE. MSE can not find everythign and I've detected and cleaned infections with Malwarebytes that MSE totally ignores.
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