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Am I the only one who doesn't have antivirus installed?


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No, I haven't had one installed on a personal desktop in a while. I heavily firewall everything, and pay attention to what's going on and what I run. I've tried a number of antivirus programs (free ones like AVG or Avast, and ones installed on other's computers, installed by default on laptops, etc.) and all of them are terrible. Most of them insist on nagging you, constantly bogging resources down, slowing down startup, constantly accessing disk, setting up their own local rogue mail servers and intercepting all incoming/outgoing email (and since their rogue mail servers suck, they introduce all kinds of bugs), setting up their own inferior software firewall solutions, do all sorts of things without asking you, and so on.

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I only use one because a computer once had issues, i'm not really sure how it got on there but i do know that if a firewall was in place it would have caught it.

now that you mention it i'm kinda wondering why i have my antivirus software...ah well doesn't hurt to keep it running in case i suppose.

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Add me to the list.

I don't do antivirus software or software firewalls. I just don't want any more crap running in the background. Antivirus marketing reminds me of the war on terror; however as that may delve into political speak I will refrain from explaining that statement. :P

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No antivirus here or at work. I also use Trend Micro's online AV for the occasional scan, but between not using IE or Outlook and having a hardware firewall, I have not had a major virus issue.

 

On a side note, I just cleaned one of my coworkers PC's with Trend Micro's online AV who did have an AV program installed. 3300 instances of one trojan found on his C drive. Apparently he was opening up and running every attachment emailed to him even after I told him not too. :bh

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I havent had anti-virus software installed for the longest time, mainly due to the amount of system resources it required. I do run hardware and software firewalls though.

 

But, just the other day, I installed McAfee Anti-Virus and found a couple of "low-priority" trojan horses on my computer. Maybe I should have installed this a while back.

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You guys complaining about these programs taking up resources do know you have the option to close these programs right? :) Its not a big deal at all. In fact before I play any games on my computer I usually close my ZoneAlarm firewall, any adware progs, avg anti virus, and anything else that is loaded during a windows bootup. Its not that difficult people. I run my anti spy and avg virus detector progs at least once a week. In fact just last night AVG found a virus that had worked itself into windows via some dll files. Anyway if you are like me and do alot of file transfering, web browsing, etc than it is common sense to at the very least be running a firewall and using a basic free anti virus prog every now and then.

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Its not that difficult people.

 

It's not a matter of difficulty, I just see zero need to have it installed. I run a firewall of course to make sure I can keep an eye on any access happening but a good online scan has proven to be a solid in terms of detecting any virus for me. Considering in the past three years I've removed maybe 3-4 viruses,(and all of them very low level threats at that) I have yet to see a compelling reason to bother installing anything. I try to do almost yearly/bi-yearly reinstalls of windows to keep things running fresh and I'm far more concerned with the ridiculous amount of spyware out there that can cause a helluva alot more damage and trouble then your typical trojan.

 

Anyway if you are like me and do alot of file transfering, web browsing, etc than it is common sense to at the very least be running a firewall and using a basic free anti virus prog every now and then.

 

I do. I run several of them in fact and all are online scans that have proven to be dependable and don't require the installation of a program. Now I think the use of a firewall program and several spyware/malware/adware detection programs are an utter necessity these days. Hardware firewalls are definitely preferrable.

 

If a router is considered a hardware firewall then Ok i have one.

 

Depends. Most routers do use NAT, but it's not a substitute for a good full-on firewall IMHO.

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I'm behind Linksys's BEFSX41 router with advanced packet inspection.

 

Still, a firewall doesn't stop a virus from coming in on an email attachment.

 

A friend of mine had trojans on his system and, his pc was damn near brought to it's knees, performance wise, due to others taking all his resources and bandwidth.

 

Needless to say, I'm taking the better safe than sorry route. Get a nasty virus and, you might think differently.

 

Still, just last week, AVG found the Newdot.net crap on my pc. I told AVG just to erase it and....VOILA!!!! I completely lost all my internet capabilities. :mad: Seems that Newdot will wipe out your entire tcp/ip stack if you delete it incorrectly.

 

So, I had to find a little program online, with my other pc, that gets downloaded and rebuilds your stack. Works great now.

 

I'm thinking about dumping McAfee and going with PC-cillin.

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