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Old 05-03-2013, 03:52 PM
 
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I used (with XP) Norton 2003-2006 but for some reason I can't remember, I switched to AVG.
But I tried to upgrade AVG one day in 2008 and it got completely f-ed up, so I switched to Kaspersky.

In 2008 Kaspersky caused the browser to crash (by their own admission) esp. when using Flash, so I switched back to Norton.

I've been using Norton ever since, although I had an annoying prob today (see my recent post).

Sometimes I'm tempted to use no AV software. Some say that's nuts and others say it's okay. The problem is I would keep worrying about it. My idea is to download MS's Malicious Software Remover and just run that once a week.

In 2003 I got the nasty MS Blaster which is why I got more conscious about antivirus software.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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I use Microsoft Security Essentials, not that it really matters.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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There was a horror story 1-2 years ago about MSE, that it caused computers to not start.
Why doesn't it really matter?
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:28 PM
 
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There was a horror story 1-2 years ago about [insert AV product here], that it caused computers to [insert malfunction here].
Fixed.

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Why doesn't it really matter?
Because none of them are really effective and should not be relied on to prevent anything.
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Old 05-03-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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When I got the Blaster, I had no AV, but I also never updated Windows. There had been a patch for it, which I didn't have.

I've read that most AV products only detect 10%-50% of what they should detect.
They also cost you, and bloat the computer, and cause anxiety when updating.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I use AVG Free and Malwarebyte, so far I've been OK.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Common sense and a firewall. Haven't had an virus or trojan in at least 7 or 8 years.
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:35 AM
 
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When I got the Blaster, I had no AV, but I also never updated Windows. There had been a patch for it, which I didn't have.
That's pretty much what the bad guys rely on, people running no/out of date/expired AV software and not installing updates, makes it far easier to infect a computer. Not that AV software in any way guarantees you won't get infected, it just reduces the chances.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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I used many and no one is 100% successful but few of them which'll provide you maximum security.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Italy
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Since I switched to Linux I haven't needed anti-virus software anymore.


Peace,
brian
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