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Old 04-12-2016, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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The Antivirus Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective. Many of them are only protecting against at best 80% or 90% of the threats out there in the wild at any time.
I don't think it's much of a secret, but the graph at the link is interesting. It is rating the reactive response (y-axis) and the proactive response (x-axis).
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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The Antivirus Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective. Many of them are only protecting against at best 80% or 90% of the threats out there in the wild at any time.
I don't think it's much of a secret, but the graph at the link is interesting. It is rating the reactive response (y-axis) and the proactive response (x-axis).
Interesting. I tend to use Avira on Windows boxes, and it looks to be decent enough relatively speaking.

I also do additional things to reduce the impact of potential threats, however:

(1) I always keep an image backup of a clean OS install and 2-3 recent image backups of my most important PCs. That way, I can fall back to a known point. Or all the way back to the beginning.

(2) Test the above backups periodically. :-) That means doing test restores, not just comparisons.

(3) Backup important files (music, photos, movies, financial info, PW files, etc.) to multiple locations.

(4) Obtain new software from verified sources whenever possible. I try to minimize those, and I also try to grab something and use it for a while on one PC, then distribute that software to other PCs inside my network once I see things are ok.

I also use more than one platform, and I have multiple bootable USB sticks and LiveCDs around for emergency use if everything else fails. I really don't like not having a working PC.
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:55 AM
 
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The Antivirus Industry’s Dirty Little Secret
The Antivirus industry has a dirty little secret that they really don’t want anyone to know. Despite the claims of their marketing departments, their products are not all that effective. Many of them are only protecting against at best 80% or 90% of the threats out there in the wild at any time.
I don't think it's much of a secret, but the graph at the link is interesting. It is rating the reactive response (y-axis) and the proactive response (x-axis).
Your average IT/techie type person has known this for years. Your average computer user thinks AV will protect them from any existing threat they might run in to.
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Old 04-13-2016, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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What I use is not even on their chart.

Webroot does anti-virus in a totally different manner. It tracks file activity rather than the actual files. So that I could have a infected file on my machine that's dormant. But when it goes active, that's when Webroot detects it. Use it on my phone as well.

As a backup, I use the free Lavasoft anti-virus as a second tier "normal" virus/suspicious file checker.
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:37 PM
 
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I use plain old free Avira. Works pretty well. The main thing to remember is to back up regularly. The reviews on webrot are mixed, and it doesn't seem to work for everyone. It's been around for some time, as the company was founded nearly 20 years ago. I don't like anything that is cloud, and prefer to have things on the computer itself.
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