The anti viruses.

@geojb90 (470)
Romania
November 12, 2008 12:41pm CST
Where I live there is a problem with anti viruses. Everyone is looking for something better then another. They all ask each other what anti virus they use, what can it do etc. etc. I think that anti viruses are stupid. From my point of view, it's just a useless software eating up your RAM memory and space while it does nothing. No anti virus ever satisfied me. They all are the same and work in the same way. I don't know if I'm correct or if I'm wrong ... but I know how to protect myself and don't catch a trojan or virus. I dont browse pron, dont use site with cracks & serials. So how can you catch a virus if you work clean ? Why would I need a anti virus if It wouldn't help me ? Same thing for my friends. I keep telling them that if they don't surf these kind of website's there is no way they're gonna catch a virus/trojan spywere etc. I stopped using anti virus since 2006 when I had a stupid Kaspersky anti virus who was like freaking annoying ... and I didn't had trouble at all. What do you think about anti viruses ?
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10 responses
• Australia
13 Nov 08
I'm sorry mate if i offend, but your statement is the most idiotic 1 i have read in years, i am a certified computer tech, and i have had thousands of dollars worth of computers come into my shop all riddled with virus's because the morons that owned them thought just like you, there is no such thing as surfing clean, the minute you turn your computer on and log onto the internet you are at risk of getting a virus, every time you open an email you are at risk of getting a trojan worm virus adaware malware spyware and 1000s of other rubbish bits of data that is floating around in cyber space,for example, my brother had a 3000 dollar top of the line computer, he got it home ask me to set it up i put avast antivirus on it, and my idiot brother deleted it because in his words it was using some of his ram, 2 weeks later his hardrive crashed his cpu stopped working and his powersupply blew the master fuse, all because he thought he new better than me, you see he by deleting avast had allowed 32 trojans 44 worms an 10 viruses invade his computer and destroy it, his 3000 dollar computer cost him another 900 dollars for me to repair all the damage, anyone who owns a computer and does not take steps to protect it from virus, by using antivirus protection does not deserve to have a computer because he is an idiot. once again i am sorry if i offend, but being offended is better than having to buy a new computer because your too stupid to protect it with the right virus protection
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• Netherlands
12 Nov 08
I have used so many different virus scanners until I had to work for an elementary school for a bit as volunteer. They introduced me to AVG free (from grisoft) and I never used any other one after that. I never had a virus on my computer.
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• Israel
13 Nov 08
AVG is a very good one. And being free is makes it even better. Years ago I used Norton. It's very good, but it costs money. They sell legal copies of last years disk really cheep on the net. And you have 1 year of updates, so it's almost just as good as the newer one and the virus protection is the same, but why pay anything when AVG is free and legal.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 08
Hackers are usually at least one step ahead. That is one of the reasons why there are viruses and trojans which manage to slip through. We may not visit sites harbouring infectious software, but we do not have to visit them to be a victim. One of the ways hackers do is to ping IP addresses at random. 'Ping' here means to send a signal and if the computer assigned to the IP address is active then these hackers will start another probe. If there is no anti virus or firewalls installed on the computer these hackers would execute their naughty/nasty acts. Not all malware cause problems to the PCs they infected. Some take over our PC and carry out the next task such as spamming other users from our PCs. My PC was hijacked several times without me realising it until after several hours. Installing an anti virus and firewall software reduces the chance of us becoming victims. I use AVG anti virus and ZoneAlarm firewall. Before this I used Comodo firewall and in 24 hours it had already detected and blocked more than 200 intrusions. Do not wait until confronted with unexpected problems.
• United States
12 Nov 08
I primarily use McAfee. With anti-virus programs, i think it is impossible to find one that will detect every single virus, and prevent them all. It is going to depend on the type of activity your perform on your computer, and files you are download to determine the type of viruses you are going to be exposed to. Keep in mind that computer viruses are continually being changed and alter to break through the walls of the anti-virus programs out there. I recommend using one that willl automatically update when new updates are available. But since I have had McAfee, it tells me as soon as a virus is detected and automatically deletes it for me. I did not have as much luck with Norton Anti-Virus.
@geojb90 (470)
• Romania
12 Nov 08
From all I know ... Norton is used by Yahoo! scan e-mail attachments and I never heard someone downloading a virused document from Yahoo! Mail ... so I think it's pretty good.
@blazivic (100)
• Lebanon
12 Nov 08
I agree with thunderstar.Norton is not good as the symantec reputation is.There's a whole club for people who haven't had much luck with Norton, i may become the club president! lol. Anyway, McAfee is way better than Norton, it's a good choice.
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13 Nov 08
Frankly people who dont have anti virus and anti spyware are stupid, even the most mundane things such as opening emails and 'safe' websites can result in getting virus' and spyware. Frankly i wouldnt bother with big names like norton and mcafee as they mess up your comp if you dont buy the new version, free ones live AVG and panda are just as good and free and cheap but just dont come with any support.
@cupkitties (7489)
• United States
13 Nov 08
you do not have to be looking at immoral sites to be infected. I went to an innocent looking game site that was to help my child out with her multiplication. Well this so called help site hijacked my browser and I had to not just uninstall but delete the files that came with it and start all over again. I've been hearing a lot of people recommend AVG lately. You have to watch out for some of these anti virus too because they like to rip you off by doing fake virus alerts.
• United Kingdom
13 Nov 08
I must admit that some antiviruses can make you absolutely mad at the way they clog up your system. However, I personally would not want to operate my computer without having an antivirus installed. I personally use AVG 8.0 and it does wonders for me. My system is very fast and I personally do my own maintenance, go inside the pc, remove the dust and so forth! As AVG 8.0 is free, this makes it that more attractive. My computer is very fast and I don't have any problem with viruses. I never count my chickens though and I'm always prepared that I may eventually come face to face with a trojan horse or a worm! I think that at least one type of antivirus software installed on a system is essential. Andrew
@mimico (3618)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
I think anti virus companies are behind the viruses that spread on the internet. Which is why Io try to get around 2-3 programs in my system. I run each once a week to be sure, and so far (for almost 2 years), I've been very safe. I do get trojans every now and then, but once I do a complete system scan, the threat is eliminated. Nothing's really gone wrong with my computer, so I'm very satisfied with my anti virus programs Kaspersky, AVG, and Avira. I heard that McAffee is very good too, but it's just too expensive for me!
@VE3IYB (209)
• Canada
13 Nov 08
I use a variety of programs but for Anti-Virus Software Avira is used most frequently. As for not having any Anti-Virus software, that may be fine if the PC is never connected to the internet. Leaving a open un-patched PC on the internet, it will take what, all of 4 minutes before said PC is attacked.
• United States
12 Nov 08
I think it is absolutely necessary to have an antivirus program. Sure clean browsing is one of the best ways to prevent getting any kind of malware but it's not the only thing you should do. I consider my self to be a clean browser but I've picked up a couple of viruses in my time and antivirus comes in handy when you get them. I think you just need to find a program that is right for you. I know there are some antivirus programs out there that probably hog up more system resources than half the viruses out there but there are some really good ones. I've only ever used Norton, McAfee, and AVG free. Norton I hated but I really liked McAfee and would probably still use it if it wasn't for AVG. The only reason I use AVG is because it's free(well it's also a good antivirus). However I do know a few people who don't use antivirus at all and if that's what you want then no one is stopping you but good luck if you do get something.