autos.yahoo.com is infected with malware serving ads today. It's not just the "bad websites that users can get into trouble from visiting....
It's like anything else. An anti virus is just an extra layer of security no matter how thin or thick it may be. When you buy car insurance, and actually claim on the insurance what happens? You have a high change of being took off the policy or the rates going up. What happens when you have a professional ADT security system installed? You get a pretty sign in your door window/and on your lawn perhaps but it doesn't change the factor that a thief may still break into your house. The internet is the same way you can never be 100% safe so there is no point in trying to make yourself go from 95% to 99%. That's just my two cents though.
We aren't going to abandon our antivirus programs.
We like the illusion of being safe, even if we're not.
Infections are everywhere, I have had family member get infected from Facebook, youtube and google images. Yes it is true that some websites are prone to providing infection and we shouldn't be their but infections are everywhere so I would not give up Avast Internet Security and Malwarebytes Pro for lets just watch what sites we go to.
God knows how many people will read this and stop using AV, poor souls.
Even a small help is help, would be a fool to refuse it. AVs and other antimalware stop something at least, sometimes even a bulletproof west is better than nothing. You know what Keith Elmer said when they asked him which gun is best for self defense ?
"The one you have on you when you need it".
I use a virtual machine with Linux for all my internet browsing and email stuff and I feel pretty save. This way I do not have to worry about infected websites. I have not had one single malware/ adware whatever on my pc since I have decided to do this.
I am also 100% confident, that I can not get infected, because I know, how infections work. I use credit card online often, I use internet banking and I have some sensitive stuff and I am only worried of being hacked.
I got infected few times when I was using Windows 95, 98 that too by clicking those ads & external USBs, HDD,
After that no more trojans or virus...
Windows 8/8.1 is far better in terms of protection,, if at all you need one, It has Windows Defender.
For detecting newer malware and adware MBAM is quite good..