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Antivirus Software Isn't Very Secure, Researchers Find

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    Antivirus Software Isn't Very Secure, Researchers Find

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    Finally somebody who knows what they are talking about! Your best antivirus is your own self I have been saying that to people since I joined these forums. Don't look for trouble and you won't get any trouble.

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  3. #3 is infected with malware serving ads today. It's not just the "bad websites that users can get into trouble from visiting....
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    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post is infected with malware serving ads today. It's not just the "bad websites that users can get into trouble from visiting....
    It doesn't mean that a site anywhere can get you malware, especially if it contains advertisements and the company isn't aware of it ( even though normally you can report the ad and they will get it removed asap ) But, from my experience at least the majorly malicious/irritating to correct malware/trojans/etc come from doing something you shouldn't in the first place, or from people not paying attention to what they are downloading/installing/allowing programs to install with it.

    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.
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    We aren't going to abandon our antivirus programs.
    We like the illusion of being safe, even if we're not.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit

    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.
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    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".
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    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    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.
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64

    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by DMGrier View Post
    Infections are everywhere...
    Not really, it is pretty hard to get infected these days, even without AV and firewall. Windows has come a long way since XP and with sandboxed browsers only a user infects a computer by running, what he should not. I honestly wonder, how can people get infected, I have have never succeed doing it intentionally.
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    Win 8.1 Update x64

    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..
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