Do you use antivirus?

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  1. Pocky

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    I heard that Macs don't need it but there has recently been a virus for Macs
     
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  2. niff

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    No, I don't use antivirus. I do use a macbook. IMO common sense browsing is the most important thing in avoiding viruses and spyware. No using random applications on facebook, downloading obscure video codecs etc..
     
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  3. Djokolate

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    Absolutely not. You could be browsing for an image for schoolwork, and viruses could strike when you click on the image you want. This has happened 1 or 2 times for me when I was doing schoolwork or looking for clothes, but the almighty AVG has blocked it straight away. It can also happen when looking at website that you don't know, for example if you are doing schoolwork and click on a site with info on it, there can be viruses. I think everyone should have antiviruses, and they should be AVG :)
     
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  4. niff

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    I haven't had a problem with that.

    My mother once 'caught' something from a nursing website, possibly an advertisement. This was an old version of Internet Explorer, she didn't keep her PC very updated.
     
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  5. Jaewonnie

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    Yes, I use avast but I turned off the internet shield as it identified Facebook as a trojan....
     
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  6. Fearsome Forehand

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    Several. AVG, AdAware, McAfee, Flashblock, the MS update stuff, etc.

    I also use (and recommend) the No Script add on for Firefox which blocks most malware.

    Not sure Macs are immune per se but most viruses seem to be aimed at holes in IE.

    Common sense does prevent most problems but if you use the internet, it is only a matter of time before one of these viruses (written by a-holes) finds its way onto your computer. There have been viruses that one got simply by being on the internet (e.g. Blaster, that was a fun time). It seems most viruses require you to open an attachment or a given file to become infected but that isn't always the case.
     
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  7. esm

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    even though Macs are okay, i still use Sophos program... for that piece of mind...
     
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  8. fundrazer

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    Mac's are less of a target for viruses simply because the user community is nowhere near as large as windows. That said there are still some nasty things you could pick up, an antivirus is excellent just in case.

    As others have pointed out virus makers have gotten more crafty in the past few years. A while ago I think it was Kmart's site that was infected with malware. Then there's the adobe exploits that just require you to open the webpage(assuming you aren't blocking scripts).

    On our pc's here I've setup all of them with firefox +noscript and adblock, avast, and malwarebytes. Haven't had any problems in a while.
     
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  9. quest01

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    I have a mbp and don't use antivirus software.
     
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  10. Sentinel

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    Nope, I use a Mac. Nowadays, Macs use a variant of BSD as the real OS, so its really tough to go through all layers (for a virus).

    There is one tricky issue though. Often some apps when installing insist on using the superuser password. That's dicey if you don't know who wrote the app. There should be some way of installing such apps in a user area (maybe there is, but i don't know).
     
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  11. GetBetterer

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    Well, Mac users saying you don't have anti-virus are lying, since Mac's come with an anti-virus.

    Same with Windows users, it comes with an anti-virus program.

    As long as you don't go to some random website, you should be fine, and most spyware aren't even harmful. They're there to track what you like to see and then use that information to advertise stuff to you.
     
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  12. LameTennisPlayer

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    kaspersky atm before that norton but i dont use a mac
     
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    I was using AVG, but their most recent version is a bit of a mess, so I switched to Antivira after doing some research and reading reviews. The last virus I got (and it was a doozy) got past the free version of AVG. I'm still using XP Home so I try to be really careful. I also have rkill and malwarebytes on my desktop and laptop.

    I also do not use any of the apps on Facebook, and block all of that garbage from my newsfeed. I use the secure connection on FB too. I think I'm the only one of my friends who hasn't been struck by one of those idiot 'wait until you see this video!' hacks.
     
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  14. Polaris

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    I believe the OP's intent was to ask if we have a user-installed antivirus. So, here goes:

    On my Windows partition: Yes, I use Symantec. Have used Sophos before.
    On my Linux partition: No. Actually, Ubuntu natively reads from Windows partitions. So, if I have to delete offending Windows programs and malware, I use Ubuntu as a sort of fully functional Safe Mode for Windows. :) Microsoft's Safe Mode sucks royally anyway.

    On my iMac at work: No.
    On my Macbook: No.
     
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  15. snoopy

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    I used Eset for a long time and it worked well but I got sick of paying a premium for it.

    I'm currently using Norton after shying away from it for many yeas bc of all the stories about how it eats up system resources. So far Norton has been good.

    Decent anti virus software can be gotten either for free or at a low price so i see no good reason not to use it (unless you have a slow old computer).
     
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    No AV for me. I create a standard user account and Windows will not allow that account to install software.
     
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  17. RyanRF

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    I'm using Avast on my PC.

    But really, antivirus isn't 100% necessary if you know what you are doing:

    -Don't go to strange websites or open strange files
    -Backup your important files on a flash drive or external HD
    -Reformat your hard drive and reinstall your OS twice a year

    Most people are too lazy to do that last one, but it keeps your pc clean and running quick.
     
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  18. Hidious

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    I've never used an antivirus and i have windows defender disabled. Even if i browse the internet exceedingly and download tons of torrents daily, i've never encoutered a virus and my computer, which hasn't been formated for years, is clean and fast.

    On the other end, i have to format my sister's computer every 3-4 months because it's full of crap and she does have antivirus and spyware.

    I can't explain this, but you can kind of develop a sense of which links not to click in the search results just by looking at the domain and title. Also, it would be impossible to keep my computer clean if i used Internet Explorer.
     
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  19. Fuji

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    I don't use any anti virus. I'm just a pretty safe internet user, plus everything is backed up on an external, and my computer is reformatted every 6 months. Works good enough for me! :)

    -Fuji
     
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    hope u're not running them all simultaneously with real time protection
     
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  21. GetBetterer

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    LoL, this reminds me of when my friends all clicked this video link with a picture of a girl in it, and each person who clicked it got their account hacked. I had a good lol.

    Hidious:
    Microsoft Security Essentials (from Microsoft.com) is a good download. It's also an anti-malware program that Microsoft designed, and it actually got really good reviews.

    Fuji:
    You reformat every 6 months? o_o
     
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  22. Sentinel

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    getbetterer. please try using the Quote and Multi-quote button after each post.

    I suppose you are currently: copy-pasting
    then selecting and clicking Quote in the toolbox
    then typing user's name.

    You need to getbetter ;)
     
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  23. GoSurfBoy

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    ""On my Linux partition: No. Actually, Ubuntu natively reads from Windows partitions. So, if I have to delete offending Windows programs and malware, I use Ubuntu as a sort of fully functional Safe Mode for Windows. :) Microsoft's Safe Mode sucks royally anyway."" Quotd from 'Polaris'

    I got tired of Windows making HD's crash - as it eventually will. Switched to Linux/Ubuntu, so no need for AV. Now I run fast, clean, and light. WooHoo!
     
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  24. GetBetterer

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    Actually, I'm just using the code directly on Post Quick Reply. ^.^
     
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  25. lethalfang

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    I use Linux. The only reason I have anti-virus on it, is that sometimes a friend wants me to clean up their windows viruses for them, and so I use a "Ubuntu live USB" to boot up their computer (so the windows hard drive stays dormant, so to speak), mount their hard drive in my Linux machine, and clean it up using the anti-virus software.
     
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  26. mightyrick

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    I don't use antivirus. I run Linux.
     
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    AV programs are the biggest viruses of them all. I am actually amazed how anyone can run "on access" or "realtime" protection and do something really useful on their computers. Especially programs like Symantec or McAfee. I hate them.

    This being said I use AVG but everything is turned off. I just run update and scan once a week during night. No way I would let any AV run on my PC while I am working on it.
     
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  28. Sentinel

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    Windows is a virus !!!

    If you want to quote only one post, click on quote under that post. If you want to quote 3, click multi-quote (second button) for the first 2, and Quote for the 3rd.
    Try it out.
     
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    oh that's very neat sentinel - thanks!
     
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  30. Kobble

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    Nod32 is the best I have used.
     
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  31. GetBetterer

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    It is pretty parasitic. Luckily my copy of Windows is a slave. :D The master is still Linux (I dual boot with 2 hard drives).
     
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