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#31 Sekyal

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 18:55

I checked and in the Security Center it shows Windows Defender for A/V and spyware so I haven't added a separate a/v program, though usually recommend MSE. I haven't had a virus in several years though.


#32 UncleSpellbinder

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 00:19

...I looked at the AV threw the Action Center and found it 45 days out of date. i have to manual update, (after a fresh install) is the normal or should AV updating automatic.

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#33 Detection

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 00:29

What a ridiculous statement. You say that you don't need any anti-virus software and then go on to say you use MSE. Further, even with good computing practices there are still plenty of vectors for malicious software. There have been plenty of high profile websites that were hacked and ended up distributing malware and viruses to users. There is no doubt that good computer practices can help reduce your chance of infection but that is completely different to suggesting you don't need anti-virus software, which is simply terrible advice.


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Not using an AV and claiming common sense are two contradictory statements

#34 Matthew_Thepc

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 00:36

That simply isn't true. Most of the comprehensive anti-virus tests include the free ones. The lack of reviews isn't the issue.

by incentive I think he was trying to say that since Microsoft's not making money off of MSE they're most likely not paying any company to review it highly as he's implying other AV companies do. Or, at least, that's how I read it :p

#35 +Quillz

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:00

What a ridiculous statement. You say that you don't need any anti-virus software and then go on to say you use MSE.

Well, it's true. You don't technically need anti-virus software at all. I would recommend it in most cases, and I also feel that MSE/Defender is more than adequate for my needs. But, for as long as I have been using Windows, even with very little anti-virus protection on my computer, I have never once had a major virus, worm or malware. Obviously, your mileage may vary.

EDIT: I certainly see your point, though. There have been a number of websites and what not that distributed malware.

#36 Astrum

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:12

Well, it's true. You don't technically need anti-virus software at all. I would recommend it in most cases, and I also feel that MSE/Defender is more than adequate for my needs. But, for as long as I have been using Windows, even with very little anti-virus protection on my computer, I have never once had a major virus, worm or malware. Obviously, your mileage may vary.


Microsoft is definitely putting consumer focus out of AV-functions in Win8, in the direction you are talking about. I'm kinda that way of thinking as well. To my big surprise couple of weeks ago I got infected in Win7-x64 with updated MSE on board. Thanks God I did noticed, as viruses these days tend to stay in a shadow. Used few tools to remove it, but good-old "nuke from orbit" move returned my peace of mind.
I would say anyone must use good protection with Windows OS, which is probably someting more than just default setup. Because you never know.

#37 Wakers

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:03

The thing is, if another program has a security flaw (Flash, Java) that is bad and allows a pretty comprehensive, then pretty much no AV will be able to catch it unless it's been around long enough for the definitions to be updated to catch every possible variation of the virus.

There is no av out there that will protect you from every virus.

#38 ViperAFK

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 00:06

The thing is, if another program has a security flaw (Flash, Java) that is bad and allows a pretty comprehensive, then pretty much no AV will be able to catch it unless it's been around long enough for the definitions to be updated to catch every possible variation of the virus.

There is no av out there that will protect you from every virus.


Yep, I clean viruses off people's computers all the time, and most of the infected machines have a fully updated av.

#39 er0n

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 08:55

I checked and in the Security Center it shows Windows Defender for A/V and spyware so I haven't added a separate a/v program, though usually recommend MSE. I haven't had a virus in several years though.


Ever heard of short-lived infections?

You think you haven't had a virus for several years. In fact, it's very likely that you have had several infections during this period. They just sat their silently for a few seconds, minutes or hours, collected your data and then deleted themselves. By the time you had downloaded your signatures to detect the infections, they had already deleted themselves and your resume is being sold to identity thieves on IRC for $1.

Any AV solution that needs to download updates is always out-of-date, leaving you exposed to infections. Do a Google search for software vulnerabilities or legitimate web-sites carrying infections if you're wondering how you could have been infected.

#40 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:17

Personally I'm looking forward to updated anti-virus solutions for Metro, as they'll be able to make use of the new notification system. In fact I wish that Microsoft had simply moved tooltips from the system tray to the new notification area that appears in the top-right as such functionality should be centralised.

#41 grayscale

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:00

May I ask:
I'm used to having the right click -> scan by ESET and other AVs. How do I do a quick scan on Windows Defender?

#42 mduren2445

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:09

Panda Cloud antivirus seems to work ok

#43 Vandalsquad

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:15

+1

Not using an AV and claiming common sense are two contradictory statements


Haven't used an AV since Xp Sp2. 5 years or longer now, never been infected.

So yes Commonsense 2012 is fine if your capable of installing a preview of Windows 8 and have half an idea about what you're doing..

#44 Wakers

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 13:05

Can I just say; If you haven't been using an AV for several years, and then follow that up with the term "never been infected" you're talking ********.

Mostly because if you don't have an AV, you will not know if you've been infected or not. Not every virus makes it obvious that it's there - infact most try to hide themselves as thoroughly as possible.

So you may not be wrong, but you have absolutely 0% way of knowing either way.

#45 OP +d5aqoëp

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 13:06

Avast free edition is working fine.