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[Windows: All] Do you use an antivirus program/firewall?

  

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hotdog666al    31

Router Firewall.

Windows Firewall (defaults).

UAC on.

Windows Defender. :/

Up to date.

No problems!

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Kirkburn    172

General question: how do you know if your PC is infected, if you've got nothing testing it?

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amon91    41

General question: how do you know if your PC is infected, if you've got nothing testing it?

It's a good idea to run a scan once in a while for that exact reason, maybe even with multiple scanners, but malware usually impacts your performance and causes adverse effects. The point is you're very unlikely to get anything if you don't go to sites you don't trust and keep your system up-to-date.

I use the built-in Windows Firewall and MSSE just in case something slides by.

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DaViD_BRaNDoN    0

Am using NOD32 Antivirus only

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protocol7    548

General question: how do you know if your PC is infected, if you've got nothing testing it?

Sluggish network performance, strange processes running in task manager, high CPU usage or browser redirects would be the usual culprits. Then there's the obvious fake antivirus prompts.

I use Avira free and Windows Firewall (with Windows 7 Firewall Control to add some outbound control) and have stayed clean so far. Avira has caught some sites trying to download crap in the background.

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Xoligy    78

Kaspersky Internet Security, carn't beat it imo even pay for a license :blink:

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xdot.tk    118

Just an old firewall not so much for security but for blocking some outbound connections. AV is for clueless noobs. :p

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COKid    874

Sandboxie & built-in Windows firewall.

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Ryya    8

Avira :)

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qdave    159

I use whatever MSE provides.

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TechFreak:)    5

It counts; it's a firewall. It's not like it's not a firewall, just because it comes with Windows, that's just, well, stupid.

I thought it doesn't count because almost everyone use it and it's not a dedicated program.

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dknm    11

Router's Firewall , UAC , Windows Defender and awareness whenever clicking evil stuff . With proactive defense , you need no AV . (and there's virustotal.com when you're curious )

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Andre S.    1,923

No anti-virus, and just my router's firewall. So I checked "neither" because the router's firewall doesn't count as an "application".

Anti-viruses and firewalls cause nothing but problems, both in my experience and that of everyone I've had to assist with tech issues. I've been running anti-virus free since Windows Vista and it's been a huge relief.

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Dessimat0r    0

Security Essentials here. Which reminds me, I need to reinstall it after installing SP2.

(Edit: and trust me, even tech-savvy people can get viruses on their machines which can go unnoticed for a very long time.)

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bbfc_uk    13

I use Norton Internet Security - currently testing the 2011 beta.

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Colin-uk    135

MSE and windows firewall.

I find AVG and others to be quite heavy on the system usage.

oh and common sense, sometimes :shifty:

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metallithrax    522

MSE and windows firewall.

I find AVG and others to be quite heavy on the system usage.

oh and common sense, sometimes :shifty:

I use Windows firewall (plus router firewall), and Avast AV.

I tried MSE and each time I found it slowed the system down more than others.

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PT 13    9

I use (and payed for) Kaspersky Internet Security 2011. Does an excellent job I think :)

Same here! I have it on all my computers

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lamminium    79

Comodo Firewall 4 and Avast Free. :)

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boogerjones    86

Windows Firewall. No AV needed unless you're downloading untrusted files.

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Advis    0

I use Microsoft Security essentials and the windows firewall. UAC is on and the user account I use is protected with a strong password. All this behind ?a Sky DG934G with the default password changed. Also keep a sawn off in the lappy bag in case anyone decides to have a go.

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Singh400    184

Firewall: Built-in Windows 7 firewall

Anti-Virus: Microsoft Security Essentials.

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x-scratch    134

i dont use either

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bbfc_uk    13

i dont use either

You Rebel!! :p

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Kirkburn    172

(Edit: and trust me, even tech-savvy people can get viruses on their machines which can go unnoticed for a very long time.)

I'd like to echo this: I got a trojan via a *very slightly* out of date Java install a few weeks back. Fortunately it was cleared quickly, even though it wasn't picked up via my antivirus. I normally have Java (not JavaScript) switched off in my browsers, but just this once it wasn't. Not sure why, but it bit me in the ass very quickly via my feed reader.

First time I'd seen a successful infection in a long time.

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