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So I haven't owned a PC since probably the late 90s and I'm thinking of building a PC for my next computer. I've been using a macbook for several years now and haven't had any virus issues or anything. I know years ago, virus protection on PCs was shoddy at best. I wanted to know how likely it is that PCs do in fact, get viruses? Is it usually from emails? Or just unsafe websites? A buddy told me, 'if you never look at pron, you'll be safe.' Is that true? lol
Pretty noobish question, I know, I just really don't want to put the money down on something that's going to be a virus ridden mess (that I won't know how to fix)
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Well it depends what OS you use. Mac>Linux>Windows in terms of safeness on their own from viruses. However if you do get Windows just download MSE for free and then get the free version of Malwarebytes. MSE will take care of most of the viruses and if there is one you can't get rid of then you just need to boot it in safe mode then run Malwarebytes to get rid of it. And don't open any attachments from an email that looks fishy. If you are smart then you can avoid 99% of viruses even on windows w/out any antivirus protection.
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The vast majority of malware is going to come in via software that's not kept up to date. Relatively little comes from porn. Keep your stuff updated and run a free antivirus like Microsoft Security Essentials and you'll be most of the way to being as safe as you reasonably can be. Some people like firewalls, personally I think they're only a must if you're directly connected to the Internet, but it doesn't really hurt to use one anyway.
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Virus software is pretty much overrated but it gives the person peace of mind at least. Be going on over 6 months now without in protection on my PC and been virus free.
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Microsoft Essentials which is free is what most recommended by the users on this site.
Doing these things will safegaurd you and cut your risk down to a minimal
1- Do NOT download anything from any site you are not 100% trustworthy of
2- Do not even open emails that come to you for no reason with from people you do not know, also if someone you know is complaining about viruses on their computer I would refrain from even opening their emails until their issues are resolved.
3- Dont go all willy nilly and go to untrusted sites surfing for miget porn or what have you.
Speaking as a person who's been infected simply from Google searching before, I would suggest that most infections come from a combination of poor e-mail judgement, and web exploits. I've never been infected via e-mail, though a lot of older viruses were spread via e-mail. I HAVE been infected from a random Google search result (not porn, lol) making use of a Java exploit to launch a rogue webapp. As a result of that, I now browse using Firefox with the NoScript add-on. NoScript blocks any "rich" sort of web content from running except on those sites that you've whitelisted. So now, it doesn't even matter if there's another Java exploit later on: I could browse onto that random Google search result site and not get infected because NoScript wouldn't allow that site to run ANYTHING that could be potentially harmful.
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Viruses are practically nonexistent, 99.99% of malware is in the form of Trojan horses and bundled spyware, with the occasional worm. Virus refers to a pretty specific type of malware, namely a program that attaches itself to other executables, a technique that really isn't necessary in an OS with multiprogramming, and so is very rare. I know the OP is using it to mean malware in general, but that's wrong.
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