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Rate this PC community Cliche: Common Sense is the only Antivirus you need!

#11jernasPosted 7/11/2014 9:41:59 PM
cody4783 posted...
Sure, completely disconnect your computer from internet, never install any programs, don't trust other people's flash drives, and live in solitude...and you'll never need an Antivirus.

Anything else...Well, if you're going out of your way to live a "Virus free internet lifestyle", you're seriously going through more trouble and inconveniencing yourself far more than just installing a damn A/V program ever would.

It's like saying you keep your money in your mattress because you don't trust banks. The day your house burns down or gets broken into the rest of us will laugh. And you, you'll be left regretting having dedicated your time to not allowing open flames in your house and making sure your burglar bars were always locked.


My computer is connected to the internet 24/7 and I constantly install games from, shall we say "alternative" sources to Steam. No viruses, malware, or anything, thanks (I do have MalwareBytes which I periodically run; it never turns up anything more than a few cookies).
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#12Orestes417Posted 7/11/2014 9:43:53 PM
Common sense says you run an av because there's no excuse not to in this day and age. To say otherwise is common idiocy.
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#13-5xad0w-Posted 7/11/2014 9:59:26 PM
Sounds like it would work about as well as "Christ is the only contraceptive you need!".
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#14OldSorrowPosted 7/11/2014 9:59:26 PM
jernas posted...
Disable Java and ActiveX + use Adblock/Ghostery + don't use IE + be smart about what you install = no viruses


This. Got bored one day after a year of no antivirus and installed one. None found. (avast)
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#15ClashtonnPosted 7/11/2014 10:00:59 PM
I've never kept an anti-virus for more than a couple of weeks. never had need for one.
#16cody4783Posted 7/11/2014 10:02:53 PM
jernas posted...
My computer is connected to the internet 24/7 and I constantly install games from, shall we say "alternative" sources to Steam. No viruses, malware, or anything, thanks (I do have MalwareBytes which I periodically run; it never turns up anything more than a few cookies).

Ah, never mind when the burglar sneaks in, steals the money from your mattress and ducks out the window while you aren't home...never leading you on to his presence until long after he's gone because you didn't have an alarm to detect he was there.

When you go to buy something and find your mattress isn't as full as it once was, then maybe you'll reconsider your decisions in life.
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#17DiviDudePosted 7/11/2014 10:30:55 PM
jernas posted...
It's not costless when the stupid AV's restrict the functionality of completely legitimate programs because it mistakenly assesses them as a danger.


Literally never happens to me. Sounds like user error.
#18DaedalusExPosted 7/11/2014 10:40:32 PM
If you feel the need to use an AV, then use an AV. But who are you to tell anyone else how they should use their computer?

I haven't used an AV in 10+ years and I'm doing just fine, thanks.
#19FL81Posted 7/11/2014 10:51:12 PM
https://xkcd.com/272/
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#20LvthnPosted 7/11/2014 11:03:23 PM
This sort of thing is usually espoused by people who know just enough to be a danger to themselves - or their hardware, at least.

Or people tired of the nagware that comes with free AV/firewall but too cheap to buy a popup-free security program.