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If you run Windoze then AV software is a must. Bill the Gates' desktop OS is the most hacked on the planet. The second most hacked is his server OS.
 

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I say, just spin up a Virtual Machine with a throw away OS. Who cares if its infected. Just instance a new one. Or a cloud instance for a few pennies. I still like john macafee though lol that dude crazy.
That depends on what your definition of 'infected' is. Once malware captures your personal info deleting the VM isn't going to help much
 

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Yeah, shootist. Hackers love attacking the gates. When i first got my win10, it came with a trial of Mcafee. That's over tomorrow. Looking into free options. Not sure if I would need to spend anything to get protection.
 

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Yeah, shootist. Hackers love attacking the gates. When i first got my win10, it came with a trial of Mcafee. That's over tomorrow. Looking into free options. Not sure if I would need to spend anything to get protection.
AVG Free-it works as well as any of them. Just be sure you keep the virus definitions updated, set it to automatic when you install it.
https://www.avg.com/en-us/free-antivirus-download
 

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Well, my work flow is thus. I have a few different face book and instagram accounts linked to some cloud instances on Amazon. I just use those instances for ONE account each or else if face book see's you logging in from the same IP on multi accounts they ban you same with most other social media. Then I have my cookies for each account on each instance and if i wanted to pay for a dedicated IP I could.

Of course just dont surf porn sites with your main cloud accounts or VM's lol.
 

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If you're gonna pay for it, may as well get NOD32 from www,ESET.com

It's lightweight and doesn't slow your computer down
 

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Does it spy on its users like avast "free" does?
Edited to add: on the interwebs, "free" typically means that you and your data are the product they are actually selling.
 

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Does it spy on its users like avast "free" does?
Edited to add: on the interwebs, "free" typically means that you and your data are the product they are actually selling.
  • WIndows 10 is spying on every Windows user
  • MAC OSX spies on it's users
  • Intel processors have a back door (thank you Israel) which provides access to every computer that is built using one, regardless of OS
  • YouTube spies on users
  • Fakebook spies on it's users
  • Twitter spies on it's users
  • Kapersky spies on its users, and that's a paid app
    • If you think McAfee doesn't you're kidding yourself
The list is endless. What's your point?
 

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All I can say is my wife, who uses Win7, has used AVG Free for years and has never had a virus or been compromised. I know this because I'm her tech support. Neither has any of our accounts or passwords been compromised during that time either. AVG is lightweight and catches a lot of potential malware using real time scanning (I get notified from her every time it does and she doesn't cruise porn sites (I wish))

I don't care what people use or don't use. I'm just giving some folks here some feedback from my experience.

I use Linux for my desktop OS so I don't use anti virus software.
 

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All I can say is my wife, who uses Win7, has used AVG Free for years and has never had a virus or been compromised. I know this because I'm her tech support. Neither has any of our accounts or passwords been compromised during that time either. AVG is lightweight and catches a lot of potential malware using real time scanning (I get notified from her every time it does and she doesn't cruise porn sites (I wish))

I don't care what people use or don't use. I'm just giving some folks here some feedback from my experience.

I use Linux for my desktop OS so I don't use anti virus software.
I think if I stay off the donkey sites I should be ok.
 

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To see if it's the same as what was previously posted on here about avast.
...and it doesn't really matter anyways, as avg and avast are the same company now. Apparently one of them bought the other awhile back.
https://www.goldismoney2.com/thread...ware-you-should-read-this.339367/post-1811002
The best way to protect from computer viruses is to stop using Windows. Windows is a virus and malware magnet fraught with all kinds of vulnerability holes! I know that's a tough ask for many who don't know anything else, but it's true non the less
 

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The best way to protect from computer viruses is to stop using Windows. I know that's a tough ask for many but it's true non the less
Agreed.
....but in all fairness, some of that is simply due to the size of its user base.
Ie: if 80% of the Worlds pc's and laptops ran some other OS, it would be under just as much attack as windoze is now.
 

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Agreed.
....but in all fairness, some of that is simply due to the size of its user base.
Ie: if 80% of the Worlds pc's and laptops ran some other OS, it would be under just as much attack as windoze is now.
The reason why seems irrelevant, what's fair isn't nearly as relevant as what is. The best way to avoid viruses and malware is to dump Windows and don't think about malware anymore. (I know, I'm preaching to the choir!)

One of the reasons Linux is more secure is it prompts the user for permission to change any system files and to add any new executable code. Essentially, these are the functions that viruses need to perform in order to get into your system. Unless you tell it too, Linux won't install any executable code or change any system files. Windows doesn't work like that. It never did.
 

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I have Windows 7
I used to run AVG or AVAST free anti-virus software. Didn't like how they slowed down my computer.
I also have AdBlock & Ghostery running full-time in my Firefox browser.
My Firefox setting are set to "block pop-up windows".
After talking to a guy who's a bit into IT, I decided to go with the regular free "Windows Defender" from Microsoft.
And each time I close my browser, I run free "CCleaner" a few times, in both the "Health Check" mode (finds & removes "trackers" & "junk") and the "Easy Clean" mode (removes history & log files).
It's been years, and I DO visit the "dangerous" sites... but haven't had any "infections" so far... while with Norton, McAffee, Avast & AVG sometimes I'd end up with a "frozen screen" where I had to manually unplug, remove battery, & reboot. Not the case now...
Also use cheap ($60 for 5 years) VPN "AVACY" to have a different ISP for "anonymity".

As for SmartPhones, that's where the "vulnerability for personal data" is the worst today, imho...
 

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The reason why seems irrelevant, what's fair isn't nearly as relevant as what is. The best way to avoid viruses and malware is to dump Windows and don't think about malware anymore. (I know, I'm preaching to the choir!)

One of the reasons Linux is more secure is it prompts the user for permission to change any system files and to add any new executable code. Essentially, these are the functions that viruses need to perform in order to get into your system. Unless you tell it too, Linux won't install any executable code or change any system files. Windows doesn't work like that. It never did.
Would using windoze as a guest that has limited permissions instead of an administrator keep unwanted downloads from happening?
 

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Today the newest Ccleaner update had 2 noticeable items
- 1, it found 32 more trackers to delete than the update from 2 days ago
- 2. It offers the option to install Avast's VPN (which I declined, since I have inexpensive IVACY vpn).
 

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Would using windoze as a guest that has limited permissions instead of an administrator keep unwanted downloads from happening?
In Firefox I have the 'options' settings set up to ASK ME EVERY TIME to CONFIRM whether I want to download a file...
 

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Would using windoze as a guest that has limited permissions instead of an administrator keep unwanted downloads from happening?
No sir, that wouldn't do anything to change the behavior of the OS in this context
 

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More than one of the premium virus protection apps companies have been suspected of creating computer viruses and unleashing them, while at the same time selling the cure.
Just like Deep State and Fauci and company.
Same mode of operation.
How stupid can the public be?
 

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More than one of the premium virus protection apps companies have been suspected of creating computer viruses and unleashing them, while at the same time selling the cure.
Just like Deep State and Fauci and company.
Same mode of operation.
How stupid can the public be?
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