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Last post Author Topic: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?  (Read 10593 times)

Jibz

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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #50 on: July 29, 2014, 05:27:33 PM »
The only thing I've seen recently was EMET stopping an older version of flash player in FireFox after an ad set something off.

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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #51 on: July 29, 2014, 08:21:30 PM »
The only thing I've seen recently was EMET stopping an older version of flash player in FireFox after an ad set something off.

That is an interesting one, but it will have a distinct impact on performance when turned up all the way. It noticeably slowed up the ~6mo old HP Z420 I have at the office and that's a really high-end machine.

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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #52 on: August 02, 2014, 06:30:52 PM »
This ain't script-kiddie stuff she got hit with. This is definitely the work of pros.

There are a lot of criminal elements in Europe and what used to be the Soviet Union who have concentrated all of their resources on this kind of stuff as it is far more lucrative than the 'conventional' crime they used to engage in.

Is anti-virus software a waste of money? There is a very good possibility it may be.

Is anti-malware and security software a waste of money? There is a very good possibility that it isn't.

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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #53 on: August 02, 2014, 06:34:57 PM »
In my experience, Avira stopped a couple of things; MSE nothing yet - but I think I've only had one attack since I started using it (probably a couple of years ago now).

I conducted a fun (and very telling experiment) with MSE a couple months ago. I took an external hard drive and filled it with all sorts of 'sketchy' stuff...lots of viruses, trojans, malware, pupware, cracks and keygens.

MSE detected every single crack and keygen on the drive. Every other file MSE triumphantly declared as being clean. This should tell you what Microsoft's focus is when it comes to their 'security' software.

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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #54 on: August 02, 2014, 07:36:34 PM »
I conducted a fun (and very telling experiment) with MSE a couple months ago. I took an external hard drive and filled it with all sorts of 'sketchy' stuff...lots of viruses, trojans, malware, pupware, cracks and keygens.

MSE detected every single crack and keygen on the drive. Every other file MSE triumphantly declared as being clean. This should tell you what Microsoft's focus is when it comes to their 'security' software.

It would have ben interesting to let it find a crack of an MS product.  Then check the logs to see if it tried to call home.  ;)



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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #55 on: August 03, 2014, 12:41:02 AM »
A quote I read somewhere recently:
"Virus check complete. All viruses functioning normally."

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Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money?
« Reply #56 on: August 03, 2014, 09:44:56 AM »
A quote I read somewhere recently:
"Virus check complete. All viruses functioning normally."

Heh.  A new product could be Intel VO.  No, not a whiskey.     Virus Optimization.  ;)