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Free A/V is not enough

by Willy / August 22, 2011 1:19 AM PDT

While I do "dis-infect" some PC's now and then a common reply is I use this or that A/V protection. While often it maybe free or common commercial pgms. they did get through. I offer this link as some proof that free A/V may not cut it. End users get upset because they think they're protected but got into trouble. It still depends on where you surf also.

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Always check first
by TWB404 / August 22, 2011 1:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Free A/V is not enough

My advice to anyone who wants to listen is to go to reputable rating site and see how well the AV program they are looking at is rated. I have used this one for years and it always be spot on with its ratings. There are other sites out there who do the same thing and you can search them out and read them to. The biggest thing I have found is that most free AV programs do not have their programs tested.


The best thing about this site, that I have found, is that if a AV company request that before being tested that settings be changed from to default to higher sensitivity they point that out. While a AV company might test high they will not perform as well if you just run in its default setting.

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In one ear out the next...
by Willy / August 22, 2011 2:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Always check first

What you ask, maybe too much for most users. Anything that involves more clicks gets lost by the end of the day. Its human nature and of course, the baddies count on that. AVG offers website trust hits if you use their toolbar. It's something our local libraries use and it's generally OK, but I feel it a false sense of security. But then again, its better than nothing. Alas, users click away and it does matter what they go to, it may come too late to defend against some websites if the end user is willing to click regardless. Oh wooo -----Willy Happy

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If I understand you right
by TWB404 / August 22, 2011 2:28 AM PDT

That the 3 of us are preaching to the choir. LMOMBO

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Paid-For A/V Is Not Enough Either
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 22, 2011 1:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Free A/V is not enough

No matter which antivirus you use, none of them are perfect.. It states such in your post, but I'm making sure that users are aware, it's not just the "free" antivirus programs that let malware into their computer.. All of them do..

That's why most of us here try to point out that using protection of different types is the best bet... And more important than the tools used.....is the person behind the keyboard....their vigilance, their habits, and their knowledge.

Hope this helps.


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Got to agree
by TWB404 / August 22, 2011 2:10 AM PDT

Most malware today gets on the user puter by clicking the safe looking OK button that pops up. I had a friend who got an email that invited the reader to see what a friend was doing. When they clicked on the link it took them to what appeared to be a TOS agreement page. If I had a penny for every time I have told them not to click that Ok we could balance the budget. They where trick into thinking it was a TOS and at last I had to spend time fixing it.

The same goes for these free porn sites. The only thing free at these sites are the free viruses, spyware, and botware. No matter how hard you try the public still believes there are FREE things to be had.

Security begins with the person between the chair and keyboard.

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