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Anti virus. Who else doesn't bother.

Discussion in 'General' started by djDEATH, 22 Mar 2007.

  1. ZenX

    ZenX How are you gentlemen?

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    A default Ubuntu Linux install is also a very easy target for hackers/crackers and whatnot. Though they can do very little harm without the root priviliges, I'd suggest everyone with a Linux server to check their iptables settings. Many, many ports open out-of-the-box

    Still, GNU/Linux is very secure compared to Windows. And if you are so scared of viruses, switch to OS/2 Warp :D Shouldn't need to worry about viruses anymore :p
     
  2. Firehed

    Firehed Why not? I own a domain to match.

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    I've got a software firewall and nothing more for all of my computers - home fileserver, Vista box that never gets used, Macbook Pro, and Thinkpad running OSx86. Normally it's a hardware firewall a la router, but I'm at school (I'm sure they've got one in place, but I don't control it so it doesn't count). You get viruses from doing stupid things; I know better. Worms and trojans are a different story, but by running a firewall of sorts and keeping the OS patched, it's a non-issue.

    And not only does my computer run faster because it's not bogged down with an AV, it's also devoid of crapware.
     
  3. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    What he said /\

    I'ce got a hardware firewall on my router, use Opera exclusively, have Spybot with Teatimer on all my machines, and my primary desktop is a linux box. I've only ever had one virus and that was my own stupid fault.

    AV software is in principal a good thing, especially for all the technology "have nots" out there, but for the "haves" it's generally unecessary. I don't like how the big AV vendors try to constantly scare their users into upgrades and additpnal products.
     
  4. Bbq.of.DooM

    Bbq.of.DooM Custom User Title

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    I use Nod32+windows firewall. ZERO viruses. No spyware either. Opera.
     
  5. The-Real-Game

    The-Real-Game What's a Dremel?

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    No firewall or anything here, I just trust my routers built in stuff, though I probably shouldn't..
     
  6. gar

    gar Minimodder

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    I got rid of Norton from my laptop instead of buying extra ram. Haven't had any probs, so far.
     
  7. oasked

    oasked Stuck in (better) mud

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    IMO if you know what you're doing you don't need AV. A fully patched version of XP runs beautifully with the built-in firewall. :)
     
  8. Bogomip

    Bogomip ... Yo Momma

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    I run AVG but not religiously - if i think about it after a fresh install then i'll put it on, otherwise im not bothered. Being careful about where you browse and what you download is the best defence against virii.

    I rarely ever get warned about viruses, if i recall only once in the past year or so.
     
  9. nachofault

    nachofault What's a Dremel?

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    ...wrong forum, sorry.
     
  10. severedhead

    severedhead What's a Dremel?

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    I have it installed, but disabled. I just scan the odd thing manually that may be a bit dodgy.
    No point having it going all the time unless you really do have no idea what your doing.
     

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