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Post: #81

Yes, its because most people don't use Macs, so they usually target the popular Windows. I think its funny when computers at school get infected.

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Mar 26 2012 08:45 PM
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Post: #82

Just my two cents here. I'm now a Mac user but still use Windows XP on my PC, my parents PC and sisters Laptop. All have Avast free and Zonealarm free installed (most recent versions). No problems and they work well together. Avast is one of the leading FREE antiviruses that give you the same quality as paid for antiviruses.

Anyway, most viruses normally come from people not using their common sense at the end of the day. I went a year with no anti-virus and didn't receive a virus, says it all really.

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Post: #83

Also, another good tip! I might start putting all the things I think are good tips a the OP now.

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Mar 26 2012 09:04 PM
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(Mar 26 2012 09:01 PM)BeyUK-Espio Wrote:  Just my two cents here. I'm now a Mac user but still use Windows XP on my PC, my parents PC and sisters Laptop. All have Avast free and Zonealarm free installed (most recent versions). No problems and they work well together. Avast is one of the leading FREE antiviruses that give you the same quality as paid for antiviruses.

Anyway, most viruses normally come from people not using their common sense at the end of the day. I went a year with no anti-virus and didn't receive a virus, says it all really.

Rule number one to not get viruses: Don't come looking for them. It may sound stupid but what BeyUK pointed out is a sad truth; too many people lack common sense.

(I guess I lacked common sense a whole lot in 2008.)
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TakasuMouce

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Post: #85

Hey, that is true. No one wants a virus, so no one should look for them, unless you mean look for them on your computer.

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By that I mean, don't go on places that are known for being hazardous even if doing so is useful to you. Many people download things via torrents for various reasons and often, those files come with trojans or other similar malware.
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Post: #87

Oh, yea, that is true. I don't understand why some people want to infect their computers. I mean, it doesn't make sense. I would only do that if I was using a virtual machine to test.

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Mar 26 2012 11:12 PM
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Avast Free anti-virus has sandboxing now which is useful. Same thing as virtual machine.

(Mar 26 2012 11:12 PM)Nyan Cat Wrote:  Oh, yea, that is true. I don't understand why some people want to infect their computers. I mean, it doesn't make sense. I would only do that if I was using a virtual machine to test.

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(Mar 26 2012 11:12 PM)Nyan Cat Wrote:  Oh, yea, that is true. I don't understand why some people want to infect their computers. I mean, it doesn't make sense. I would only do that if I was using a virtual machine to test.

Stealing information, games, anything, and also because they feel satisfied knowing they've ruined someone's life.

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Post: #90

Well, yes, that's true, but I men't why do people want to infect their own computers.

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Post: #91

Um they clearly don't. They're probably not aware of what not to go on or don't care. I very much doubt anyone would seek to infect their computer with a virus.

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Post: #92

Well, some people do it "for fun", which I don't understand.

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Post: #93

They usually do it, to see if they can fix it and to report infections to virus removal communities like anti-virus product forums etc. This is the only reasons I can think of.

(Mar 26 2012 11:55 PM)Nyan Cat Wrote:  Well, some people do it "for fun", which I don't understand.

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I saw a video on YouTube yesterday called "Want to destroy your computer?". This guy goes to a website and hundreds of pop-ups appear on his screen. He tries to get rid of them while the site redirects him to a malware-infected Google. All the pop-ups seem to be gone. The infected Google disappears and the computer installs a malware called "Spy Sheriff". The malware claims the computer is infected with around a hundred or so viruses, and tells the computer user to pay money to delete the viruses.

The computer then crashes. A disclaimer pops up at the end saying "No animals were harmed in the making of this video, we can't say the same about the computer.".

Wow. That was the most out-of-control thing I have ever seen a computer do.

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I am so lucky.
My anti-vuris software is down, but due to my habits of not downloading ANYTHING if I know it's not safe, and mainly only attending 4-5 websites (WBO, FB, another forum or 2, and Youtube) my comp has yet to recieve viruses.
It crashes often, but that's due to the battery dying.
Stupid battery that only gets 1 percent per miniute...

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I have a laptop that HAS to stay plugged in, or else it goes from 100% battery to 1% in a few minutes...

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Post: #97

My local techie that upgraded my computer told me never to update yor computer, and also downloaded FREE AVG for me which has been really helpful, gotten rid of like 7 or 8 trojans for me, and even has a virus vault to contain viruses.

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(Mar 30 2012 01:41 AM)hammer hades Wrote:  My local techie that upgraded my computer told me never to update yor computer, and also downloaded FREE AVG for me which has been really helpful, gotten rid of like 7 or 8 trojans for me, and even has a virus vault to contain viruses.

AVG is garbage nowadays. Microsoft Security Essentials is the best straight up antivirus, and it's best complimented by MalwareBytes and SUPERAntispyware.


(Mar 29 2012 01:50 AM)Crab Commando Wrote:  I have a laptop that HAS to stay plugged in, or else it goes from 100% battery to 1% in a few minutes...

This is not a virus, this is a dead battery.

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Batteries only cost like $30. For a different branded one.

And; I just uninstalled KASPERSKY, because it was insanely annoying. Is Microsoft Security Ess. annoying, Hazel?
(By annoying, I mean by like popping the application up for EVERY little thing)

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No, it isn't. It's probably the least aggravating anti virus there is, with the best databases and most complete general protection, with quite extensive customization options.

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