Do you use an Antivirus for your PC and/or Phone?

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Coolsonickirby, Nov 27, 2019.

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  1. Yes, but only for my PC.

    19 vote(s)
    41.3%
  2. Yes but only for my Phone.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Yes for both.

    7 vote(s)
    15.2%
  4. No for both

    20 vote(s)
    43.5%
  1. KingBlank

    KingBlank King of Nothing

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    Last I heard Norton was worthless, has it improved?
     
  2. Lacius

    Lacius GBAtemp Legend

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    Is it worthless? No, it blocks about 100% of real-world threats according to the AV-Comparatives tests. Is it worth the money when compared to something free like Windows Defender? No, probably not. Windows Defender blocks about 99.3-100% of real-world threats.
     
  3. PineappleGod

    PineappleGod Banished God (My name's Piney)

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    Norton is not worthless. It basically saves my life biweekly. Don't ask how I manage to get that many viruses.
     
  4. Lacius

    Lacius GBAtemp Legend

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    How do you manage to get that many viruses?
     
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  5. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

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    Don't have a phone. Only install from repos on Linux and if they are compromised then I have bigger issues. Windows Defender or whatever it is called these days on Windows installs. On Windows defender then +1 to the oversensitive issue these days... so many nice little tools (I imagine half of http://www.nirsoft.net/ is probably blocked) that it usually knocks out before you can even stop it (learned to leave them zipped on my USB of wonder). Other than that I don't want to fix viruses and with that in mind I still go with it.

    Adblock and nice things to stop scripts on any browser I come across. Haven't really seen exes on email for a few years now. Such things have probably saved me and mine more than anything else.
     
  6. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo and his tropane alkaloids

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    Always used Common Sense Pro since about 2005 (that includes XP with an admin account when it was the most popular OS), unsurprisingly with no problems except two times where I deliberately tried two malwares for fun :D

    Worth noting that I use µMatrix to blacklist javashit by default in my web browser - while I do that for performance and efficiency reasons, it appears that 99% plus of advertisers, wannabe exploiters, and other sources of undesirable content can't figure out a way to do such without me allowing their (allegedly sandboxed) unsolicited code execution!
     
  7. Necron

    Necron Lurking~

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    Been fixing computers for years as well (more like a hobby tho, not a full time job) and most things slowing down computers are crapware that comes bundled with other programs, like search bars or those "we optimize your pc" programs. Rarely I've needed to do something deep besides uninstalling and cleaning folders/registry.
     
  8. Uiaad

    Uiaad GBAtemp's resident guinea pig

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    A good mix of common sense, windows defender and malwarebytes for PC - For phones I never really see a reason to have an AV as again common sense and checking out any sideloaded apps in a vm before hand does the trick.

    When it comes to work I'm a bastard, but then again sometimes it's my job to be a bastard. Usually if we are have new hires, they have the pleasure of 3 hours with me going over do's and don'ts, VPN's, inhouse software etc. One important part of this is security. I give them the exact scenario that's going to happen,A flash drive found in the car park. Of course what they are supposed to do is either hand it over to IT or leave it where it is and tell IT. But what usually happens is someone will take back to their desk and plug it in. Of course the second they do it pings lets me know ( through inhouse software ), i email their manager and they end up with a written warning.

    You would be shocked how effective this tactic is for getting inside a 'secure' network - moral of the story ... if you see a flash drive on the street just walk on by
     
  9. Extrasklep

    Extrasklep gbaTemp Fan

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    I use linux but back when I used windows 10 I didn't have any antivirus (not even windows defender) and I never got any viruses or crap
     
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  10. dAVID_

    dAVID_ Electrician's Apprentice

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    None, Linux masterrace FTW.
     
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  11. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Succubus™ The Adorable Enby

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    Yeah, I use a little known anti-virus that goes by the name of “Linux.” My computer had this really nasty spyware right out of box and Linux was able to clean that up quite nicely.
     
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  12. Sonic Angel Knight

    Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Legend

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    You purchased a computer with spyware? You should have got a refund. :blink:
     
  13. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Succubus™ The Adorable Enby

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    Getting a refund for Windows is a hassle.
     
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  14. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

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    Just my PC, not my phone
     
  15. Minox

    Minox Thanks for the fish

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    I'm using ESET NOD32 as a last line of defense, but hopefully I will never need to rely on it.
     
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