Re: Anti Virus Program

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I think the main issue here is that every anti virus solution lulls the user into thinking, I don't care, the anti virus will protect me, but it wont as all of them are reactive. they cannot protect you from something unknown unless it uses obvious code to do it and it is this last fact, ie they look for common hacks that causes all the false positives, particularly on access software.
I am really surprised at Mozilla falling for this one, by attempting to sandbox almost all of the inner workings of Firefox and having to re invent the wheel for access software. This in my view simply stimulates people to hack the code, or use access software as the vector, but then that would only infect a very small number of machines.
Most malware needs to be able to compromise your machine unknown to you so you can pass it on, and also not let you see it so they have time to exploit the control or snooping they have.
If you presume you have very little protection you will I hope not be so cavalier about what sites you go to in case they are infected. Its nearly always the user who is the vector. We are entering a time where most of the good exploits are known and patched, so the user is the only part of a system you cannot install anti virus on!

Sorry but that is my view. All those people I have seen who have got a mangled unusable system have done it to themselves, maybe not knowingly, but we do need to educate people that if you store your life online, its just as bad to go to dodgy neighbourhoods virtually on your machine as it is to walk into a no go area of a city at night and wonder why some moped riding dork nicks your phone.

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From: "Nimer Jaber" <nimerjaber1@...>
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Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 4:24 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Anti Virus Program


Many tech experts now suggest that anti-virus programs should not be used,
that Windows Security is good enough for most users, and that using other
security software actually could leave your machine more vulnerable to
attack. this is for home users, not for enterprise users, but for the
average home user, the built-in security software is good enough, along
with a router firewall and the one built into the OS, and proper surfing
habbits such as not clicking on links and opening attachments in e-mails
you do not know and trust. I don't know if I am ready to adopt this advice
yet, but this is what many tech experts are recommending now.

As for me, I recommend Sophos. Sophos is focused on the enterprise market,
and they have a very robust home version at this time that is nearly fully
accessible from their web interface. it is a program i recommend highly. It
has also been rated pretty highly by independent lab testing methodologies.


On Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 9:18 AM Brian's Mail list account via Groups.Io
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Actually, I was being sarcastic about the only way to stop getting
A never used machine is very safe indeed.


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From: "Gene" <gsasner@...>
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Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Anti Virus Program

Turn the machine off? When? When you go to a web site with hacked
advertising and your machine has already been infected with no indication
it to the user? Or if you absentmindedly do something you shouldn't do?
I'm not infallible. Once, I wasn't thinking about what I was doing and I
followed a link that came in a message that looked as though it came from
someone I knew. I just wasn't thinking at the moment. Avast wouldn't let
me connect with the web site. What would have happened if I wasn't running
an antivirus program? Who knows? I don't recall ever doing something like
that before or since. But I just wasn't thinking one time in a lot of
of computer use.

You have to take actions to be infected in many cases, but there are cases,
and their number is growing, where you don't. You can greatly reduce the
danger by using a JAVA script blocker or by turning scripts off except on
sites where they are necessary. But just saying turn the computer off only
works in cases where malware wants you to click something like a yes or ok
button or no button on a web page. It doesn't matter what button you
Clicking any button will cause the malware to install. So, in those cases,
just shutting down the computer will stop you from being infected. But if
it were that easy not to become infected, these antimalware companies
wouldn't exist.

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Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 4:05 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Anti Virus Program

Yes take the cheap route, just tirm he computer off and leave it off, very
safe and costs nothing.. grin
I do feel we are losing our way. Most of the exploits are aimed at people
not exploits.
Obviously they will need to patch holes, but expecting anti virus systems
to protect from everything is really impossible in my view. The more they
try to find everything the more they slow the computer down and trigger
false positives, and of course since everyone except Microsoft seem to have
designed their front ends inaccessibly, there is no hope for us.
That is my reading of the current situation. I'll let you know when my
completely unprotected amd chipped xp machines get clobbered. Probably not
for a long while unless I'm very unlucky.

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From: "Shaun Everiss" <@smeveriss>
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Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 4:20 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] Anti Virus Program

You know this has popped up so much and I have decided that there just
isn't anymore.

Avast could have been a great program.

Nod32 was accessible up to a point, it aint now, vipre maybe, panda
antivirus maybe.


To be honest the fact so many lagit programs are being mistargeted,
forcing users like me to have to basically leave vast parts of the os
to attack is a problem.

Some users have gone so far to exclude their drives from scanning and
does in deed fix things.

On my new system I am just going to have to exclude my backup drive from
scanning because I just don't trust what windows defender will do.

As for the rest, I will have to restructure my drive, and exclude all
audio games, all portable apps, all apps, all user installed programs the
only things I will leave with programs in it are windows and ms programs
and my downloads folder and maybe make a folder for unprocessed files and
exclude that.

Basically to use my system securely I will have to exclude pritty much
half my c drive in order to not run into problems.

I may as well not use antivirus alltogether, but I have no choice, there
are just to many false positives to handle.

On 9/03/2018 3:14 p.m., Andrea Sherry wrote:
tried free version of AVG. Setup was difficult and I was not able to
control anything the program did after installation.

Is there anything better I could try?



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