Linked by Christian Paratschek on Thu 23rd Sep 2004 05:59 UTC
Editorial After reading Adam Scheinberg's original article "The Paradox of Choice" and Kevin Russo's response, I want to add my personal comments to this discussion. I will quote Adam and Russo several times and pick up their arguments.
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RE: Mathman
by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2004 16:20 UTC

Seriously though, without a virus scanner, how would you know you've never had any viruses?

I said I don't use a virus scanner, as in, running it all day long. It eats resources and my experiences have tought me that I don't need one. I occasinally checked my Windows box for viruses, but never a thing popped up. Now, the only machines here that run windows are my parents', and they are just as clean.

Being as how your machines have been on the internet for so long without any protection, I kinda wonder what will happen if you do scan them with a virus scanner.

I cannot scan my computer for Windows viruses because I don't run Windows. My parents' computers are clean, and I never experienced a virus in someone else's computer; I can't be sure though, I don't like to install AV's on someone else's computer. It's not my responsibility.

Heh, and man, I can just imagine all the spyware!

I never mentioned anything about me not using anti-spyware software. I never said I wasn't infected with spyware. Please read and read carefully before making up stuff.

But even if your machines are still clean to this day, with all the free antivirus apps out there, why take the chance? When you're so careless and do get a virus you're just making the internet worse for everyone else in the world.

I rely on my own experiences, and i'm not easy influenceable by Linux-fans going bezerkon the net scremaing I need AV software. I never had a virus, so why would I use an AV? Why would you get medicine against disease X if you don't have disease X?

And I'm not careless. I have a BeOS box and an iMac, so I'm not spamming you. The other two computers I manage here aren't either.