Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 17th Oct 2006 01:51 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Softpedia posted today a small review of three anti-virus software that are free to use, complete with screenshots. Consider using Microsoft's or Adaware's anti-spyware utilities too to keep your XP healthy.
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RE: "Don't install anything"
by pandronic on Tue 17th Oct 2006 07:54 UTC in reply to ""Don't install anything""
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

I only have a firewall, I do all the experimenting in the world and I do regular (every few months) scans with a file scanner and malware remover and for a lot of years I've never had a problem.

Where does that fit into your scheme?

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RE[2]: "Don't install anything"
by raver31 on Tue 17th Oct 2006 08:46 in reply to "RE: "Don't install anything""
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

I would give a qualified answer and say you are lying.

If you were to try his experiment, you would at least get hammered with spyware, but then, your firewall would be useless there as most spyware you get uses ports already open on the firewall, like port 80.

You might indeed run a virus scanner ever few months, but tell me, which virus scanner detects trojans and spyware ?

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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

You might indeed run a virus scanner ever few months, but tell me, which virus scanner detects trojans and spyware ?

I said I also scaned with a malware remover from time to time.

I would give a qualified answer and say you are lying.

No need for insults, you know. Did it ever cross your mind that there are people more qualified with Windows than yourself?

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eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

If you were to try his experiment, you would at least get hammered with spyware,

Spyware is just "bad" software. There's nothing magical about it -- if it's on your machine, it's there because you explicitly installed it.

The same is true w.r.t. trojans. Other viruses (worms) are blocked by the firewall (and lack of open ports).

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protagonist Member since:
2005-07-06

"with a file scanner and malware remover"

If you never have a problem then why do you need the removal tool? Why even bother to scan? The precautions you are taking are not enough in todays world. It may not be what you manage to keep out of your system but what you manage to pass on to someone else. They may not have that great store of computer smarts you seem to possess.

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