Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jan 2010 23:38 UTC
Google Ah, and there we have it: another chapter in the discussion between open and closed when it comes to application stores. A phishing application, masquerading as a banking application from First Tech Credit Union, made its way onto the Android Market. It was removed quickly, but the damage is done.
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ivaniclixx
Member since:
2008-07-14

A "virus scanner" is, IMHO, one of the best example of what a virus is: It makes your computer run slower, with more stupid questions about opening/doing everything, and still doesn't guarantee anything.

So, no, I don't run a virus scanner on my XP.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

A "virus scanner" is, IMHO, one of the best example of what a virus is: It makes your computer run slower, with more stupid questions about opening/doing everything, and still doesn't guarantee anything.

So, no, I don't run a virus scanner on my XP.


Then I'd suggest that you were perhaps running the wrong virus scanner previously.


<pedantic>
Also, virus scanners aren't self replicating, so a most they're trojens rather than viruses.
</pedantic>

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ivaniclixx Member since:
2008-07-14

From the base, I ran the worst OS :-).

And I'm talking about the antivirus I've seen over these years: in my institute, at work, and at friend's homes.

And yes, maybe It's more like a trojan, whatever; It would be funny to see a self-replicant antivirus.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Then I'd suggest that you were perhaps running the wrong virus scanner previously.


Honest question: is there any current Windows AV software that ISN'T a cure worse than the disease?

I used to be a big AVG fan (and reseller), but they've been going steadily downhill - I finally uninstalled it from my laptop after the 300th or 400th time I had to kill avgsrx.exe because it was randomly jumping to 95% CPU utilization (not to mention the "link scanner" stupidity in recent versions). Avast has a decent reputation, but I couldn't stand its interface - looks like something designed to be a prop in one of the CSI shows (and I nearly jumped out my seat the first time I heard the "Virus definitions updated" audio file, thanks to having headphones on at the time).

I tried Microsoft Security Essentials on a few computers, but after a few weeks it started exhibiting the same behaviours as AVG (excessive, unexplained CPU utilization). And I'm not even going to start on Norton and McAfee (only 6891 characters left, after all).

Also, virus scanners aren't self replicating, so a most they're trojens rather than viruses.


I can find no fault with that classification.

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