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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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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pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

From my personal experience Microsoft One Care is pretty decent in terms of user experience, I'm not so sure about how good it is though as an AV. It let one trojan slip and I had to lose one day to clean my box. I'm giving it another chance though, because I really like the OS integration.

AVG is pretty ok, but again, it let another trojan slip and I had to reinstall the OS.

Avast as you said has a dreadful interface.

I really don't get it ... why can't the AV people use the standard OS widgets? Do people really think that if an AV looks fancier it works better?

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

I really don't get it ... why can't the AV people use the standard OS widgets? Do people really think that if an AV looks fancier it works better?


Agreed. That was one of the things that initially drew me to AVG: it was one of the few AV apps with an interface that didn't look like a Windows Media Player skin.

I can only guess that AV companies let their programmers do interface design.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

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


Security Essentials from Microsoft. Try it out.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

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


Security Essentials from Microsoft. Try it out.
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Been there, done that:


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).

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

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


I've not really used Windows much in the last 3 or so years - but back when I did - I used to swear by Avast.

Sure the interface is awful, but I never really needed to load it up. I was just happy leaving the service running in the background as, unlike most AVs, Avast doesn't have a large foot print.

So I never really needed to worry about the interface much, but I do fully agree that who ever designed that needs to be sacked hehehe.

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