Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Mar 2011 11:32 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption Well, this clearly needs to get its own item. Yesterday we linked to a story about how Samsung is supposedly installing keyloggers onto its laptops to track user behaviour. Samsung immediately launched an investigation into the matter, and has come to a rather humbling conclusion: the guy coming up with the story is incompetent, and Samsung has the evidence to prove it.
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MajorTom
Member since:
2005-07-09

I'm not going to infect my computer with antivirus software [...]

I like the way you worded that, Thom. I agree 100% with the fact that antivirus software are infectious (I often say myself that they are worse than viruses) and I'd love to read an article from you on the topic.

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bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

Actually, the only antirivus software I tolerate is MS security essentials. Contrary to all the other over-bloated antivirus, it has a minimal GUI and never gets in my way.

But yeah, I've been running an XP machine for 10 years without an antivirus and haven't got any problems. I guess that's because I don't install every .exe that pass by.

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mtzmtulivu Member since:
2006-11-14


But yeah, I've been running an XP machine for 10 years without an antivirus and haven't got any problems. I guess that's because I don't install every .exe that pass by.


Not being aware of a problem does not necessarily mean you dont have one.

Not all problems found their way into people's machine through installing shaky programs, some find their way through exploits of bugs found on pretty high profile and widely used applications.

The best way to be sure is to reinstall and start afresh, you should do that as soon as possible :-)

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

If you haven't been infected you're lucky. You do minimize your risky behaviour which helps reduce the odds, but not installing anti-virus on windows is still a horrible idea.

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molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

Yeah +1 for that wording. I always say that you're probably better off with viruses than running Norton, for instance. But the best solution is of course, MSE - low resource use (unnoticable even on low-end ATOM netbooks), stays out of the way, does one job and does it well (one of the very few tools from MS that follow the UNIX philosophy).

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stereotype Member since:
2007-04-06

I second that too. I gave up on running antivirus for my personal workstations somewhere between Windows NT4 and 98 and never looked back (and by workstations, I mean, nobody else but me touches them). I did manage to get infected maybe twice in all that time, but that was a long time ago, and nothing that grants changing my position on the subject matter...

However I would NEVER recommend that to anybody I know - I think it is something that a true power user has to naturally come to the conclusion him/herself. So I duly install it for anyone that asks for my help reinstalling Windows, and also try to keep track of the best ones, even though I don't use them myself...

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