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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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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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

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.


It depends. If your home network is behind a firewall and you are using AdBlock and FlashBlock on your browser then you're already pretty secure. Most viruses and malware these days come from open ports on your network, or via ads, so blocking both of them goes a long way.

I personally hate using antivirus, they bog the PC down and slow everything, and with some common sense, a firewall and AdBlock+FlashBlock I have only gotten one malware attack so far. The one malware program that did get on my PC actually came through Windows Live Messenger and after that I quickly switched over to eMesene.

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Nico57 Member since:
2006-12-18

If you're not feeling comfortable not running any antivirus software on your PC, that's OK.
It doesn't mean that others have to feel that way, nor that they're taking any risk not doing so.
Saying so it actually quite insulting.

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