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Old 05-17-2012, 05:03 PM   #1   Add To Ignore List  
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How many of you have had trouble with a computer virus ? I don't know am I lucky or what, but I never really had trouble with a virus.

My PC only got infected once when I started using USB sticks and I got it infected at a college PC. It was nothing serious, I just couldn't delete files from a HD. The files would just be hidden.

That probably wouldn't have happened if I had disabled autorun on all my removable drives. Since then every time I plug in a USB stick I open Comand Prompt and do "dir" and "dir /ah" check for hidden files on a USB.

I only scan my PC every few months to be sure it's clean, I don't have an always ON AV.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:06 PM   #2   Add To Ignore List  
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I also have only had 2 run-ins with virus'
But, one of them was a BAD run-in.
Had to wipe my disk, and re-install everything (after fixing mbr).
I always have an AV running now.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:11 PM   #3   Add To Ignore List  
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Never encountered a single virus and I keep my AV off whenever I'm doing something more demanding than just surfing the net.

AV causes me much more grief if I ever forget to turn it OFF when I do something. Avoiding viruses all boils down to common sense imo.
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Click here to install the viewer to see naked Justin Bieber video. Hahaha if you click that kind of link you deserve a virus. Seriously like Finzy said, just think about it first.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #5   Add To Ignore List  
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Even though it is rare the AV does save me occasionally, it has happened that a website I frequent got hacked or maybe one of the ads was infected with a virus. There are some booby traps out there that even the most advanced users can't see coming.
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Old 05-18-2012, 02:27 AM   #6   Add To Ignore List  
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Haven't had any virus issues in many many years...

On the other hand, it's really easy to get infected - almost half the computers they have at the university are infected and when I use my flash drive I have to deal with pesky viruses. One time i got something that wiped the file structure on the flash drive. I never had viruses end up on my own computer/laptop though...
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AV causes me much more grief if I ever forget to turn it OFF when I do something. Avoiding viruses all boils down to common sense imo.
Not always. Viruses can embed themselves into ads which could potentially show up on any page on the internet. I got hit by one a few months back. I did a little research on it and found that it was popping up on a lot of reputable forums.

It was a pretty tricky virus, too. My AV missed it for one, but then it shut off my AV and firewall. It then prevented any executable from being run, and instead would display a fake message that said something along the lines of: "Warning! This file appears to be infected! Download and install our anti-virus to protect your computer now!"

Fun times. Spent several days trying to get that one cleaned up..
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #8   Add To Ignore List  
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I use Adblock Plus so I don't see any ads or popups regardless. (Really recommend getting it btw, I couldn't imagine browsing without it...actually I have, and it was terrible)

Also, those fake Anti-Spyware/Virus programs are really common nowadays, there are lots of such fake ads saying files are infected and stuff, when they're actually trying to get the user to download their program which in turn acts as the real spyware/virus. Best to take them with a grain of salt since you don't see any major antivirus/spyware programs advertise theirs like that either.
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Old 05-18-2012, 10:32 AM   #9   Add To Ignore List  
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Ads is just one example of a virus booby trap, there are a lot of dangers that you can't see coming. I have been lucky myself but as I said the AV has saved me on occasions.
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Viruses can embed themselves into ads which could potentially show up on any page on the internet.
And it most definitely sucks when that happens. I've come across two viruses on Cracked.com that were embedded in images, one was in a third-party add, one was in a forum member's signature image (iirc). Luckily my AV detected them...

Until that, I used to believe that you really must be doing something stupid to get viruses nowadays, but viruses/malware always finds a way....
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...one was in a forum member's signature image (iirc). Luckily my AV detected them...
What the... (looks at Finzy's sig)
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #12   Add To Ignore List  
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:59 PM   #13   Add To Ignore List  
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I use Adblock Plus so I don't see any ads or popups regardless. (Really recommend getting it btw, I couldn't imagine browsing without it...actually I have, and it was terrible)

Also, those fake Anti-Spyware/Virus programs are really common nowadays, there are lots of such fake ads saying files are infected and stuff, when they're actually trying to get the user to download their program which in turn acts as the real spyware/virus. Best to take them with a grain of salt since you don't see any major antivirus/spyware programs advertise theirs like that either.
I think you misunderstood. The advertisements for the fake anti-virus software weren't on websites, it was the virus itself. It literally crippled my computer by not allowing any EXEs to be run, and would instead display its own application that acted as an advertisement for their fake anti-virus.

I got the virus from some random ad on a webpage. I didn't click any ads, just it loading on the page was enough for it to infect my computer.
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I've had my fair share of viruses, but I usually don't get many. I do often reformat my drives and reinstall windows often, though. I love to start fresh after a while. Usually every 6 months I guess.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:44 PM   #15   Add To Ignore List  
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I used to be like that.
Now, I just dont vcare that much.
I make regular backup images.
If something is amiss, I save all the new stuff on my desktop and save game files, and re-image to the last good image.

Saves lots of time.

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I've had my fair share of viruses, but I usually don't get many. I do often reformat my drives and reinstall windows often, though. I love to start fresh after a while. Usually every 6 months I guess.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:51 AM   #16   Add To Ignore List  
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Virus was so bad in mid 90s, as now virus seem much less lot PC have AV controlled good work....

Few years ago my USB stick got infected by photo machine shop. I laugh it can infected from photo machine lucky I caught early...
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My sister bought a laptop and wanted an antivirus program, so I installed AdBlock...

Like in 2012 I still don't have any AV installed and I don't know what would be a good option. I need something free and simple if it exists, just so I can say I installed something. Most what I saw seems to be free until it actually detects something then you have to pay.
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Most of the time you use "common sense", it gets shipped with every computer, just not many people enable it or know that it exists
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Most of the time you use "common sense", it gets shipped with every computer, just not many people enable it or know that it exists
I tried installing it several times, even tried compatibility modes, but it doesn't want to run.
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I tried installing it several times, even tried compatibility modes, but it doesn't want to run.
Yeah, it requires quite a large amount of memory, you might not have enough on your system
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