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    I like putting free antivirus (Avast currently), plus a free firewall (ZA free), free anti-malware (SBS&D 1.6.x), and free anti-ransomware (RansomFree), all from different companies on the machines of my non-technical friends. Why?

    1. No single point of failure/single point safe. If one program gets chunked, there is still a chance the other programs will operate and stop whatever.

    2. No subscription fees, so there is a good chance that the software will continue to be updated for the foreseeable future.

    3. I can give it to them, without piracy (small point).

    4. All the programs work in synch pretty well, with no visible degradation in performance if set right.

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      And then you can charge them a second time when they’re all like “this computer runs like shit now”.

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      Would be a good idea to try it first before you knock it. Edit… I don’t charge my friends to get their machines up, tuned, and protected. So there is no profit to be had by going back and doing it again (and I rarely have to).

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        ZoneAlarm…. blast from the past haha. I had that on, my windows 98 box

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      Still works fairly good, and is the only free program authority firewall I could find.

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    So av really stops things? Nah. You call yourselves hackers? Most new fun things don’t even get detected by that shit. Av has been useless for like a minimum of 5 years. And using most of your hardware resources since the beginning of time. Just use a firewall and a few other things and don’t expose your machines. Also, don’t be surfing.

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    I would like to rephrase it: antivirus tools create more damages than the virus themselves . . . they push you to buy a rocket computer when you only need a browser to read stupid posts on Facebook.

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    AV is only going to do so much, it’s good to have one installed and updated, but if someone really wanted to hack your stuff the AV doesn’t even matter.

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    I don’t use any antivirus…but practice smart computing… simply don’t click on stupid stuff ????

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      How do you do that when googling for something and ending up on a site that’s been jacked?

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        Sandbox environments, duh?

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        so running a sandbox for actual day to day work is preferred over AV?

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          i/’ve had no antivirus since 2012 and not one infection. I also don’t use google, but is quick, along with good sense and I don’t torrent.

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          I don’t know what you mean exactly by jacked….but I happen to use ad block… as well as adguard DNS thru my router. So most bad stuff gets blocked at DNS level…

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            jacked = hijacked. Either serving malware through WordPress / other and or advertising network. I use adblock plus, uBlock origin and ESET plus cloud backup on my normal PC. Works fine and dandy and no overheads. The laptop is on Ubuntu and iPad’s don’t get infected 😀

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    Still using ESET here. For those times I need to use google images or end up on a site that’s been hosed.

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