Quote Originally Posted by drragostea View Post

Oh... it's just classic when some people are under the impression that cleaning their registry with a generic cleaner will get rid of active and potential infections.
And it's simply classic when someone believes they actually need AntiVirus software.

Where do you think all these misconceptions come from? "Tech Boys" insisting that laymen get "AV Software" simply because it makes IT's job easier. Of course, since kindergarten we're taught "more is better" and people start doing "stupid things." And IT, somehow, gets stupider as well... mostly because IT refuses to "teach" the laymen so laymen become self proclaimed IT professionals (yay!).

A common misconception about Anti-Malware is simply that you NEED IT, and you need alot of it. Why do you think that is (I partially blame Spybot along with everyone else, for this). Because no one "knows" what malware, or even spyware, is.

So rumors fly, people die, and the recomidations are "update, update everyday, or your computer will get haxord", "check for malware at least once a week, twice a week or even more is better... or else your identity will be stolen!", "Get more scanners, you never know what one may miss and more is better!"

Really now? After going on the internet I will get infected by spyware (*cough* tracking cookies *cough*) and this spyware will steal my identity? Simply clearing your cookies removes all the spyware the average user is likely to see... and the likelyhood of an intelligent user ever downloading malware is nil.

But I seem to have sidetracked with spyware, these are VIRUS' more UBER than malware! They... ATTACK and HAXORZ!!!!!

To analyze if you are at suspect for an attack by virus, answer these three questions

A) Do you look at porn?
B) Did you lie about the first question?
C) How often do you lie?

Email Virus' pose a simple alteration

A) Do you really think your boss will be sending you an attachment entitled "Iloveyou.txt.vbs"?
B) Do you typically open emails titled "Enchance your Sexual Image"?
C) Do you look at porn?

The "threat" exists only if you blindly open every attachment you get... but you STILL don't need an antivirus. "Resident Shield" should stop the majority of them (course 90% of people will probally just say "oh shut up" and run the virus anyways :p) as that protects against scripting events. Downloading an executable? You're on your own.

Which brings us nicely together to state, AntiVirus is practically useless. With the exception of MSBLASTER (only one I know of... feel free to list others) all virus' are downloaded by the user... and EXECUTED by the user. Even Bonza Buddy was the result of user failure, the user disabled security because the site told him to... and bonza buddy downloaded and autoran.

I mean, seriously... getting a virus is HARD :( you actually have to actively HUNT for them. But for some reason there is mass paranoia about getting one... the reason? Tech Boys and Spybot (and every other security tool)

There is a unique type of malware (phisher?) that "pretends" it's like spybot, but only reports false positives. People fall into that play because of the results... they believe their computer is infected (which it is :D) and buy the software. Similarly, spybot reports TRACKING COOKIES, of all things, and since many people don't clear their cookies out... there are TONS of them. False Positives.

Tracking Cookies are a practically harmless version of spyware... but users tend to react to having a page fill with red text... react very well.

Now this is not a question whether or not to report the tracking cookies. I'm questioning the REASONING for reporting them. Having a separate tab to check cookies sounds more reasonable than pairing it with the "spyware / malware" search feature. (And yes, again, it is spyware... but it isn't going to harm you)

So, I conclude by saying "FireFox is overrated" :IE:, if you still believe that you NEED the extra "security" *cough* of FireFox then this has been for nothing... I WILL say that FireFox GREATLY benifits from it's addons... but I'm only pressing the "security" issue. (And while Secura may say IE can be hacked, take a look at most of those hacks... most are phishering, only a few are true browser hacks... and of those hacks "BugOff" fixes a great majority just by disabling, something.)

My point is simple, don't over prepare for the apocolypse if it is going to occur in a little more than 2 years :p, For the most part... you just want to have a working computer, and the lighter the load you put on it the better it will run.