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Old 05-29-2015, 04:58 AM   #11
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Don't know what Seti thinks about it, But what i think is this:
It's a browser extension that tells you if a link to a site might be harmful or not.
I don't really see the point. If you really enters a harmful site, you have your trustworthy AV to take care of it. When i enter a harmful site, Avast pups up with a big red box telling me that something harmful have been blocked on the site.
I don't need resources used on an extension that throws icons all over the google search site.
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:19 AM   #12
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I have been an avast user for about 8 years. Never had issues with it taking up resources ether.
Yeah same here. For me yes an antivirus is absolutely necessary. I run the premium version of Malwarebytes and it can catch a fair. I also throw Adwcleaner in and that gets a bit too..
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:58 AM   #13
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Don't know what Seti thinks about it, But what i think is this:
It's a browser extension that tells you if a link to a site might be harmful or not.
I don't really see the point. If you really enters a harmful site, you have your trustworthy AV to take care of it. When i enter a harmful site, Avast pups up with a big red box telling me that something harmful have been blocked on the site.
I don't need resources used on an extension that throws icons all over the google search site.
You can't depend on your AV to always protect you if you enter a dodgy website. I've found Avast's equivalent of WOT to be far less reliable than WOT (which, btw, also will pop up a screen warning that you are about to enter a potentially dangerous site) and it also caused my browser to frequently crash when it first was introduced so I keep it turned off and use WOT instead.

One lousy little icon added each search result in a search engine is no big deal and, if you can be bothered to pay attention to them, will tell you how safe the site is likely to be.
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I don't use Avasts browser plugin ether. I don't like to have plugins that i don't need.
Avast takes care of the security. You just need an updated AV and Firewall. Also a knowledge about internet safety is recommended. If i finally get a virus, i deal with it. even though i haven't had one for years.

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Say i use that program and i see a site that i need to check out have a red icon. I would in most cases enter it anyway. Avast blocks the tread and you can read the article you wanted to read. I don't want to rely on guess work from a chrome plugin
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I don't use Avasts browser plugin ether. I don't like to have plugins that i don't need.
Avast takes care of the security. You just need an updated AV and Firewall. Also a knowledge about internet safety is recommended. If i finally get a virus, i deal with it. even though i haven't had one for years.

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Say i use that program and i see a site that i need to check out have a red icon. I would in most cases enter it anyway. Avast blocks the tread and you can read the article you wanted to read. I don't want to rely on guess work from a chrome plugin
Yeah same, I also don't like that on sites that use SSL its replaces the CA with "Avast Web/Mail Shield" or something along those lines..
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:20 AM   #16
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I have never heard or used WoT, but I'm pretty good at determining if a domain is iffy or not, or which download button is real (adblock + noscript helps!)

Avast! had its own website trust bar thing in its browser toolbar or something. I never really paid attention to it. Got pissed and ended up removing it after the toolbar started displaying ads.

Spybot S&D also appears to do something with a domain blacklist in IE & Firefox with its immunization feature. Even if it gets through, I run weekly scans, which, on all of my machines, have turned up clean for the past 5 months (since experiment started).
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I have never heard or used WoT, but I'm pretty good at determining if a domain is iffy or not, or which download button is real (adblock + noscript helps!)...
Well, some of us aren't perfect, are willing to admit it, and can use all the help we can get. I also do a pretty good job of avoiding dodgy sites by myself bet, every once in a while, I miss one and I'm glad I have WOT backing me up.
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This is why I have confidence in ESET and not a free AV. ESET will pop up and do a full page alert on a link that is known to be bad. And it's not about it's content. It's about malware or a virus that hits you when you go to that site.
I've got a bad taste in my mouth about WOT. Something happened that was NOT my fault and they didn't want to hear it.
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I think this goes back to a simple question. Do you watch a lot of porn? That's the fastest way to a virus. Just saying.
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Bad stuff is all over the internet, not just porn. You can get nailed on some of the most innocent websites. The bad guys can attach a virus or malware to a link and when you click it, you're screwed. An antivirus will alert you to this and ask what you want to do. Mine does anyway.
Then there's the drive by attacks. Don't see much of those anymore. But in their hayday they were impossible to detect until it was over.
Then there's the POP UNDER. That bypasses the normal POP UP detection. If laced with some thing bad, they got you.

My anti virus is on the ball with this sort of garbage. If you use a junky AV you're going to get caught with your pants down.
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