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Old 07-19-2008, 01:51 AM   #1
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I've seen advice lately on some gaming forums not to use anti virus that it slows computers down too much....

One IT site said vista Owners don't need anti virus at all....too good of built in security..I have WinXP....I don't get it..i thought as long as I surf and get a lot of forwarded emails that anti virus was a must....

Right now i'm trying Nod32 out....I bought bit defender 2008 a couple of months ago but it seemed to cause problems with internet explorer.and with my system in general..

anyway i'm rambling...I still think anti virusi s a must..Am i right...also what about Bit defender 2008 vs. nod32....thank you
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:37 AM   #2
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its not a must, its usefull
i dont have one, just use ther physical firewall in router, works perfect. Then i have a free vertion of Mcafee to run scans every so oftn
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:00 AM   #3
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It's essential to have proper protection for your computer.

I would love to see the post that said otherwise.
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:10 AM   #4
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"computers themselves don't get slower. It's just that as time goes on people with little experience with PCs start downloading a bunch of programs that run in the background. That and hard-drive fragmentation.

Here's how to keep your PC as fast as it can get:

- Avoid anti-viruses like the plague.

- Keep background processes (CTRL+ALT+DELETE and hit the processes tab) under 20 when playing a game.

- Run Spybot : Search and Destroy every once in awhile.

- Defragment your hardware on a regular basis."

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Heres the link that claims vista doesn't really need anti virus

http://www.itsecurity.com/features/d...nymore-050808/

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""It's no secret that most malware targets Windows-based machines. Microsoft recognized this fact a long time ago and addressed the problem by incorporating several types of anti-malware technology directly into its Windows Vista OS.

Key to Vista's virus-fighting capabilities is UAC (User Account Control), which automatically senses potentially dangerous situations and temporarily suspends running programs and processes, effectively trapping any malware that may be trying to install itself on the machine or run itself with administrative privileges.

Windows Defender also protects Vista PCs by working to keep the system free of many types of malware, including spyware and adware. Windows Firewall, meanwhile, blocks suspicious types of incoming and outgoing traffic, greatly enhancing system security. The automatic-updating feature provides yet another layer of protection by ensuring that the host system is kept up-to-date with the latest security patches and enhancements; this feature does not require the user to take any action.

The Verdict: The combination of UAC, Windows Defender, Windows Firewall and automating updating does a very good job of keeping Vista-based machines secure. Unless a Vista user is inclined to perform foolish actions (such as intentionally subverting UAC and other security-oriented services), external anti-virus protection is usually unnecessary. However, downloading lots of software via Web sites, torrents or email can get users into the kind of trouble that these built-in protective features can't protect against.""
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I would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to AV,i dont mind sacrificing 2-3 FPS for the sake of my privacy....
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:59 AM   #6
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Vista needs an AV even with UAC on. I've seen plenty of vista machines loaded with viruses to know that UAC can only do so much.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:09 PM   #7
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lol, i dont even use an antivirus until i see symptoms of one...

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That and hard-drive fragmentation.



- Defragment your hardware on a regular basis."

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its been found that defragmenting, no matter what program used, does not boost speed any noticeable amount.

the only thing i can think of that defragmenting WOULD help is defragmenting boot files, which most defragmenters ignore.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:36 PM   #8
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I was surprised an IT security site said that vista was safe...as for the spybot recommendation i found it's just not that great.
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What IT Security site did you go to?
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:53 PM   #10
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spybot sucks lmfao.
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