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    How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    The latest PC/Mac thread made me wonder, what's the best way to avoid viruses and malware? I've always thought that as long as you only download stuff from trusted sources, you're probably not going to get a virus. I know some (a lot) of people on here hate Norton. I've had Norton installed on my PC for several months, and it's never done anything more than delete a tracking cookie that keeps coming back.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quit using computers all together. if you use this method, I assure you that you wont ever have a problem with viruses ever again


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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    Quit using computers all together. if you use this method, I assure you that you wont ever have a problem with viruses ever again
    Don't have to be so extreme. Just quit using Windows altogether.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Cut back on the porn, it's just that simple



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Use Mozilla, don't click on crap you shouldn't, Don't download free crap and stay updated on windows/AV and you will be fine.
    You will probably get about 10 post saying switch to a Mac though.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    Cut back on the porn, it's just that simple
    ^^^^^^^^
    This is the correct answer



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUKyro View Post
    Cut back on the porn, it's just that simple
    Well why don't we just delete the whole internet then?


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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    As far as PCs go, ALWAYS keep your Windows software up to date. For example, XP has had over 200 critical updates since it was first released. Most of those are because of security holes that need plugged.

    You don't need to visit an infected site to get a virus. There are plenty of virii, worms and trojans that will find you if you leave open an unpatched security hole.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    Quit using computers all together. if you use this method, I assure you that you wont ever have a problem with viruses ever again
    I took your advice, and now I have the clap. Thanks. You really should have specified computer viruses.


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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Yeah, you won't get viruses if you have a mac thats for sure. Problem is, you won't be able to do anything else with it either. Mac is crap.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by 06Panther View Post
    Yeah, you won't get viruses if you have a mac thats for sure. Problem is, you won't be able to do anything else with it either. Mac is crap.
    Actually, there are viruses out there that can infect Mac now. Hence why Apple has released a few security updates.

    Virus makers go after Windows because it is by far the most used operating system, therefore viruses aimed at Windows can infect more computers.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    Quit using computers all together. if you use this method, I assure you that you wont ever have a problem with viruses ever again
    u can still get sickness viruses so you are WRONG haha



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    First and foremost, keep your PC up to date with windows update.

    Secondly, take time to read the dialog boxes that get popped up from time to time instead of just saying "OK".

    Thirdly, use Firefox. It's not a panacea, but it's got a much better track record than IE. Make sure that you keep it up to date as well. There are a lot of plugins out there, but the ones I've found most useful from a security perspective are noscript and adblock plus.

    Avoid suspect sites and software. I view anything "security" related as very sketchy until proven otherwise. Anti-virus products from random companies you've never heard of probably aren't something you want. Any software that does illegal things or is mostly used for illegal purposes (i.e. DVD rippers, kazaa, limewire, bittorrent clients etc), is always very suspect. Any website that you can find on google that offers illegal content (i.e. channelsurfing.net, thepiratebay, etc) is likely a place that you can get infected.

    Basically don't be stupid and don't do things you shouldn't on the internet and you'll likely be just fine.



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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone42 View Post
    Don't have to be so extreme. Just quit using Windows altogether.
    Quote Originally Posted by 06Panther View Post
    Yeah, you won't get viruses if you have a mac thats for sure. Problem is, you won't be able to do anything else with it either. Mac is crap.
    As for why there aren't many viruses for Macs, it's simple - it's not worth their time. Why create a virus for a platform that nobody buys?


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    Re: How to Avoid Computer Viruses

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Actually, there are viruses out there that can infect Mac now. Hence why Apple has released a few security updates.

    Virus makers go after Windows because it is by far the most used operating system, therefore viruses aimed at Windows can infect more computers.

    Ding ding ding! Windows bashers need to wise up on this. If Linux and Apple OS's were in majority there would be people attacking the crap out of them too. Every OS has its issue and every OS has its use.



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