AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2011
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"what is the point?"
Currently all anti virus is lacking in ability to protect you effectively, there are NO pros.
Con? why, yes it is, why worry about having a program that is not up to speed with the virus writers, most viruses now make it onto your os undetected, they remain hidden from anti virus software.
They are ALL a con, I am sure that if most of you, who are unsure about some behaviour your pc is exhibiting, (lots of ram being used, cpu running at high usage levels) run a scan with anti virus, you will find nothing
If you ran something like rootkit unhooker THEN ran a scan you would find it picks up infection.
why waste resources running a program that isnt working properly against todays criminal coders.
you know what i do? i never use my microsoft key, every 28days i reinstall the os, simple if i get infected at some point, so what it isnt going to be there long.
Never trust a program enough to believe it when it says your O/s is safe, never bank online no matter how sure you are it is safe.
The bank will be wuick to inform you security is your problem if a theft takes place because your system is compromised, then it is your loss.
Never assume there is not a rootkit or other compromising code on your pc, criminals are very much ahead of the anti virus companies, and until a new way of dealing with virii and hackers is produced they are always going to be a big step ahead..
Buy a hardware firewall, the best security investment you can make for around what two or three years subscription to a "internet security" program/package.
I use peerblock, fantastically simple visual way of seeing what is happening moment to moment and being able to block addresses quickly.
Forget everything else, reinstall your os every four weeks.
it takes 30 minutes. goto ultimatebootcd.com and download a boot cd with the hdd erase tool on it.
It is THE best way to format a drive using the secure erase function which also cleans the host process area of the disk, something NO other type of format ever does.
If a virus is placed into this area of the disk as a typically basic user you will have no access to this part of the disk, a secure erase is the only way to move it, got a virus that keeps coming back? maybe it is on this portion of your hard drive.
remember your pc is not safe, assume it is compromised and trust accordingly.