Weekend Open Forum: Do you keep antivirus protection running 24/7?

By Jos ยท 95 replies
May 27, 2011
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  1. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,300   +1,397

    I use Avast professional and it runs 24/7. I leave my computer running 24/7 and I have it set to scan at 3AM every morning. The 3AM scan is set thorough and is mostly a reminder I need to get off my computer if I'm up late. If I want to do anything "risky" on the internet I pop in my bootable linux jumpdrive
  2. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I got Nod32 24/7, and so far it has done its job like a champ. It's superior to MSE, and I would argue it consumes less resources.
  3. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Booster Posts: 322   +8

    I mentioned using Norton AV and I like it just fine, but have recently heard of one called Vipre. Anyone know anything about it? It's supposed to be pretty good and very easy on resources.
  4. Dont prefer to run 24x7. I dont prefer to install them in first place. Only install free antivirus if i feel my pc is a bit slow to work on and notice some virus in my pc. Or else its a big NO
  5. I think it's naive to say you don't need any form of protection. It's true that a lot of AV's are resource hogs and there certainly isn't a 'one size fits all' approach to malware defence. I run Ubuntu with no AV although I do scan occasionally with BitDefender. I run Windows 7 with an AV (Bullguard) and XP with no AV. I use SuRun on XP which takes the same approach as Linux and UAC. You can read about that here....


    If using Windows, browser protection such as Sandboxie is also a very good idea in my opinion and excellent add-ons such as AdBlock Plus or NoScript. The whole blacklist approach that AV's used to take is very outdated now anyway, as always, prevention is better than cure. Peerblock is a very good preventative program to run, or/and Threatfire, SpywareBlaster, WinPatrol etc.

    Common sense cant be downloaded though unfortunately and some people are always just gonna ask for trouble in the way that they use the internet.
  6. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    For all those who do not have any Anti-Virus Program running, how is it that you can say you've had no problems when you do not have the capability to detect anything that may be lurking. Things might seem fine, but a quick scan would prove that you are being less than wise.
  7. Computer viruses aren't made by teenagers for a laugh anymore, they're made by criminal organisations, so rather than just messing up your PC they're designed to remain undetected and function as keyloggers. So it's very possible all these "I never use antivirus programs and never get viruses" types are mistaken.
  8. Ithryl

    Ithryl TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Don't use any and don't see a reason why I should. Atleast not a good enough one to have something so invasive in system.
  9. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Do not use virus scanner

    Use Linux, no need to scan for viri.

    Still need to scan for malware, anyone can get that. Just need to download corrupted page.
  10. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I can't believe how many people have posted that use MS Security Essentials. I use it as well on both my desktop and netbook. It's a pretty lightweight security suite and gets the job done.
  11. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    I always have my anti-virus on. I don't see any advantage of turning it off as it would take time to do and my computer wouldn't run any faster. Even if it did improve performance I wouldn't do it. It just seems like more of a risk than its worth to me.
  12. UnknownSky

    UnknownSky TS Enthusiast Posts: 43

    Alrighty well,

    I have no anti-virus software running on my computer 24/7 really. I know which sites to visit and which to not. I know the tell tale signs of a fishy page and when it's decently safe. A few tweaks here and there and any operating system stands a good chance without anti-virus. I am running Vista by the way and am probably one of the very few to still use it day in and day out without a single problem in over I believe two years now. Make sure to ALWAYS clean up your tracks. Run Mbam every three weeks or so. TDSSKiller never hurt anything either. The "tweaks" I mentioned earlier will not be talked of but I can tell you one thing, I enjoy Virtual machines :]
  13. NeoFryBoy

    NeoFryBoy TS Rookie Posts: 72

    What's antivirus?
  14. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    I keep Avast running 24/7 and have setup to scan the whole computer once a month. I haven't had an issue with a virus in quite a while on that computer.
    I could life w/o it but don't really see the point. This way I don't really have to worry if I click on a bad link goofing around online at 3am :p.
  15. using AVG free 24/7.
    i am not willing to purchase AV programs so if they're not free,
    better i don't use them.
  16. I'm on Windows and all my computers have an antivirus installed but the real time protection is disabled. I do have monthly scans but from the past few years I have not had any virus except for one which was my fault and stupidly even clicked yes on the UAC but good thing I had a recent image of my system. My main protections is sandboxing (using Sandboxie) all suspicious files and also all my web browsers which also have NoScript and AdBlock installed. However I think the most important thing is to be careful of what you do and no matter what OS you're on, viruses shouldn't be a problem.
  17. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    i got nod32 but it takes up 60 mb ram, sometimes up to 100, so i disable the service sometimes even though i have more than enough ram at 3.4 avail. out of 4gb
  18. @tw0rld: Not having an antivirus running doesn't mean not having an antivirus installed to manually run scans (although that wouldn't matter that much anyways). No single antiviruses is fireproof. There are many other much more important steps than having an antivirus on your computer that is not guaranteed to even detect the virus. Which leaves you in the same situation "my computer is clean because my antivirus didn't find anything"...

    People who get viruses will find a way to get a virus past their antivirus anyways.

    It's really just commonsense. If you don't know to set your computer to show all file extensions, and to never run an executable that you're not entirely sure is safe... odds are you're going to get a virus. I'll explain how I remain virus free.

    1. Use Firefox (names of extensions in brackets)
    a) don't allow javascript unless you trust the site (NoScript)
    b) block flash from auto starting - only allow if you trust the site (FlashBlock)
    c) block ads (Adblock Plus)
    d) block cookies (Cookie Monster)
    e) (MD5 Reborned Hasher) compare md5 when download an application

    2. Double check the URL any application was downloaded from (in case a site was hijacked, this takes two seconds to do).

    3. If you're not 100% sure the application is safe:
    a) check md5 and compare (if relevant)
    b) submit to online virus scanners the following online virus scanners: Jotti, Virus.org, and Virustotal
    c) submit to online sandboxes to receive an analysis report telling you what they do: Sunbelt Sandbox and Anubis
    d) look at with FileAlyzer
    e) check out with OllyDbg (advanced but extremely useful)
    f) run in a local sandbox and monitor with Process Explorer

    4. Run a Firewall that blocks all outbound traffic unless allowed.

    5. Commonsense - don't download warez and blindly run these untrustworthy applications or games without doing what is written above. Don't use applications like Limewire. Don't fall for lame Facebook viruses... I probably do a lot more but I'm not thinking too clearly right now with a headache.

    note: if you use Firefox with those extensions and you never download anything - then unless you harass some crazy hacker and become his target, I think you safe ;p

    I scan my computer once a week just for the heck of it, I haven't had an infection in a decade. The last infection I remember was through something I downloaded on KaZaA when I was running Windows 2000 a few months after Napster went down. If you're really paranoid, get Deep Freeze and work in the cloud (or switch to Mac or a Linux Distro if you're willing to adapt).
  19. MSE and Super-Antispyware Pro running from startup. Quick Scan scheduled daily at 1:00 am.
  20. Elitassj4

    Elitassj4 TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I don't have an antivirus for over a year now.
  21. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    On every computer including my wifes mac.
  22. On the Windows partitions that I use to go online, definitely up 24x7 not only that I update manually and not wait for the auto-update to kick in. But, like another poster mentioned, a Firewall and Commonsense really helps :D

    On the partition I do my Pro work, all the network connections are disabled/removed so I am a lot more relaxed.
  23. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,649   +1,092

    MSE2 24/7
    why would i need to close it?
  24. Avast Free version 24/7...
  25. Running a PC without AV is comparable to ordering a new car without seat belts and air bags because you are a good driver.
    Sanibel, FL

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