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

By Jos ยท 95 replies
May 27, 2011
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  1. Update and scan weekly. Usually keep antivirus running unless I unplug the internet. Unless thats just how 'they' want us to think, I thought the average pc connected to the internet should have some sort of real time protection enabled all the time??

    I like the people that think they are cool to not run any kind of protection..ha ha. Sure there are exceptions and some applications/time periods where antivirus is not needed but the internet is not some friendly public park. I think any person that works in computers/networking would probably recommend to have at least basic protection.

    So you might be a good driver..but are you gonna buy a car without airbags or not wear a seat belt?...oh, wait..some people still regularly don't wear seat belts ha ha...
  2. ^^^^Ha Ha Ha Ha! Should have scanned through all the comments I guess..ha ha!
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Years ago I ran without any form of anti-virus and never had a problem. But in this day and age it's entirely too risky, using MSE which is on 24/7.
  4. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 616   +176

    I searched around for the best free AV that didn't hog resources and have Avira Free running on both my desktop and netbook 24/7 along with Zone Alarm friewall on my desktop. My wife sometimes realizes she shouldn't click on thins and sometimes does not realize it. Like many others, I run Malwarebytes Antimalware once a month. I just inherited a laptop from my parents that has Norton Security on it, but I think I'm about to uninstall it. All three of my computers run the paid version of Advanced SystemCare, though that's mostly for optimization.
  5. Kraemepoo

    Kraemepoo TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +20

    MSE on all my PCs.
    I've run malwarebites a few times just to verify MSE's work, and it always comes up clean.
  6. cgrue

    cgrue TS Member

    Anti-virus on 24/7, AVG, Win7 64-bit and a hardware firewall. Scheduled scans performed at night. No problems for a while now.
  7. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    I agree compleatly. +1
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    Fry's is in our area and they offer all sorts of free antivirus software during their sales. On my multiple partitions and computers I have Kaspersky, McAffe, Panda, and Webroot, just to experiment; all for free. On my vista laptop with 1G of memory I can generally have only 1 window open at a time-how do some say they open 40 tabs at once? My old 1 GHz machine is really slow with this resource intensive software; I really should disable the antivirus. All are slow at the start, and you aren't getting any more GHz any time in the future.
  9. have vista 64 bit cause im broke and it came with the PC. i run my antivirus 24/7 scan and update daily ive never had a virus
  10. almost 24/7, for some operations a turn off the antivirus protection...

    I have mi Windws XP, PC with Internet Conexion with:

    (mainly and active)
    1. Comodo Internet Security (Firewall, Antivirus and Defense+ but not Sandbox)
    2. Autorun Eater
    3. WinPatrol
    4. SpywareBlaster, and
    5. McAffe SiteAdvisor.

    (secondary for sometimes extra-scanning)
    6. HickJackThis
    7. RootkitBuster
    8. SpyDLLRemover
    9. Malwarebytes' Anti-malware,
    10. ClamWin Antivirus.

    and all these are "free" and give me "total security protecction"...

    ... Mmmm, I not a "Microsoft Automatic Updates" fan, why I don't use this service !!!

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    No, I don't download viruses.
  12. Norton 360 Fully paid subscription, customized Norton Firewall to tighten up some of the looser ports, backed up with a D-Ling DGL4100 for those annoying little wired issues.

    Running 24x7x365 and review the logs and adjust the setting every 30 days.

    Keepin it tight...
  13. Previously uesed Norton products, but recently switched to Vipre Anti-Virus with firewall and love it. Very light on using system resourses and is very efficient at protecting my computer. I also have Malewarebytes that I use for an occasional scan. Never had a infection with these products.
  14. 24/7 here. You just never know when you'll get some trojan poping out of some java apps or those little ads, And that even on a friendly website. Happened before and will certainly not let it happen again. Then again, it always depends what are your surfing habits. That is unless you hang out on MS websites alone you might be ok without an AV...and notice i say "might".
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    If you're not already, you should look into running Firefox with extensions, "NoScript", and "AdBlock". Those two will really help keep those little buggers at bay
  16. supertech

    supertech TS Member Posts: 84   +10

    One of the core components of my business is virus removal & spyware removal in the Windows environment. Even with antivirus / antispyware software, people still get infected. Unless you're a very advanced user and "keep your nose clean" then you are in a very small group of users that do this.

    I run Symantec Endpoint protection (with the highest level of heuristic on), Spybot (active), and MalwareBytes (paid version).

    We do not recommend any windows users to go on online without antivirus software. At least load AVG free or MS Security Essentials. Also, we find Web of Trust is a great tool for users who can't stay out of trouble especially in the search engines.

    Also, in regards to doing scans with your antivirus software; if you have to run a scan for your Antivirus software to pick something up, sometimes it may be too late if it is serious virus it will be hard for the Antivirus software to eliminate it within the live windows environment.


    If you're system is slowing down with antivirus software, then it's a piece of crap. With hardware trends today, the costs of replacing an old system or upgrading your hardware is minimal but don't leave out the antivirus software due to hardware limitations.
  17. FatTwinkie

    FatTwinkie TS Member

    I run Avast 24/7. I do a monthly cleaning just for funnzies with Vipre, Kaspersky, Emsisoft, Dr. Web Cureit, Spybot, and Malware Bytes (goes along with the whole defrag and temp files cleanup thing).

    Lol, over kill much?
  18. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,595   +257

    Usually have Symantec Corp and Malwarebytes running... live scanning. 24/7
  19. KRayner96

    KRayner96 TS Rookie

    I use Windows 7 x64 on both my Laptop at work and on my Home (Gaming) PC. I use Microsoft's Security Essentias, which I leave running 24/7. Haven't had any hassles with this setup yet :)
  20. I switch back and forth between Windows and Linux, when I'm running Windows I use MSE. Who would I cry to if my entire Linux installation was spyware? Richard Stallman? I'm also using OpenDNS with FamilyShield.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,993   +2,528

    I don't think you have to worry that much, it's Google's Chrome OS that's spyware

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