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Weekend tech reading: 25% of PC users disable antivirus

By Matthew ยท 20 replies
Dec 19, 2010
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  1. Avira: 25% of PC users disable antivirus software A new survey from German antivirus and computer security firm Avira finds that about one in four PC users admit to turning off virus protection on their PCs because they thought the programs were slowing down their computers. Furthermore, more than three out of five (62.8 percent) have tried multiple computer security products in the span of a year on the same computer... Yahoo

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    I've been pronouncing it Eh-SUS since I first saw it. English diction laws show that it would be pronounced that way...

    Also anyone who heard their ads when they used ASUSTEK pronounced it that way too.
  3. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 518   +12

    So I always said it right? YES!
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +248

    I hope not at the same time!!
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,995   +1,378

    Up until Windows 7 I always turned off virus protection. It was more trouble than it was worth. But with MS's MSE doing a great job, I have it on all the time.

    Sheesh...can't believe there was an actual discussion about how to pronounce ASUS. Seemed so obvious.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,181   +3,484

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    The other statistic is that 100% of the 25% seem to show up in our "Virus and Malware Removal" forum, after downloading as much as much free malware from P2P sites as they possibly can.

    So why wouldn't you turn off your security software, it would only slow down these downloads. I'd like to be 3 inches longer, I'm going to kill AVG and click on this link. Hm, I'm also in the mood for some Oxycodone! Oh look, somebody Emailed me about where to get it.
  7. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,965   +223

    Good to know I've always been pronouncing Asus correct then, but then again I'm from Sweden and we all know Swedes have the perfect pronunciation xD
  8. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +52

    Well...It does slow down the computer, obviously.

    I'de say some people must forget to turn them back on, cos i sometimes "pause" mine when i'm off the net.

    As-ses?...Where did the "U" go?...Surly no ***** ever said it that way.

    Yeah. Anti-virus on XP was a bloody nightmare for me...It's gotta be at least ten times more streamline with Win 7.
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    Good to know I've been pronouncing ASUS correctly over the years, "Ah-sue-ss" never sounded right to me. Wonder how many other tech companies out there have this issue.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,181   +3,484

    Ey Choo......sssss.. God Bless Me.....

    Being from Philly, every "A" is spoken through the nose. Consequently, the correct pronunciation has been culturally bestowed upon me
  11. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,671   +1,922

    1) I'm glad I have always said Asus the right way

    2) that 'made in china' thing really pisses me off

    3) I ALWAYS run AV and firewall. I use Avast. It is low profile and doesn't take up a lot of resources. I also find that it catches almost everything, even the free version works great. when I test someones computer I use avast home, norton security check and AVG. AVG isn't what it use to be. I'm not sure how well Norton security scan works, but I don't like using just AVG to see if Avast misses anything. On top of Avast, I use flash block and java script blocker(there is also an add on for fire fox called 'blacksheep' that is worth looking into). I like to think of it as, "no matter what you do, you're always unprotected." People always find their way around things. There have been games that have been cracked before they were released. I do too many important things with my computer that I would take a risk like not using an AV. I have worked on so many peoples computers that simply running an AV would have prevented most if not all of their problems.

    Even though I play it safe with my computer I will always feel like I am unprotected
  12. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 514

    I've always pronounced it A-soos Tech (Tek). Phonometical laws in my mother's tounge depicts that kind of pronounciation! I wonder how it's pronounced in Taiwan?
  13. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,606   +278

    The article about the trade deficit miscalculations is pretty interesting. Hopefully economists will try to modify these calculations to match the real world.

    I've always pronounced Asus wrong and will continue to do so (perhapes except when I'm talking in English, but that's rare enough).

    I've been running AV software regularly since it became free. I stopped using a firewall (except the Windows one) since I moved to Vista, though. Just too much hassle.
  14. 63Jax

    63Jax TS Enthusiast Posts: 85

    never turn it off, if you have a good anti virus you don't have to
  15. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Some AV programs do slow down Windows especially on low spec PCs like the ones running Celeron CPUs with 512 MB of RAM like the Compaq laptop that I'm using now. The solution is not turn off your anti-virus program but instead find one that has the lightest impact on system resources. For some reason, my laptop prefers Avast over MSE when it comes to running with the least impact on system performance.
  16. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,754   +1,031

    Well gee, all people have to do is pay attention to that annoying tv ad "speedupmypc.com", and their computer would be many times faster than it is now, all for only 19.99 (you pay separate shipping and handling though).
  17. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 656   +200

    Avast slowed my computer down, but Avira Free did not. I always run that and ZoneAlarm.
  18. teklord

    teklord TS Guru Posts: 483

    Using Kaspersky and that runs efficiently so I leave it on. I used to turn off AVG free because of all the false positives and it was an all around PITA.
  19. Asus,,,even funnier in french...can sound like "a suce" which can translate to "elle suce".
    Well here in Quebec that is...LawL
  20. Bluemagma

    Bluemagma TS Rookie

    I turn off my antivirus all the time.. But the only thing I use my pc for is gaming... we use the laptop for browsing etc..
  21. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +52

    It's the exact opposite for me. Zonealarm was awful on my system.

    It is funny how some AV's gel with only certain systems...

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