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Advantages and Disadvantages of running an Antivirus

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#1 fearmyawesome


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Posted 05 April 2010 - 09:09 AM

Hi there,

I consider myself to be fairly adept at using computers, whether that be Windows or Linux.
For a long time, I have run my computer without any antivirus in the background, and it is much faster than it would be otherwise.
Since I know what I am doing, I have never downloaded any kind of virus on my windows partition, although I know enough to remove most viruses in about 5 minutes, but anything with a rootkit takes me longer. If worse comes to worse, i can always just format reinstall, or just delete crap from my Linux partition, since my windows partition isn't used for anything besides games.

Given these type of scenarios, Why should Computer Technicians and IT Professionals use an Antivirus?
I keep all of my Malware Removal Tools up to date: MalwareBytes, Hijackthis, etc. and I know how to use them.
What purpose does an Antivirus have for skilled computer users?

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#2 xblindx


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Posted 05 April 2010 - 10:23 AM

Even experienced computer users make mistakes, you'd be lying if you said you didn't. You can accidentally click a malicious link, mistype a URL, etc. So having a layer of PREVENTION rather than cure, can take the hassle away from having to reformat. Most modern AV programs do not cause a noticeable slow down.

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