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#1 rhowland

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 10:50 AM

I've used PCs since PCs were around. I've had many virus protection programs in the past, and in my experience if you interact with the internet on a regular basis you get viruses, spyware etc. However, your antivirus software will find, disable or eradicate depending upon settings. CNET recommended AVG, so I did the trial for the month and then finally bought and installed the software. IT HAS NOT FOUND ONE INFECTION IN THE FULL MONTH THAT I'VE HAD THE SOFTWARE! Today, I had it run and it scanned about 1,300,000 files and again found nothing. Is that probable? Is that even possible? If the cross-check to this is to run another antivirus program and see if it finds anything, please recommend something a freebie to me.
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#2 Romeo29

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 01:18 PM

Welcome to BleepingComputer :thumbsup:

It is not true that if you use internet regularly, then you would always encounter viruses. It has been many months (perhaps over a year) since I have encountered a virus on my own computer.
You can visit eicar test file and spycar.org to check if your anti-virus product is working like it should. But these methods do not check an anti-virus products fully.

To cross check without installing another anti-virus product you can use online virus scanners like ESet Online Scanner, BitDefender Online Scan, F-Secure online scanner etc.
You can also download anti-virus scanner bootable CDs like Dr. Web live CD.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 04:25 PM

I have not had any kind of malware event in 11 years. Last one was in 1999 with Win 98. Never had 1 since despite regularly visiting those, shall we say, disreputable sites? If you are getting virus infections regularly then there is something going on with the way you are interacting with your computer and the 'net.

There really is no need to ever get a virus. Perhaps start by creating a Limited User account and do all your surfing/downloading only from that environment.

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:17 PM

Getting a virus and encountering a virus are two different things. Once my friend brought a USB stick full of all kinds of nasty computer viruses and inserted it in my computer. I did not get any virus (thanks to avast! ) but I can say that I did encounter viruses.

There really is no need to ever get a virus. Perhaps start by creating a Limited User account and do all your surfing/downloading only from that environment.

Actually the OP is worried that he/she is not getting any viruses :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 06:34 PM

I can not count the number of machines from Clients that have had expired AV`s or no AV`s. Right away I think oh-boy I`m in for a real fight on this one. :thumbsup: Much to my pleasant surprise, other then the usual tracking cookie the machine is 100% clean.

The Clients surfing habits as well as knowing not to click on attachments etc. just have not lead them to an infection of any type. So it is possible, but I would say not the norm.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 05:21 PM

I took the earlier advice (and thank you) of running F-secure, IMMEDIATELY after doing a full scan with an updated AVG. F-secure found 15 files, yes they are tracking cookies, that AVG did not find:

, TrackingCookie.Questionmarket (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Adinterax (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Advertising (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Atdmt (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Doubleclick (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Revsci (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Clickbank (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Fastclick (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Adbrite (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Webtrends (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Mediaplex (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Liveperson (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Statcounter (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Atwola (spyware)
System (Disinfected)
TrackingCookie.Yieldmanager (spyware)
System (Disinfected)

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 05:30 PM

AVG may not look for tracking cookies. Not all AV`s are written to detect them. While tracking cookies are at best a slight privacy threat they really pose no other threat.

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 06:13 PM

Cool. Thank you very much.




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