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*Sigh* How bad is your virus paranoia?


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#1 ArtistInNeed

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 03:38 PM

I just re-formatted and install W7 again for the most ridiculous reason. I visited a laptop review website and it had 1 popup, and then a couple minutes later my laptop touchpad began to act up. It was most likely a driver problem, but me being so paranoid of viruses, couldn't sleep all night and at 2am just backed up my stuff and formatted :/

This paranoia began when my brother got our desktop infected downloading huge music albums from limewire (*facepalm*). There were so many viruses and we couldn't find the windows restore disc so I had to spend almost a whole week with little to no sleep starting at 8 hour rootkit scans. I then found the restore disc a month later and since then at the smallest sign of a virus I format and re-install. On the desktop I even resorted to slapping Linux on there (very satisfied) but I'm using this laptop for gaming so I can't run linux on here all the time.

I feel like an idiot because an error message or a questionable popup can get my heart racing.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:48 PM

Comodo firewall + Avast normally keeps my computer plenty clean with little to no virus infections.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:08 PM

I am not worried about it. Just stay up to date which is done automatically for most av and don't download things from sketchy places. I didn't know people still used Limwire.

The only thing resembling a firewall I use is peerblock, its like peer guardian but current.

The only time I am worried about it is if I download something that should be a certain size and it is under 1 mb, that usually sends up a red flag.

I have a mini heart attack every time my av whines about cookies but luckily I haven't had a virus on my personal machine in years.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:40 AM

I can get fairly paranoid about viruses, but sometimes if I see an unrated/unknown site I brave it, because I have loads of protection on my back. Sometimes little guys slip through here and there, but using the bunch of software I have I can usually clean everything up.

I'm in between, I guess.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:45 AM

I haven't had MBAM Pro fail me yet, it's blocked all kinds of stuff, best $30 I ever spent on security software.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:55 AM

I have been on the internet for more than 20 years and I'm pretty fearless regarding what links I click on. I've never needed to reformat a HDD due to a virus infection and have actually encountered very little in the way of virus activity. For these reasons my virus paranoia is pretty much non-existent.
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Posted 28 February 2011 - 12:59 AM

I have dreams all the time about my computer getting infected, and whenever my parents use my computer I always hover over them to make sure they don't click on the wrong thing. :P

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 01:06 AM

I have dreams all the time about my computer getting infected, and whenever my parents use my computer I always hover over them to make sure they don't click on the wrong thing. :P


I have dreams about viruses too! I remember one time, I got infected by like 5 rouges at once in a dream. :lmao:

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:02 PM

The only thing resembling a firewall I use is peerblock, its like peer guardian but current.



can u explain more please

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:17 PM

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That is $%^&ING hilarious...:hysterical:

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:24 PM

The only thing resembling a firewall I use is peerblock, its like peer guardian but current.



can u explain more please

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PeerBlock

and

http://www.peerblock.com/

To answer the original question.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 02:53 PM

Lime wire or any thing like it is asking for problems.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 03:42 PM

Mine is at the minimum. I run avast! Anti-virus (Free edition.), MalwareBytes Anti-Malware, SUPERAntiSpyware, TrendMicro's Housecall on-demand scanner, and Comodo's free Firewall/DefensePlus package.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:03 PM

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:52 PM

^hahahahaha, we've all been there!




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