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How long could you last without Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware or Firewall?


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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:31 AM

How long could you last if you were a normal PC user without an active Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware or a Firewall before getting attacked by someone?



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 09:50 AM

Too many variables involved to be able to give any sort of credible answer. Someone who has a well configured browser and very safe surfing habits, would probably last longer than someone who is heavily involved with social media and peer to peer applications. As one comparative example.

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:01 AM

Okay, what about a computer just sitting there connected to the internet but not doing anything? Would it be attacked?

(By the way, this question is not important, I was just curious)



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 11:02 AM

Less than 30 seconds, last I read.  I believe that was on Windows XP with a fresh non-patched install.  I believe Windows 7 or 8 would fare much better.  Since Windows XP Service Pack 3 the Windows firewall was installed and turned on.  That configuration change alone provides a lot of protection.  Assuming that you're not turning off the Windows Firewall you should be pretty safe, but I haven't seen any recent tests for this.  The last article I found was from 2008



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 02:05 PM

It's a question I have often wondered about. My answer would be about six months. This is based on the frequency with which antivirus/antimalware programs come up with anything of significance. Over the last twelve months, I would say that I have had more problems from over-zealous protection software (particularly firewall and HIPS) than from malware. But had the malware been successful in getting through on the few occasions when it was blocked, it could have been very problematic. So do I need antivirus/antimalware?  - definitely, YES.



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Posted 28 April 2014 - 03:53 PM

Okay, what about a computer just sitting there connected to the internet but not doing anything? Would it be attacked?
(By the way, this question is not important, I was just curious)

Botnets and Zombie computers scour the net, randomly scanning a block of IP addresses, searching for for vulnerable ports (commonly probed ports) and make repeated attempts to access them. If they find an open port on such a computer just sitting there...you don't have to guess what will happen.
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