At this point, I can clearly see that you're repeating your same old points which I have already countered in an attempt to continue this argument because your ego can't let go of it. Anyway, I'll just reiterate in short again. I stand strong by my opinion and I don't see any valid counter points.
This is one of the reasons bleepingcomputer exists. To better inform people about how they can effectively protect themselves from malware. Advising to scan with a particular tool, just because we happen to like that particular tool is not sound advice. We can just as easily counsel people to run
- choose any one of 100+ scanning tools.
monthly as a routine scan...
I am not randomly recommending a scan from a random scanning tool, from my post #15
I need you to understand that my recommendations are not some generic reply off from a quick 5 minute google search, but after 3 days of multiple hours And only then I concluded that norton power eraser was sufficiently quick and powerful enough to detect 'remote tracking' activity.
Due to it's quick scanning ability and being relatively powerful, this is what I would recommend to anyone as a first step if they feel they are infected to reassure themselves. Just calling it 'not sound advice' isn't convincing by any means btw. Some of the good anti virus engines (including norton's) have been built over 15 or even more years of research, development and definitions. And you're saying using one of these if someone feels infected is not sound advice? You need know more about security than even the best security solution in today's time for that to be a valid point.
Or we can choose to better inform them of their risks and and effective ways to protect themselves.
I totally understand you're coming from the best place intentionally. I just don't agree with the "people are stupid, so they better run this tool" approach. Generally people are stupid (and I don't disinclude myself here) but we have an amazing ability to learn with good counsel also. It all comes down to the counsel we can provide to our peers.
Bleepingcomputer is a great place for people to learn to how 'prevent' from getting infected. I agree there, but if one gets infected, how is it a sound advice to not do a scan whatsoever and just rely on bleepingcomputer personnel when a scan could have been an been in many cases an easy fix?
Your counselling of 'not doing anything' when we have so many tools in today's time is never a good advice. That doesn't mean I'm telling everyone to do a scan with 10 tools either, which you're using over and over again as a excuse to continue this argument. I have reiterated about this enough number of times, yet you seem to just want to continue arguing without making any valid points.
It's easy to not be paranoid when you're just on your own personal wifi with maybe a couple family members. But if you're living in a dorm with IT and computer guys and sharing your wifi with them, you immediately are now open for 10 additional ways to get hacked. They might look secretly look at your keyboard with you typing your password, then secretly install a keylogger when we're not around. It's not possible to avoid that 100% if they are set to get your password. You can't just tell yourself not to be paranoid, just like you can't tell yourself not to be jealous or be humbled. It's more dependent on the scenario a person is living in. And some scenarios leave you more vulnerable than others. It's tools like these I've used when I feel paranoid about this to reassure myself. And so can everyone else, with my advice, instead of not doing anything.
Edited by downloaderfan, 18 February 2017 - 02:47 AM.