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Thursday, 06 January 2011 14:22

Computers are less vulnerable to viruses

Written by Nick Farell
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Despite the hype
Despite claims by the insecurity industry that your computer will be possessed by viruses in seconds if you don't buy their software, modern computers are fairly safe without them.

According to the British consumer watchdog magazine Which?, computers are less susceptible to viruses and other threats than many users might think. The study found that not one of five computers connected to the internet for four weeks became infected, despite figures suggesting an estimated 60,000 new malware threats occurred daily.

Each machine was used to visit a list of 22 "reputable" websites, ranging from Amazon.com to Tesco.com, for an hour a day. The consumer group said it did not overload the PCs with security software, describing one as such an easy target "it was practically saying come and get me".

Of course the computers were not programmed to visit unsafe sites so the moral of the story is don't visit immoral sites. Or open email, which is another thing that the test did not do.


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+13 #1 Reavenk 2011-01-06 15:59
Quote:
Of course the computers were not programmed to visit unsafe sites so the moral of the story is don't visit immoral sites.


What!? Why even invent the internet then?
 
 
+9 #2 thetruth 2011-01-06 16:04
I can't help but feel that the people running this test don't understand how computers work. I guess they also put somebody with a cold into the room with the computers for an hour to see if it could be transferred to them.

I can't say I've had a problem with viruses for years (In fact, since I upgraded from XP to Vista / Windows 7). Probably helps that I don't download random EXE's and keygens.
 
 
+11 #3 nECrO 2011-01-06 18:04
Quote:
Each machine was used to visit a list of 22 "reputable" websites, ranging from Amazon.com to Tesco.com.......Of course the computers were not programmed to visit unsafe sites so


So the study is useless. What's next? A study of 5 men who only "self serve" to claim that HIV is not as contagious as people think?
 
 
+3 #4 goat 2011-01-07 02:45
If you are careful enough, its possible to run your pc with no antivirus and firewall disabled.

For me, most harmful sites are already blocked by the browser(firefox /chrome)and
viruses comes from flashdrives that arent mine. im using win7 x64 without antivirus, bitdefender or firewall:)
 
 
+6 #5 Bl0bb3r 2011-01-07 04:45
I'm running Win 7 with no AV for a year now, once a month I do scans with online versions of ESET AV, Kaspersky etc. Nothing so far.

But on the firewall part, it's a must! The amount of intrusions is worrying... there are a lot of unsafe networks out there, including mine. There's no way around it other than pulling out the tcp cord.
 

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