Who runs an anti-virus scan these days? Apparently almost nobody

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Minimalist, Jan 28, 2015.

  1. ance

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    2 times a year. :D
     
  2. Mortal Raptor

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    exactly man, every file downloaded or acquired is scanned on the fly anyway :)
     
  3. ArchiveX

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    On-demand Scanners on a weekly-basis.
     
  4. Jarmo P

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    I never scan my computer with an AV unless to test. Like maybe a few weeks ago someone reported some imcompatibility in Avast database regarding TinyWall. So I did a scan to check, but my system could not reproduce any problems.

    I see no reason to scan with an AV. It has a real time protection and besides same as the few previous posters I don't trust my security to an AV. It is just a secondary opinion I run it for. What hackings I might have in my PC are not something an AV can find out.
     
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    Good Morning! I scan with ESET twice weekly...augmented by HMP...at boot-up...and WSA...everyday in the evening! I believe I'm covered...Lol! Sincerely...Securon
     
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  7. Minimalist

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    Looks like 2 of the best in the top 5 have the least market share.

    Interesting:
    “Installing an antivirus product is the first, not last, step to having a safe and secure computer. According to our data, nine out of ten users haven’t scanned their system in the last week, and another 15% of devices are using outdated antivirus signatures. These stats, combined with the low usage of real-time protection means there’s an alarming number of unprotected computers. Over 3% of devices show some sign of infection, so it’s reasonable to assume in an organization with 400 PCs, a full dozen are compromised!”
     
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  9. Rasheed187

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    I only run a scan when my system is acting a bit funny, that's like once a year. The main reason why I don't use real-time scanners is because most of them are bloated. Actually, that's the same reason why I normally don't use any on-demand scanners either. I rely on tools like GMER, System Explorer and Process Explorer. And what happened to the days when AV's didn't use to be a 200MB download?
     
  10. Osaban

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    In 2005 my notebook then had 500 MB of RAM. Today my 2 main machines have 2 and 8 GB of RAM. Download sizes or RAM usage are irrelevant with most computers. There might be other reasons slowing down systems...
     
  11. Mayahana

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    Agreed. Also my connection is 135Mbps at the slowest..

    People still care about download sizes and ram use?? :'(
     
  12. Rasheed187

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    I didn't say anything about RAM usage, but I still hate it if apps use a lot. And I just don't feel like downloading 200MB for some AV I won't even be using that much. So perhaps cloud AV's are a better option for me. But AV's used to be better when they were still lightweight, I remember Avira AntiVir back in 2006, it's a bit sad how heavy it became in the years to come.
     
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    What is 200 MB for a hard disk of 500 GB to 1 TB? I have been using Avira since the end of 2006, and I can assure you that the current version (2015) is the lightest of all. Avira in the past had issues with the web protection to the extent that I was running it only with the real time protection. Nowadays I can't see any difference with or without Avira. There is a slight delay at start up, which has been bothering a number of people, but it certainly has nothing to do with download size...
     
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    Everyday what is 45 seconds nothing to worry about!

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    Twice a week as I'm one of those non sandboxie types.
     
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    It used to be MBAM and HMP regularly nowadays it`s just HMP plus very occasionally MBAM.

    Regards Eck:)
     
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    I've lost faith in traditional AV- cloud or signature based because I read almost daily how ineffective they are against the new types of
    malware. The only anti-malware application I use is MBAM Pro and I run it full time real-time.
    I'm probably going to keep it running as-is, but in over three years of use, it has two detections- one a FP and neither was in real-time.

    I'm also more than skeptical of the real value of MS patches and hot fixes because they are almost always reactive.
    I realize my statements are heresy to some, but my XP SP-2 install has run since 2011 with no updates and I go pretty much
    anywhere I want to go on the internet with Firefox and Sandboxie.

    It has become clear to me that the best defense is to run virtual and employ some form or HIPS.
     
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    I presume you scan with Avira and MBAM, are they full scans? Have you ever found anything that was missed by either Avira or MBAM? Just curious...
     
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    Full scans. Avira's HTTP scanner has intercepted stuff a couple of times before it hit the hard drive and MBAM hasn't had to jump in.
     
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    Couldn`t agree more, my setup uses HIPS,BB,sandboxing and on demand light system wide virtualisation plus the occasional on demand scan.

    Regards Eck:)
     
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    I also use a multi layer defense, so, sure I have a running in the background av, and once in a week i make a manual scan of my system with a second, different av and an antirootkit ( PowerTool 4.5 and PcHunter ).
     
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