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I have long since uninstalled and deactivated all antivirus software on all my PCs.
In 20 years of using antivirus software, the only threats it has reported to me are suspicious emails that I had identified as such and already thrown away. And also a plethora of popups, all as arrogant as useless. Please tell us: Has your antivirus ever reported a threat in the past that was really a threat?
I promptly uninstalled McAffee.. and I didnt install any alternative. I too generally think that anti virus are a waste of... everything really.. And was looking for possible reason toe change my mind...
But as other reminded me, Windows Defender is an anti virus and it does as good a job as any other. So AV are really not needed!
If you are a "safe-surfer" you might be able to get away without an anti-virus, however it is advisable to have one - just in case.
I used to believe the hype about Windows Defender being as god, if not better, than other AV solutions, so much so that I left it to do its good work on new PCs that I configured for family and friends. That is until they started getting infected by simple "drive-by" browser attacks.
So I have returned to my old standby which is Symantec (not Norton) Endpoint Protection - the client is 'free' and requires no license and will run standalone - you just have to find a copy.
SEP is not at all intrusive and you can turn off many of the options if you want (e.g. firewall), but above all it doesn't spend its time trying to protect your credit card, save your passwords or any of the other bells & whistles that commercial AV software tries to use to stand out from the competition.
So old that I did my first coding in octal via switches on a DEC PDP 8
Viruses these days are after your data in a sort of brute force attack that slows down your pc more than antivirus software will if nothing is attacking. So, if modern security software is running hard, that means it is protecting your computer from active threats. This is common today, if you plan to run that computer online with no security it will not be long at all before your computer slows down more and more as your cpu cycles are being used by malicious code.
Hi Super Lloyd,
I think security of our current computers and internet infrastructure demands we build it here where we can be sure hardware is not compromised. It is either secure or it is not? Any complex system is very vulnerable to malicious tampering in environments like Taiwan where China or any other competitor has so much power and access. Build it in what ever country you hope to secure and pay close attention to whom you let in the door?
that said, Each computer should have a dedicated security co processor with secure and efficient code that is agile and robust in my opinion...
what do you think Humanity?
thanks for asking
Erlang - maybe not mainstream or popular anymore, but the basis of RabbitMQ.
Perl - Also still being used.
Objective-C - Also still being used.
I think sometimes people just write articles for the sake of it and have very little idea of what's actually being used in industry, especially when it comes to the popularity of programming languages.