Just something to think on

  woodchip 17:17 30 May 2011

I have never had a Virus to interfere or nothing else come to that matter with any of my PC's two Desktops two Laptops and a Netbook. one of the above Desktops Dual boot with XP Home. All others are XP home. this is in about 16 years. but been down to my sons today, no sooner do I start surfing the net on is Desktop running Win7 with Free Avast AV when a Windows pops up Avast as just stopped a Trojan.

IS it me my PC's and or Software I use? I think its a Combination of type of browser and operating System that they Target. I ten to use things that other do not. Like I used to use Netscape Browser, Now on Flock but that's been Discontinued and Coral Office Not MS Office i tend to steer Clear of MS as much as I can

  woodchip 17:18 30 May 2011

Dual Boots 98se with XP home

  961 17:29 30 May 2011

In many years I've only had a couple of instances of a virus or trojan trying to invade. Usually turned out to be something via e-mail

However, can I gently suggest it's not the PC or software and o/s you and me use, more the places we visit (or not) on the web

  bremner 17:35 30 May 2011


You have pretty much hit the nail on the head. I would add Limewire and similar programs and that so many people do not keep their virus definitions up to date.

  woodchip 17:39 30 May 2011

No all I was doing was looking at Web Pages in Google about RoadEye Black Box Cameras

  onthelimit1 17:43 30 May 2011

Just for info, when I am going to reinstall a clients OS when all attempts to revive the machine have failed, I run an online scan of the hard drive before extracting the documents etc to my machine. The Trend Micro programme I use usually finds betwenn 0 and 500 infections. The PC this weekend took 3.5 hrs to scan and another 2 hrs to clear 3251 infections. Is this a record?!

  rdave13 17:49 30 May 2011

I'm the same but use IE9. Most times I get warnings is when I surf Google. Last week was the worst I came accross. McAfee site advisor and WOT showed a particular site ok on a Google list. Can't remember which now, but once I clicked on it even Windows 7 firewall poped up to say it had blocked a program, Avast went brown and SuperAntiSpyware got angry. Needless to say I got out of it quickly. Sometimes it's just bad luck even if you are practicing safe browsing I think.

  woodchip 17:52 30 May 2011

Think I will Get me Head down and stop in't PCA Cupboard. They may not find me

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:30 30 May 2011

3251 infections.

Nowhere near a record - had 3 times more when cleaning teenager's machines - with girls its mostly chat rooms, with boys .... ;0)

  spuds 20:18 30 May 2011

At the local PCW, the Tech Guys there use to have a list on the counter, stating how many machines they had cleared 'infections' from, and how many. I often wondered if they over exaggerated the high quantities as a sales gimmick for their then Health Check service?.

I cannot recall the last time my main computer had any 'infection' problems.

Cross fingers!.

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