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How come free-to-use anti-software never existed until now?

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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is because in the past, it wasn't very common to get a virus or etc? I know these days, as the bad guys are innovating all the time, it's becoming common.
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anti-software... How does anti-software look like?
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I meant anti-virus software. I made a mistake. I wish we had an edit button.
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CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What!?

Let's see free virus software has been around since XP (at least) and viruses are actually less common now-a-days since people are getting smarter about how to use computers.
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saxeh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
COMODO !
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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno, I haven't used an antivirus in a year and haven't gotten a single virus or malware. So I don't really care about the antivirus stuff.

Maybe some people simply enjoy slowing down their computers with "security" software that gives more false positives than real ones?
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Microsoft Security Essentials and it doesn't slow down my 2005 Dell Notebook. I wouldn't do what you do because the last time I got a virus, it was from a safe site. Believe or not, a few deviantArt users like me got the Security Tool virus back in 2009. Some say that if you use a browser like Firefox with an add-on like AdBlock, you will be safe from it.
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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does slow down your computer though - maybe you just don't notice it, but it does. Any program that runs in the background uses resources, and thus slows down your computer.

Adblock I recommend though. Also, noscript. 90% of the scripts on websites are pointless, and it lets you enable scripts for sites if you need them. Javascript and ads are the largest vectors for malware, so simply using adblock and noscript makes your web browsing many times safer.
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If decide to try survive without Anti-virus software, I'll keep that in mind. Anything else I should do to keep me and my PC safe? Don't worry I have common sense, I don't do anything stupid like give out my personal info or etc. I'm not sure what else I should do, the bad guys are innovating all the time.
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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you really want to be safe, get rid of windows and start using a secure OS like linux or BSD. Windows (any iteration of it) is full of security holes which the malware makers are exploiting, if you use linux or BSD you won't need any antivirus because they are systems that are built with security in mind in the first place.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I've been using several free anti-virus programs for at least a decade. I don't know what the heck you're talking about.
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgive me. It's just that over the years I keep hearing about big names like McAffee and Norton. Both of which cost a lot of money. I mean there's the software and then the subscriptions that need to be paid for. Free alternatives like Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast, that help you save money, I've never heard of until now.
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nokari Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Then consider yourself sheltered from the anti-virus world.
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgive me. It's just that over the years I keep hearing about big names like McAffee and Norton. Both of which cost a lot of money. I mean there's the software and then the subscriptions that need to be paid for. Free alternatives like Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast, that help you save money, I've never heard of until now.
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dj078 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
McAfee’s free version is also available for 6 Months you may try it. In case you don’t want to take any expensive AV program you may go for Immunet. It is available in both free and paid version. Have a look on their website for comparison of both (Free and Paid). I’m using its paid version from 6 months.
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got my first computer virus in 1990. It was the Chopin virus on my Atari ST. It was real common and led to me using freeware anti-virus software. Which was also common.

My schools Acorn Archimedes had already been layed low by a virus a few years earlier leading to people being banned from bringing their own floppy disks anywhere near the computer room.

I'm not really sure I would agree that in the past it wasn't very common to get virus. Or that 'free-to-use anti-software never existed until now'.
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, what was the AV software you used back then?
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HeavenhairSixes Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Back then the Medway Boys were one of the groups that 'cracked' games and compiled them on menu disks that could be copied and shared (back before anything resembling the internet was widely available). They also distributed their own anti-virus through the same channels - which is the one I used.

I think it mostly just filled up the bootsector of a disk that a virus would use in order to prevent infection. Somebody else might know better. Certainly most people didn't have hard drives to scan back then, so it wasn't like a modern anti-virus.
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shit, I forgot to put the word virus in the title!
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shininginthedarkness Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Until now? I've been using it for 7 or 8 years.

If we're talking 10+ years ago, it was basically easier to avoid getting viruses, and if you got one they were easier to get rid of. They weren't so ubiquitous and insidious. And back then, before broadband was widespread, it was harder to distribute and update free/demo software.

However, internet viruses are basically as old as the commercial internet, they were always a risk.
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