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Yes... Sadly. There is a lot of fairly dumb, automated malware floating around (especially for the Windows desktop platform) that is very nasty if allowed to install. Antivirus software can generally detect this stuff before the installer executable, dropper, or whatever runs. Most AV software also comes with transparent filtering proxies to detect exploit ...


If you are using a Personal Computer just for your own purposes and you are not browsing or using unknown sources. Then updating your Operating System on time and keeping your Firewall on is enough. While on the business side it is always a good idea to have an Anti Virus to cut down any remaining potential risks. Operating Systems are sometimes slower in ...


Given the number of viruses that are developed and spread monthly, and given the fact anti-viruses are based on virus signatures, I wonder how much it is useful and effective to use an anti-virus? Let's turn that around. Given the number of viruses that are developed and spread monthly, and that there are specialised programs who keep databases of ...


It depends what OS you gots, if Linux then none is needed, if Windows then yes, you need it. Windows- if you won't pay for antivirus (fair enough) go AVG free. Linux- built on UNIX system so no need for any. MAC OS - same as Linux, though Apple suck ;) haha


Yes, you should have an antivirus installed for the following reasons: protection against old malwares protection against new, widely spread, malwares You will get some malware eventually (depending on your usage), but significately less than without an AV, and with less impact on your usage.


Yes, there are also near infinitely many possible vulnerabilities and exploits on your system, but applying system updates is still advisable. Good security includes a concept called defense in depth. The idea is that you do what you can with multiple tools in order to make it harder for an attacker to penetrate all your lines of defense. The ...


YES But you have to adjust your expectations to reality. Anti-virus likely will not protect you from a brand-new virus, but WILL likely protect you from well-known viruses. Think of Anti-virus (Anti-malware) as a "background radiation shield". It's there to protect you from the background radiation of the Internet. It's not going to stop all threats.


You will likely see a wide range of answers on this question, and even though this question is quite subject I'll answer it anyways. I believe that anti-viruses do still serve a purpose, however it's peoples mind-sets that need an adjustment. The common misconception among many computer users is that if they install an antivirus that they are untouchable ...


What are the common vectors for installing rootkits? (And if I understand correctly, this would include MBR as well as BIOS? So same question for each.) Mainly by hooking the system calls. I suggest you read a book about this because I cannot cover it all here. I suggest: practical malware analysis and rootkit arsenal How common are rootkits that ...


After a quick google search I found THIS and according to them it's fine. mb_warband.exe is known to be published by a legitimate company (Taleworlds Entertainment) so everything should be fine. If this was happening to me I'd treat it as a false positive.


Virtual machines work as sand boxes to keep bad things in, not bad things out. If the host is compromised, so are the containers running within it as the virtual machine has to call out to the host for many actions and the host has full awareness and control over the system running within it.


I don't see why it wouldn't be possible. Related, and demonstrated on various security events: Jon and Nils of MWR played with mobile point of service (mPoS) terminals (https://www.mwrinfosecurity.com/media/press-releases/mobile-point-of-sale-devices-could-leave-millions-worldwide-open-to-attack/), and they could exploit a terminal by just a custom bank ...

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