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Pfundner

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why do i never get viruses???
« on: July 04, 2007, 10:27:51 PM »
this may  sound wierd that im posting this but i have never had a virus and im worried! ive had my pc for over a year now, plus one for about 3 years previously, and ive never had a virus. i spose i shud be happy, but im worried that they are going undetected or sumthin. everyone is talking about virus protection etc., but i have never even had one!
i had norton, then avira and now avast for about 2 months. how common are viruses exactly, and shud i be worried that ive never come across one?
p.s i play online games and do a fair bit of downloading/surfing the net.
pps i also have zonealarm firewall

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Re: why do i never get viruses???
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2007, 11:12:40 PM »
Well I have never had a virus and I have been on the web for about 5-6 years

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Re: why do i never get viruses???
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2007, 11:14:10 PM »
Hi Pfundner,

The most common routes of infection are:

1) An insecure system: operating system, browser, media players, Sun Java, Adobe Flash etc. (Check for insecure software here: Secunia Software Inspector)
2) Crack/Warez sites
3) Porn sites offering fake codecs to view videos (and also drive-by downloads- see 1 above)
4) Free games offering spyware loaded games
5) Spam e-mails containing attachments or links to Trojan horses posing as, for example, greeting cards.
6) Lax security in IM programs allowing strangers to send you links to Trojan horses.

All of these are pretty easy to avoid with a bit of safe surfing, which you must have been doing to stay virus-free.  ;)
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