Do you use any sort of antivirus software?

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Windows Defender is all you need nowadays for a home computer. I say this as someone who regularly plays with malware as a part of my job and Defender catches stuff well in advance of other AV tools.
Issue here is Av web extensions are designed to scan ahead of sites you access. Defender cannot do this.
 
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A “drive-by download” — installation of malware or adware on the computer of a user viewing the ad. This type of attack is usually made possible due to browser vulnerabilities.

...so this is saying, If I go to a website with one of these things on it, my browser will download an exe and run it to infect my PC. I mean surely the browser would prompt before it attempts to open a download?
 

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...so this is saying, If I go to a website with one of these things on it, my browser will download an exe and run it to infect my PC. I mean surely the browser would prompt before it attempts to open a download?

That is correct!
 
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How? What's the delivery mechanism and how does the malicious code get executed?

Usually click on a link from a compromised ad server? Sites use embedded 3rd party ads and they don't have direct control of the ad server which can and do get compromised by hackers. I've seen them occasionally which is why I tend to use ad blockers.
 

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Usually click on a link from a compromised ad server? Sites use embedded 3rd party ads and they don't have direct control of the ad server which can and do get compromised by hackers. I've seen them occasionally which is why I tend to use ad blockers.

That happened to dslzone dot net back in 2010. The site got infected through ads as the site was no longer getting maintained. It gave me a black screen on reboot with no explorer destroying the Windows Network stack. It was then on I looked into NoScript.
 
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Last AV I used was Sophos home, after Avast became a nagging nuisance – trying to get me to upgrade to a paid service every 5 minutes, shame, as that had been my staple for much of the Windows 7 era. But for the last 2 years or so, I’ve just used Windows Defender – and the occasional MWB scan; though that never finds anything even with my frequent trips on the high seas yarrrr!!!!

So yeah, AV is pretty much useless these days, unless you’re a PC World customer or an old person getting scammed easily :D
 
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Most infections stem from email attachments and public torrent trackers.

So as long as you don't open attachments from unknown senders and are cautious when using public torrents (no judgement from me) Windows Defender if perfectly good.

I used to always install AVG free, never in my life have I paid for antivirus, never will.

Now I only use defender, as they all seem pretty much the same, some will catch what others miss and vice-versa

Since win10 even I've had trouble accessing files (contact administrator!!!) and I'm the sole user and have admin rights LOL (looking at you "Owner - TrustedInstaller) so what chance does a virus or malware have LOL

Though a scan from malwarebytes isn't a bad thing now and then
 
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See a lot of folks saying windows defender but I keep hearing so many horror stories about it deleting things without any feedback or notification until you start looking for it and it ignoring whitelists.
 

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'So many"?!

Gonna have to post some links to these so many instances because I've only ever read one Reddit post which then got reshsred multiple times and it was only related to dvdcss ripping software.

Personally I've never seen anything like that nor do I know anyone who has had any such experience.
 
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My Kaspersky licence ran out two days ago.
From what I'm reading on this thread I may not renew it.
Maybe I'll just stick with defender then. Dunno though.
It was handy being able to right click on a downloaded file and do a virus scan straight from the menu. It gave me peace of mind.

Does Defender do web browser malware detection too?
 
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Oh yeah. So it does. Just had a look. I didn't realise. Kaspersky must have blagged that option when I had it active. Thank you.
Chrome Firefox all do malware/virus prevention 9nce flagged by 2 or more users

They prevent you from liadibg the site anyway :)
 
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Have been using Bitdefender Free edition for a couple of years and l am happy with it. Minimalistic and doesn't nag you to upgrade to the paid version. Unfortunately, they will end their support for the free edition on Dec 31st. Kaspersky has also a free edition which is considered a good solution.
 
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