Forget about OS X and Linux. I'm talking Windows here. Obviously
the Internet is saturated (as in dripping) with Windows malware
and virii. I couldn't possibly be suggesting that any sane
person would run without A/V software installed, could I?
Well, no.. except..
Suppose it's me. I don't use Windows, but say that I did. I'd
be running Firefox, obviously. I'd have the NoScript plugin at
the very least. I don't browse porn sites. When people
send me email with "You gotta see this!" attachments, I don't gotta and
I don't open them or even download them. Even on OS X, I just delete
that stuff. I don't "gotta" see it.
When they send me website links, I might follow through, but it
depends. If it's some supposedly hilarious thing that everybody is
talking about, well, probably not. Even on my Mac, I'm less
likely to visit anything like that. I'll never open or visit any
electronic "greeting card" either. Thanks for thinking of me,
I'm sure it was really cute, I didn't open it.
So would I really need A/V software? I don't know - I'd
probably install it, but sheesh: anti-virus slows everything
down to a crawl.. I'd hate running it. I'm really not sure
what I'd do if I were stuck running Windows (you know, after
Microsoft gets Congress to pass a law making everything else illegal). I guess I'd be
a good little boy and run A/V, but..
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