- Nov 25, 2008
I'm sorry, but that is a terrible idea. There is NO WAY to protect yourself without an antivirus. The majority of virus infections happen through perfectly legit sites and can happen without you having to download anything. "Common sense" is about as helpful as condoms with holes poked in them.
Malware Infections Are Usually From "Legitimate" Websites | The Escapist
And if you got a virus (which you already may have), you'd have no way of knowing because many viruses operate silently.
There are different opinions on what to do. agreed there are viruses that operate silently , and if I notice a change in my computers behaviour or performance I'll download an AV program and scan, however, I completely disagree with your analogy "common sense is about as useful ect ect.." , common sense is at the very heart of what websites you should be visiting , what your online activities are, what you download, and where from.
I think if you're sensible about those decisions , then your cutting out most of the risk, I'm not saying ALL risks.
I had anti virus for the best part of ten years, and yes it nailed a few viruses , but I found my vigilance to more convenient , and cheaper.
I DO use Malwarebytes on a regular basis however.
There is also the propaganda nee theory that most of these so called viruses are manufactured by the anti virus companies themselves, for obvious reasons.