Hi,my name is Pete,I'm 31 & have been building pc's for about 6 yrs. The big virus trend started only a few years ago. This was when virus scanners were largely looked over until a few kids decided to make a few,probably out of boredom. Now my virus scanner updates almost everyday. Why? Well,whether paid or free, if we had no new viruses, we'd have no need to have a billion companies offering various products. Think a pimply faced teen can hack microsoft's main frame & wreak havoc on messenger & emails? No way,& the perpetrators were never caught.There's pros behind all this. Some are "wild",created by losers with nothing better to do. Alot come from music sites & these are the work of the music industry to try & foil the downloading & transfer of music files. To make a good virus you usually need 2 things,alot of brains & money, things most teens don't have enough of. However,Mc Afee,Norton,AVG,Avast!(personal favorite),do have these resouces. Cmon how else can they fix a virus in less than 24hrs. of indroduction to the net? The music industry is one of the worst virus creators. Same with "crack" websites,offering software & serial cracks. Either way it doesn't matter. Stay on safe sites,run a good firewall,run Avast! anti-virus,& microsoft anti-spyware. You can't go wrong with that combo. Paid anti-virus only gives more support,which I never needed,except from norton when I had that. Alot of free scanners are as good if not better than paid ones.I kinda expounded off the main track,but hopefully, some peoples eyes will be opened.
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