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[OFFTOPIC] virus scanners (was: Does emacs cache something on windows wh

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: [OFFTOPIC] virus scanners (was: Does emacs cache something on windows when invoking call-process?)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:06:17 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>> One more case of virus software being not just useless but even harmful.
>> Just say no!
> I wonder what the practical infection vectors for windows these days
> if one is careful about installing stuff.

I think if your system (and web-browser) is kept up to date and you're
not installing random things a virus scanner statistically causes more
harm than good.

Virus scanners work hard to make you think they're useful, so they
advertise their presence and their work, and they're really happy to
tell you about all the presumed viruses they caught and "quarantined",
but in 99% of the cases (100% if you're not careless with your system)
either they're not viruses at all, or those viruses it caught are no
threat to your system because you've already plugged the corresponding
hole by staying up-to-date.


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