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Re: Mart -- [Solved] [Well, not solved,. but sickened by] Re: Group thoughts on: Anti-virus tools




On Tue 12 Mar 2019 at 15:01:32 (+0100), Mart van de Wege wrote:
> Stefan Monnier <monnier@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> 
> >> OP has a point though. The real world happens to have a huge amount of
> >> heterogeneous networks, and asking for tools to keep those systems safe
> >> is legitimate.
> >
> > I did not perceive the OP's request to be about the case where you
> > administer lots of machines and you want to use a Debian machine as
> > a virus-filter for all those other machines running Windows or whatnot.
> >
> > So I assumed he meant "I do want to run A/V" to mean that he wants to
> > run an A/V just like all random Windows users feel the need to run some
> > A/V software on their machine to feel safer.
> >
> I tend to make assumptions that the asker of a question knows what they
> are talking about. In this case that meant assuming OP had a
> heterogeneous environment they wanted to secure.
> 
> Sure, this is not always true, but assuming 'just a random Windows user'
> is a tad...uncharitable, to say the least. Again proving OP's
> disappointment to be correct, alas.

I thought just the opposite, ie that the OP ran a linux system in a
Windows dominated culture. (Isn't the OP posting from a linux system?)
I spent seven years working with linux in an almost totally Windows
(administration)/Mac (proselytising academics) institution, being eyed
suspiciously whenever their fragile systems misbehaved.

And in more recent years, I've signed up to many systems that carry
warnings like this:

   "If you use […], your computer, modem and mobile phone must meet
    any reasonable requirements we may set; you must carry out your
    own regular virus checks; […] "

A lot of peer pressure (if not T&C) to be always virus-scanning things …

Cheers,
David.