Originally Posted by bfhancock
Getting a virus on my fresh new HTPC (once I build it in a week or two); this is a definite fear I have.
I was wondering this the other night. Should I install anti-virus on my Win 7 HTPC I am about to build? It is my first HTPC (EXCITING!) but I have no idea if I need protection for anti-virus, malware, spyware, etc. We will NOT be browsing on it. This rule has been heavily established, but there will be some Usenet access happening pretty constantly in the background... for... things... Is it better to be safe than sorry or will that software just cause my HTPC to be bogged down?
Here's my $0.02:
- If you connect to the internet, at a minimum you should definitely use an anti-virus program.
- Using an anti-virus program is not 100% bulletproof, especially if the computer is shared. In such cases, the HTPC is at the mercy of its worst user (and, yes, that user could, at any given moment, be you... or me!) Despite any agreed-upon mandates you set, there is no way to have absolute control over who clicks on what for 100% of the time.
- When (not if) a virus or malware gets in, there are three recovery scenarios:
1. Reactive option: Eradicate the virus/malware, and fix any damage it inflicts on your system.
2. Proactive option: Restore your system to a previously working state from your most recent backup.
3. Start over option: Format and re-install... AKA "Nuke and repave"
- IMHO, the proactive option is the best option. If you do regular backups of your HTPC system, you can recover from any failure, whether it's a virus infection, a hard disk crash, or a borked system change, like a bad driver update.
That's my input, for what it's worth
Congratulations on your new HTPC system. Have fun... and, of course, be safe.