I recently did a clean install of my OS, but I did not backup my antivirus
software and had no way of getting one, so I decided to download one from the
internet with only the firewall running: Windows firewall and no security patches
for Windows had been updated either. Was this a bad idea? And what were the
chances of getting infected by doing something like this?
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Downloading virus protection software
It was not a bad idea.
I typically do something like that myself when I start up a new machine and
Will you get infected?
What are the chances? Pretty low.
Here are the ways you protected yourself:
- One, Firewall is on
Make sure that the firewall is on as soon as possible. In fact, most current
versions of Windows do that for you automatically. They start with the firewall
turned on. That prevents malware out on the internet from accessing and
infecting your machine.
- Two, download security first
The next most common way that malware infects your machine is to be invited
in. By that I mean, you click on a bad website; you download a file that’s
infected; you open an infected attachment in email.
As long as you avoid all of that, don’t start surfing the web, don’t start
downloading other files, don’t start opening attachments that are in your
email, you should be fine. Focus first on downloading your anti-malware from a
trusted source and then installing those.
‘You done good!’
In my opinion, that is not just reasonable. That’s a pretty safe way of
bootstrapping the security of your system.
So offhand, I’d say the chances are pretty low to get an infection, and you