If I read the initial reply wrong, then I apologize.
But reading it again still reads like it's some sort of schadenfreude.
Look, I've been running sans anti-virus since 2007. This wasn't the first virus I've gotten, and it won't be the last. My machine is 100% functional again, no problems.
I choose not to run an anti-virus program because they almost ALWAYS mess up games. Games will freeze up, stop working, and often times run so slow as not to be playable at all. I would remove the anti-virus software and the games work fine again. There's just no way that result occurs if it wasn't the anti-virus programs doing it.
Since I choose not to run anti-virus software, I will not post here for support in getting rid of one. This topic was merely a standard topic concerning WIndows Vista, not the virus. I realize you folks don't approve of me not running an anti-virus program.
That's fine, there are things I don't approve as well. And one thing I don't approve of is giving business to an illegitimate industry. If viruses became non-existant tomorrow, do you know how many businesses would lose lots of money??? With that kind of incentive, it's only a question of when, not if, one or more of those companies is complicit in causing viruses to ensure they don't lose that business.
That, and the fact they almost always make games act funky is enough for me to decide not to run them. You will disagree, and that's fine. But I stand by assertion that it's only a matter when, and not if, the same companies that make money off of anti-virus software will or have become complicit in the viruses themselves. One only need look at history to understand that man will do almost anything to make a buck. So I'm not going to support that industry. And you can feel free to disagree.
But I'm not going to come on here and go AHA, I've run another year without an anti-virus program and that proves my point. Yet it's ok for you guys to do that very thing by saying "I did advise you to run an AV such as Avast or MSE free but you declined, well the inevitable has happened so I suggest you do what you said you would do and cancel your internet subscription,"???
I'll leave geekstogo now for good but I wonder how many other folks reading that same sentence, word for word, also thought it was some form of schadenfreude. I'd bet I'm not the only one.
Best of luck to all of you, and I'm sorry for causing a controversy here. But, like I said, it STILL reads like an AHA GOTCHA comment to me.