Just as an FYI and not really trying to troll this thread or anything.
I am VERY security conscious of my computer and other devices I use. I have been using computers for approximately 35 years. I build my own computers from components and am pretty familiar with hardware issues and what can cause them and how to resolve them. Not so good at software generally. I believe this only serves to make me even more security conscious because I’m not very familiar with how software works from a programing level.
In all my years of computer usage I have never gotten a virus so bad on my computer that i’ve had to completely crash windows and reformat my HDD and reinstall windows. I have gotten about 3 or 4 viruses over the years that might have become serious enough to cause significant problems with my computer but at the same time I had fairly decent antivirus software to ward this off.
I have over my computer lifetime used Norton AV and McAfee AV and Kaspersky off and on depending on which one was a better deal at the time and/or might have come for free from a particular source or service I am using. I have also used Windows Defender for some spans also.
I do not work for Norton or McAfee or Windows or anyone else and i’m not pimping these programs for some kind of financial gain or anything. I’m just trying to illustrate something i’ve noticed in many years of experience with general computer software as far as antivirus.
I am very leery of most any other antivirus program because i’ve noticed that it seems like everytime Norton or McAfee and Kaspersky to a lesser extent comes up with a new way to possibly spot virus activity in files, many MANY other programs seem to try to add this to their to their program ASAP, to better or worse results.
It appears the aprox 15 people who have posted in here about this problem are EXTREMELY worried about computer security, for better or worse, and at some point the border between excessive paranoia vs logical conclusion seems to slide around a bit.
ALOT of antivirus programs are not very good. I’d say probably over half of them TBH. And when an issue like this comes up it seems like logical thought gets frequently tossed out the window in favor of the blame game about what in this case Funcom did wrong in causing this to happen, which is probably the furthest thing from the real truth. Several people in here who are far more known in regard to reliability of information and helpfulness in this game have already tried to calm the flames and apparently this was all for naught.
In posting this i’m not trying to specifically irritate anyone in particular. I’m simply trying to present the reality of the situation, both from my personal point of view and experience, and from information already posted, from a different direction to see if this possibly results in a new way at looking at the situation from a more logical perspective.
My apologies for this being a very long drawn out post but I had alot of thoughts about the problem after reading thru all of the comments in this thread and forming an opinion.