Antivirus is such security theatre.

As the filename suggests, that's an archive I made myself, of some the process of being backed up again, as it has been for *checks date* since 2017.

Ah, checking the date made it "detect" it in the normal on-drive version.

Now I get to play a game where it tries to quarantine it repeatedly, snatching away the UI to say "leave it alone, idiot".

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All this CPU power burnt to allay an ancient fear, while the real risk these days is my browser getting confused about if a website is my bank or not.

(This is after I get paged awake because the oncall on the other shift undrained a thing that was still broken at handoff time, which at least let me catch the silence which would have expired soon after, but did nothing about my dreams transitioning from "neat speedrun" to "anxiety that the pager went and you ignored it, wake up, wake back up", or that someone decided to ring my damn intercom then run off.)

@LionsPhil I don't think it qualifies for "security theater" in most cases, especially end-user Windows boxes. The fundamental thing that makes anti-virus beneficial is that it is faster to push a detection definition than a patch for the vulnerable software, especially if your AV maintainer is active and the software maintainer isn't. (And unfortunately security fixes aren't a priority for lots of software.) So while it isn't an elegant or bulletproof solution it does provide real benefit (at huge cost).

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