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Can I fool Windows into thinking a virus scanner is installed?

For "authentication" purposes I'm required to have an up-to-date anti-virus and firewall installed on my computer. I suspect the check is done with Windows (7), as it is capable of monitoring anti-virus and firewall status.

Of course anti-viruses are simply a waste of computer resources so I don't want to install a real one. My question is if there are any good (non-malicious, effective) "fake" anti-viruses that simply pretend an AV is on your computer to trick Windows, without actually having the functionality behind them.

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What do you mean by "authentication" purposes? –  sudo Jun 19 '12 at 16:11
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Who are you trying to fool? Just install the anti-virus required by IT department. –  Ramhound Jun 19 '12 at 16:13
    
    
actually I call for duplicate –  Baarn Jun 19 '12 at 16:15
    
Yes my IT department requires it. I'm sure it's necessary for secretaries and such and it's fine on their own hardware, but when running a VM at home and it's sluggish enough without AV. –  peu ping Jun 19 '12 at 16:17

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Dont be silly. Run the AV required by your IT department. As someone who works in a corporate IT department, I know your type. You are smarter than them, know more about computers, and could teach them everything they need to know. Or you could do your job, and not circumvent them doing their jobs.

"Of course anti-viruses are simply a waste of computer resources so I don't want to install a real one. My question is if there are any good (non-malicious, effective) "fake" anti-viruses that simply pretend an AV is on your computer to trick Windows, without actually having the functionality behind them."

Seriously, just run the AV, dont be that person.

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The point is I'm using my own computer and will secure it however I want. I've never used an AV and never had a problem. On the other hand I've seen botnets of thousands of computers with every assortment of AV installed. You tell me how effective they are. –  peu ping Jun 20 '12 at 0:23
    
Yes, it is your own personal computer. Maybe its time to request a laptop from your IT department. Make sure you tell them that you are explicitly trying to circumvent security measures and request that are in place by people who for lack of a better term, know quite a bit more about security then you do. –  francisswest Jun 20 '12 at 3:44

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