It really does not matter which one you use, none of them are perfect, you need as jimbo said watch where you go, you need to have safe surfing, you need to read, you need to watch where you go, you need common sense, if you stick your finger in fire it will burn, the same thing with the Internet You can have mega protection and still pull something in
Right now I'm using Windows Defender and Malwarebytes because I'm a broke ass student but what do you all think of Avast or AVG, both free versions of course.
Well, it is a good security tool for windows. Since you are using it and still worried for your system’s security; then I would suggest you to use dual virus protection for your windows 8 system. Get an antivirus which is compatible with windows defender like Immunet 3.0, Avira, and Kaspersky etc and install anyone of them. With dual security protection, you need not to worry about virus or malicious infections. Do practice safe browsing from your computer. Don’t use incompatible tool as it will cause conflicting issues.
I disagree, you are not suppose to run 2 antivirus protection because they will fight each other and you will wind up crashing Windows 8, windows defender is made for windows 8 and is excellent but if you want extra protection, you can purchase Malwarebytes pro or get the free addition and run manual weekly scans. The pro versions you can set up scans to do it automatically and it will protect you in real time and does not interfere with your antivirus program. The rest is what I posted prior about having common sense and watching where you go
also kaspersky and Avira and avg or avast will turn off WD when install because they cannot run along side WD which is again another antivirus program. All antivirus programs when you install them warn you or will not install if there is another antivirus program installed
Agasta, stick with what you have and download Malwarebytes free version and run it once a week. Follow my suggestion about safe surfing and you will be just fine
Thank you robinb9 for your suggestion. I will do as you say.
Although Defender seems to be effective generally, I'd also go with having Malwarebytes running occasionally - if you ever try to download, or upgrade a utility, manual, driver or something from a page with confusing array of download buttons, it is easy to pick up some PUP (potentially unwanted program) or BHO (browser helper object) that slows things down and may open your system up to further malicious exploits.
Defender does not guard against these with the strength or determination that it guards against programs that may be related to piracy against Microsoft applications and OSs, and often lets these nuisance programs through.
The worst problem is psychological - when Windows seems to be behaving worse than it should do, it is far too easy to panic and download unnecessary programs that promise a lot and yet leave you more vulnerable than ever. Never fall for traps like "Your computer is Running slow", or "2 people are trying to spy on your computer"...