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Is Windows Defender for Windows 8 enough ??

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    Is Windows Defender for Windows 8 enough ??


    I was wondering if windows defender will provide enough security or should we use other anti virus too in windows 8...
    Last edited by susmasharma; 10 Aug 2013 at 01:45. Reason: grammar mistake

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    I haven't used anything but Windows Defender and previously MSE (windows 7) and I have never had any issues.

    No setup is fool proof. Literally unfortunately. And too much protection can tax your hardware/software.

    Thus, the #1 AV and anti-malware protection is Common Sense. Your AV/Firewall is just backup.
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    England, Northamptonshire
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    I agree with the best A/V being common sense and Windows Defender is enough unless you view some dodgy sites.

    As with a firewall, that is a must for any machine and should not be considered as a 'backup' since poor firewall setup can leave your machine vulnerable to network related attacks which cannot be avoided with common sense.

    Josh
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    Windows defender is enough antivirus protection for Windows 8, however I would compliment it with Malwarebytes free or Pro
    Free, you have to do manual scans, pro- allows you to schedule scans and runs in real time and works just fine on Windows 8

    As for a firewall other than Windows 8, I recommend you getting a router and connecting it up to your modem, it has a hardware firewall in it and if Windows 8 one fails you have a backup.
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    Hi there
    to the OP --simple answer - for home use (not corporate LANS) -- YES.

    Any other A/V software paid or free is a WASTE OF RESOURCES AND MONEY (IF USING PAID VERSIONS).

    In any case the best protection is YOURSELF in how you surf, whether you use pirate software from torrent sites, how you handle email and how much private info you store on social media sites etc.

    Don't ever bother with those comparative lists of how good / bad A/V software is measured against each other -- that stuff is ALWAYS at least a month out of date -- a new piece of malware could occur at ANY time so the results you read are not at all valid for the CURRENT situation in any case.

    Ms updates Windows defender for W8 and MSE for W7 very frequently --probably faster than any of the third party suppliers - especially as Ms has the Windows kernel source code.

    Cheers
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    Good advice here!!
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    For Windows, it's not enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissFortuneGo View Post
    For Windows, it's not enough.
    Explain?

    It's more than sufficient...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    to the OP --simple answer - for home use (not corporate LANS) -- YES.

    Any other A/V software paid or free is a WASTE OF RESOURCES AND MONEY (IF USING PAID VERSIONS).

    In any case the best protection is YOURSELF in how you surf, whether you use pirate software from torrent sites, how you handle email and how much private info you store on social media sites etc.

    Don't ever bother with those comparative lists of how good / bad A/V software is measured against each other -- that stuff is ALWAYS at least a month out of date -- a new piece of malware could occur at ANY time so the results you read are not at all valid for the CURRENT situation in any case.

    Ms updates Windows defender for W8 and MSE for W7 very frequently --probably faster than any of the third party suppliers - especially as Ms has the Windows kernel source code.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    While I agree about most of it, I did run in a lot of problems people had when using MSE and later had to clean up their computers. For somebody experienced enough on the internet it might be just enough but for others and careless ones I feel that more protection is needed. I use, recommend and install Avast free, it has very reasonable protection with not too high taxing on the system and if left with non-stop internet connection it updates up to 5 times a day and that's much more often than MSE and Defender. Most of newer computers with multicore processors and 4-8 GB of memory will not even notice a good AV or it will not have any noticeable impact on performance.
    Even with best protection it is advisable to run a check with other malware cleaning programs every now and than.
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    Susmasharma, Nice question i had the same in my mind. i am new to windows 8 and i would really like to hear a perfect answer for this question. i dont use any pirated software so it will be safe with windows defender?
    Last edited by HPgeek18; 03 Sep 2013 at 01:32.
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