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Uninstall Norton, turn on Window Defender & Malwarebytes ?

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    Uninstall Norton, turn on Window Defender & Malwarebytes ?


    I have two days left on my Norton trial, that came with my PC.
    I'm thinking about uninstalling it and turning on Windows Defender along with
    Malwarebytes Pro...would this be sufficient protection?
    Others on the forum like Kaspersky as a paid antivirus.
    I've been searching through past Posts, but I'm starting to get more confused.
    Any and all thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    If you want to pay, you are much better off with Norton than with Kaspersky. But if you want to go with Defender, you have to uninstall Norton with their uninstaller - else you will be in trouble. https://support.norton.com/sp/en/us/...rProfile_en_us

    PS: I think you will be OK with Defender and MWB
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    Posts : 1,770
    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Get rid of Norton and use Windows Defender. I have Malwarebytes Pro and highly recommend it. Install MVPS Hosts as well and you will not need to worry about anything. See here for great info and a link to MVPS Hosts: So how did I get infected in the first place? - Malwarebytes Forum.

    Also, configure IE10 so that ActiveX Filtering is on, override cookie handling so that you block first and third party cookies, and only allow session cookies, turn on pop-up blocker, enable protected mode and turn on tracking protection.
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    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Am I missing something here, I haven't heard of Windows Defender for years, aren't we running Microsoft Security Essentials. That's all I run and haven't had a Virus for years. Although if people are going on porn sites and gambling sites they might need a bit of extra protection.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Am I missing something here, I haven't heard of Windows Defender for years, aren't we running Microsoft Security Essentials. That's all I run and haven't had a Virus for years. Although if people are going on porn sites and gambling sites they might need a bit of extra protection.
    What you miss is that the Windows 8 version of MSE is Defender. No more MSE. And I caught a couple of nasties when using MSE - and not on porn or gambling sites. Norton is the best in my book - but that is my book.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    windows Defender


    In control panel---
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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Bill should try using Windows 8 a bit more and put aside his Apple and Android devices.
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    Ok, Ok, hold on you guys.....I'm takin' notes as fast as I can, but Keep the comments coming. They're just what I was looking for.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    What is this red business - can hardly read it.
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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Bill should try using Windows 8 a bit more and put aside his Apple and Android devices.
    Just goes to show how painless Defender is, I didn't even know it was there. Just like Windows 8 all over, easy painless and so secure you don't even notice it.
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