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A good Free Virus Software

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    A good Free Virus Software


    Anyone know of any free virus protection software, something with real time protection would be good. Any advice would be really nice

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    Win 7 & Win 8


    I have turned (windows defender) off and am now using (Avast)
    Witch I believe is the best…
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Windows Defender. It's like MSE, but preinstalled and baked in. And free.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    As mentioned above, Windows Defender is a good/easy choice if you want free. You might do a little better with some other free program, but why bother? Excellent protection requires expenditure.
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    May want to have a look here: System Security - Windows 8 Forums

    I personally would stick with Windows Defender (enhanced version of MSE hardcoded into OS), as the only people who know the OS in and out right now are Microsoft and I do believe they are going to keep it that way.
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    Webster NY US
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    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by averchat View Post
    I have turned (windows defender) off and am now using (Avast)
    Witch I believe is the best…
    Why did you choose Avast over Windows Defender?
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    Either AVG or Avast, I use AVG with Windows Firewall.
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    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Either AVG or Avast, I use AVG with Windows Firewall.
    I'm still looking to gain understanding why people are using AVG or Avast, etc, instead of Windows Defender, which comes with Windows. Just wondering what the advantage is.
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    Posts : 99
    Windows 8.1 Professional x64


    AVG? Ugh. Not even a fan of Avast anymore. It's either Avira or MSE/Defender (8) for me. Defender seems to be working well, so sticking with that for now.
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    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Either AVG or Avast, I use AVG with Windows Firewall.
    I'm still looking to gain understanding why people are using AVG or Avast, etc, instead of Windows Defender, which comes with Windows. Just wondering what the advantage is.
    There really isn't any, since third parties don't have access to the new kernel source code. The only one that does is Microsoft.
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