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  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 ; Ubuntu 13.10 x64


    IMO for home use you don't need anything more than built-in Windows Defender/firewall. But, if that doesn't give you peace-of-mind, then my second suggestion would be the free Avast! antivirus.

    It's also a good idea to install scanners, such as Malwarebytes and Superantispyware.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Just waiting for jimbo45 to see this thread and come post.
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  3. #13


    All in one: Kaspersky Internet security.
    Gets updates thrice a day and comletes full scan in a short time.

    With Due to respect to defender, I don't trust it.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mastsethi View Post
    All in one: Kaspersky Internet security.
    Gets updates thrice a day and comletes full scan in a short time.

    With Due to respect to defender, I don't trust it.
    I always find it ironic that people don't trust Defender. Let's put it like this. Other paid virus protection suites are made by people who depend on computers being penetrable to viruses, they would rather people be scared witless and buy their products- they need all the horrible things out there to continue. Defender is made by Microsoft who would like nothing better than to give you ironclad protection and an invincible fortress so they can make money on their OS and software being an impenetrable wall. Both parties want to make money, the difference is Microsoft solely cares about eliminating the security threats because they impede their image, and the anti-virus companies care about delivering a product that works, but on the other, need the status quo to continue for many years.


    I know which group I don't trust and it isn't Microsoft's Defender.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
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    Also not to mention that third party AV companies have to hack and reverse engineer their software to work a little bit right on Windows 8, since Microsoft is the only one that has access to the new kernel.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 ; Ubuntu 13.10 x64


    I've just switched my main desktop to Avast! Free. So far it has given me no problems and slowdowns, etc. and works very well. Don't know why but I feel more secure with a more robust antivirus even though Defender/MSE hasn't given me a problem (I've been using them for a long time).

    I think I will stay with avast! for now on my desktop, because it has more hardware. But for my older PCs, and family PCs, I will still use MSE.
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  7. #17


    My First scan: Defender takes ages to complete the full scan. Slowest scan ever!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 ; Ubuntu 13.10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mastsethi View Post
    My First scan: Defender takes ages to complete the full scan. Slowest scan ever!
    Unfortunately I think this may just be because you selected the full scan.
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  9. #19



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    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    Full scan of WD takes a long time. You should only do a full scan once a month and a quick scan once a week. You should add Malwarebytes pro in the mix or if you do not want to purchase it you can install the free version and annually run it every few days. The pro should be set to run every day not near the time WD runs
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  10. #20


    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Mine only takes forty minutes.
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