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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Not a Norton lower by any stretch but it is much better than WD, actually, most AVs, even free ones, are better as far as protection is concerned.
    I use WD only and no problems whatsoever.
    Did you ever used WD on 8 to confirm?
    Yes until finished with setup and customization of windows, couple of days, and when I installed Avast it found bunch of bad stuff on first scan. Also had to clean up few other computers that were using WD only. Mind you, those were owned by people that did not know much about protection on the net or were sticking USB mem sticks from schools and such places. With proper care taken when on internet, I think that Defender might be enough for most part but for heavy use just will not cut it. For one, it is not nearly often enough updated, Avast updates sometimes 5 times a day and even like that it can not always keep up with new stuff. I was fan of NOD32 for long time but now I prefer to have few security layers. Using Avast free, that does not seem to conflict with WD but I shut WD service anyway because it is not needed at the same time. I also use McShield which is also free and works automatically when USB memory stick is inserted. It is very light on the system, scans faster than general purpose AVs and is updated almost every day.
    Mind you, my computers, specially this main one which is on and on the internet 24/7 see a lot of traffic, both on and off the internet so I like to be better safe than sorry. I also do weekly scans with Avast and few other ones that address specific treats. My whole home network is protected by hardware firewall and a proxy server with daily backups of important files. In case you are wandering, I am not paranoid but have a real need to keep important stuff safe and not to unintentionally spread malware if I can help it.

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  2. #12


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Not a Norton lower by any stretch but it is much better than WD, actually, most AVs, even free ones, are better as far as protection is concerned.
    I use WD only and no problems whatsoever.
    Did you ever used WD on 8 to confirm?
    Yes until finished with setup and customization of windows, couple of days, and when I installed Avast it found bunch of bad stuff on first scan. Also had to clean up few other computers that were using WD only. Mind you, those were owned by people that did not know much about protection on the net or were sticking USB mem sticks from schools and such places. With proper care taken when on internet, I think that Defender might be enough for most part but for heavy use just will not cut it. For one, it is not nearly often enough updated, Avast updates sometimes 5 times a day and even like that it can not always keep up with new stuff. I was fan of NOD32 for long time but now I prefer to have few security layers. Using Avast free, that does not seem to conflict with WD but I shut WD service anyway because it is not needed at the same time. I also use McShield which is also free and works automatically when USB memory stick is inserted. It is very light on the system, scans faster than general purpose AVs and is updated almost every day.
    Mind you, my computers, specially this main one which is on and on the internet 24/7 see a lot of traffic, both on and off the internet so I like to be better safe than sorry. I also do weekly scans with Avast and few other ones that address specific treats. My whole home network is protected by hardware firewall and a proxy server with daily backups of important files. In case you are wandering, I am not paranoid but have a real need to keep important stuff safe and not to unintentionally spread malware if I can help it.
    Yes it's better to scan the system and check with multiple programs just to make sure.
    Better safe than sorry.

    Now that you gave me ideas, I've scanned with Avast and it didn't found anything so I'm keeping Defender...
    It really depends on the user and what he/she is using daily. If you are careful enough, your machine has less chance to get infected.
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