Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Anti-Virus Windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 29
    windows 8.1

    Anti-Virus Windows 8.1


    Greetings,

    A question from a complete newbie.
    Do we need an 'anti-virus' for windows 8.1 ? I have just realized when I got my new rig ( 3 weeks ago) the OS never asked me if I wanted a third party 'anti-virus' in my system. I was used to windows pointing me to sites where I could make an educated choice for my 'anti-virus' software. Since that never happened, I thought that something must have changed for Windows not to ask for an 'anti-virus'. For example, Windows upgraded its security or whatnot (again, complete noob arguments here). I checked and I have (pre-installed) Windows Defender. Is that enough ?

    Kind Regards,

    zongo saiba

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    If you are pretty careful with your browsing and downloading, you can survive with MS Defender and the built in Windows Firewall.

    But there are a bunch of the Monkey-Pak viruses going around, they hijack your system and you can't even get into Task manager to shut off the process. If the virus stays in the system more than a few days, it may encrypt your hard drive.

    The system I removed Monkey-Pak from had Norton which did not even bother to remove the virus, but Eset did, and perhaps others like AVG or Avira work too, but only the paid versions will give you maximum protection from that. Sirefef is another virus that is a huge irritant, and Norton or McAfee is also powerless against those too.

    If you buy an AV, do not buy one that also takes over the already sufficient Windows Firewall, the way the viruses work, is they attack systems running Norton or other alleged AV program which replaces Windows Firewall with their own useless version, and once the Windows Firewall goes down, then Sirefef can infect Defender and that's a whole other issue. I believe AVG, Avira, and Eset all sell strict AV programs that do not also replace the Firewall, but they also have versions that do. Stick with the versions that do not install their own firewall.

    If Defender is Running in 8.1, the Security Center takes that as a "Yes, I have AV installed" so you do not get asked. But if you do install a 3rd party AV, Defender will be disabled. You can have one and only one AV installed at one time.

    This does not include Anti Malware programs like Malwarebytes, and those are always a good idea to install anyway.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    @xwe - Where is a user more susceptible to be attacked by the Monkey-Pak and what are the symptoms ? Thanks !
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 29
    windows 8.1


    Thanks for your reply. What really amazes me is that, it seems, clients (ie: pc) are supposed to be a anti-virus, firewall, anti malware, and whatnot; like 15 in one. For someone like me, the concept of a PC is just to browse the net, read emails, and play. I was reading posts on forums explaining how anti-virus slow down your computer drastically. In particular, anti-virus seems to affect memory a lot (as per posts I read on forums). It just does not make much sense. Why install a piece of software that will slow down you computer!! Also, on some posts, I read that anti-virus often don' t even protect you pro-actively. I mean, it is more a cure than it is a solution. They work after you have been infected: If you still have the control of your PC of course (as you mentioned); otherwise, that you are cooked and done for . Confuse it is, I have to say, and I am not even mentioning the fact that you don't even know which anti-virus is best. Most of the reviews out there seem to be biased even those who claim they are not. It's a complete eco-system that evolves around Windows.
    How do you know if you have been infected or affected by some type of malware? I understand that I need to be running Windows Defender on some schedule but is there another way ? I read also that the best malware are just not detectable. Scary, isn't it ?

    Kind Regards,

    zongo saiba
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    A good antivirus and anti malware product should not noticeably slow down your computer. I've had good luck with them proactively catching problems before they got to my computer. I will admit, most effective thing was to stop searching for free/pirated/stolen software. Almost all issues magically went away.

    There is no "best"product, if there was that is what we would all be using.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Canon City
    Posts : 249
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Safe browsing is key but using a good anti virus is important cause just like anything in life stuff just happens. I use the Free version of Avast Anit-Virus, Malwarebytes and Windows Firewall.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 2
    win 8


    I currently use Yet Another Cleaner, as for free antivirus, Yet Another Cleaner would be enough to provide good PC protection and clean up.
    You can't get better service for free antivirus
    Yet Another Cleaner 2014 | Lifetime Free PC Optimizer
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Scotland
    Posts : 192
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Read THIS and decide for yourself. I have decided to go with Defender and Emet.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    I have Norton Internet Security(NIS) and malware bytes both paid for and work very well together. I have used Norton since way back in the 90's or when ever it started up, it has become very light weight on your system and has always been very effective. I haven't had a problem in the last 6 or 7 years since I quit trying to use pirated software.
    I have two WS online 24/7 and a notebook and a touchscreen HP that are turned on when we use them.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by Jacob W View Post
    I currently use Yet Another Cleaner, as for free antivirus, Yet Another Cleaner would be enough to provide good PC protection and clean up.
    You can't get better service for free antivirus
    Yet Another Cleaner 2014 | Lifetime Free PC Optimizer


    Hmm... https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/y...tent=rw-viewsc
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Anti-Virus Windows 8.1
Related Threads
Hello Guys, previously I had A trail version of McAfee Total Protection 2013 but now its going to expire. So now I need a premium Anti Virus. So my question is that which antivirus should I buy? Money is not a factor but I need A very very powerful Anti Virus to protect my both Windows 8 and my...
Solved Anti Virus For Windows 8 in System Security
Hi Everyone, I have found one anti virus software that support Windows 8.0 Core/Professional x64 edition. The name of the anti virus software is Symantec Endpoint Protection. This is a very powerful anti virus it could detect virus/maleware very fast. Hope you will enjoy using it.:D
Recently I have had some BSOD problems with my computer. After posting to the forums my crash dumps, I was recommended to try uninstalling AVG as it could be the culprit. So far so good and I have not had any blue screens. Upon uninstalling AVG I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials. I...
So, I have a brand new Asus N56JR laptop. Upgraded to 8.1 and due to some graphics driver problems I Reset the PC to factory and so back to Windows 8. Came preloaded with McAfee, but I like Avast so I uninstalled McAfee. Just when I was about to restart to finish unsinstall -> BSOD,...
Hi folks I just installed win 8.1 and I'm wondering if I really really need antivirus and anti spam software. With win 7 I had eset smart security 5 and it worked well but I'm wondering if win 8.1's firewall and defender software is enough to keep me as well protected as eset's smart security 5...
HI, I have just installed Windows 8.1 Pro preview and wondered if anyone knows of a free Anti Virus program i can use in the meantime while i wait for the proper Windows 8.1 to be released as my Mcafee is not working yet for it and nor is AVG. Thank You kindly Andrew :geek:
I search Anti-virus and Anti-spyware to install on Win8, but i want the softwares is light and effective. Think about AVAST anti-virus free and SPYBOT for spyware, Whats do you think about this? And about MSE, i understood the operation system Win8 include the MSE in Windows Defender, but i...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook