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Is Windows Defender okay?

  1. #11


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Oh okay, thanks for the tip whs.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    You are welcome.
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  3. #13


    Although, best antivirus is between your ears, so to speak.
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  4. #14


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I use Windows Defender and nothing else on my other laptop running 8.1 and i haven't had any Malware problems (That i am aware of) on it yet and it's been going for a couple months now! I do use the Web Of Trust Add on for chrome to help me avoid Malicious websites though.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Windows Defender works great. It's all I have on all of my PC's.
    As stated, Run MRT Full scan from time to time. Especially after it is updated through Windows Updates
    Goto Search and type in MRT and hit Enter
    Run Full Scan.

    However, even if you did have a paid for A/V, or just using Windows Defender,
    it is still recommended to run a couple of different on-line scanners as well from time to time.

    Couple of examples and the only ones at this time I would recommend.
    Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET
    Free Internet Security Scan | Kaspersky Lab US

    No single A/V Suite is perfect at all things.

    A/V's to avoid?

    Number 1 - AVG
    McAffee
    Trend

    Kaspersky is ok, but has it's issues
    Norton is ok, but has it's issues.
    Eset NOD32 is better in my opinion.
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  6. #16


    Scotland
    Posts : 43
    Windows 7


    For a list of very handy on demand scanners take a look at this Very Useful Protection Programs+Instructions
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  7. #17


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    WD is fine and as people say, it runs light on CPU, bit it runs heavy on HDD, so it might not be a good choice for laptops and such. I prefer to use PandaCloud, when there is a good internet connection.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    A/V's to avoid?

    Number 1 - AVG.
    Any thoughts why? I always install AVG Free to computers, it is quite light with an email and linkscanner disabled and it is one of a few free AVs, that can be configured to deal with a virus without popups.
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  8. #18


    Scotland
    Posts : 43
    Windows 7


    It isn't as light to run as others, It has been known to cause several problems such as BSOD,
    Avast and MSE offer better protection in my opinion, i never had any problems with AVG, i ran it for about 3 years and it was good, i then switched it out for avast and i haven't looked back
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  9. #19


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Okay guy! Thanks for all the great advice!
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  10. #20


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    AVG

    Because I can write a book on the number of PC's I have had to clean up that had AVG installed
    The number of times a system was infected beyond recognition with AVG installed
    The number of times that running a different scanner finally caused AVG to realize it was infected, but still couldn't clean anything.

    try having one PC with over 4000+ viruses that had replicated itself on a system with AVG installed.

    Sorry, I will never ever recommend AVG.

    Avast,, ok, but still,, I would recommend MSE/Windows Defender over Avast.

    People would be better off not installing anything over having AVG
    I would recommend McAfee before I would recommend AVG, and McAfee hasn't been very good for a very long time.
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