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Any working (and free) AntiVirus for W8 CP?

  1. #11


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64


    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    I've used MSE on Windows 7 since the start and I've had no Viruses at all, and I've been known to hang around some dodgy sites on occassion. As far as Windows 8 CP goes, I too have noticed the installs to be a bit slower as it does more checking on the files, also transferring files. But so far I'm okay with that, its the price you pay for security I suppose. Also they could fix that in upcoming updates.
    Thanks for the feed of info, Bill.

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  2. #12


    Avast 7 Works like a charm
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Avast 7 Works like a charm
    Norton 2012 works fine too but not free

    is Avast free?
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  4. #14


    We should forget about MSE. Billwindows is correct. MSE is now, in fact, the built in Windows defender. But, with MSE still installed in thousands of legacy OSs, at this stage updates will be normal so, hopefully, there is no serious problem whichever you decide to run - until MS inform us otherwise.!
    Last edited by davehc; 05 Mar 2012 at 08:13.
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  5. #15


    Australia
    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    im using bullguard its working fine and I think you can get it free for six months
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  6. #16


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 39
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Centre


    Quote Originally Posted by bunty View Post
    im using bullguard its working fine and I think you can get it free for six months
    It's free for 90 days, I'm using it without any issue's
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  7. #17



    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Quote Originally Posted by JimBoyJohnson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Avast 7 Works like a charm
    Norton 2012 works fine too but not free

    is Avast free?
    Yes, Avast! is totally free for the basic antivirus (all you need to do is to register in order to receive updates for the full year). They do offer other products based on the free AV, however these are not free. I have used the free version for a good few years now, and never had any problems.
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  8. #18


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    We should forget about MSE. Billwindows is correct. MSE is now, in fact, the built in Windows defender. But, with MSE still installed in thousands of legacy OSs, at this stage updates will be normal so, hopefully, there is no serious problem whichever you decide to run - until MS inform us otherwise.!
    ?????? What a Load of the proverbial.

    Why on EARTH should a company like MS release a product which it KNOWS is instrumental to its continuing survival that isn't fit for purpose.

    MSE works just fine.

    And just pray just where do these 3rd party company AV software firms get their access to the W8 kernel from currently -- I'm sure MS isn't giving away the source code just yet.

    Most of the 3rd party AV stuff is actually based on W7 --which although similar IS NOT THE SAME AS W8.

    If it isn't then they are just being guilty of Hacking a proprietary product and use of their software should be considered ILLEGAL.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #19


    Jimbo,
    look here:
    How do I keep Windows 8 Consumer Preview secure from malware? - Microsoft Answers
    In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials have been combined into a single, pre-installed feature of Windows, named Windows Defender.
    Also:
    Windows 8 Compatibility for Microsoft security essentials: Drivers, Updates, Downloads

    Also:
    Click image for larger version
    Click image for larger version

    As you can see Windows Defender in Windows 8 has Virus definition and uses almost the same Engines as MSE.
    So there is no point on disabling it (which is the same and which is offcially compatible) and installing MSE which is possbily not compatible (it is officially stated as incompatible).
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 CP 64bit


    At this stage, using the built in "Windows Firewall" and "Windows Defender" is working quite well. no viruses and although I have noticed installs are a tad slower to start once they start they are quicker then Windows XP/7 on my little laptop. so yeah, was running Avast basic before on Windows XP 32 bit now upgraded to Windows 8 CP 64-bit. so much quicker.
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