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Any working (and free) AntiVirus for W8 CP?

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64

    Any working (and free) AntiVirus for W8 CP?


    Good day folks.

    Any working (and free) Anti-Virus for W8?

    With the default Windows Defender in place, it's just painfully slow to install any software in W8 CP. The initial check will at least take several seconds before the actual installation starts. (msi installations are OK presumably because MS got all their IDs and pre-OK them).

    Even copying a 15KB gif file took it more than 10 seconds to check before the actual copying started. And I was copying from a folder in d: to another folder in d:, not even the "sensitive" C partition was involved! (I know it was Defender slowing things down from checking out the process viewer).

    The free Avira did not work on my W8 developer preview, and AFAIK MS SE is not yet ready for W8 either.

    So would be happy to know a decent replacement for Defender.

    Thanks.

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


    Hi there
    YES MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) installs --works fine and is COMPLETELY free small and fast. Takes minimal resources too and has frequent virus / spyware definition updates too. Other 3rd party AV software won't have the "innards" of W8 yet for some time -- their AV facilities will be based on how they still do it in W7.

    Not sure why YOUR software installs are painfully slow. All of mine are fine.

    I installed the ENTIRE CS5.5 Adobe suite with ALL of its updates in around 30 mins on a tiny netbook -- this was in fact QUICKER than the same software installed on W7 on a much more powerful machine.

    MS Office pro installed in about 5 mins.

    Can't see what the problem is with installs !!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64


    Thanks Jimbo!!

    That's great news. I thought MSE was not ready for W8 during the DP stage....

    Cheers!
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  4. #4


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


    Hi there -- that was DP -- I'm running on the Consumer preview now --so far its fine.

    cheers
    jimbo
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64


    Will install right away.

    Thanks again!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit


    did you just download the W7 version of MSE, or is there a build for W8CP that I'm not seeing?
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64


    It's the W7 version. I've just downloaded & installed, works fine.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit


    thanks!
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  9. #9


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Windows Defender in Windows 8 is MSE in disguise really as it already includes antivirus. Both McAfee Total Protection Beta and Norton 360 Beta work fine and include firewall and browser protection as well.
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    Posts : 1,353
    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    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.
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