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Windows Defender - Can I rest at ease

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Windows Defender - Can I rest at ease


    I have been using AVG Free, and doing a full scan once a week.

    I found out that Win 8 has Win Defender, in which they combined MSSE, and it does real-time protection, which I thought was great, so I switched. I had tried MSSE with Win XP, but it was so slow, it took like 3 hours to scan my computer vs. 1 hour 15 for AVG. I think MSSE was really good at getting the viruses though.

    Then, I have read on AV Comparatives Win Defender only gets 75% on the test. What's the story?

    The best two look like Kaspersky or Bitdefender.

    Does anyone else Use Win8's Win Defender?

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Does anyone else Use Windows 8's Win Defender?
    No.
    I trust Avast {paid version}.

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    I have 8.1 Update 1 + June Updates.

    I got Avast for $29.99. --- {About 8 cents/day}
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    Windows 8 defender provides basic protection. Only you can decide if that is good enough for you. It's just fine by me, I cannot justify $50-60-70 a year for virus protection based on my web surfing habits.
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    Posts : 220
    Windows 8.1 Pro X64


    Quote Originally Posted by mb1280 View Post
    I have been using AVG Free, and doing a full scan once a week.

    I found out that Win 8 has Win Defender, in which they combined MSSE, and it does real-time protection, which I thought was great, so I switched. I had tried MSSE with Win XP, but it was so slow, it took like 3 hours to scan my computer vs. 1 hour 15 for AVG. I think MSSE was really good at getting the viruses though.

    Then, I have read on AV Comparatives Win Defender only gets 75% on the test. What's the story?

    The best two look like Kaspersky or Bitdefender.

    Does anyone else Use Win8's Win Defender?
    If you can cope with the slow scans then MSE is not too bad. But it scores badly on most comparisons.
    On my PC, which has 4TB of storage (50% occupied) I had to abort a scan after 14 hours.
    Both aVast and Malwarebytes can perform a full scan of my disks in 2-3 hours.

    As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
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    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    My current conclusions of what to use, after reading around, and figuring out how to get rid of Open Candy, that I got from Crystal Disk Info:

    Avast Free . . . Adwcleaner . . . Malwarebytes Free . . . HitmanPro
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  6. #6


    Canon City
    Posts : 249
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Personally I think any major brand paid version of Anti-Virus will always do better, that is what you pay for. However if on a budget then I recommend staying on defender and going with Malwarebytes as I have seen things slip past Avast! but between Defender and Malwarebytes Pro I have had almost no infection get past the security.
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    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    I saw some review where it showed that Win 8 Defender only got 75% detection rate.

    Avast is the #1 Free AV on download.com, so between the two Avast wins.

    Combine that with Malwarebytes free, Adwcleaner, HitMan Pro or IOBit

    I've been using Avast 2014 for a week or so now, it seems pretty good. If your computer isn't on for a scheduled scan though, it just forgets about it.
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    Canon City
    Posts : 249
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mb1280 View Post
    I saw some review where it showed that Win 8 Defender only got 75% detection rate.

    Avast is the #1 Free AV on download.com, so between the two Avast wins.

    Combine that with Malwarebytes free, Adwcleaner, HitMan Pro or IOBit


    I've been using Avast 2014 for a week or so now, it seems pretty good. If your computer isn't on for a scheduled scan though, it just forgets about it.
    Could you show the source? I have seen numerous reviews and studies showing defender ranking from 87% to 94% compared o Avast 95-97%. Avast is an obvious winner but I have never seen defender score that low.
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    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    No direct link . . . Home: AV-TEST - The Independent IT-Security Institute

    Click on: Home User / Windows Defender 4.3 & 4.4 (at the bottom) / 79% last April
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  10. #10


    No, you may not "rest at ease", even if you had all and best AVs in the world. Due vigilance on internet can do much more.
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