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Windows Defender vs. Third party antivirus

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    Windows Defender vs. Third party antivirus


    Which would be recommended by you, my fellow computer users?

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    For normal home use built in Windows Defender would be enough supplemented with Malwarebytes (Free). It all depends on your surfing habits. For slightly more protection you could use Avast (Free). I personally use Windows Defender.

    There are lots of 3rd party AVs out there and you will get a lot of personal preferences and suggestions. The choice is for you to decide. I would stay away from anything like Norton or Kaspersky, both resource hogs.
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    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    For normal home use built in Windows Defender would be enough supplemented with Malwarebytes (Free). It all depends on your surfing habits. For slightly more protection you could use Avast (Free). I personally use Windows Defender.

    There are lots of 3rd party AVs out there and you will get a lot of personal preferences and suggestions. The choice is for you to decide. I would stay away from anything like Norton or Kaspersky, both resource hogs.
    IMHO, Norton is a pile of chit. As for Kaspersky, I really don't notice a lag. Guess my system has enough memory and is fast enough so that I don't notice.

    A problem I've had (more than once) is that Kaspersky is touchy. By that I mean I've had to rip it out and reinstall. Once was when I installed/ran Speccy. Not only did Kaspersky get hosed, it took Windows with it. Another time I'd created an elevated shortcut through task manager for SpeedFan. That was fine, until I put a copy of the shortcut into the Start up folder. Kaspersky fried. Another rip and reinstall.
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    From all the free AVs I had best experience with Avast but Bitdefender and AVG are no slouches either. "Heavy gunns" like Kasperski in my opinion are waste of resources and more complications than free ones, for home use at least. Occasional runs of Malwarebytes can help fill some voids in security but only once or twice in last couple of years I had to use it to solve a problem because I consider myself as best AV and watch what I'm doing on the net and downloading stuff. Also using McShield MCShield ::Anti-Malware Tool:: for defending from USB memory infestation. (I have a lot of stuff going thru that).
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by QTarantino View Post
    Which would be recommended by you, my fellow computer users?
    Goodbye Microsoft Security Essentials: Microsoft Now Recommends You Use a Third-Party Antivirus

    Bitdefender Free , Panda Cloud Antivirus and 360 Total Security are currently considered to be top notch.
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    Texas, USA
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    Windows7


    I recommended Avast..
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    Georgia
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 / Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dual Boot


    While others here will swear by Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials the fact of the matter is that Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials will only protect you from 80% of the threats in the wild, which is fine for normal use. EVEN if it does spot more than 80% of the threats thrown at it, it's removal rate is really where it falls short.
    If you surf the "unconventional" parts of the web, store sensitive information, credit card info, bank account info, basically anything you don't want in the hands of someone else on your system I HIGHLY recommend using something with a little more protection.

    As of right now the top 3 antivirus vendors are:
    1. Trend Micro - Blocks 100% of the threats in the wild with a very low ratio of false positives, 5 out of 200.

    2. Qihoo 360 - Blocks 99.5% of threats in the wild with 0 false positives out of 200.

    3. Panda - Blocks 99.5% of threats with 6 false positive out of 200.

    I've tried them all, all work fine on Windows 8.1.

    I did not post this to stomp on Windows Defender, like I said it's fine for normal use, but realistically, facts are facts.
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    Win 8.1 64bit


    edee, with all due respect, do you have a link for reference ? Never seen Trend Micro rated so high.
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    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Torre
    Trend micro does come good in the latest rating given in this thread:
    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=56625
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    Posts : 375
    Win 8.1 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    Torre
    Trend micro does come good in the latest rating given in this thread:
    www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=56625

    Thanks for the link. Trend Micro did improve, but according to that lab not the best.

    As we know, we have to be concerned if labs are in concert with the AV companies.
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