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Is Windows Defender enough?

  1. #21


    Posts : 20
    windows 8.1


    24 hours ago i would have said yes. last night i went on a website looking for some megadrive ROMS as i downloaded the sega emulator from windows store....you can guess the rest. completely ruined my system. have all sorts of problems. stuff installed i dont want, browser hijacked, desktop search no longer working. i am gonna have to do a refresh i guess....but that will mean i will lose my office suite as i don't have the original product key anymore.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by stupops View Post
    24 hours ago i would have said yes. last night i went on a website looking for some megadrive ROMS as i downloaded the sega emulator from windows store....you can guess the rest. completely ruined my system. have all sorts of problems. stuff installed i dont want, browser hijacked, desktop search no longer working. i am gonna have to do a refresh i guess....but that will mean i will lose my office suite as i don't have the original product key anymore.
    dam, sorry to hear that ,there is two parts to smart computer care ,good/decent antivirus program and smart surfing and downloading , you crossed the line into dangerous downloading ,
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  3. #23


    Quote Originally Posted by stupops View Post
    24 hours ago i would have said yes. last night i went on a website looking for some megadrive ROMS as i downloaded the sega emulator from windows store....you can guess the rest. completely ruined my system. have all sorts of problems. stuff installed i dont want, browser hijacked, desktop search no longer working. i am gonna have to do a refresh i guess....but that will mean i will lose my office suite as i don't have the original product key anymore.
    You state from the Windows Store?
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  4. #24


    Posts : 20
    windows 8.1


    Yeah. The emulater was from the store. On deal of the day. The roms were not though. Had to go on a website for them. Looked legit (well as legit as emulated roms of old videpgames can be). Obviously not. My own stupid fault. I didnt even get to download. As son as i went on there my laptop went crazy and i was in pop up hell. Crazy thing is that my windows defender scan showed nothing and the browser hijack has showed up on my surface. How does that happen? fixing what i can the will take them to the shop i guess.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hello, give the free version of malwarebytes a try ,when install malwarebytes optout of the free pro trial version ,continue on with the install of the free version .run the scan and tell it to fix/clean all it finds
    www.malwarebytes.org
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  6. #26


    Posts : 149
    Windows 7 Home Premium on 2 Windows 8.1 on 1


    I use MSE and Defender and like many of the comments here I thought it along with safe surfing would be adequate. But when a program doesn't even catch 80% of known malaware thrown at it for testing I think its time to rethink my decision. Mind you this is "known" malware.

    Seems to me it makes more sense to use a program that will catch more of what it should. There are many that do that better than the Microsoft offerings (every other tested product since Defender came in last). Now I have to figure out how I can get something else installed without messing up my machines since the Microsoft products are active.

    Free antivirus software Panda tops AV-Test's security rankings
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  7. #27


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by bru View Post
    I use MSE and Defender and like many of the comments here I thought it along with safe surfing would be adequate. But when a program doesn't even catch 80% of known malaware thrown at it for testing I think its time to rethink my decision. Mind you this is "known" malware.

    Seems to me it makes more sense to use a program that will catch more of what it should. There are many that do that better than the Microsoft offerings (every other tested product since Defender came in last). Now I have to figure out how I can get something else installed without messing up my machines since the Microsoft products are active.

    Free antivirus software Panda tops AV-Test's security rankings
    not sure about all av programs but I read somewhere that some will disable mse and defender when you install them ,if they don't just disable the Microsoft ones
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