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Do I need Anti Virus Software?

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    Do I need Anti Virus Software?


    I'm running 8.1 and my computer repair guy said I didn't need virus protection because it was built right into 8.1. Is this true?

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Windows Defender is built into Windows 8.1. Getting another AV program, such as Avast as an example, is a matter of choice.
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    THank you. I just like to run one when things are not working right and I don't know how to run a scan in defender.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Windows Defender will usually do an automatic quick scan every day or so. It is protecting you computer all the time. See this:
    Scan with Windows Defender - Add in Windows 8
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    Thank you. I downloaded Avira as backup. It won't hurt, right?
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    No it won't but remember no AV is 100%, you just have to be careful how you surf, download and opening attachments.
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    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You can't have 2 AV programs running at the same time. I only use Windows Defender.
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    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)


    1. No AV software is a 100% guarantee.
    2. Defender is a built-in and free AV solution which works.
    3. Other AV software will see defender and inactivate it so it no longer functions.
    4. Check and see if you ISP provides a AV product for you to use, most of them do and they are free.
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    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Barbee View Post
    Thank you. I downloaded Avira as backup. It won't hurt, right?
    Avira is a good alternative but whether you use it or Windows Defender, downlaod and use Malwarebytes as an additional tool. Malware is far more prevalent than viruses and their free product detects and removes infections that anit virus programs miss. The Premium adds real time monitoring and faster scans options.
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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    While one cannot have two AVs running real time protections at the same time, one can have 2 AVs running scheduled scans through-out the week. Naturally, do not overlap the scans.
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