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What is the Best Free Antivirus?

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    What is the Best Free Antivirus?


    I know this is an ongoing question for you all, but I need help picking the best free antivirus. I have been using Defender along with MBAM and SuperAntispyware. But, I recently read that Windows Defender is not doing as good as other competitors. So, it would be appreciated if someone would help me find the right antivirus. My ISP provides Norton, but I really don't like Norton. Can someone help me here?

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    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Avast Free:
    https://www.avast.com/index

    I hope we will not get into this topic all over again.
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    If you don't feel safe with defender alone just install Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit(it can run along side of Defender). I works like Microsoft's EMET(Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) but is easier to use and a lot better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    If you don't feel safe with defender alone just install Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit(it can run along side of Defender). I works like Microsoft's EMET(Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) but is easier to use and a lot better.
    Cliff S., I'm already using MBAM. Is MBAM Anti-Exploit different than MBAM?
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Yup. MBAM(free) is just a on demand scanner where Anti-Exploit closes holes in the browser, JAVA, Protects memory office, strengthens DEP enforcement:Click image for larger version here is a view of one of the tabs(black because of my theme). It's main us is to protect against "Drive-by" infections when visiting sites that might have been compromised(happens to the best--really!)
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    Okay. I will try it out. Just by visiting Google or MSN, you can get a virus. They are every where today.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    If you can get Norton, get it. It is the best and very non-intrusive.
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    one thing about Malware Bytes Anti-Exploit, it only protects against specific types of threats. It is not a substitute for anti-virus, just like free version of MBAM isn't a substitute for anti-virus. Either keep Windows Defender running alongside MBAM and MBAE, or install a better anti-virus (like Avast) alongside those.
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