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Do you plan to use third-party antivirus and firewall?

View Poll Results: Do you plan to install third-party antivirus and firewall?

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  • Third party antivirus, Windows 8 firewall

    30 17.96%
  • Windows 8 antivirus, Third-party firewall

    5 2.99%
  • Third party antivirus and firewall

    44 26.35%
  • Windows 8 antivirus and firewall

    88 52.69%
  1. #101


    I can see how unclear I made my question, sorry. Windows 7 with MSE installed, allowed an individual file to be scanned using the right-click menu in File Explorer, but this is no longer the case with Windows 8 and this seems risky as it means virus infected files could be downloaded and there's no way to know they are infected - unless Defender steps in silently, as it were, during the download process?

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  2. #102


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8 Pro


    I am using Defender and have no intention of ever buying a third party antivirus program. I used to buy one every year, but have not for the last couple of years. Security Essentials worked fine in Windows Vista and Defender works fine in Windows 8.
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  3. #103


    I tried creating a right click file scan menu, following tips on a thread here, but it wouldn't run owing to "permissions" even though I'm an "administrator".

    I tried the EICAR test file, however, and Defender caught it as it downloaded - so it seems a right click check is superfluous.
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  4. #104


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    I've used a combination of Avira and Malware-Bytes for years.

    But, I'm going to give Windows Defender a go, and see what happens.

    Malware-Bytes remains as an on-demand scanner.

    So far, so good.....
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  5. #105


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I've used a combination of Avira and Malware-Bytes for years.

    But, I'm going to give Windows Defender a go, and see what happens.

    Malware-Bytes remains as an on-demand scanner.

    So far, so good.....
    I hope all goes well there.
    Sometimes too many scanners/defenders can detect each other and that can be annoying.
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  6. #106


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    Yeah, I was aware of that, Hopachi, hence MB only runs on demand.

    Defender does the heavy lifting, and I run MB once every
    week or two just to double-check.

    So far, this install has been trouble-free on the virus/malware front.
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  7. #107


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Yeah, I was aware of that, Hopachi, hence MB only runs on demand.

    that's because you use the free one, if you pay for the pro it monitor process in real time
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  8. #108


    The free one isn't free.. it's a part of Windows 8, and it monitors all file activity in "real time" so the PC is always safe from infection. It seems there's no need to check an individual file as it is already always "checked".
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  9. #109


    Posts : 142
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)


    No, full version, but with real-time protection turned off.

    If I find I'm not happy with Defender, then I'll re-enable it, and re-install Avira.
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  10. #110


    Posts : 1,308
    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Scampo View Post
    The free one isn't free.. it's a part of Windows 8, and it monitors all file activity in "real time" so the PC is always safe from infection. It seems there's no need to check an individual file as it is already always "checked".

    I was refering to MB ( MalwareBytes) not defender, aside anti-virus are not 100% efficient,

    have a look at some results here

    .
    http://www.av-comparatives.org/image..._201209_en.pdf




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