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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. #11


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I was skeptical of using Windows Defender as my anti-virus, but after using it, it's definitely worthwhile. But, as I do a LOT of external hard drive scans for digital herpes and STDs, I will have to use probably Kasperky Internet Security 2013, as that's built for Windows 8 and it's new security driver. As good as Windows Defender is for the average and secure user, I'm not one of those users as my system is constantly exposed to getting digital herpes and STDs.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I have installed Avast v5 as I've been using it for years. On my XP boot though I had to go back to version 5 from 7 (luckily I keep older versions) because the latest version keeps slowing the machine down to about zero and has to be uninstalled from safe mode, plus it tries to install Google Chrome with no questions about whether it's wanted or options to turn it off. Maybe I'd be better off with Defender.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It offers to installchrome because that is how they finanace the free version.

    I didn't end up with chrome installed.

    Avast is a much better solution than defender.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The thing is that it doesn't offer. In version 5 it offers to install, but version 7 just tries to install it. I find that bad enough, but as I can't use my PC with it running I had to go back to version 5.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8: RP


    Already am. After I installed Win8 RP I got Avast right away.
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  6. #16


    I use Secure Webroot antivirus And W8 firewall.
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  7. #17


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    I think it depends on ones needs.
    You should use a very heavy antivirus, ONLY if you need it, since it will slow down your pc, unless you have some great hardware, to a certain extent. If you are not doing works where your pc continuously gets exposed to critical malware, its completely unnecessary to install a heavy antivirus program.
    For a normal home user like me, its best to use a light antivirus, because that will not sacrifice your performance.

    A lot of websites rated bitdefender as the best. So I installed the 30 day trial version to check it out. But, I am sorry to say that, it slowed down my pc to a great extent. Uninstalled it. Got MSE installed, and my pc is running smooth and fast again.

    For me, Windows Defender is good enough for W8. For W7, MSE is my choice.

    Windows Firewall is more than enough for me. I try to avoid third party software as much as possible.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 993
    Windows 8 pro Retail


    Kevin? I suggest for FireWall duties you go with ZoneAlarm. They have a couple free versions one with, and one without anti-virus.
    ZA has always been a strong FW since it was introduced, and gets some of the highest rating from all corners of security, and various magazines. (I.E. PCMag, MPC, Windows Mag, etc.).

    ***EDIT*** Just finished talking to Tom over at ZA's website, THEY aren't even in the Alpha stage of a version of ZA for Windows 8 yet..Sheesh.
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  9. #19


    Solo.
    Posts : 2,159
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Hey Mike.

    That was what I'm about to say
    I was a big fan of ZA while running Win XP. Started from Win 7 ZA had severe compatibility issue. Then I moved to Comodo that have compatible version with Win 7. Then when WDP started, comodo was left with compatibility issue, again.

    Well. Starting with WDP I really haven't install any firewall yet.

    Kevin
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  10. #20


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    Kevin? I suggest for FireWall duties you go with ZoneAlarm. They have a couple free versions one with, and one without anti-virus.
    ZA has always been a strong FW since it was introduced, and gets some of the highest rating from all corners of security, and various magazines. (I.E. PCMag, MPC, Windows Mag, etc.).

    ***EDIT*** Just finished talking to Tom over at ZA's website, THEY aren't even in the Alpha stage of a version of ZA for Windows 8 yet..Sheesh.
    I used ZA when it first came out. It was fund to play with, but I fail to see how that sort of firewall would protect you if your system was compromised by malware.
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