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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. #1


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro

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


    Do you plan to install third-party antivirus (including antimalware) and firewall and or rely on the built-in Windows 8 tools?
    Last edited by Cly; 17 Jul 2012 at 12:52.

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  2. #2


    Thanks for the thread and poll, Cly.

    Personally I see no need to use 3rd party anything. I've always avoided it as much as possible. Most are just plain crap, although some are good. I believe it creates bugs and problems that isn't worth the effort. I have collected a few through trial and error over the years, though. I trust them and their creators. One is a registry cleaner and another a history cleaner.

    In this case, Windows Defender and the Firewall are written efficiently and do not use too much resource, for they run in the background. I've looked at some machines that ran 3rd party antivirus that bogs them down incredibly. Like an inch worm up a branch! I recomended the owners to download M$ Security Essentials which helped quite a bit. Of course this depends on how much mem one has.

    Also, I've heard that Windows Defender isn't as quick at updating definitions verses others, but I'll take the chances on a day or so.

    Of course professional programs that one may need and install are a completely different story. They are written efficiently for they would not be in business for long.
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  3. #3


    Avast! Home + Windows 8 firewall
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  4. #4


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    On my Windows 8 RP install I have been running Norton IS 2013 Beta, Malwarebyes Pro and WinPatrol Plus.
    When W8 goes final I will use the same setup except Norton IS will be 2012 until 2013 goes final.

    Jim
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Avast! Home + Windows 8 firewall
    Just curious as to why you like Avast, Vlad. I see you typed a exclamation point after it.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by vrosa View Post
    Avast! Home + Windows 8 firewall
    Just curious as to why you like Avast, Vlad. I see you typed a exclamation point after it.
    I think the exclamation point is part of the name I am also curious to know why Vlad has decided on Avast. I use Avast on some of my Win 7 machines but I do not plan to continue.
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  7. #7


    I think the exclamation point is part of the name I am also curious to know why Vlad has decided on Avast. I use Avast on some of my Win 7 machines but I do not plan to continue.
    Thanks, Cly. Why is it you're not continuing?
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  8. #8


    I think the exclamation point is part of the name I am also curious to know why Vlad has decided on Avast. I use Avast on some of my Win 7 machines but I do not plan to continue.
    Thanks, Cly. Why is it you're not continuing?

    Also, usually one can view who has voted. Is it private on this poll?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I think the exclamation point is part of the name I am also curious to know why Vlad has decided on Avast. I use Avast on some of my Win 7 machines but I do not plan to continue.
    Thanks, Cly. Why is it you're not continuing?

    Also, usually one can view who has voted. Is it private on this poll?
    I am afraid so. This is my first poll and I must have clicked a checkbox to make it private.

    Avast! slows down the computer when you first turn it on because it's downloading its updates. Especially noticeable on a slower machine. Also its rating with PCmag.com has gone down a bit. I really don't know what to believe when it comes to Antivirus. For Windows 7, I just want something that works without a lot of fuss. For Windows 8, I am hoping that Defender does the trick. That is what I am using right now.
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  10. #10


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


    Starting with Win 8 series I deliberately do not use any third party AV program. I even instal MSE on Windows 7. Luckily no event has occurred so far as I have win 8 on four of my machines. But for firewall I still consider having any of third party program but haven't installed any of them though.

    Kevin
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