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Best (Paid) Anti-Virus Program?


tackyjan

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#1
I need to get a good anti-virus program for my new Windows 8 machine. I am currently using AVG free but I am willing to purchase something else if it's better.

Can anyone recommend a good anti-virus program for Windows 8?

Thanks!
 

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Lazure

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#2
What's wrong with the built-in Windows Defender (which is basically MSE)?

Paid anti-virus software tends to cause more problems than they help, as well as taking up gobs of resources. It's not really necessary to go overblown on security suite apps anyways.
 

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stratoc

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#3
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Whatever you buy, I would suggest you trial it first.
I have reverted to built in security and have Hitman Pro as a stand alone scanner.
 

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dreamer

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#4
I don't know about other people but Norton Internet Security 2013 is working fine on my system and hardly takes up any resources
 

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tackyjan

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#5
What's wrong with the built-in Windows Defender (which is basically MSE)?

Paid anti-virus software tends to cause more problems than they help, as well as taking up gobs of resources. It's not really necessary to go overblown on security suite apps anyways.
Wow I never even considered using Windows Defender. Do you recommend I just uninstall AVG free and enable (if it's not already enabled) Windows Defender?
 

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tackyjan

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#6
I don't know about other people but Norton Internet Security 2013 is working fine on my system and hardly takes up any resources
I will NEVER install a product by Norton again. :p Too many times have I seen Norton products as part of new computer bloatware.
 

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Mystere

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#7
I would use Windows Defender over any free anti-virus (especially AVG). It doesn't expire. It's non-intrusive, and it just works. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the advanced anti-virus/anti-malware apps, but then it doesn't suck up all your resources either, and it doesn't turn your high end PC into a slug.
 

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#8
I've been happily using Microsoft Security Essentials, which happens to be named Windows Defender now on Windows 8 for a few years and it's been solid. 0 problems.
 

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richc46

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#9
Security Essentials, has never caused a BSOD as far as I know. I am getting many help requests for help with BSODs, now, caused by other anti virus.
 

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FuturDreamz

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#10
The best paid antivirus I've found is Windows Defender, which is currently $15 or $40 depending on which version you buy and is preloaded on all new Windows 8 computers.
 

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Mystere

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#11
The best paid antivirus I've found is Windows Defender, which is currently $15 or $40 depending on which version you buy and is preloaded on all new Windows 8 computers.
Ahh... Now, new commercial anti-virus... Includes free Operating System!
 

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#13
Hi McAfee came with my new Windows 8 computer so I started up the trial. If I delete it will Windows defender start up automatically ?

Anyone know where I can read what Windows defender does as I would still wish to have it do what most paid for programs do mailware etc.
 

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Mystere

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#14
If you don't have any installed, windows will prompt you to enable windows defender.

Windows Defender is good at its job. it stays out of the way, you don't even know its there unless there's a problem. It does both anti-virus and anti-malware. It doesn't scan your email, and it doesn't scan web pages, but it does catch things as they are trying to install themselves.

If you want all the bells and whistles you can upgrade, but Windows Defender does a good job without being too intrusive.
 

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Mystere

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#15

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edspegeddd

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#16
Just would like to put my 2 cents. I am working in tech support and the escalation boys have been saying good things about windows 8 defender. Long story short they have been trying to infect it with not much success. And I trust their knowledge sooo I'm taking their word for it. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles but I've seen plenty of FBI virus, and ZAccess go through avg, avast, norton, etc at work.
 

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alikhan

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#17
Hello ;

IMO Kaspersky is the best paid antivirus . :)

Kapersky has the highest and best detection rate amongst antivirus software. it also has exceptionally good customer support, so if anything goes wrong they are very good at dealing with your problems.

I just speak from experience of using it .
 

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noelian13

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#20
For me i'd recommend Eset Anti Virus/Eset Smart Security :) Works fine with me... in idle it consumes less resources than others as per my experience also .., if scanning i can't feel impact to my system(depends on your system specs) and i won't recommend norton for it'll just corrupt your windows (sometimes, in my experience of it, and its a bloatware )
 

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