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Is Windows Defender okay?

Chuck38

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Is Windows Defender okay or should I get a different Anti-virus. I really don't want to spend any money.
 

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rchris

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It's fine and all you need if you're just reasonably careful on how you use the Internet. I also like that it is light-weight and updates continuously with no effort on my part.
 

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rchris

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Most of the advice I've seen over the years recommend NOT running two anti-virus programs at the same time. E.g., https://blog.kaspersky.com/multiple-antivirus-programs-bad-idea/.

Some people run a weekly (or monthly?) scan with a second program, which seems like a better idea if you're really concerned.



Edit: Oops! ET got here first.
 

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Edwin

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Is Windows Defender okay or should I get a different Anti-virus. I really don't want to spend any money.

Windows Defender fully optimized should be sufficient, just make sure 'Real Time Protection' is on.

For in depth scans run MRT, (go to Start and type MRT then run it):

View attachment 39986

For file scans, add 'Scan with Windows Defender' to right click context menu:

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15790-scan-windows-defender-add-windows-8-a.html

@ rchris: No probs! :)
 

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Chuck38

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Okay, thanks guys! rchris, I do have a free version of Mcafee, or something along those lines, which I run monthly.

And, is Windows Firewall okay?
 

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    MSI 970A-G43
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    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
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whs

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It is as good as the money you pay for it. There are better AVs, but they cost. But don't run one of those freebies in addition to it. That will be very messy.
 

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Devlin1888

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My apologies, i know running two AV's is a big nono, Didn't know windows defender in 8/8.1 was a full protection AV.
 

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    AVAST!

Chuck38

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Oh okay, thanks for the tip whs. :thumbsup:
 

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    MSI 970A-G43
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    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
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    Asus GTX 750 ti
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    HP w2207h
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    Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200 Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
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whs

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You are welcome.
 

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CountMike

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Although, best antivirus is between your ears, so to speak.
 

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RedDash16

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I use Windows Defender and nothing else on my other laptop running 8.1 and i haven't had any Malware problems (That i am aware of) on it yet and it's been going for a couple months now! I do use the Web Of Trust Add on for chrome to help me avoid Malicious websites though.
 

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Tepid

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Windows Defender works great. It's all I have on all of my PC's.
As stated, Run MRT Full scan from time to time. Especially after it is updated through Windows Updates
Goto Search and type in MRT and hit Enter
Run Full Scan.

However, even if you did have a paid for A/V, or just using Windows Defender,
it is still recommended to run a couple of different on-line scanners as well from time to time.

Couple of examples and the only ones at this time I would recommend.
Free Virus Scan | Online Virus Scanner from ESET
Free Internet Security Scan | Kaspersky Lab US

No single A/V Suite is perfect at all things.

A/V's to avoid?

Number 1 - AVG
McAffee
Trend

Kaspersky is ok, but has it's issues
Norton is ok, but has it's issues.
Eset NOD32 is better in my opinion.
 

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    CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1866
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TairikuOkami

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WD is fine and as people say, it runs light on CPU, bit it runs heavy on HDD, so it might not be a good choice for laptops and such. I prefer to use PandaCloud, when there is a good internet connection.

A/V's to avoid?

Number 1 - AVG.
Any thoughts why? I always install AVG Free to computers, it is quite light with an email and linkscanner disabled and it is one of a few free AVs, that can be configured to deal with a virus without popups.
 

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Devlin1888

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It isn't as light to run as others, It has been known to cause several problems such as BSOD,
Avast and MSE offer better protection in my opinion, i never had any problems with AVG, i ran it for about 3 years and it was good, i then switched it out for avast and i haven't looked back:)
 

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    Windows 7
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    Packard Bell
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    AMD A6 3420M 2GHZ Quad Core
    Memory
    4GB 1600mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 6520+7470M
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    Mozarella Firedog
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    AVAST!

Chuck38

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Okay guy! Thanks for all the great advice! :D
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Self-built/ Custom
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    AMD FX-6300
    Motherboard
    MSI 970A-G43
    Memory
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GTX 750 ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP w2207h
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200 Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
    Crucial M500 240GB 2.5-inch Internal SSD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 Watt 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro Series H55 Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    CM Storm Devastator - Red
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    Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse MX
    Internet Speed
    Really fast.
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    AVG
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    Logitech G230 Headset

Tepid

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AVG

Because I can write a book on the number of PC's I have had to clean up that had AVG installed
The number of times a system was infected beyond recognition with AVG installed
The number of times that running a different scanner finally caused AVG to realize it was infected, but still couldn't clean anything.

try having one PC with over 4000+ viruses that had replicated itself on a system with AVG installed.

Sorry, I will never ever recommend AVG.

Avast,, ok, but still,, I would recommend MSE/Windows Defender over Avast.

People would be better off not installing anything over having AVG
I would recommend McAfee before I would recommend AVG, and McAfee hasn't been very good for a very long time.
 

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  • OS
    Win 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    I7-3770K
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77
    Memory
    CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX680 4GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS 24" LED VG248QE
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG E 256GB SSD 840 PRO -
    SAMSUNG E 120GB SSD840 -
    SEAGATE 1TB PIPELINE
    PSU
    CORSAIR GS800
    Case
    CORSAIR 600T
    Cooling
    CORSAIR HYDRO H100I LIQUID COOLER
    Keyboard
    THERMALTA CHALLENGER ULT GAME-KYBRD
    Mouse
    RAZER DEATHADDER GAME MS BLK-ED
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    Windows Defender
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