- 12-14-2012, 05:18 PM #1
Just got Win8 tablet in. Does Win8 have antivirus software built in or should I buy some? Been a long time since I have used Windows and I need to know if I need to buy Antivirus software before I use the machine or is some built into the OS? If I need to buy some, what do you suggest?
- 12-17-2012, 12:55 AM #6
- 12-17-2012, 04:58 PM #9
Windows Defender is by no means an antivirus software. Its purpose is to detect Malware. OP: You can do whatever your think is best but I recommend you at very least install a free antivirus package such as AVG. I personally use Kaspersky Internet Security and its worth every penny.
12-17-2012, 05:03 PM #10
- 58 Posts
"Windows Defender, formerly known as Microsoft AntiSpyware, is a software product that helps combat malware. Windows Defender was initially an antispyware program; it is included with Windows Vista and Windows 7 and is available as a free download for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. In Windows 8, however, it is upgraded to an antivirus program."
- 12-17-2012, 05:42 PM #11
The Windows 8 version has not yet been tested, since it is new. However, the Windows 7 version recently got failing marks. Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification ? The Register
I don't use it on my PC.
- 12-20-2012, 12:28 PM #13
We used it exclusively on my wife's PCs for years and have not gotten a single virus. Is it the best in a labratory setting? Maybe not, but in real world use, the price is right and it works. Now if someone is prone to risky behavior on the internet, they should probably invest in something more, but for average users Windows Defender/Security Essentials is all they need.
- 12-26-2012, 02:51 PM #15
Don't install anything else. Just use the Windows 8 built in Defender, which includes anti-virus (it is now combined with Security Essentials). Also, just be smart about browsing and don't install anything you don't know. I've always found that installing other anti-virus software bogs the computer down without providing any additional security.
01-02-2013, 12:22 PM #16
- 46 Posts
Here is a trick I have been using for last 6 months.
It is not fool proof, but it helps a lot.
Create a new account as "Administrator" and make your regular account as "User".
Put a password (easy password would do) on the Administrator account.
And remove Install permissions from your User account.
That is it.
Always login to User account.
This trick + the Windows defender will help you a lot.
Whenever a malware tries to install something it will ask for administrative password and you can ignore it.
Having said that, I can't emphasis enough on the need for backups.
Always backup your data.
In spite of the above tricks, I had virus twice.
All I did was to remove the User and re-add the User.
The data was not lost, because I had the backup.
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