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  1. MBSMD's Avatar
    Aside from Microsoft's built-in antimalware, any recommendations for security software for my SP3 that's not going to kill my battery?
    09-01-2014 10:46 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't have a Surface Pro 3, but I like NOD32 from ESET on my Windows 8.1 PCs, since it is lightweight and doesn't slow down my PCs.
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    09-01-2014 11:46 PM
  3. afnan_mc's Avatar
    I don't have a Surface Pro 3, but I like NOD32 from ESET on my Windows 8.1 PCs, since it is lightweight and doesn't slow down my PCs.
    I concur. NOD32 works just as well as any other and doesn't slow down your system compared to other antiviruses.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    09-01-2014 11:54 PM
  4. slyronit's Avatar
    I haven't felt a need to use any 3rd party antivirus ever since security essentials was launched. I do however know better than to click on spurious links on pathetic websites
    09-01-2014 11:54 PM
  5. James8561's Avatar
    Honestly, if you use safe practices and don't visit the dark corners of the internet, windows defender should be fine
    Adding 3rd party AV will decrease performance and lessen battery life. Very detrimental to a portable device
    09-02-2014 12:57 AM
  6. Pete's Avatar
    I'm with Sly. Fully patched machine and safe browsing habits. I also use a TPL with IE11, which helps to cut down on any malware attempts from adverts.
    SwimSwim likes this.
    09-02-2014 01:34 AM
  7. Coreldan's Avatar
    On my desktop I run AV, but I figured due to battery life and performance I'll just go with safe habits and Windows Defender, I've heard good things about it since WIndows 8 anyways.
    09-02-2014 05:23 AM
  8. berty6294's Avatar
    Webroot all day. Only AV I would ever pay for.
    09-02-2014 07:00 AM
  9. hopmedic's Avatar
    I can't find it now, but I read an article from one of the respected sources a few weeks ago that rated the top 20 or 30 anti-malware products. It was a source that made their determinations through actual testing, not by the gut feelings of people who said, "I always use such and such and I've never been infected." I read it with interest because currently on my SP3 I'm just running Windows Defender.

    While I don't remember the whole list, I did make note that Kaspersky was listed as number one. That's what I'm running on my server at home, as well as my entertainment PC, and both of my wife's PCs. I've used Kaspersky for at least 5 or 6 years, and I think longer than that, and cannot recall having been infected once while running it.

    I want to say that Windows Defender was somewhere around 4 or 6 on the list.

    Let me say that the reason I'm not running Kaspersky on my SP3 is because way back when Win8 was still in developer preview, or maybe it was right when Win8 had come out, I'd installed Kaspersky and it prevented my Windows Phone emulators from running, so I uninstalled it. Since then I've had an SP2 and an SP3, and I've just never tried installing Kaspersky again to see if they resolved that issue. Since I've been completely malware-free running Windows Defender, I didn't see the need to install Kaspersky again.

    The most important thing to remember is that there is no anti-malware tool that will catch every bit of malware out there. It is important to use an anti-malware mentality when using a computer. Don't open attachments in email that you aren't expecting. Make sure the website you are entering info into is actually the website you think it is. Stay away from sites of the type that are more likely to try to install malware. You get the idea. Here's a link with some tips:
    How to browse the internet safely in eight simple steps | AVG Blogs
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    09-02-2014 10:30 AM
  10. Felix Bank's Avatar
    Haven't felt the needs to pay for AV software, and have used Avast! Home Edition for years now on lots of machines. It's light and gets the job done. I should really try Windows own software. If I had to pay for AV software then ESET is getting my cash, for NOD32.
    09-02-2014 10:35 AM
  11. Pete's Avatar
    For your reading pleasure, there's also

    The 10 immutable laws of security
    09-02-2014 10:38 AM
  12. pgg101's Avatar
    MS sales rep who sold me my SP3 recommended Kapersky because it was the least resource intensive.

    Posted via the WPC App for Android on BlackBerry Z30
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    09-02-2014 01:55 PM
  13. berty6294's Avatar
    MS sales rep who sold me my SP3 recommended Kapersky because it was the least resource intensive.

    Posted via the WPC App for Android on BlackBerry Z30
    I'd argue that Webroot is less resource intensive. And I have very strong opinions and experience with Webroot, Kaspersky, and Trend Micro as they are the AV's provided at my job. I've tried all of them and troubleshoot/install all of them for clients and my clients, coworkers, and I all agree that Webroot is by far the fastest and most reliable with Kaspersky in a very close second. Trend Micro is garbage, almost as bad as McAfee. Norton scans decent but is incredibly resource intensive and has too many bugs that hinder the PC. Avast and AVG are decent for free but Defender is better. NOD32 and Vipre are both good but not the best especially for the money. Again, in my experience, I can only suggest Webroot or Kaspersky if paid, and Defender if not paid.
    09-02-2014 04:14 PM
  14. raqball's Avatar
    I am running Windows Defender and use the free version of Malwarebytes to scan every few weeks.

    I've been thinking about trying Webroot though.
    Last edited by raqball; 09-02-2014 at 05:14 PM.
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    09-02-2014 04:24 PM
  15. astell's Avatar
    The best anti-virus and anti-malware resource is you, the user. You shouldn't need anything past Microsoft's built in software if you use safe browsing habits, don't open wild emails, and don't visit darker parts of the interwebz.

    I haven't used AV or AM software in.......three to four years. Zero infections on my SP, PC, or SP3.

    That said...I updated my wife's laptop to 8.1 with the latest Defender update and she got it infected inside of a week. She thinks clicking things is smart.
    09-02-2014 06:03 PM
  16. photobriangray's Avatar
    The best anti-virus and anti-malware resource is you, the user. You shouldn't need anything past Microsoft's built in software if you use safe browsing habits, don't open wild emails, and don't visit darker parts of the interwebz.

    I haven't used AV or AM software in.......three to four years. Zero infections on my SP, PC, or SP3.

    That said...I updated my wife's laptop to 8.1 with the latest Defender update and she got it infected inside of a week. She thinks clicking things is smart.
    Precisely why my wife is on a Surface 2. No home IT required...
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    09-02-2014 08:22 PM
  17. Squeegies's Avatar
    i can recommend you 360 total security... you can find it here.. 360safe - Product List
    it's very light and doesn't affect your battery life.... you can also look for some reviews about it around the web....
    09-03-2014 02:41 AM
  18. Qtweeder's Avatar
    avast FREE (enable PUP and moderate hardening)
    09-03-2014 03:53 AM
  19. ams963's Avatar
    Webroot is the fastest and the lightest AV in the market. I use it on my laptop and I highly recommend it. They offer the best support for users through their forum and support ticket system. You get rapid, helpful and to the point replies. Their products are not bloated unlike most other security solutions for pcs and tablets.
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    09-03-2014 04:06 AM
  20. realwarder's Avatar
    Built in antivirus in Windows 8 is great with a few extra recommendations:

    - Don't install Java as it is mostly unrequired and has been very vulnerable
    - Enable Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer (Options/Advanced/Security)
    - Use Internet Explorer to browse as the Smart Filter blocks most things even before the anti-virus
    - Don't visit P*rn sites or similar (includes pirated X sites)

    If you follow these suggestions you should be much safer.
    09-03-2014 07:33 AM
  21. jmshub's Avatar
    These days, I just use Microsoft Security Essentials / Windows Defender. The last antivirus I paid for was NOD32. It was very lightweight and stayed out of my way. I can recommend it.
    09-03-2014 09:53 AM
  22. Nerdy Woman's Avatar
    I can't find it now, but I read an article from one of the respected sources a few weeks ago that rated the top 20 or 30 anti-malware products. It was a source that made their determinations through actual testing, not by the gut feelings of people who said, "I always use such and such and I've never been infected." I read it with interest because currently on my SP3 I'm just running Windows Defender.

    While I don't remember the whole list, I did make note that Kaspersky was listed as number one. That's what I'm running on my server at home, as well as my entertainment PC, and both of my wife's PCs. I've used Kaspersky for at least 5 or 6 years, and I think longer than that, and cannot recall having been infected once while running it.

    I want to say that Windows Defender was somewhere around 4 or 6 on the list.
    I've been hunting for the same article. Microsoft's built-in Defender software was rated very highly because they are alerted to malicious code that makes PCs go wonky much quicker than 3rd parties that must rely on user reports or willingness to give them feedback (very limited). It's looking like Windows Defender is a much better option than the urban myth journalists would have us believe.

    I've got McAfee on all our PCs (included with our AT&T internet subscription so it costs nothing), but given the memory overhead as well as the much lower rating, I'm rethinking that.
    09-03-2014 10:17 AM
  23. hopmedic's Avatar
    It's looking like Windows Defender is a much better option than the urban myth journalists would have us believe.
    Yup.

    I've got McAfee on all our PCs (included with our AT&T internet subscription so it costs nothing), but given the memory overhead as well as the much lower rating, I'm rethinking that.
    Yeah... Most anyone involved in IT in any capacity would tell you to avoid McAfee or Norton/Symantec with every fiber of your being. I'm one of those guys.
    09-03-2014 11:31 AM
  24. TechFreak1's Avatar
    I can't find it now, but I read an article from one of the respected sources a few weeks ago that rated the top 20 or 30 anti-malware products. It was a source that made their determinations through actual testing, not by the gut feelings of people who said, "I always use such and such and I've never been infected." I read it with interest because currently on my SP3 I'm just running Windows Defender.

    While I don't remember the whole list, I did make note that Kaspersky was listed as number one. That's what I'm running on my server at home, as well as my entertainment PC, and both of my wife's PCs. I've used Kaspersky for at least 5 or 6 years, and I think longer than that, and cannot recall having been infected once while running it.

    I want to say that Windows Defender was somewhere around 4 or 6 on the list.

    Let me say that the reason I'm not running Kaspersky on my SP3 is because way back when Win8 was still in developer preview, or maybe it was right when Win8 had come out, I'd installed Kaspersky and it prevented my Windows Phone emulators from running, so I uninstalled it. Since then I've had an SP2 and an SP3, and I've just never tried installing Kaspersky again to see if they resolved that issue. Since I've been completely malware-free running Windows Defender, I didn't see the need to install Kaspersky again.

    The most important thing to remember is that there is no anti-malware tool that will catch every bit of malware out there. It is important to use an anti-malware mentality when using a computer. Don't open attachments in email that you aren't expecting. Make sure the website you are entering info into is actually the website you think it is. Stay away from sites of the type that are more likely to try to install malware. You get the idea. Here's a link with some tips:
    How to browse the internet safely in eight simple steps | AVG Blogs
    I don't mean to burst your bubble, I had a less than an enlightening experience with Kaspersky and have seen infected machines with kaspersky up to date. The other annoying behaviour is that kaspersky takes up insane amount of resources when it comes closer to renewal, thus completely grinding everything to a halt.

    This behaviour was exhibited not once but with every single iteration of kaspersky that was installed on almost every machine starting from the version that was running before i started working in that office. Unfortunately they were running XP so I cannot say if the same would occur on windows 7 and higher. IT had better machines running windows 7 and they all swore by it, I listened to what they said with respect until the day they started upgrading all machines to 8gb ram running windows xp 32bit adamant it was money well spent and would speed up the machines greatly... LOL.

    To the OP like others and what Hopmedic said what really counts is your browsing habits and if you start opening up random attachments from emails. The worst culprit from the latter is what may look like an email from someone you know but in reality their account has been hacked and emails have been sent (my yahoo got hacked, I only knew when they sent an email to another email that I used and was saved in the address book). The most common indicator is gibberish emails containing spurious links, if that doesn't set someone's alarm bells ringing then I don't know what to say.
    09-03-2014 11:41 AM
  25. hopmedic's Avatar
    I don't mean to burst your bubble, I had a less than an enlightening experience with Kaspersky and have seen infected machines with kaspersky up to date. The other annoying behaviour is that kaspersky takes up insane amount of resources when it comes closer to renewal, thus completely grinding everything to a halt.

    This behaviour was exhibited not once but with every single iteration of kaspersky that was installed on almost every machine starting from the version that was running before i started working in that office. Unfortunately they were running XP so I cannot say if the same would occur on windows 7 and higher. IT had better machines running windows 7 and they all swore by it, I listened to what they said with respect until the day they started upgrading all machines to 8gb ram running windows xp 32bit adamant it was money well spent and would speed up the machines greatly... LOL.

    To the OP like others and what Hopmedic said what really counts is your browsing habits and if you start opening up random attachments from emails. The worst culprit from the latter is what may look like an email from someone you know but in reality their account has been hacked and emails have been sent (my yahoo got hacked, I only knew when they sent an email to another email that I used and was saved in the address book). The most common indicator is gibberish emails containing spurious links, if that doesn't set someone's alarm bells ringing then I don't know what to say.
    This doesn't bust my bubble. The majority of what you'll find online about Kaspersky is just the opposite, which would suggest that there is a different problem.
    09-03-2014 11:48 AM
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