1. Blake Seaman's Avatar
    My Bitdefender license expired last week, and I need to move on to a new anti-virus software. I'm probably going AVG free for the timebeing, but one thing I noticed was a severe paucity of innovation in the Anti-Virus community in anticipation of Windows 10. Where is my live tile with reports, my cortana integration, my <insert anything that even implies that the producer cares about the largest software upgrade in a decade>.

    Kapersky has updated their stuff, but I'm wary buying malware software from Russia (slight pun intended) and Bitdefender posted a blog article promising "support" for windows 10, but where on earth are the people that are doing something worth buying? Where are the enthusiastic developers?

    Thoughts?
    07-24-2015 10:32 AM
  2. tgp's Avatar
    Since Windows 8 we have mostly been recommending using the built in Windows Defender. We haven't seen a marked improvement in quality of a 3rd party AV, such as AVG, Norton (Symantec), Bitdefender, Kaspersky, etc.

    Defender in W10 will likely be every bit as stellar. I would recommend just going with that.
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    07-24-2015 10:38 AM
  3. Scott Bradley's Avatar
    I hate all the third party stuff, it is just so intrusive - always pushing this upgrade or that, lots of popups...

    I use Windows Defender and I think it works just fine.
    07-24-2015 02:38 PM
  4. brandonpry55's Avatar
    I've only been using the build in windows defender with 10 and it's been working fine, I've found that if you're going to actually get a virus (not spyware or malware) then any anti-virus doesn't stop the bad ones anyways.
    07-27-2015 04:38 PM
  5. Ankush Jain's Avatar
    I was using McAfee Internet Securtity from last 13 months (came free with my dell laptop). I was cleaning my C: to get extra space before Windows 10 and found that Mcafee Virus Scan folder have 31 GB of data. I wasted not time and uninstall it now. i believe all anti-virus programe which work with Win8.1 will work with Win 10. Best program is Windows Defender free, light and reliable. No more extra browser tool or web advisor.
    07-27-2015 06:59 PM
  6. Jack Neill's Avatar
    No need for one, don't be stupid with a computer and you'll be fine.
    07-27-2015 08:51 PM
  7. mjrtoo's Avatar
    No need for one, don't be stupid with a computer and you'll be fine.
    That's about the worst advice I've ever heard...ROFL. I can only assume this was a joke. :)
    xandros9 likes this.
    07-27-2015 08:54 PM
  8. Jack Neill's Avatar
    That's about the worst advice I've ever heard...ROFL. I can only assume this was a joke. :)
    I live on the edge..
    07-27-2015 08:56 PM
  9. Rising Mos's Avatar
    Using windows defender and common sense. Also, a do a malware bytes scan every once in a while.
    07-27-2015 08:56 PM
  10. xandros9's Avatar
    I use Defender for basic protection.

    Although personally I'm a fan of Avast! since it just has some advanced features I appreciate so I currently use that over Defender.
    mjrtoo and gpobernardo like this.
    07-27-2015 09:28 PM
  11. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Avast! for me too.
    07-27-2015 09:31 PM
  12. Blake Seaman's Avatar
    Well I ended up installing bitdefender (mostly because they gave me a great return offer when I tried to leave), and it has performed reasonably well on 10. I still find it aggravating that they don't innovate at all with it, but I guess someday someone will!
    09-29-2015 10:15 AM
  13. Pete's Avatar
    No need for one, don't be stupid with a computer and you'll be fine.
    It's actually fairly good advice, even if a bit loose.

    The amount of virus protection needed is directly in proportion with the level of risk you run. An analogy I've used before if "I'm going to ride my bike, what are the best clothes to wear?" - obviously the answer depends on the kind of journey you're taking; you're not going to need a full race helmet, pads, and amour to ride down to the local coffee shop.

    We see many threads like this asked every day and we always get as many pieces of advice as there are people responding.

    The real answer is always the same - we don't know what your browsing habits are. We don't know how click-happy you are on emails/popups/etc....

    Regardless of this, people will continue asking what the best anti-virus software is and people will continue advising whatever suite they use. The original posting user will usually end up buying/downloading whatever software has the most interesting name.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    09-29-2015 10:23 AM
  14. _Emi_'s Avatar
    I think Qihoo 360/360 total security is nice, it gets some false positive but it's free and it has avira and bitdefender database if you want multiple protection at once.
    I used to like Eset, but paying for an antivirus sounds too much for me, I now use Windows Defender and if it doesn't detect anything but I am not sure about a file, I use Jotti or virustotal (which I don't like much now since Google bought it).

    But I keep defender disabled whenever I noticed it's on. there is some stuff that gets slowed down by antivirus since they check every file created by 3dsmax like phoenixFD simulation, so it's better just to keep it off, don't need it if I am working, although I don't use phoenixFD but that's just one big example how antivirus can slow stuff down way too much.
    09-29-2015 12:51 PM
  15. Jack Neill's Avatar
    It's actually fairly good advice, even if a bit loose.

    The amount of virus protection needed is directly in proportion with the level of risk you run. An analogy I've used before if "I'm going to ride my bike, what are the best clothes to wear?" - obviously the answer depends on the kind of journey you're taking; you're not going to need a full race helmet, pads, and amour to ride down to the local coffee shop.

    We see many threads like this asked every day and we always get as many pieces of advice as there are people responding.

    The real answer is always the same - we don't know what your browsing habits are. We don't know how click-happy you are on emails/popups/etc....

    Regardless of this, people will continue asking what the best anti-virus software is and people will continue advising whatever suite they use. The original posting user will usually end up buying/downloading whatever software has the most interesting name.
    That was what I was saying, albeit a tad more elegant...
    09-29-2015 08:03 PM
  16. milkyway's Avatar
    I think, the best antivirus software is a good ad blocker
    09-30-2015 01:04 AM
  17. manus31's Avatar
    Avast free gas never let me down.Use that and some second opinion stuff like Malwarebytes and hitman pro
    09-30-2015 01:11 AM
  18. RobertBennett1968's Avatar
    Eset at the moment is by far the best I have used. I use Eset to clean up the mess left behind by the others.
    09-30-2015 11:25 AM

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