1. CapoFantasma97's Avatar
    Got a nice question for the geeks:
    Windows Defender these years improved over time, even becoming a real antivirus rather than just firewall.
    At this point, on the latest version mounted on Windows 10, is better Windows Defender, or other antiviruses?

    As my habit I'm still using Eset Nod32, an efficient and lightweight antivirus with nice features. But it would be nice to use something already built in in the OS if in the case it's more efficient and lighter.
    08-03-2015 06:53 PM
  2. Larry Amato's Avatar
    Why not use Windows Defender...I have had many issues with Norton and Mcaffe and found Windows Defender top dog...and to top it off it don't cost a dime. For home use you can't beat it...
    anon(5671481) likes this.
    08-04-2015 07:54 AM
  3. Annie UK's Avatar
    Windows Defender is getting very low scores in the AV tables, I switched to Avast (free) as defender updates were stopping MS Update from completing, since switching to Avast I have so far not had any issues.

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    Last edited by Annie UK; 08-05-2015 at 11:01 AM.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-04-2015 10:01 AM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    I use Avast! for my personal computer because I simply prefer having more guns and other features on hand.

    Although I'm OK with using Defender for lighter-duty needs like other people's PCs and basic usage.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-04-2015 01:53 PM
  5. nesetceri's Avatar
    No antivirus software will give you %100 protection. .from my own experience Windows defender is very limited therefore is at the bottom of my list..When I upgraded to W 10 I also renewed my subscription to Norton ( 3 instillation 16 for a year..can not beat it) what I like about Norton is their excellent support, in the past when I had problems they immediately responded via their Live chat ,remotely took over my pc and sorted it . As the Norton technician said " Microsoft is experts on hundreds of fields ,we are experts only on protecting your system" Nothing is free, if you want the best protection you pay for it.
    08-05-2015 10:31 AM
  6. bonskibon37's Avatar
    Norton rocks!
    Closingracer likes this.
    08-05-2015 10:35 AM
  7. Pete's Avatar
    You could also ask "I'm riding a bike, what clothes are best to wear?"

    It depends on your level of risk. If you navigate in the off-road sections of the web, download torrents and content from unknown sources, then you'll need something beefy.

    If you're casually browsing the more well-known sites and only download from official sites, then you won't need as much protection.
    08-05-2015 10:38 AM
  8. ninjaap's Avatar
    I've defended Windows Defender for years, and all it got me was occasional weekend of clean installs on all my family computers. Earlier this year I decided to give the free version of Avast a try, and have been very happy with it, and decided to pay for full version. So no, I will never go back to Windows Defender.
    Laura Knotek and Great deal like this.
    08-05-2015 10:38 AM
  9. Marquis de Faux's Avatar
    I would recommend Comodo Internet Security. It is completely free and has lots of features other companies charge you for. Just make sure you uncheck the GeekBuddy when installing (costs$$).
    08-06-2015 04:22 PM
  10. M L's Avatar
    Wow, surprised to see no love for Defender here. I have the same question, just updated to Windows 10 and wondering how secure it is. Guess we don't have Security Essentials anymore, it's Defender now. I've tried a few other AV software including free ones going back to Win95, been on Webroot since XP and prefer it. Was just thinking Win10 might be more secure now and with Defender I might not need Webroot anymore and could let it go.
    08-06-2015 04:35 PM
  11. pbike908's Avatar
    I have been using Windows Defender exclusively off and on for years -- mostly on. I have never had a problem. I also have the free version of Malwarebytes on my computer which I run periodically. Malwarebytes has never found a problem. The last antivirus I used was AVG free. I preferred AVG because it didn't keep asking me to upgrade to the paid version. Prior to Avast I ran AVG but ditched AVG because it kept pestering me to upgrade to paid. I don't know, but like someone else said if you are sticking to the main sites and not bit torrenting then Defender is free. Can't beat the low system resources of Defender and never conflicts with any third party apps.
    08-06-2015 05:27 PM
  12. Marquis de Faux's Avatar
    The best antivirus is called common sense. Use it and you should be fine no matter what AV product you use.
    08-12-2015 10:46 AM
  13. Pete's Avatar
    The best antivirus is called common sense. Use it and you should be fine no matter what AV product you use.

    I would recommend Comodo Internet Security. It is completely free and has lots of features other companies charge you for. Just make sure you uncheck the GeekBuddy when installing (costs$$).
    xandros9 likes this.
    08-12-2015 10:51 AM
  14. Moondoggy's Avatar
    Here's a recent article from PC Magazine The Best Antivirus for 2015 | PCMag.com that said:

    What's Best?
    Which antivirus should you choose? Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus (2015) is the tiniest antivirus around, though its unusual detection technique doesn't jibe with some lab tests. The independent labs uniformly heap praise on Kaspersky Anti-Virus (2015). Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2015 also gets plenty of love from the labs, and in AutoPilot mode it stays out of your way. We've named these three Editors' Choice for commercial antivirus, but they're not the only products worth consideration. Read the reviews of our top-rated products, then make your own decision.

    That being said...... Being rated the top AV Tool is like kids playing King of the Hill as the current King is always about ready to be knocked of by one of many contenders. I personally use Norton Internet Security which was recently updated so it would run under Windows 10. Why do I stick with Norton? Because they are consistently always up at the top of the hill with their protection and I got kind of tired with trying to keep up with whose on top.

    Note that the PC Magazine article did have some links to some of the AV rating services. If you're really into wanting to track the "Best of the Best" then visit those sites and read some of their stuff on how they tested and what their results are.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    08-12-2015 10:27 PM
  15. Closingracer's Avatar
    I like Norton. You get like 3 pcs to have it on and the price is right. Customer service is top notch as well

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    08-12-2015 10:55 PM

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