1. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Good morning,
    I was wondering what you guys all used for an antivirus.
    Are you just fine with the built-in Windows Defender? It's a great default option that constantly gets better. It's all I'm currently using on my Surface Pro 4.
    Do you use a free antivirus solution? On my old laptop I used Bitdefender 2014 Free Edition. I loved it. It got updated almost every day for years, was extremely fast and very, very discreet. The only issue was there was almost no advanced options and it was finicky to keep open and access.
    Maybe you pay for a fancy antivirus? If so, why?
    Or maybe you use the antivirus that came with your computer. If you do, Norton is a virus in itself.

    I've considered getting Avast (the free version, I don't need fancy paid antiviruses because 99% of viruses and malware can be avoided by being safe). Do any of you use it?

    Let's talk!
    04-28-2017 10:33 PM
  2. ttsoldier's Avatar

    (the free version, I don't need fancy paid antiviruses because 99% of viruses and malware can be avoided by being safe).
    This.

    Common Sense is all that is needed. Now i use Windows Defender by default as it's not that easy to disable it now.. But previous versions of windows from xp come up, i never used any.
    TgeekB and Daniel Gilbert M like this.
    04-28-2017 11:49 PM
  3. mjperry51's Avatar
    I've used ESET for years. Have a two PC license for my desktop (W10) and laptop (W7). I have a third PC for my ham radio system running W7, and I use Sophos Home on it. ESET is very fast, and hasn't had the issues I've experienced with the early favorites (McAfee, Symnatec, etc.).

    I like to know if there's been an issue, and the ESET alerting for spyware/malware/dangerous sites fill my needs.

    To each his own. . .
    04-29-2017 07:25 AM
  4. gpobernardo's Avatar
    I've used Bitdefender (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Kaspersky, McAfee, ESET Nod32, AVG, ThreatFire, Avast, Avira, and Windows Defender (Windows 10). Among these, I have retained Avira.

    I used to have a paid version of Bitdefender (that's why I've been using it for over three years back then), but Avira seems to be working well as a free option. After a few weeks of using it you'll start to see pop-ups at the bottom left of your screen to upgrade to this and that there are X number of threats out there, but if you can live with those pop-ups Avira should address your needs.
    04-30-2017 12:10 PM
  5. Josiah23's Avatar
    I usually use AVG or Avast but for the past year or two I've been using Windows Defender (Win10).

    I haven't had a problem (yet) with the built-in virus protect from Microsoft.
    04-30-2017 02:42 PM
  6. tonytranupg's Avatar
    It appears that Windows Defender is good, but I couldn't put everything on it. Instead, I choose Kaspersky Internet Security, which cost me a particular money per year, but I have more confident on it.
    05-01-2017 06:58 PM
  7. TgeekB's Avatar
    Windows defender and common sense.

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
    05-01-2017 07:21 PM
  8. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    This.

    Common Sense is all that is needed. Now i use Windows Defender by default as it's not that easy to disable it now.. But previous versions of windows from xp come up, i never used any.
    I'm under the mindset that having a backup plan never hurts, as long as that plan stays out of your way and never interferes with your day-to-day activities. That's why I was such a fan of Bitdefender because it was incredibly discreet and never hogged my resources.
    05-01-2017 08:51 PM
  9. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Windows defender and common sense.

    Sent from mTalk on my SP4
    This has been working for me just fine, but my girlfriend uses my Pro 4 too so I'm thinking of getting a second option to help back Defender up haha.
    05-01-2017 08:53 PM
  10. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I've used Bitdefender (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Kaspersky, McAfee, ESET Nod32, AVG, ThreatFire, Avast, Avira, and Windows Defender (Windows 10). Among these, I have retained Avira.

    I used to have a paid version of Bitdefender (that's why I've been using it for over three years back then), but Avira seems to be working well as a free option. After a few weeks of using it you'll start to see pop-ups at the bottom left of your screen to upgrade to this and that there are X number of threats out there, but if you can live with those pop-ups Avira should address your needs.
    Were you using the free version of Avast? I've heard good things about it. Like I said before, the reason I liked the free version of Bitdefender was because it never once bugged me to upgrade or anything like that.
    05-01-2017 08:53 PM
  11. gpobernardo's Avatar
    Were you using the free version of Avast? I've heard good things about it. Like I said before, the reason I liked the free version of Bitdefender was because it never once bugged me to upgrade or anything like that.
    Yes. However, uninstalling Avast! was more tedious than I'd prefer; back then the user needed to download a special uninstaller from Avast!, restart the PC a few times, and clean the registry before Avast is completely removed. If I recall correctly, Avast! had a huge disadvantage: if the user performs a PC scan and Avast! detects something, the entire scan will be paused until the user does something; not a good mode of operation when the user intends to scan a 1TB drive overnight, only to find that it was stuck at 4% because it was waiting for user input.
    05-02-2017 04:16 AM
  12. raycpl's Avatar
    Defender and Avira, which came free with the laptop.
    So far so good.... using common sense too!!

    ... !!
    05-02-2017 04:52 AM

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