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  1. donebrasko's Avatar
    What is the best free anti virus program for windows 8?
    12-11-2013 10:48 AM
  2. palandri's Avatar
    Opps. I thought this was in regards to a windows phone. As DBDev said, Windows Defender that comes with Windows 8 should be sufficient.
    Oris likes this.
    12-11-2013 11:16 AM
  3. DBDev's Avatar
    I use Windows Defender that comes with Win8 and I think it works great
    Oris likes this.
    12-11-2013 11:16 AM
  4. gsquared's Avatar
    I use Windows Defender that comes with Win8 and I think it works great
    If you insistent upon going the free route I would take this advise. Otherwise you will get what you pay for.
    12-11-2013 11:21 AM
  5. palandri's Avatar
    If you insistent upon going the free route I would take this advise. Otherwise you will get what you pay for.
    What do you use?
    12-11-2013 11:24 AM
  6. Reflexx's Avatar
    I just stick with Windows Defender. I fins that 3rd party programs often use up too many resources.

    I'm pretty careful with what I do online so I've had no problems.
    12-11-2013 11:24 AM
  7. tgp's Avatar
    Use the built in Windows Defender. This is what most of the other posters already recommended, and they are correct. I suppose some paid antivirus programs like Norton AntiVirus (do not get Norton Internet Security or Norton 360,ever!) could offer a bit more, but even that's arguable. The most important line of defense is you, the user.
    Reflexx and a5cent like this.
    12-11-2013 12:23 PM
  8. xratola's Avatar
    I use avast internet security, it is pretty the best antivirus out there. Windows defender just doesn't work (I've tested with virus samples) and W. defender doesn't recognize them at all whereas Avast does.
    Robert Warmerdam likes this.
    12-11-2013 12:41 PM
  9. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    Free? Windows Defender, especially that it gets a lot of updates, like every day.
    Oris likes this.
    12-11-2013 12:47 PM
  10. xratola's Avatar
    You can still get the avast free antivirus or the internet Security trial. Avast has updates twice a day, also.
    12-11-2013 01:11 PM
  11. Slater_GS's Avatar
    The most important line of defense is you, the user.
    This^
    And what most everyone else has said. Windows Defender is great and if you are getting viruses with that within W8, then you need to rethink what and how you are doing things on your computer.

    I am not a big fan of avast.
    To be fair I haven't used it for a year, but I went through a span where I installed it on many of my clients computers and just had too many problems with it. Not so much with its ability to catch a potential virus, but with the asinine constant popups and resource requirements which would lend to further calls from clients. Most of the updates went ignored and thus it became ineffective for its purpose.
    Just my experience FWIW.
    Reflexx likes this.
    12-11-2013 01:23 PM
  12. xratola's Avatar
    Depends on the user. Totally agree.
    And I've had the same problems with my clients.
    12-11-2013 01:52 PM
  13. gsquared's Avatar
    What do you use?
    Kaspersky Internet Security for home PC/tablet.
    palandri likes this.
    12-11-2013 01:58 PM
  14. Editguy1900's Avatar
    AVG free. I've been using it for years and it's been so long since I've had a problem with viruses that I've almost forgotten the sick feeling that they cause. Almost.
    12-11-2013 02:54 PM
  15. Oris's Avatar
    Windows defender for sure!
    12-11-2013 02:58 PM
  16. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Windows Defender
    Malwarebytes
    HitmanPro
    aximtreo likes this.
    12-11-2013 03:04 PM
  17. donebrasko's Avatar
    AVG free. I've been using it for years and it's been so long since I've had a problem with viruses that I've almost forgotten the sick feeling that they cause. Almost.
    it was a coworkers computer. I ended up putting AVG before I had time to come back to this post. I forgot about windows defender. Personally I agree with the user being the best at protecting. I'm very cautious. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I assume that windows rt doesn't have to be protected
    12-11-2013 08:06 PM
  18. stephen_az's Avatar
    Kaspersky Internet Security for home PC/tablet.
    No offense but you bring up the idea of you get what you pay for and use the most unstable internet security package available for Windows 8. There is more than a bit of irony in that choice given Windows Defender is built in, fully integrated, has a tiny memory footprint, free, and just as effective.
    Oldfart.dk and aximtreo like this.
    12-12-2013 12:32 AM
  19. Michael Archambault's Avatar
    If you just need antivirus protection than both AVG Free and Avast Home Edition are great choices.

    If you need antivirus + firewall, then you might want to check out Comodo's Free Security Suite.

    PS- I know we all love free, but sometimes you can find great deals on sites like Amazon!
    12-14-2013 04:38 AM
  20. nocial's Avatar
    Microsoft Security Essentials.
    12-14-2013 04:42 AM
  21. hopmedic's Avatar
    use the built in windows defender. This is what most of the other posters already recommended, and they are correct. I suppose some paid antivirus programs like kaspersky (or insert your favorite here) (do not get any norton / symantec / mcafee product,ever!) could offer a bit more, but even that's arguable. The most important line of defense is you, the user.
    ftfy
    tgp and cmore675 like this.
    12-14-2013 04:29 PM
  22. tgp's Avatar
    ftfy
    Yes you're correct and I agree, I don't use any of those either. I was speaking technically, like offering enhanced network or email protection. But you'll not find them on my devices!
    hopmedic likes this.
    12-14-2013 07:10 PM
  23. John reiley's Avatar
    I am currently using Immunet™ Free Antivirus-Get 100% Free Antivirus Download Safely for my Windows 8 PC. Until now, I haven't faced any issues yet.
    07-11-2014 07:03 AM
  24. CowardlyLions's Avatar
    Common sense + Microsoft security essentials.

    Malwarebytes as a backup in the rare situation where I'd actually get an infection.
    07-11-2014 07:05 AM
  25. onlysublime's Avatar
    for pay AV, I only like Kaspersky and Bitdefender.

    for free, stick with Windows Defender. all the others are bad in some way. Avast was pretty good but it's resource heavy. AVG leaves you wide open. A virus swept through our campus. My system came through "clean" with AVG even though it was infected.
    07-12-2014 05:46 AM
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