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While novel Windows 10 features Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More  are promising, including improved security and a complete revamp of Internet Explorer Project Spartan: a Lean and Unfinished Browser for the Modern Web Project Spartan: a Lean and Unfinished Browser for the Modern Web Spartan picks up the fight with browser competitors like Chrome and Firefox. Will it live up to the ideals of Spartan soldiers? We've put this first version to the test and were not impressed. Read More , those of us still on Windows 8 have our own security concerns to worry about. Is Microsoft’s built-in security good enough?

For a long time, Windows didn’t come bundled with a useful native security suite as part of the operating system. Vista brought us Windows Defender in 2007, but that turned out to be a flop, falling short of third-party alternatives.

Microsoft stepped up security with Windows 8 Windows 8 Is The Most Secure Version Yet: Here’s Why Windows 8 Is The Most Secure Version Yet: Here’s Why Read More  and changed all of that. Here’s what you need to know about today’s Windows Defender, whether it’s good enough to use, and the downsides you need to be aware of before trusting it as your primary security tool.

It’s More Than Just Anti-Spyware

Microsoft didn’t develop Windows Defender from scratch. In the early 2000s, they acquired another software company that was developing a program called GIANT AntiSpyware and subsequently rebranded it as Microsoft AntiSpyware.

During beta phase of development What Does "Beta Software" Really Mean? What Does "Beta Software" Really Mean? What does it mean for a project to be in beta and should you care? Read More they rebranded it again as Windows Defender, and that’s what we all know it as today.

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Between Vista and Windows 7, Windows Defender kept to its anti-spyware roots, which limited its usefulness. With Windows 8, Microsoft smartened up and decided to expand its functionality to include virus detection and removal.

If you have been overlooking Windows Defender Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8 Five Surprising Facts About Windows 8 Windows 8 is full of surprising changes – whatever you think about Windows 8, Microsoft certainly isn’t being timid this time around. From integrated antivirus protection and less-disruptive updating to the removal of the Windows... Read More since the Vista days, now is the time to revisit your bias and give it another try.

It Replaces Microsoft Security Essentials

A couple of years after the debut of Windows Defender, Microsoft announced that it would be delivering a free full-featured security product for Windows users. The name of this product? Microsoft Security Essentials.

On the one hand, this was great news since Windows computers would now come equipped with full-featured anti-malware protection right out of the box. Unfortunately, Microsoft Security Essentials proved weak and many experts suggested that users replace it with a proper anti-malware product Why You Should Replace Microsoft Security Essentials With A Proper Antivirus Why You Should Replace Microsoft Security Essentials With A Proper Antivirus Read More .

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When Microsoft improved Windows Defender in Windows 8, they announced that the new Windows Defender was now the spiritual successor to Microsoft Security Essentials. As such, Microsoft Security Essentials isn’t available on Windows 8 and users can only choose between Windows Defender or a third-party tool.

That being said, the underlying anti-malware engine and the virus definitions are the exact same between the two, so there’s no reason to feel like you’re missing out one way or another.

Automatic, Manual, or Real-Time

Though Windows Defender provides a single form of protection — scan for problems and quarantine whatever is found — it gives you the freedom to choose between three different frequencies.

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The most basic is the Manual scan, which requires that you launch Windows Defender and click the Scan Now button. The Automatic scan is a scheduled scan that runs on a particular date and time. The Real-Time protection is an always-on option that prevents malicious or unwanted software from installing itself without permission.

Furthermore, there are three types of scans: the Quick scan (only checks common malware locations on disk), the Full scan (checks all available hard drive space), and the Custom scan (only checks the locations you dictate).

It Can Be Configured

On top of the different scan types and frequencies mentioned above, Windows Defender can be customized a bit more to your liking. All you have to do is hop over to the Settings page.

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There you can: toggle real-time protection; exclude particular file names, file types, and file locations from all scans; exclude particular system processes from being scanned or flagged; exclude archive files or external drives from being scanned; force a System Restore point Should You Refresh, Reset, Restore, or Reinstall Windows? Should You Refresh, Reset, Restore, or Reinstall Windows? Ever wanted to reset Windows 7 without losing personal data? Between a factory reset and a reinstall, it was tough. Since Windows 8, we have two new options: Refresh and Reset. Which one is right... Read More before scanning; or toggle MAPS participations (covered in the next section).

In other words, Windows Defender is more advanced than it might seem at first glance. Is it as sophisticated as a dedicated third-party tool? Not quite. Is it advanced enough for the everyday user? Definitely.

Community-Driven Spyware Protection

One of the advanced features of Windows Defender is something called Microsoft Active Protection Service (or MAPS for short). This feature is disabled by default and must be manually enabled if users want to participate.

So, what is it?

By opting in, your computer sends automated reports to Microsoft that describe the various kinds of malware and unwanted software that ends up on your computer. These reports help Microsoft to develop stronger definitions that other Windows Defender users can benefit from 3 Ways Windows Defender Can Protect Your PC 3 Ways Windows Defender Can Protect Your PC Read More .

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Participation can be Basic (where did the threat come from, which actions were taken to solve it, was it successfully removed) or Advanced (full path to the infection, details about how the infection affected your system).

It’s essentially a peer-based protection net that allows all Windows Defender users to benefit from the infection of one user. Sounds pretty nifty, doesn’t it?

It’s Surprisingly Up-to-Date

Microsoft is popularly bashed for “being behind the times” and for “playing catch up” with modern trends. There’s a grain of truth to that criticism, of course, and Windows Defender is a good example of it.

After all, it did take Microsoft half a decade to expand it from “just anti-spyware” to “full malware protection”, and even now it’s not as full-blown as it could be. That being said, you have to give credit to Microsoft for staying on top of serious issues.

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For example, news broke in February that Lenovo laptops came loaded with hidden malware by an advertising company called Superfish. Unfortunately, it was discovered that Superfish compromised system security Superfish Hasn't Been Caught Yet: SSL Hijacking Explained Superfish Hasn't Been Caught Yet: SSL Hijacking Explained Lenovo's Superfish malware caused a stir, but the story's not over. Even if you removed the adware from your computer, the same vulnerabilty exists in other online applications. Read More so badly that even the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a recommendation to uninstall it completely.

Within that same month, Microsoft announced that Windows Defender successfully eradicates Superfish, leaving Lenovo users with much peace of mind. How’s that for staying relevant in a high-speed tech world?

Sometimes It’s Better to Disable It

Despite the benefits of Windows Defender, it’s important to note that its malware protection is weak compared to the competition. If you want something simple and native, it’s perfect. If you want something more reliable and with higher security ratings, you’ll want to look at alternative security software The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs Read More .

If you do install a third-party tool, Windows Defender will probably realize it and automatically disable itself. However, there are some cases where it doesn’t play nicely, so you’ll need to disable Windows Defender How To Remove Windows Defender & Why You Might Want To How To Remove Windows Defender & Why You Might Want To Read More on your own.

What do you think of Windows Defender? Do you keep it on in real-time or have you disabled it entirely? If not Windows Defender, what do you use for anti-malware protection? Let us know in the comments below!

Image Credits: Notebook behind brick wall Via Shutterstock, Cloud Network Security Via Shutterstock, Lenovo Magnified Via Shutterstock

  1. ProGamer022894
    July 11, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Is windows defender and malwarebytes anti-exploit good combination? Thnx

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      It's better than having neither! If you're cautious about what you click on the internet, it should be adequate.

  2. aswin
    May 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    which is better. eset or windows defender

    • Joel Lee
      July 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      ESET is pretty good. I'd be okay using it over Windows Defender.

  3. Benjamin
    December 8, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    While it may have it's problems my biggest issue...is that it automatically turns itself off and WILL NOT allow you to alter this behavior. I'm finding windows10 more an more frustrating for what it does WITHOUT my permission and without allowing ME to alter it's behavior, this included.

    the solution isn't to go back to 8, at least there are sites like this and people who have exposed this behavior in 10, unlike 8.

    I HATE, REALLY hate it when programs/devices do things without my knowledge and even more so when I am not in control. If this was microsofts computer, on their property, in their building, using their internet that would be different...but this is MY computer, I BUILT AND PAID FOR, on MY property, using MY devices I PAID FOR, on MY internet that I PAY for...time to research linux...I think that's the only way to stop all this nonsense. I've already gotten used to some programs not working right and having to change some things given this so might as well keep that up and learn to use linux.

    To regain SOME control I've already had to do extensive registry key editing and I really don't want to have to take a computer programming class or take several programming language classes....JUST to get my gui to work right...but...guess that's what it's come to.

    • Sam
      November 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Alot of the features are built in for the general user who just expects things to work, not everyone is an IT pro. I think it's good and intuitive, aside from 'things not working' it sound's like you built the sytem with 'Custom settings' which is a huge mistage if you dont know what you're doing, which honestly sounds like you, if you are indeed editing the registry just to get things to work for you.

      I'm the system admin for 600+ user enterprise using windows 10, I've had to edit the registry once for something not serious. We use 200+ different kinds of software on our system and I haven't had to do ANYTHING to make them work besides just installing it. The Macs that we have are way more problematic, as much as legacy windows machines still floating around.

      So, I suggest you watch a vidoe on how to windows 10.

      As for the anti virus, if you're a home user I wouldn't worry too much. You can and should scan things BEFORE you download them, to minimise risk. For businesses, you should definitely use 3rd party anti virus, generally because people don't care what they download as much, because it's not their computer.

  4. Mark
    November 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I've used Defender couple times in last few years. Just out of curiosity. Just to see if Microsoft focuses merely on coming up with new OS or also had some engineers take a look at antivirus. Sadly only plus that I can give to Defender is a built-in software. I like built-ins but that's where all good points ends speaking of Defender.

    A week ago I bought brand new laptop with Win 10. OS is great, no question and I didn't install third party antivirus right away simply because I wanted to give Defender a go. First day of usage I had my laptop fully updated from Windows Update and so as Defender. Shortly after my laptop caught 2 trojans and buttload of adware. Defender detected trojans but had let adware having a party in my system. And those trojans were real bad asses bc yes Defender detected them but struggled to handle them and I ended up having to reinstall whole system.

    Since then I'm using AVG Internet Security and my online life is ok .....

  5. Suomi Heikki
    October 31, 2015 at 1:00 am

    There is a good reason why we have paid for anti virus solutions. Windows defender is ridiculously poor and inadequate even in windows 10, it's not meant to be an end all for security measures. That decision is entirely down to you.

    Windows security essentials was nothing more then myriad garbage free anti virus solutions out there, that really do bugger all until you pay for it. For example it's a well known fact now for years, that non of the main stream anti virus vendors who offer their products for free, even update their virus signatures that frequently. AVG and windows security essentials came out the worst of the whole lot...taking up to a week or in micrsoft's case weeks later, after the fact your machine may have already have been infected due to the extreme tardiness of the updates. Yes you could see something updating when you did an update, but the fact is the update you would witness could be days and weeks old.

    You should never place your trust in an operating system's ability to protect you from viruses, Trojans or worms. They are responsible only for making your sure your operating is as secure as it can be.

    There is no solution like buying a good light weight anti virus solution, and if people can't be bothered to buy a solution, they are desperately begging to get infected in my opinion

  6. ddgrick
    May 6, 2015 at 8:59 am

    All these security articles are nonsense. All protections have workarounds. Layered security as a concept is flawed. The next paragraph enumerates the current best advice on Windows:

    All anti-malware are worthless due to unknown 0-day exploits, but, you may as well use the free MS solution. Use a standard, limited user. Whitelist your executables, dll's, and email contacts. Auto-update your OS & applications. Use MBSA & EMET to fortify your security.

    • Joel Lee
      May 16, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      "All these security articles are nonsense. All protections have workarounds."

      Locks can be picked and doors can be busted down, but does that mean you're going to stop using doors for your house? Of course not. Security is layered because each layer is extra deterrence. Just because burglars CAN bypass doors and locks doesn't mean we should just give them up altogether. Same thing goes for malware.

  7. Dmitry
    May 2, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Used it for awhile on desktop, but since then moved to paid Avast (3 licenses for $15 was a steal - and i have exactly 3 PCs) and my regular New Year's gift to father is license update for Kaspersky on his PCs.

    On my favourite netbook WD was unsatisfactory - much more resource-hungry that free Avira i normally used or than paid Avast with extra shields disabled (RT shield on, rest is off, FireFox w. Disconnect and uBlock).

    And btw last time i used WD it was too simplistic anyway - for.ex. made no distinction between viruses and hacktools like other AVs allow to.

  8. Bryan
    April 29, 2015 at 5:31 am

    I remove malware frequently on my customers computers. In my experience, Windows Defender and MSE are both pretty decent at identifying there's a malware infection and good with performance and system resource utilization. however both are lousy at actually eradicating malware that they identify.

    For those of you running only Windows Defender or MSE I strongly recommend you download the free MalwareBytes and run regular scans. Both Microsoft products will miss some very nasty viruses and Malwarebytes will make up for that deficiency. . I install Malwarebytes on all systems I setup so that its' there if needed.

    I have been recommending either ESET Antivirus or Kaspersky. Either one is both excellent at both malware protection and minimal impact on system performance/resources. Kaspersky is rated slightly higher but comes with annoying news notifications that keep getting turned on and I have found it interferes with some network software. ESET is as good as Kaspersky but not nearly as annoying and chatty with notices..

    Norton, McAfee, Trend-Micro are all good at malware protection but in my experience perform poorly and consume excessive system resources. I can't say much about Avast and Avira other than both are the biggest resource hogs I've encountered.

    Ultimately you want your Anti-Malware products to do their job first, but then operate efficiently and stay out of your face unless necessary.

    I don't recommend using Windows Defender or MSE exclusively for those who spend a lot of time browsing different sites, use facebook, Bit Torrent, or are prone to click on unknown links in emails. Get a 3rd party product if you're that kind of computer user. If you're a casual user and go to the same sites all the time and are cautious with emails Windows Defender or MSE should be fine but go get the free Malwarebytes just in case you get an infection.

    For the record, most people do not need the full "Security Suites" the anti-malware vendors try to sell you.. The firewall in Windows (from Vista forward) is plenty good enough. The 3rd party firewalls included in the "Security Suites" can cause problems with connectivity ... so why bother with that hassle when it's not needed? Get the Anti-Virus only product (unless you're still on XP). Before Vista the big anti-virus vendors bought up all the stand-alone firewall products and merged them with their anti-virus products to come up with the "Suite". Today that investment in the firewalls has been made moot by Microsoft including a outbound firewall in Vista.. Now they're trying to keep those products relevant by shoving users to the suites... You don't need them and they just cause problems, use more system resources and more of your $$..

    Bryan

    • John
      May 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      I would suggest Matts comment here is the key to making ANY AV solution work for you:
      "if you’re using Microsoft Security you’ve got to keep it updated, along with the Windows Security updates it’s not very effective else."
      I would amend that to say that if you’re using ANY Security software you’ve got to keep it updated, along with the Windows Security updates or they won't be effective at all.
      e.g An updated MSAV is better than an AVG that hasn't had signature updates in months. The bottom line is the person at the keyboard and/or responsible for the system MUST ensure that whatever they use, it be kept up to date.

  9. BlackMaccumba
    April 29, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I agree with likefunbutnot, doc and dragonmouth I have worked on the two largest networks on the southern hemisphere and can't recall Defender picking up or detecting any malware or viruses which over time becomes suspicious in its self. AVG is a much better free alternative Avast used to be good then went down hill, however I have noticed that in reviews it has gotten better this year again. McAffee would have to be the worst of the lot this would be one of the few exceptions where I would pick Defender over a paid AV. The best though I would say is Kaspersky for standalone or workgroup. However for Active Directory Symantec End Point Protection is one of the best. For all those that rate Defender walking down the middle of the road and not getting hit by a vehicle is chance. That is what is protecting your systems chance. I have come across systems with Defender that report no issue but have a root kit or worm virus. I am also convinced from my experience that there would be a lot of users who are using Defender that have infected systems but just don't know it. I won't do any internet banking on machines with Defender or McAfee and that comes from other peoples experience that I have seen

  10. Harry Mudd
    April 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Don't ask the folks here, ask the websites that review antivirus and malware.
    You will find that the Microsoft solution is arguably the WORST one out there.
    'Nuff Said!

  11. dragonmouth
    April 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I agree with Doc and likefunbutnot about how good Defender is.

    There are millions of people who jaywalk without an incident in New York City. Does that mean jaywalking is safe? Just ask those that were not quick enough to dodge a car. Window Defender is like jaywalking in NYC.

    Many people use rhythm as their contraceptive method. For most of them it works. They are called lucky. Those for whom it does not work are called parents. Chances are that if you use Defender, sooner or later you will become a parent of a bouncing baby malware.

  12. Hildy J
    April 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    If you surf safely, Defender is probably all you need. I've been using it for years with no problems. If you are trying to pirate movies/games or looking for naked pictures of celebrities, you'd do better with a more robust solution but keep in mind that nothing will catch some zero day exploits.

  13. Doc
    April 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I agree with likefunbutnot - Windows Defender is only good enough to protect you for the short time it takes to install another solution. I've been using AVG Free since around 2006, and it only let me down once - a fake antivirus that took just long enough to reboot in Safe Mode and disable in Autoruns to defeat. (And it was my own fault; I've since used NoScript to disable unknown JavaScript).
    A good antivirus doesn't just protect you from "surfing unsafe sites," it also protects you from outsiders trying to get in through security holes in Windows that aren't patched yet, and prevent malicious files in attachements, ZIP files, etc. from getting in your PC.
    Microsoft itself has admitted that MSE/Defender is not a replacement for (free or paid) antivirus, it's there to protect those who are too inexperienced with computers (or too dumb and sure of themselves) who can't or won't install antivirus.
    I can't imagine why the article author would praise MSE/Defender, when it's *failed* antivirus testing for two or three years running.

    • Matt
      April 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

      MSE/Windows Defender, is slammed for not having a lot of the features other Antivirus have, it's slammed because along with common Antivirus it's not one of them, but being free and not having ads nagging you to register, easy to configure update and scan, what are you complaining about?

      The most common Antiviruses for example AVG, Avast, they offer slightly more improved results because they've been round longer and they have more features, but some of those extra features you have to pay for.
      Avast's detection rate is good, but they're used to people constantly hacking computers and they also compete with the others in the competition.

      It isn't for dump people, the dumb people are the ones who deliberately click on everything and rely on more than one inferior Antivirus, when if they had just basic common sense they wouldn't need to, but there are some people who Genuinely some don't know what they are doing and really on family relatives to help which is ok because they're not always complaining.

      I have used MSE and Windows Defender and have never needed a third party Antivirus so long as i keep them updated and sometimes just in case i 'll use Malwarebytes.

      I think you'll find more people use Microsoft Software than you think our college uses Microsoft Security, but because they keep it up to date it's fine. Believe it or not Microsoft are also used to people hacking into their systems all the time, another example if you were an Average user of Windows, you would be more likely to trust Microsoft than third parties because it's their Operating System.

    • Matt
      April 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

      An Antivirus program is designed to clean an infected machine, you'll find some with real time protection when if updated will help prevent Malicious attacks on your Computer, an Antivirus program isn't effective on it's own on a poorly maintained PC and will never protect users from their own stupidity.

      I always check reviews before i download something or Google it or ask for an opinion if i needed it.

      i never open non Genuine emails unless i know it's Genuine.

      I never give Remote access to my computer because i don't need it and don't have it turned on for an attacker who could use it to Maliciously attack it.

      I use a standard/Limited account so i can't install anything that could potentially do harm to my Computer.

      Windows update is up to date

      I always keep my Antivirus and Antimalware up to date when i use it and i clean out my system, but most of that is browsing History etc, my programs have yet to detect a Virus or Malware

      Even then i will always use my Antivirus just in case, but i know then it's not really needed.

    • Doc
      April 29, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      "An Antivirus program is designed to clean an infected machine, you’ll find some with real time protection..."

      Any antivirus WITHOUT real-time protection isn't worth installing (except something like SpyBot, Ad-Aware, or MalwareBytes that are used as a "second opinion."

      "i never open non Genuine emails unless i know it’s Genuine."

      Until that one time your friend's computer is infected, and sends you an email with their name on it.

      "Even then i will always use my Antivirus just in case, but i know then it’s not really needed."

      Until a "worm" gets into a security flaw in Windows, and infects you WITHOUT YOU LIFTING A FINGER.

      I once administered a Windows 2000 Server installation, and it had no antivirus because "nobody uses the computer" (I did "administrative tasks" on it, like sharing printers or making backups, but nobody used it daily, i.e. web surfing, etc.) Within a few weeks there were phantom user accounts, MIRC bots, and other malware that were installed from OUTSIDE the company - it wasn't me, and no one else touched the keyboard.

      If you think your computer is safe WITHOUT comprehensive, real-time antivirus, YOU'RE part of the problem - your PC is likely to be infected by spambots, rootkits, or trojans, even though you're "not dump."

      MSE/Windows Defender is not a good solution because EVEN MICROSOFT says it's no replacement for a good antivirus/antimalware program. Several sites have evaluated MSE/Defender, and in each case MSE finishes dead last (or very close) compared to other free and paid antivirus programs; AV Comparatives doesn't even list MSE any more! http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php
      Redmond Mag states they've failed yet again: http://redmondmag.com/articles/2015/01/27/security-essentials-fails-antivirus-test.aspx

      How much more evidence do you need to show that you're NOT protected?

  14. likefunbutnot
    April 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I clean up infested machines, mostly as favors to co-workers or customers, with some regularity. Windows Defender on Windows 8 is a joke. I'd suggest Avast or Avira for worthwhile free AV protection or Kaspersky for a paid product. Defender is approximately as effective as a screen door on a submarine.

    • Matt
      April 29, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I also cleanup machines, i fixed a computer with Windows 7 for a client they downloaded from a torrent site, but at first accidentally clicked the wrong thing and one of the lower rated ones had a Virus, Avast pro Antivirus failed to block it, i uninstalled that and installed MSE +Malwarebytes, made sure Firewall was enabled and Auto updates on,

      The other was a laptop with Windows 8.1 that didn't have a virus, had McAfee Internet Security, it was nagging to renew it or to enable Defender, got rid of that Updated Defender ran full scan, i hadn't installed Malwarebytes yet, but i will when i get round to it.

  15. Kevin
    April 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Ditched McAfee, AVS for windows security essentials in windows 7 and continue to use windows defender on 8.1. Never had a single issue, ever.

  16. Paul R
    April 28, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I use MS Security Essentials (what is is called on my Windows 7 unit) and have done so for the last few years, ever since I got tired of the nags that the other free av providers give. Never got a virus with MSSE.

    I also use the pro version of Malwarebytes. I was smart enough to get a lifetime license for 3 computers back when they were on sale--for $36 total. Now they charge an annual fee. I run both 24/7.

    As far as surfing online without any protection, I can see how you can stay safe for a while. But it is relatively cheap to buy, and the time it saves you from having to disinfect a computer is well worth it. You can jaywalk also for a few years without getting into an accident, but I'd never recommend it.

    • Joel Lee
      May 2, 2015 at 4:24 am

      Nice grab of Malwarebytes for $36! I was sad when they went with an annual subscription but developers do need to put food on the table. I'm glad they still have a free version even though it only allows Full Scan. (The Quick Scan was so much better.)

  17. Eric
    April 28, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I have not had a virus or malware intrusion since getting rid of this party solutions. Picked up a variety of viruses using Norton and other software.

    • Matt
      April 29, 2015 at 10:47 am

      The third parties can be ok, the pain is the constant nags, you can turn them off, but you shouldn't have to, the ads as well which can weigh it down.

  18. bnjohanson
    April 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I have never used any third-party, unacceptably heavy (on services) method of protection other than this...ever. I surf the Net in a broad-based fashion daily, for years, and other than applying common sense and occasional support of verifying certain sites/links via VirusTotal, I have never had a problem...ever.

    I am all but convinced that third-party virus/malware suites are nothing but a hugely successful bait-and-switch scheme based upon a myth of such a massively huge magnitude, only supporting the religion of Anthropological induced Climate Change in lieu of admitting directly the wish to tax the heck out of everything that exists surpasses it in terms of defrauding the weak-minded on a societal broad scale...

    • Joel Lee
      May 2, 2015 at 4:22 am

      Seeing as how a lot of great anti-malware programs are free to use, I'm not really sure what the bait-and-switch is? Most of the paid solutions are certainly not worth the money, but that's about as far as I'll go regarding that. ;)

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