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Kaspersky or Windows Defender ?


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#1 RichardCB

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 09:35 AM

I have a windows 8.1 system on a new laptop.

It came with windows defender ,but also a free disc with Kaspersky internet security.

Am presently running the Kaspersky (free for a year).

Any advice on one over the other?

 

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Edited by Orange Blossom, 27 February 2014 - 09:27 PM.
Moved to General Security. ~ OB


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:22 PM

Kaspersky was my AV for several years it never let me down it is amongst the best, but then again I try not to go places that can cause me issues.  I now have been running MSI since beta again with no issues.  Your surfing habits are what should rule the quality of your AV.

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:25 PM

Windows 8 integrates Windows Defender on Windows 8, a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Although it uses the same name, it is not the same as Defender in previous operating systems. Windows 8 Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and uses the same virus definition updates.

Since Windows 8 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it may be disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program. If a trial anti-virus came preinstalled on your computer, it most likely turned Windows 8 Defender off (disabled) to avoid conflicts. Windows 8 Defender will remain disabled until the third party anti-virus has been completely uninstalled and then Windows 8 Defender needs to be activated if you choose to use it.Since you are already using a free version of Kaspersky for one year, I would recommend to continue with it and see how it performs. Kasperky has a very good reputation. When approaching it's expiration, if you are not satisfied...that is the time to consider removing it and enabling Windows 8 Defender.
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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:16 PM

Kaspersky all the way in my Opinion Top 5 in class for best AV.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:22 PM

Kaspersky is a great product but Defender is free and from reports seems to be holding its own.  Though it is a few rungs down the ladder from the rest.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:24 PM

But then again Windows 8 is one of the most vunerable OS's acording to: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/525926/windows-8-is-the-most-vulnerable-windows-os-thank-flash-for-that/



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:50 PM

Yes Windows 8 Defender is free but in this case RichardCB has a free version of Kaspersky for a year.
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Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:29 AM

Thank all for you advice. I am going to try and keep Kaspersky on windows 8 laptop.

But I guess my real challenge is going to be replacing XP to windows 7 on my old desktop !

Transferred all of my documents to my new laptop, just waiting to get the courage to switch the old desktop over .

Wish me luck ! 



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:36 AM

Check the MS site for compatibility, you will need to do a clan install no upgrade path.  I just setup an old Dell after fooling around finding drivers it is doing very well, I did turn off Aero which seemed to speed things up a bit.


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:40 AM

And a word of advice if you are able to upgrade the ram I would, I have done over a dozen clean installs over the course of the last couple of months or so for customers with XP to 7 and the first thing I tell them is to upgrade the RAM it will help with the transition.

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:08 AM

++ on ram 2g is minimum 4 to 6 is better if the board will support it, ram for older systems is dirt cheap.


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 11:57 AM

But I guess my real challenge is going to be replacing XP to windows 7 on my old desktop !

Lots of good information and suggestions in this topic: End Of Support For Windows XP SP3 is April 8, 2014
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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

You can go on most major ram suppliers sites and put your system spec in they will tell youwhat you can use, one of the recent ones I did was a 2.6 dou it does fine.


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:41 PM

Lets not get too far off topic....I already posted the link for discussion in regards to moving from XP to another OS.
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Posted 01 March 2014 - 01:18 PM

Kaspersky is pretty much robust and they seem to have made it pretty light on system resources too. I'd say keep it till the license expires, you got it for free anyway.


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