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#1 Junior2007

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:08 PM

My son received his new Dell laptop today in preparation for college next month. Windows 8 is the o/s and it came pre-installed with Windows Defender. I know the updated version of WD is said to be very much improved over the older version, but I know also that there are other options for anti virus, free versions, that work as well as paid ones. Opinions are like, well, we all know the answer to that, but still, is WD a sufficient AV program for his laptop? One thing I should mention is that with the purchase of this laptop through the college it comes with 24/7 tech support from the college, so I don't believe that installing a free anti virus would affect that in any way. Thanks for any replies.



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:52 PM

My son received his new Dell laptop today in preparation for college next month. Windows 8 is the o/s and it came pre-installed with Windows Defender...is WD a sufficient AV program for his laptop?


Windows Defender on Windows 8 integrates 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.

* Windows Defender on Windows 8 - Introduction and FAQs
* Windows 8: new and improved security features
* Windows 8 Security: Defender Antivirus
* Windows Defender and Windows SmartScreen

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.If you want to use another anti-virus it is recommended to disable Windows 8 Defender before installing a different antivirus software.


If you have not done so already, you may want to read: Choosing an Anti-Virus Program

IMO, Windows 8 Defender is fine to keep as long as you install an anti-malware program to supplement it.
Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 08:55 PM

I will have him contact the college to find out about installing anything that didn't come pre installed, so that any policy regarding this is not violated, thanks.



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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:00 PM

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Posted 20 July 2014 - 04:26 AM

One thing I should mention is that with the purchase of this laptop through the college it comes with 24/7 tech support from the college, so I don't believe that installing a free anti virus would affect that in any way. Thanks for any replies.

 

Check with tech support if they don't have an agreement with an AV vendor to offer paid AV to students at a lower price.


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