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Windows Defender good enough?


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#1 NotABot

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:13 AM

I was using Avast the last several years, but my new laptop came with Windows 8 (which caused Avast fits and took me forever to fix), and Avast seemed to be getting more and more bloated and naggy all the time anyway - so I removed Avast and allowed Windows Defender to be the only thing "guarding" my laptop.

 

Is Windows Defender currently good enough for that?

 

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Posted 08 September 2014 - 09:53 AM

Yes, however you most likely will get a variety of opinions.

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

If you have not done so already, you may want to read: Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:27 PM

I found windows defender on windows 8 to be severely lacking in it's ability to scan downloaded files. Where most antiviruses let one right click on any file in a folder, be it one just downloaded or one that has been sitting on your hard drive for ages, and scan it, windows defender (on windows 8) doesn't do that. That is one of the main reasons i put AVG free on my machine instead. Also i think windows defender only does it's definition updates once a month, which is pretty low frequency.


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 01:55 PM

Windows 8 Defender uses the same daily virus definition updates as Microsoft Security Essentials.

And you can use any of the following online services to scan downloaded/individual files:
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Posted 16 September 2014 - 09:47 AM

I would like to add that if you run MBAM pro along with windows defender and practice safe web surfing habits.Then there will be much less chances of getting infected.My brother is using his laptop for last 2 years with MSE (which is the older version of windows defender as quietman 7 mentioned) and MBAM pro,and he has never faced any problem with any malware.The best thing about windows defender is that it is completely native to the windows os and does it's job quite effectively.And whatever defender will miss,MBAM will take care of that.You can also run the free version of MBAM for on demand scans.Good luck.

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Posted 16 September 2014 - 01:16 PM

Yes, no amount of security software is going to defend against today's sophisticated malware writers for those who do not practice safe computing and stay informed. It has been proven time and again that the user is a more substantial factor (weakest link) in security than the architecture of the operating system or installed protection software.
 

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