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#1 BuckNobBoffin

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 11:19 AM

It comes with Windows Defender.  Is that enough or do I need other (or another) app for system security?



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Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:08 PM

Hello,

Which OS do you have? Windows 7 or 8.1?

If you are using Windows 8.1 then the built-in Windows Defender is an antivirus and offers the same level of protection as Microsoft Security Essentials in 7 and earlier. However it is best that you run an antimalware software along with it.

In Windows 7 WD is only an antispyware, so you will need to use an antivirus.

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Posted 19 July 2015 - 05:31 PM

If Windows 8....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 Defender 8 provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) provides on older operation systems and uses the same daily virus definition updates.
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Posted 20 July 2015 - 12:15 AM

Sorry that I didn't make my OS version clear initially . . . It is Win 8.1

 

So Bleepin' Janitor, it sounds like I am already covered and will not need to buy a suite or even a supplement like Malwarebytes, since Defender runs in the background too.



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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:37 AM

Although Windows Defender 8 provides some anti-malware protection...it is not adequate enough for comprehensive protection.

Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats. In simplistic terms, Anti-virus programs generally scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.

Anti-malware programs generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications.

See my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium and Emsisoft Anti-Malware.
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Posted 23 July 2015 - 03:13 PM

I don't know precisely what a surface pro 3 is like (I'm not sure whether it is a proper windows 8/8.1 OS or an annoying "apps only" RT based OS), but one of the best things you can do for security is to install firefox as your browser and install the NoScript add-on within firefox. If you can run malwarebytes antiexploit as well this is really helpful.


You should install an antivirus (or if your prefer you could use the built in one, if the system is windows 8 or 8.1) and also an antimalware program (like malwarebytes).


I'm also not sure whether the device is purely touchscreen or whether it is touchscreen AND keyboard/mouse controlled. If it is the latter then using noscript, and other security programs will be easier.

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Posted 23 July 2015 - 05:45 PM

Surface Pro 3 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro and is fully upgradeable to Windows 10 once available.

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