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#1 bobyboy

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 06:09 AM

Have just downloaded Windows 10, what security is recommended?

Is it OK to just rely on Windows Defender?

Or do I need  free Antivirus, Firewall, Adware and Spamware software, is so which in your opinion is the best option?

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 07:50 AM

Windows 8 and Windows 10 integrates a more robust version of Windows Defender (and uses that name) for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection. Windows 8/10 Defender 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. If you decide to use Windows 8/10 Defender as your primary anti-virus, there is no need to install another anti-virus solution.

Although Windows 8/10 Defender provides some anti-malware protection...it does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. 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.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware solution for maximum protection.
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Posted 09 November 2015 - 07:51 AM

I generally recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as the backbone to supplementing my anti-virus software. See my comments in Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools as to why.

I also recommend using the following:

To protect against the increasing threat of ransomware, I recommend:

To protect your browser and help prevent advertisements & block websites, I generally recommend one or more of the following:

Notes about Adblock Plus and NoScript:
Google, Amazon, Microsoft pay to get ads past Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus is letting companies pay to let their ads through
Allowing acceptable ads in Adblock Plus
Attention NoScript Users - Adblock Plus

Also see How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia PSI.

Backing up your data and disk imaging are among the most important maintenance tasks users should perform on a regular basis, yet it's one of the most neglected areas.


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