On a new Win10/64 install, I reluctantly opted for BitDefender over that of Avast. Here's what I used to do, and hopefully the community can guide me towards a sane, effective, and moving forward even a proactive Modus Operandi for shorting up and securing WinX/64 installs....
Before, this is what I would do:
install Avast Free edition of their AV
Install SAS (SuperAntiSpyware) and license it (Great deal, especially for server installs)
Install MBAM (MalwareBytes) and license it (Always awesome IMNSHO)
And that would pretty much cover my antivirus/antimalware protection for a windows box.
Moving along now....
Windows 10/64 on a new PC. I chose to rate all the AV apps again and was torn between BitDefender and Trend Micro - I still like Avast, but they rank much lower this year, and if you have a problem with that please do indeed let me know and why too - coz I like the Free Avast AV app!
So next I install BitDefender Internet on a free trial (It's definitely different than Avast).
1.) Should I bother with installing SAS or MBAM, now that Defender has been sufficiently disabled, along with Windows firewall?
2.) My notifications are still nagging me to turn on "Windows Smartscreen"... WTF? Should I just let this go and ignore it, install MBAM and SAS, enable Windows Smartscreen, huh?
I'm interested in EVERYONE's input, suggestions, and recommendations - I'm preparing to deploy a lot of boxes and I want to feel good about the specs I demand from the deployment team I'm hiring for this project.
I know there's a lot of good and bad, but I don't want to cook a chicken in and oven that is inside a microwave, so to speak, I just want lean, mean, performance machine that is about as safe as I can make it before releasing them to the user production environment.
So, just BitDefender w/smartscan and defender disabled, or add MBAM and SAS too? Or even other recommendations - I need some sort of baseline from which I can make informed decisions.
I'm looking forward to your responses and thank you so kindly in advance for your comments, opinions, and recommendations in this matter.
Heck, I don't even know what MS smartscreen really is - sounds like a data aggregation scheme whereby they can share demographics with faceplant!
Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 29 February 2016 - 07:09 PM.
Moved from Win 10 to 'Anti-virus, anti-malware and privacy'.