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#1 mrmatt

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Posted 02 July 2016 - 01:17 PM

I'm trying to help my parents out, and they've got Windows 10 Home (64-bit) with Windows Defender, and the Windows Firewall.

 

I think they've finally decided they need a more robust anti-virus, and are either going to go with the free version of AVG or Avast.

 

Is there anything I need to do beforehand (like turning off Windows Defender), to ensure the new one installs OK?  (Obviously, I'd create a restore point anyway)

 

Thank you for any help offered.

 



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Posted 02 July 2016 - 04:05 PM

Since Windows 8/10 Defender includes anti-virus protection, it typically is automatically disabled by the installation of a third-party anti-virus program and will remain disabled until that anti-virus software has been completely uninstalled.

However, if you want to use another anti-virus it's best to disable Windows Defender AFTER downloadng a replacement and before installation.

You may want to read...Steps for Replacing your Anti-virus

avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it..

I have been disappointed with AVG ever since they made a decision in April 2010 to partner with LimeWire and promote the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, a security risk which can make your system susceptible to a smörgåsbord of malware infections, remote attacks, and exposure of personal information. More recently (September 2015), is was reported that AVG privacy policy update allows it to sell your browsing history...meaning AVG allows the collection and sale of personal information relating to browsing history, searches, location and meta-data and sharing that data with affiliated partners, search providers and resellers.

There have been reports of AVG exposing and collecting personal data.

There have been numerous complaints about issues and conflicts with other security tools.

There have been reports of issues with the computer starting properly on 64-bit Windows sytems for which AVG has had to release these fix instructions. There have been numerous reported problems with computers after using features like PC Analyzer and AVG PC TuneUp which purport to fix registry errors and various optimizing tweaks which make changes to system settings. Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons...read Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools.

 

There have been complaints of AVG Secure Search and AVG Security Toolbar repeatedly being reinstalled after AVG updates itself even though users intentionally choose to remove them. And finally there have been many user complaints about the lack of adequate AVG Customer Support in addressing issues related to the use of their product.

For these reasons, I no longer recommend AVG as a free alternative anti-virus solution.

If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition.

For those who do not mind a paid for product, I generally recommend ESET NOD32 Anti-Virus or Emsisoft Anti-Malware as they leave a small footprint...meaning they are not intrusive and do not utilize a lot of system resources. Kaspersky Anti-virus is also a good choice for the same reason.

For more suggestions see Choosing an Anti-Virus Program. Keep in mind that all free Anti-virus programs now come with toolbars or other bundled software except Bitdefender Free, Sophos Home, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Windows 8/10 Defender.


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Posted 02 July 2016 - 08:49 PM

I'm trying to help my parents out, and they've got Windows 10 Home (64-bit) with Windows Defender, and the Windows Firewall.

I think they've finally decided they need a more robust anti-virus, and are either going to go with the free version of AVG or Avast.

Is there anything I need to do beforehand (like turning off Windows Defender), to ensure the new one installs OK? (Obviously, I'd create a restore point anyway)

Thank you for any help offered.

Windows 10 does not need antivirus. Its windows defender is the wall to protect your pc. I recommend update your windows defender every 5 days then your pc will run fast. :whistle:
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Posted 02 July 2016 - 09:02 PM

If you really want AVG or Avast, I recommend Avast Anti-Virus [not the suite!] installed via the custom install, choosing only the real time protection shields, rescue disk, network scan.  The rest of the services/modules I do not recommend installing.


Edited by RolandJS, 02 July 2016 - 09:03 PM.

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Posted 03 July 2016 - 07:04 AM

Windows 8/10 Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) provides on older operation systems but the OP's parents have decided they want a more robust anti-virus which was the reason for this topic discussion.
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Posted 03 July 2016 - 07:21 AM

Thank you for replies everyone.

 

The reason why they were considering an alternative is because I've heard quite a bit of negative coverage regarding Windows Defender/Microsoft Security Essentials over the years.

 

I must say quietman7, regarding your comments to do with AVG in particular, I'm shocked.  It certainly is an eye-opener, and I'm surprised they're still permitted to carry on in this manner.

 

Also, the links to do with Avast; a lot of people have commented on how good they've found it as well, in the past on other forums.

 

On this evidence though, it looks as though we may not be using either AVG or Avast (for now anyway).

 

Your replies have been very helpful.



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Posted 03 July 2016 - 07:43 AM

You're welcome on behalf of the Bleeping Computer community.
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