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Which antivirus software works best with Windows 8?

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#1 jandor5


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 04:33 PM

Can anyone recommend the best and yet most affordable antivirus software for my new Windows 8 desktop computer?

It's a Dell Inspiron 13646-1000 and came pre-installed with McAfee LiveSafe software that totally messed up my PC! My friend recommends that I download AVAST Free Antivirus 2016.

All advice would be welcome. Thanks. 



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Posted 09 July 2016 - 05:12 PM

As I tell others, there is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and there is no single best anti-virus. Every vendor's virus lab and program scanning engine is different. Each has has its own strengths and weaknesses and they often use a mix of technologies to detect and remove malware.

Choosing an anti-virus is a matter of personal preference, your needs, your technical ability and experience, features offered, user friendliness, ease of updating (and upgrading to new program release), ease of installation/removal, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price. Other factors to consider include detection rates and methods, scanning engine effectiveness, how often virus definitions are updated, the amount of resources the program utilizes, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular anti-virus that works well for one person may not work as well for another.

Here are links to some BC discussion topics with opinions from other members:avast! Free Antivirus has been becoming more of a disappointment for the past several years and I no longer recommend it..If folks are looking for a free alternative I generally recommend recommend either Sophos Home Free Antivirus or Bitdefender Anti-virus Free Edition if they prefer not to use Windows 8/10 Defender.

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.

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Posted 11 July 2016 - 01:00 AM

Windows Defender + Malwarebytes Anti Malware Pro or your brain. The reason I say this is not all antivirus will going to protect you 100% all the time and sometimes they will not detect new threats immediately. I been using lots of antivirus software and what I find out they create more issues than malware such as decrease PC performances, blocking my gaming connection to the servers, or incompatible with other software. Windows Defender should provide you decent protections and on top of that is come with your OS and it's free from Microsoft! You can add Malwarebytes Anti Malware free to scan each week and that will be it or buy the premium if you want additional protections which I highly recommend. You cannot go wrong with Malwarebytes, and remember your PC cannot get infected by itself, as long you have good common sense you should be fine. Many people are not even using real time antivirus/antimalware and they managed to keep their PC clean which is unbelievable right? If they can do it, than you can do it.  

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