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Windows Defender vs Bitdefender Free Antivirus


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#1 The_Codesee

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 03:16 PM

I understand that Windows Defender will now also protect you against PUPs and is much more robust than in previous versions of Windows and provides much better security.

 

Would I be better off with the free version of Bitdefender Antivirus, or should I stick with Windows Defender?

 

(Windows 10)


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Posted 10 October 2016 - 04:03 PM

Windows 8 and Windows 10 integrates a robust version of Windows Defender for its anti-virus and anti-malware protection. IMO Windows 8/10 Defender is just as good as any other free antivirus solution (and probably easier to use for the novice) without bundled toolbars or nagging popups...read Is Windows Defender Good Enough.

With that said, Bitdefender is one of the few free anti-virus products which does not bundle toolbars or have nagging popups.

Although Windows 8/10 Defender provides some anti-malware protection...it is weak, meaning it does not provide comprehensive protection and cannot prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. This is true for most anti-virus solutions. 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.
Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions with anti-exploitation features protect against zero-day malware, drive-by downloads, exploits and Exploit Kits.

Therefore, you need both an anti-virus and an anti-malware solution for maximum protection. If you choose to use Windows 8/10 Defender (or any other anti-virus), then I recommend adding an additional anti-malware solution. Please read Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools for information about trustworthy and effective anti-malware programs.
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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:49 PM

Which one would you choose?



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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:11 PM

I still have three machines with Windows 7 so I have never personally used the new Windows Defender which is different from the one on my OS although they share the same name.

If I had Windows 8 or Windows 10, I certainly would give it a try in combination with Malwarebytes Premium before considering another free product.

With that said, I probably would not stay with Windows Defender very long since I prefer products like ESET NOD32 and Emsisoft Anti-Malware (not the free version).
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