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Replacing Avast! with Windows Defender


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#1 Jack992

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 03:38 AM

I currently use Avast! (Free) + Malwarebytes (Free)

I've recently been thinking of replacing Avast! antivirus with Windows Defender

 

I've seen a lot of posts online that avast isn't the best, and windows defender is much better

 

am I making the right decision here?


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 04:54 AM

Windows 10 updates and AVs other than WD often conflict. Based on what I've read here and on the net.....I think

using WD instead of Avast is acceptable.

 

I reviewed your first topic here at BC. If you are experiencing similar problems today then I suggest you start a new topic

in the malware removal forum.

 

I suggest you use the Avast Uninstall Utility in Safe Mode when you decide to get rid of Avast.

 

Sometimes it's not possible to uninstall Avast the standard way - using the ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS in control panel. In this case, you can use our uninstallation utility avastclear.

  1. Download avastclear.exe on your desktop
  2. Start Windows in Safe Mode
  3. Open (execute) the uninstall utility
  4. If you installed Avast in a different folder than the default, browse for it. (Note: Be careful! The content of any folder you choose will be deleted!)
  5. Click REMOVE
  6. Restart your computer

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 10:25 AM


I no longer recommend avast as an anti-virus solution for a variety of reasons...I explain why in this topic along with information about Windows Defender (Windows Antivirus). Also see my comments in Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.
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Posted 30 July 2018 - 02:38 PM

I reviewed your first topic here at BC. If you are experiencing similar problems today then I suggest you start a new topic

in the malware removal forum.

That was a while ago, it's all back to normal now :)

 

 

Windows 10 updates and AVs other than WD often conflict. Based on what I've read here and on the net.....I think

using WD instead of Avast is acceptable.

 

I no longer recommend avast as an anti-virus solution for a variety of reasons...I explain why in this topic along with information about Windows Defender (Windows Antivirus). Also see my comments in Choosing an Anti-Virus Program.

 

Alright, I have uninstalled avast and I'm now back to using windows defender

Thanks for the help!


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Posted 30 July 2018 - 03:02 PM

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 06:37 AM

To the OP: AVAST has got a lot of leftovers even if using its own removal tool. Check for these after AVAST fully removal.



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 03:49 AM

To the OP: AVAST has got a lot of leftovers even if using its own removal tool. Check for these after AVAST fully removal.


How do I check/remove the leftovers?

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 04:02 AM

There can be several folders left over:

 

Inside Program Files.

Inside ProgramData (hidden folder at boot drive root).

And maybe some inside Users\<account>\AppData folders (again you must enable Display Hidden Folders to see).

 

PS - Be wary that WD Disk I/O performance may vary wildly. YMMV. If you are satisfied with WD performance on your hardware, go ahead. Windows Defender is pretty good and it usually has got a small footprint on your system. It is really free so it won't pester you with ads/nags or anything.


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Posted 01 August 2018 - 07:27 AM

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 01:28 PM

There can be several folders left over:

 

Inside Program Files.

Inside ProgramData (hidden folder at boot drive root).

And maybe some inside Users\<account>\AppData folders (again you must enable Display Hidden Folders to see).

 

I found a non hidden folder in AppData\Local called "AVAST Software", do I just delete it manually?



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Posted 02 August 2018 - 02:04 PM

If avastclear did not remove it, then yes, you can manually delete it and any other leftovers.
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Posted 02 August 2018 - 02:19 PM

Okay, deleted the folder

 

BTW, do you know what's causing this to happen? does it have a simple fix or do I need to start a new topic for it?

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 07:11 PM

If you don't get a response to your question I think it would be a good idea for you to

start a new topic in the Windows 10 Forum. You will likely get more views and chances of

identifying whatever that is. Give all that you know about what is in that image.


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Posted 03 August 2018 - 05:51 PM

Okay, deleted the folder
 
BTW, do you know what's causing this to happen? does it have a simple fix or do I need to start a new topic for it?
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I have no idea
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Posted 04 August 2018 - 08:34 AM

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