Should I ditch antivirus and just use Windows Defender?

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  1. Posts : 12
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    Should I ditch antivirus and just use Windows Defender?


    I use Avast and MBAM. AdwCleaner from time time. I only have MBAM on my MacBook. Should I ditch Avast and use the inbuilt Windows Defender? Thing is, I donít trust the inbuilt one enough to actually be effective. Will I get a performance gain doing this?
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  2. Posts : 5,181
    Windows 11 Home
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    jaigomes said:
    Thing is, I donít trust the inbuilt one enough to actually be effective.
    Then keep Avast, if you like its GUI, performance, etc. No AV is perfect, so in the end, it does not really matter.

    jaigomes said:
    Will I get a performance gain doing this?
    That is subjective to each computer, some people suffer a heavy impact using WD, some do not.
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    TairikuOkami said:
    Then keep Avast, if you like its GUI, performance, etc. No AV is perfect, so in the end, it does not really matter.dltutuapp.com/ 9apps.ooo/showbox.software/



    That is subjective to each computer, some people suffer a heavy impact using WD, some do not.
    i understand!
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    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    jaigomes said:
    Should I ditch Avast and use the inbuilt Windows Defender? Thing is, I donít trust the inbuilt one enough to actually be effective...
    While MS did have a poor reputation years ago, these days Defender gets a 'Top Product' rating. In fact, Defender has identical scores to Avast in the latest (August) results.

    Test antivirus software for Windows 10 - August 2018 | AV-TEST
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  5. Posts : 1,445
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.844
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    Been toying with the idea of Ditching Avast myself here, been using it for last ohh 10-11 or more years, started using Avast in late 2005, been testing how i like Defender on a newer I7 based laptop, so far i don't mind it, though when i tried it on Desktop, had a weird thing where it said -7437 Threats found. switch swapped back to Avast on Desktop, but i might try Defender again soon.

    Performance wise in gaming it seemed to work just as well as Avast, on Laptop runs perfectly fine

    It's just a matter of taste these days, and what your comfortable with i feel
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  6. Posts : 17,266
    Windows 11 Pro
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    I've used nothing but Windows built-in antivirus for 9 years now - since Windows 7. Never had a virus. On some of my "click happy" family member computers there has been the occasional annoying pop-up window type malware, but those have been easily removed with a routing drive cleanup deleting temporary internet files. So it is only Windows Defender for me.
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  7. Posts : 7,087
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    I've had no problems just using Defender plus offline scans with AdWCleaner & Malwarebytes Free
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1809 (OS Build 17763.437)
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    Really can't (or won't) tell you what to do here. But I dumped McAfee and then Norton and opted to stick with Windows Defender and Firewall with MBAM and AdwCleaner. I am a bit careful where I go on the internet and that's a factor here, but I've had no problems and see no reason to change my current protection here on this Desktop. G's a member of "click Happy" group mentioned by @NavyLCDR and this same system has kept her machine safe.
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    jaigomes said:
    I use Avast and MBAM. AdwCleaner from time time. I only have MBAM on my MacBook. Should I ditch Avast and use the inbuilt Windows Defender? Thing is, I don’t trust the inbuilt one enough to actually be effective. Will I get a performance gain doing this?
    Keep using Avast!!!!
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  10. Posts : 271
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2 (19044.1706)
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    I used Avast for many years but switched to Windows Defender with Windows 10 a couple of years ago. Works just fine. Run MBAM and a few other scans from time to time. Never had a problem.
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