What do you use as antivirus?

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  1. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
       #1

    What do you use as antivirus?


    Im using Windows Defender as full antivirus and Malwarebytes (Free version)

    So far. I've never had viruses malware on my computers. I started doing this 2016-2017.

    Are paid antivirus products not worth it now?

    Back then i used to use Bitdefender and it was pretty good. It had a pretty good GUI and many other protection features.
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  2. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Home
       #2

    Same here. Haven't used McAfee or Norton's since the 90's, just always kept MS Security Suite/Windows Defender & Firewall on. Had regular scans, defragment schedule, scanned questionable files prior to downloading, etc. Windows10 feels the most stable and secure to me <knock on wood>. This OS runs like the day I installed it. No unnecessary startup services, programs, processes, etc.
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  3. Posts : 13,301
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 21H2 19044.1526
       #3

    On My main computer Norton (have subscription) with Malwarebytes.
    All the others use Windows defender and Malwarebytes
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  4. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #4

    I use Windows Security/Defender and I have a lifetime license for Malwarebytes Premium. I set exclusions for both and changed the setting on MBAM to never register it in the Windows Action Center, never had any problems with conflicts from either one. This setup with a good dose of common sense works fine. I had problems before with third party free AV. They cause a lot more problems than they ever solve.
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  5. Posts : 19
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    And one other thing i like using is MRT. Do you use it? Its a tool microsoft provides. Is that something like an antimalware scanner? All i know is that it stands for Malicious Removal Tool.
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  6. Posts : 289
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
       #6

    I've been using Webroot for about 9 years, but right now I'm trying out Kaspersky for 30 days.
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  7. Posts : 1,250
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    The question of whether paid AV products are worth it is highly subjective. Clearly there are many people who believe they are because the companies selling them remain in business. They do provide more features and configuration options and for some people that is an important consideration. Personally I believe paid products provide better protection. The question is whether this is worth the cost. For me the answer is no. You will have to make your own decision.
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  8. Posts : 64
    Windows 10
       #8

    I believe the MRT is part of Windows, I have never used it though. Every so often I will scan with the free ESET virus scanner just to be sure nothing is wrong. I can get Norton for free from my ISP and tried it put when I first got my laptop a couple of years ago. It was really hard to understand how Norton works and it caused some problems that I had to reset Windows to fix. Plus the third party AVs can cause problems with WIndows updates too. I just use the Windows Security, MBAM and common sense.
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  9. Posts : 17,372
    Windows 11 Pro
       #9

    gMemo92 said:
    Im using Windows Defender as full antivirus and Malwarebytes (Free version)

    So far. I've never had viruses malware on my computers. I started doing this 2016-2017.
    How do you know you've never had viruses or malware on your computers?
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  10. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
       #10

    I use Avira Prime and Malwarebytes Premium. Yep, I pay for the "expert's database". I've been in "security" since about yr 2000 and I just don't want to give caution to the wind
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