View Poll Results: Which free antivirus will you prefer?

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  • Windows Defender

    97 61.78%
  • Avast

    26 16.56%
  • Avira

    5 3.18%
  • Anything else (mention please)

    29 18.47%
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  1.    04 Jun 2015 #191
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 43
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    Windows Defender+Malwarebytes Pro for now, I'll look at other stuff when I'm more settled with the OS.
    Same for me. Have been using WD with MBAM Premium on W8.1 since the start and have never had a problem. WD and Windows Firewall are good products and are a vast improvement on the previous MSE and XP Firewall. Another benefit is that the WD, WF and MBAM Premium partnership are very light on system resources.

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  2.    10 Jun 2015 #192
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 220
    Windows 10 x64

    Now that we're getting close to the release it might be good to start a thread just for listing Windows 10 compatible security products...
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  3.    11 Jun 2015 #193
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 130
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Avast gets my vote, I just don't trust Windows defender virus database and heuristic scans although Windows defender does seem more lightweight on the system and boot times are faster too.
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  4.    11 Jun 2015 #194
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 18,011
    Win10 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Win10 Pro Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemix View Post
    I just don't trust Windows defender virus database
    That's odd... because most AV companies use this data base(Avast too) in their AV's, as Microsoft shares it with any company that want's it.
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  5.    11 Jun 2015 #195
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Posts : 4,660
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Incidentally,, there is a Free license for Avast 2015 (for 6 months) out there right now.
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  6.    11 Jun 2015 #196
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Posts : 130
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Regardless if Microsoft shares shares Windows defenders database and 3rd party AV companies use it if their software, 3rd party AV companies have been making AV software long before Windows Defender got integrated into Windows and they have their own database on top of the shard Defender database which catches viruses and malware Defenders database misses.

    I'll admit Defender on Windows 8.1 is lot better than Defender in the XP days but I still don't think it's better than 3rd party AV software even free ones like Avast and AVG but it sure beats not having any virus/malware protection out of the box for newer Windows users who don't know a lot about the OS and software.
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  7.    12 Jun 2015 #197
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Right now I'll stick with defender until the AV makers come out with verified products and then and only then I might upgrade to a pay version.
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  8.    12 Jun 2015 #198
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Posts : 3
    Dual Boot 10 Pro v1607 10 Pro rs2 build 14971

    Using defender and MBAM free.
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  9.    15 Jun 2015 #199
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Posts : 4,660
    Win 10 Pro x64

    Avast fans, there's a one year-license Avast Pro giveaway going on right now. I just got one for my non-Win 10 PC.
    Just Google up "Avast-TechRadar Giveaway". Use dummy name and email to get your license if you don't want to giveaway your personal info.
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  10.    16 Jun 2015 #200
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Posts : 10,615
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Tnx. I kinda gave up on Avast when it refused to work with W 10 and that "spying affair" and using only WD but I'll probably install it on 8.1 and if it still works when it get's upgraded to 10 it might even stay there. Using AVG on 8.1 and it's getting increasingly twitchy, balking at unsigned drivers and programs working over IP like security camera programs I just installed and had to disable AVG temporarily until installed.
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