Which free antivirus will you prefer to use with win 10?

View Poll Results: Which free antivirus will you prefer?

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  • Windows Defender

    97 61.01%
  • Avast

    26 16.35%
  • Avira

    5 3.14%
  • Anything else (mention please)

    31 19.50%
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  1. Jazz's Avatar
    Posts : 16
    Windows 10 Technical Preview (10014) x64
       #41

    In windows 10 just use Windows Defender, but I've not tried Sandbox on Win10, if Sandbox can be running on Win10I better use it to keep my PC Safe :)
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  2. hawkman's Avatar
    Posts : 650
    10 preview 64bit
       #42

    been using bitdefender for 7/8 and now 10. free version running 32bit version.

    Roy
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  3. azasadny's Avatar
    Posts : 111
    Win 10 Pro 64bit (1909)
       #43

    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Pro for now...
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  4. Fahadking07's Avatar
    Posts : 242
    Windows 7, 8.1, 10 | Linux
       #44

    Hey,

    I will go for Avast, because this is the first anti virus which I have ever used. I don't know why but I hate other anti viruses, I only love Avast ! Long Live Avast :)

    - Fahadking07
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  5. jadinolf's Avatar
    Posts : 7,281
    Windows 10 Home
       #45

    For now I will use Windows Defender but when the final version becomes available I will use my favorite NOD 32.
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  6. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 10,497
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #46

    Hi Folks

    even the mighty IBM say about 80% of computer intrusions is due to USER / HUMAN problems which can't be prevented or protected against in any way whatsoever by Software.

    The best protection is YOU. If you are in a HOME environment most AV software apart from the standard Windows defender (W8 / W10) is simply a total waste of time.

    Your time is much better spent on ensuring you use your computer intelligently, avoid being scammed, don't give any unnecessary information about yourself on social media sites, change passwords frequently and check very carefully before downloading anything. A lot of sites these days deliberately hide the real download amongst a confusion of green arrows etc. Uncheck any "special offers" or toolbars. Avoid also using 3rd party installers etc).

    Email also needs to be handled carefully - don't open attachments from people you don't know and be careful of bogus sites like fake Tax refunds, Bank sites etc.

    Avoid also in particular sites like DriverMax which offer to find outdated drivers and then want to CHARGE you for access to the download for the new ones (which is invariably FREEWARE from the manufacturers site - just needs a bit more searching). These sites are known as SNEAKERWARE. Offer you something free but charge you for the bit you actually want.

    Security issues for HOME computers is vastly overblown these days if you follow those simple rules and learn what the current scams are.

    (Corporate security is another issue -- but my remarks here refer to essentially HOME computers).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 13 Oct 2014 at 02:32.
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  7. CountMike's Avatar
    Posts : 18,374
    W10+Developer Insider + Linux
       #47

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi Folks

    even the mighty IBM say about 80% of computer intrusions is due to USER / HUMAN problems which can't be prevented or protected against in any way whatsoever by Software.

    The best protection is YOU. If you are in a HOME environment most AV software apart from the standard Windows defender (W8 / W10) is simply a total waste of time.

    Your time is much better spent on ensuring you use your computer intelligently, avoid being scammed, don't give any unnecessary information about yourself on social media sites, change passwords frequently and check very carefully before downloading anything. A lot of sites these days deliberately hide the real download amongst a confusion of green arrows etc. Uncheck any "special offers" or toolbars. Avoid also using 3rd party installers etc).

    Avoid also in particular sites like DriverMax which offer to find outdated drivers and then want to CHARGE you for access to the download for the new ones (which is invariably FREEWARE from the manufacturers site - just needs a bit more searching). These sites are known as SNEAKERWARE. Offer you something free but charge you for the bit you actually want.

    Security issues for HOME computers is vastly overblown these days if you follow those simple rules and learn what the current scams are.

    (Corporate security is another issue -- but my remarks here refer to essentially HOME computers).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Yes, the old syndrome of feeling invincible behind the screen and keyboard. People do very foolish things they would never think of doing in "material life" but are happily engaging in virtual kingdom. How many would let complete stranger rummage thru their home but let some questionable entities "check" their computer for errors or mallware. Only a fool would open an unsolicited package left at doorstep but would happily open something on internet that has "Click here" button.
    There are many other analogies between real and internet life and takes just a bit of common sense to make connection. You can't expect even police (antivirus) to take care of every security need and have to take reasonable steps to avoid everything, from being run over crossing the street to being robed or even murdered yet feel invincible and being reckless with the computer in front of you.
    Even in the factory I had signs "Safety starts with YOU" plastered all over the place. Vaccine for Stupid has yet to be invented.
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  8. DMGrier's Avatar
    Posts : 44
    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit Build 1803
       #48

    Defender + Malwarebytes Pro

    I would also like to comment on the whole infection happen to user error 80% of the time, pure silly. So lets use free defender and $25 Malwarebytes or risk being the 20% of those who where not user error or hope we are not human and become apart of the 80%.
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  9. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 10,497
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #49

    Hi there

    Human error is CORRECTABLE - and NO software will prevent you from being scammed if you don't take basic precautions.

    Windows defender (built in ) is sufficient for the rest.

    A whole industry has built up around the threat of Computer Viruses --Hackers aren't so interested in this stuff any more -- what's more of a nuisance are those programs that change your defaults, come with "toolbars" or free offers or launch IE directing you to zillions of shopping sites etc.

    A lot of these aren't actually "Malware" as defined by AV software --these can be perfectly legit but hideously annoying programs that AV software can't really defend against. ONLY YOU can do this by being extremely careful with what you download and what links you open in emails or even web sites.

    Even downloading Music / Movies from torrents is safe as houses these days provided the file is a proper AVI/MP3/MP4/FLAC/MKV or recognized codec file as any "imperfections" in it will render the file as noise or unplayable with your multi-media software. (Don't load ZIP/ other archived files because that's where you COULD get an infection).

    Here's a challenge for all you Computer Security Gurus.

    Link me to an infected multi media file (must be a file with a proper codec extension e.g mp3). Now I'll download it on a separate machine with ONLY windows defender as security, play it with a multi media player - and whether it plays or not will see if it's infected my machine.

    There you are -- Have a go.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by jimbo45; 14 Oct 2014 at 04:56.
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  10. BunnyJ's Avatar
    Posts : 22,728
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #50

    So far no argument from me. The only good AV is the one that's between your ears.

    Jeff
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