Windows 10: Avast vs Defender?

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  1. Posts : 309
    Win 10 Pro x64 17133.1 Slow
       03 Jul 2017 #11

    I had been a long time user of WebRoot but uninstalled it from my Win 10 PC and it's strictly Win Defender and Malwarebytes there. I feel quite safe with that set up.

    The new (general release this fall) Exploit Protection is installed in Insider build 232 and it is quite ambitious.
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  2.    03 Jul 2017 #12

    I was starting to get annoyed at the Avast nag-ware features which tell me to clean my pc, etc. Granted its free, but the requests to buy stuff get a little old after a while.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       03 Jul 2017 #13

    Try3 said: View Post

    its malware detection rates & absence of false positives are excellent.

    This was my experience with a Windows defender false positive:

    Windows defender reported that it found malware on one of my computers and offered to remove it.
    The offer was accepted and windows defender ran for many hours and failed to remove what it had identified as malware.
    Windows defender never found malware on a quick scan.
    The windows defender full scan was performed again and it again found malware.
    Another offer to remove it was accepted and it ran for hours and was unable to remove what it had identified as malware.
    Malwarebytes was then used and if found no malware.
    The Microsoft web site has a link in which you can post a suspected file for analysis.
    The size of this file though exceed the limits and I was never able to find a way to submit the information to Microsoft directly.
    With Malwarebytes I had communicated and they reported to me that what windows defender found was a false positive.
    They said that over time Microsoft would update their definitions and this would be fixed.
    Ten months later I ran a full scan and WIndows defender as a full scan still found malware.
    The false positive was not fixed for more than 10 months.
    What it found as malware was on HP computers in the partition. This file was too large for the submission.
    On Microsoft technet this information was submitted.
    They knew immediately the problem with the false positive related to HP computers.
    Within days the false positive was fixed.
    Running Windows defender in full scan no longer found any malware.
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  4. Posts : 120
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       09 Jul 2017 #14

    swarfega said: View Post
    I've found that recently Avast is becoming too bloated and intrusive. While its a good detector it adds a layer between you and your network which I don't like.I use Defender now in conjunction with Malwarebytes so should be covered.
    I fully agree on AVAST being too bloated and it claims to work, but I've noticed it
    don't. It's just not worth the extra drama. I feel the same with AVG as well. Back in the beginning; you could download something decent off the web, for free and it worked and did not give ya a virus. Now you'll be lucky not to get a Trojan every time you download a new program. This is why it's so important to really figure out whats best for you and your system no matter what, the reviews and such say.

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  5.    09 Jul 2017 #15

    AVG is owned by Avast now
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  6.    09 Jul 2017 #16

    I lost a lot of data last month because of the virus. Need advice on whether to buy a one year package for Avast or Defender. I personally appreciate Defender
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  7. Posts : 120
    WINDOWS 10 x64-bit
       09 Jul 2017 #17

    swarfega said: View Post
    AVG is owned by Avast now
    Whoa, I was not made aware of that until now. Thanks for the update.

    Liaronado said: View Post
    I lost a lot of data last month because of the virus. Need advice on whether to buy a one year package for Avast or Defender. I personally appreciate Defender
    Liaronado,
    First "Welcome to Windows 10 Forums!"
    If your wanting defender It comes with the windows system, I don't think you need to buy a 1 year package for that. You just need to *Activate it* if it's now already running by default. Anyone can correct me; if things have changed. I would get a External Hard-rive when can, to back up files, just in case.

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  •    09 Jul 2017 #18

    Liaronado said: View Post
    I lost a lot of data last month because of the virus. Need advice on whether to buy a one year package for Avast or Defender. I personally appreciate Defender

    A lot of us on the forum use a combination of Defender and Malwarebytes (either free or license).

    Also a proper backup regimen is a must these days. Consider that your priority.
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  •    09 Jul 2017 #19

    Avast has turned into a bloated ad filled mess. Defender works well for me and an occasional scan of Malwarebytes.
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  • Posts : 6,487
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       09 Jul 2017 #20

    Mystere said: View Post
    Defender is a very minimally intrusive anti-virus....

    No, it will never be able to detect 0-second vulnerabilities...
    You sure about that?

    Block at First Sight is a feature of Windows Defender cloud protection starting with Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) that provides a way to detect and block new malware within seconds.
    Enable Windows Defender Block at First Sight in Windows 10

    ....but it's good enough for my needs. Combine that with intelligent browsing, and I haven't been infected in years.
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