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  1.    3 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Oct 2015
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    Is there still any reason to use Windows Defender?


    I know my internet safety well. I don't pirate and download sketchy things from sketchy websites. I also run weekly scans of Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, and SuperAntiSpyware, all of which are the top recommended free applications for their purpose. However, as for my AV, Windows Defender doesn't seem to be the best around. Is there any reason to stick with it, or should I switch to a better and leaner free antivirus? If so, what do you recommend?
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Illinois
    Posts : 22
    Win 10 Win 8.1

    Windows Defender works fine IMHO and it's pretty lean compared to others options out there.
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,419
    Windows 10 Pro

    Windows Defender by itself (well, and Windows firewall) is all I have used for years on my home network of almost a dozen computers and I've stayed virus and malware free every since upgrading to Windows 10 before it was release publicly. So now you have two votes for dumping everything else except Windows Defender.
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #4
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 15
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by HRC View Post
    Windows Defender works fine IMHO and it's pretty lean compared to others options out there.
    Agree 100%. With the Fall Creators update Defender now has a Controlled Folder and exploit protection. I would still use another layer such as Malwarebytes to cover all bases though. SuperAntiSpyware mostly detects cookies though so I wouldn't really say it provides much protection.
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #5

    You will find it common on this forum that many people use the combination of defender and Malwarebytes. To add, I also use SuperAntiSpyware for malicious cookies.
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #6
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    UK
    Posts : 2,106
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)

    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    Windows Defender by itself (well, and Windows firewall) is all I have used for years on my home network of almost a dozen computers and I've stayed virus and malware free every since upgrading to Windows 10 before it was release publicly. So now you have two votes for dumping everything else except Windows Defender.
    You're only virus free of malware Defender knows about!
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #7
    Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 48
    windows 10 Home 64 Bit

    I personally use WD & Comodo Firewall & Sandboxie for Firefox and then every week or so I use a free stand alone scanner like F-Secure or microsoft safety scanner just for my own piece of mind.
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  8.    3 Weeks Ago #8
    Join Date : Feb 2017
    Home
    Posts : 480
    Windows 10 Home x64, V1709 (16299.64)

    Windows Firewall & Defender with MBAM & Adwarecleaner here with no problems. And yes, WD is lean compared to others out there.
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  9.    3 Weeks Ago #9

    I don't see any overhead with KIS over WD (was never a WD fan, anyway)

    Some interesting stuff, they (as in Kaspersky Free) provide a current infection graph

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    So many using the KMS exploit!
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  10.    3 Weeks Ago #10
    Join Date : Jun 2017
    Posts : 114
    10 Pro 16299.15 64 Bit

    simply put, NO!
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