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  1.    05 Mar 2016 #21
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    New York
    Posts : 216
    Windows 10

    @Lee: great to hear...i was beginning to think i was the only one here that thought Windows Defender was fine to use by itself without the need for any other virus protector (free or paid)....
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  2.    05 Mar 2016 #22
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,868
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    not recent news, but...

    Anti-virus pioneer Alan Solomon thinks anti-virus is dead. He uses Linux instead | War on Error | Techworld

    British anti-virus pioneer Dr Alan Solomon is so convinced that AV software no longer works that he gave up using it a “long time ago” and solved his security worries by moving from Windows to Linux, the iconic figure has said in a blog.

    John McAfee rubbishing the software that still carries his name was one thing but Solomon’s more clinical disassembly of an industry he helped create in the 1990s with Dr Solomon’s highly-regarded Anti-Virus Toolkit (bought by Network Associates in 1998 for $642 million) is more like a well-aimed punch in the solar plexus.


    Describing Symantec’s recent declaration that antivirus is “dead” as a “Gerald Ratner” moment [see endnote], Solomon goes on to deliver the coup de grace...
    BTW Windows Defender does not work by itself - it also has the Malicious Software Removal Tool to deal with running threats as well as manage anti-piracy measures - unless it is disabled by choice.
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  3.    05 Mar 2016 #23
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    KS City
    Posts : 609
    Win 10 Pro v1709 16299.19

    Been using MSE and Defender since Vista.
    The machine cannot do it all, the best antivirus is you!
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  4.    05 Mar 2016 #24
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Left coast but not a progressive liberal
    Posts : 964
    dual boot W10 10586th2/14291 rs1 Win. Insider since Jan. 2015

    On this dual boot box I use Windows Defender which includes the MS Malicious Software Removal Tool and I use Malwarebytes ( free ) on demand malware scanner and Mbam real time protection . I also use Google Chrome x64 for my default browser and a standard windows user account on the web to keep malware outta my root drives , etc,etc......and just as important along with some common sense and ~25 or more yrs experience on the web a lot of AV suites are mega bloatware these days anyway

    OTOH I've had good luck and used Avast and AVG (free) and Mbam over the years also . I have AVG (free) and Mbam on 2 other W10 10586 th2 boxes here .

    The HP elitebook here just has WD and Mbam like this one .


    The free bloatware antivirus aka Crap aFee AV suite offered by my ISP was just that and I don't use it

    Sent from Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview Evaluation Copy . Build 14279. rs1
    Last edited by blutos cousin; 05 Mar 2016 at 16:18.
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  5.    05 Mar 2016 #25
    Join Date : Dec 2014
    Posts : 437
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahblah View Post

    SMH, If you like wasting time formatting and restoring from backups, be my guest. I could think of other things to do during that free time, whilst I was protected from that malware that could have prevented a long and tedious mess in the first place.

    I guess a lot of people like playing with fire and feeling invincible, until the day comes that they finally get burned.
    It takes me three minutes to make a backup (push a button) and 5 minutes to restore. A big waste of time indeed
    I am not suggesting you don't have anti-virus software, just that it isn't foolproof.
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  6.    05 Mar 2016 #26
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Stockport UK
    Posts : 2,924
    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1709

    I've been using ESET Nod32 for the past 10 years. I tried various others before that, ie Norton, McAfee and several free ones and wasn't happy with any of them. Most were resource hogs.
    imho I've always found Nod32 to give great protection and is very light on resources. And I feel that paying for it is very worthwhile and good value.
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  7.    05 Mar 2016 #27
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Left coast but not a progressive liberal
    Posts : 964
    dual boot W10 10586th2/14291 rs1 Win. Insider since Jan. 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by DooGie View Post
    I've been using ESET Nod32 for the past 10 years. I tried various others before that, ie Norton, McAfee and several free ones and wasn't happy with any of them. Most were resource hogs.
    imho I've always found Nod32 to give great protection and is very light on resources. And I feel that paying for it is very worthwhile and good value.
    Never tried ESET Nod32........but it's true any AV program can affect start times and use some resources & memory to varying degrees but a fast multi core CPU and sufficient Ram helps with all that even an older 4 core AMD K10 and also ofc . an SSD for the OS and frequently used stuff including web browsers but the Free Avast and AVG aren't bad outside of WD and probably offer better protection than WD . U can get all that free . None of that AV stuff is worth paying for IMO and if any of them ( paid or free) find something it's old news anyway
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  8.    05 Mar 2016 #28
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Stockport UK
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1709

    Quote Originally Posted by blutos cousin View Post
    Never tried ESET Nod32........but it's true any AV program can affect start times and use some resources & memory to varying degrees but a fast multi core CPU and sufficient Ram helps with all that even an older 4 core AMD K10 and also ofc . an SSD for the OS and frequently used stuff including web browsers but the Free Avast and AVG aren't bad outside of WD and probably offer better protection than WD . U can get all that free . None of that AV stuff is worth paying for IMO and if any of them ( paid or free) find something it's old news anyway
    I guess it's just a case of horses for courses. What suits one doesn't suit the other
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  9.    05 Mar 2016 #29
    Join Date : Feb 2015
    Left coast but not a progressive liberal
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    dual boot W10 10586th2/14291 rs1 Win. Insider since Jan. 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by DooGie View Post
    I guess it's just a case of horses for courses. What suits one doesn't suit the other
    right good to have choices
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  10.    05 Mar 2016 #30
    Join Date : Oct 2013
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    Windows 7

    Quote Originally Posted by Geneo View Post
    It takes me three minutes to make a backup (push a button) and 5 minutes to restore. A big waste of time indeed
    I am not suggesting you don't have anti-virus software, just that it isn't foolproof.
    That is a very sensible position to take.
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