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A year ago I was using Norton but when their license came up it cost a lot more so I uninstalled it. then tried comodo which had a problem with whatever Norton leftover so I removed it been using Microsoft defender ever cense with Malwarebytes. is this good enough or can I do better? plus I use Glasswire network monitoring and firewall
 
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The one built into Windows 10 - Windows Defender

Always fine to run malwarebytes every now and then to make sure. Also just use adblockers and java script blockers for browser for the added protection.

That is what I do and I haven't had a virus in many years.
 
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The one built into Windows 10 - Windows Defender

Always fine to run malwarebytes every now and then to make sure. Also just use ublock origin and java script blockers for browser for the added protection.

That is what I do and I haven't had a virus in many years.

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yep, I think windows defender and Malwarebytes is good enough just wanted to make sure.
thanks for the feedback
 
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Windows Defender performs at peak detection with a network connection through the cloud mechanism. Otherwise it’s ability to detect malware becomes worthless.
 

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Theses cdkey sites advertised on TPU have good deals on AV.


Get Kaspersky or Trend Micro.

If you want free protection, i suggest WFC and BitDefender Free Edition.
 
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I've got BitDefender, not the free one though. Mine lets me protect up to 5 devices so I have it on my rig, my lappy, my tablet (yes it's compatible with Android devices) and the family computer downstairs. I love it. Haven't had a single issue with it.
 

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Haven't had a problem just using Windows Defender. Combine that with being behind a router (which most of us are), ublock origin, and a little computer literacy, and anyone should be fine.
 
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I prefer Eset Products the last few years ,light on system resources,easy to configure.Stable product.
Protection seems good no issues ,Blocks all the dodgy scripts on streaming sites.
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Bitdefender
Used to sell Bitdefender for 5year+ but was too much hassles with product not responding /service offline after fresh install first time on pcs
Upgrades the years later was even more of a nightmare as would need to uninstall and reinstall the product many times before services worked
Having to install multiple Pc's at one was also frustrating as there was no offline installer anymore and each pc had to use the Internet to install ,50+ Pcs on a 4mb Adsl Line
The old version used to be good not this new rubbish gui. RIP

Kaspersky
Kaspersky Products I haven't had much issues with runs good .
i switch to Kaspersky from Bitdefeder such a better product vs stability
free version also good

Nortons
Nortons seems to have too many setting to configure could be bit less buttons everywhere and more user friendly
Feels like it uses bit more system resources than other products

Malwarebyte
Saved many clients Pcs before and after a infection
Just a awesome product highly recommended.
 
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A year ago I was using Norton but when their license came up it cost a lot more so I uninstalled it. then tried comodo which had a problem with whatever Norton leftover so I removed it been using Microsoft defender ever cense with Malwarebytes. is this good enough or can I do better? plus I use Glasswire network monitoring and firewall
Some will say Windows Defender and while it has gotten better over the last few years it's still got a few downsides, such as doing things behind the back of the user. I personally will not trust it. Glasswire is good, but it lacks application management features.

My security suite of choice is Comodo Internet Security. It has a top-shelf Antivirus/AntiMalware engine plus an excellent Firewall in addition to their HIPS(Host-based Intrusion Prevention System) which allows fine-grained controls over what apps and programs can run, how they run and whether or not they are allowed access to your PC and the internet. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it is well worth the time.
The free version is excellent and the premium version is $18 per year.
 
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Here we go again. :(

Bottom line - if you are a private citizen and typical home user, it really doesn't matter. Pick one from a known company, keep it and the OS current, don't be click-happy and you'll be safe.

We don't need to drive around in an Abrams Tank to be safe. We just need to use a fairly new, properly maintained and current car, and we must DRIVE DEFENSIVELY!

Now if you are financial or education institution, government network, doctor's office, small business that collects credit card numbers, that's a different story - and for a different discussion.

Windows Defender performs at peak detection with a network connection through the cloud mechanism. Otherwise it’s ability to detect malware becomes worthless.
Well of course, that's just totally misleading at best. Come on! We all must use some common sense. Every decent anti-malware solution uses Internet databases - that's the best way to stay current. And how is that accomplished? Through a network connection to the cloud! Bitdefender, ESET, Comodo, Kaspersky, Microsoft, TrendMicro - you name it! They all use some sort of cloud based scanning to thwart zero-day and other newly discovered web-based threats. And that's good thing!!!

And to say it is worthless otherwise is just click-bait - as is this thread frankly. If worthless, where are all those 100s of millions of infected machines?

To dismiss Microsoft Defender (as Windows Defender is now called) because it has some "downsides" is frivolous. NO SOLUTION IS PERFECT and EVERY SOLUTION HAS DOWNSIDES. NO SOLUTION IS THE BEST AT EVERYTHING. So we might as well dismiss them all, right? :rolleyes:

A year ago I was using Norton but when their license came up it cost a lot more so I uninstalled it. then tried comodo which had a problem with whatever Norton leftover so I removed it been using Microsoft defender ever cense with Malwarebytes. is this good enough or can I do better?
That's just fine. It is what I and millions of others use WITH NO PROBLEMS, and have done so for years.

Ask yourself this - why would Microsoft include an anti-malware solution in Windows 10 if it was going to allow you to get infected as easily as some here want you to believe? That just makes no sense. MS knows there are those who simply refuse to trust anything with the MS brand on it. And they know there are many (including bloggers and wannabe journalist in the IT press :() who love to trash MS just to trash MS. So MS knows if Microsoft Defender failed to protect Windows, those bashers would be relentless in their attacks. So contrary to what many want you to believe, Microsoft Defender is a good security solution. Period. If it weren't 100s of millions of computers would currently be infected. And that just is not happening. Same with Windows Firewall. It doesn't take 3rd party software to block access to a port. Windows Firewall is just fine.

I am not a big fan of laboratory testing because despite their best efforts, they are "synthetic" tests. Yet some folks insist they show the real-world facts. Fine. The see AV-Comparatives and scroll down to the bottom to "Award levels reached in this Real-World Protection Test" and pick one out of the 3-Star list if you want one of the top rated. Any one, I don't care. It does not matter. What matters is that you use a decent anti-malware solution. And note the worst, Total AV still scored an impressive 98.5% in the all important Protection Rate category.

And what matters is to remember that the user is ALWAYS the weakest link in security. So the user MUST use strong passwords and passphrases, keep our operating systems current, keep our security software current. We must avoid risky behavior by avoiding illegal filesharing, don't use pirated software or counterfeit devices, stay away from illegal gambling and pornography sites. AND we must avoid being "click-happy" on unsolicited downloads, links, attachments, and popups. And periodically use a secondary scanner just to make sure we, as the users, or our primary solution didn't let something slip by. THE EXACT SAME THINGS we must do, or not do with any anti-malware solution.
 
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I'm comfortable with Webroot Secure Anywhere. I get it every year on sale at Newegg. (5 machine license)
It has low system resource usage and scans fast. I have Malwarebytes too.

No infections here for years, except for when a hormonal grandson stayed with us for a week and choked-out the guest PC with Elizabeth Hurley downloads.
He had to turn-off webroot to get them and he knew just how to do that. Restored the PC with an image file and all was good again.
 
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Ive used MS Defender with an occasional scan of Malware Bytes Free across my PCs/laptops for years. Never had an issue.

...stay away from illegal gambling and pornography sites...
What about those people who place bets on animal planet videos of cats and dogs doing it?...I'm just asking for a friend
 
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I'm comfortable with Webroot Secure Anywhere. I get it every year on sale at Newegg. (5 machine license)
It has low system resource usage and scans fast. I have Malwarebytes too.

No infections here for years, except for when a hormonal grandson stayed with us for a week and choked-out the guest PC with Elizabeth Hurley downloads.
He had to turn-off webroot to get them and he knew just how to do that. Restored the PC with an image file and all was good again.
Are you sure you dont have anything because you have so slow internet?
 

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You guys made me feel at peace with using windows defender and Malwarebytes its good enough and lighter on resources than other AV's because it's built into windows
thanks for the advice
 
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That deponds... mostly on you and if everyone who uses yoiur PC is an discriminatory and astute Windows user. if you and everyone who uses the PC exercises proper care, then you should be OK .... if any of you users include my wife or anyone in her family, or anyone like them, it's weak. I was given my wife's sister's laptop when it became unuseable. I spent 2 days cleaning out over 1200 infections. I used a free for 30 days version of BitDefender, followed by several other tools and had to remove about 18 manually. She removed the AV when the nag screens stated popping and relied on built in Windows protection .... 6 month later it had over 600 infectioins.

It must be said that Defender has improved greatly in the last year or so ... and if they can continue that, I may ease up on them a bit. From AVtest,org

In March WD let 11 infections thru ... however, industry leader Kaspersky let in 5 / Malware bytes let in 17 in March and 16 in April. Bit Defender let in 0

In January WD let 2 infections thru, 13 in February ... however, industry leaders Kaspersky and Bit Defender let in 0 / Malware Bytes let in 17 and 15

If you go back 5 years, you will see BD and kaspersky getting 100% detection in almost every test. The others don't fare as well

Like Snakedoctor, I switched to Kaspersky from BitDefender as it became too much of a hassle and required too much IT time ... Instead of downloading it once... I had to d/l to each workstation and input all the registration data over and over. I think I paid $99 for 5 seats for 5 years or $4 per seat per year.

So yes, Windows Defender has gotten better. Any claim that it provides the same level of protection as other options is simplt not suppoterd by the dayta. It sthe PC equivalent of saying "masks don't matter" during the pandemic.
 
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Are you sure you dont have anything because you have so slow internet?
Ha! You're probably correct. Everything just happens too fast for my old, feeble mind to grasp!
 
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It must be said that Defender has improved greatly in the last year or so ...
Anyone who know me knows how much Microsoft built in "stuff" irritates me. That said, I have to agree here. WinDefend has improved greatly in the last 2 years. The Windows Firewall is still lacking, but it's still passable. However, push comes to shove, I still recommend Comodo strongly.

Only Windows Defender, you don't need something else
That's an opinion, not everyone agrees..
 

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Pick one, and make sure it stays updated. The biggest thing I see with computers coming into my shop infected with viruses is the anti-virus is expired and hasn't been updated in a long while.

Me personally, I prefer Avast Free Edition. But the important thing is pick any of the ones with good reputations, NOT Defender or McAffee or Norton, and make sure it stays updated. Beyond that, you're never going to find a definitive answer on which is best.

Comodo
Avast/AVG
BitDefender
Kaspersky

They're all good, so take your pick.
 
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Ive been using Malwarebytes and defender for years. I haven't picked up anything in a long time. If you are really paranoid then use Linux
There is no reason to run any AV. 4 years ago I used Kasperski for over 7 years and in the last 5 it didn't pickup anything. So I stopped paying
 
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Heh Windows Defender and the occasional scan with Malwarebytes and a large dose of don't click shit and uBlock Origin
 
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well ever since I went back to windows 10 v2004 public, like before I went to the insider program, I have been having random times where the system will become unresponsive most the time I would have to force a restart. this last time I started exiting glasswire didn't help then I exited Malwarebytes and just like that all was working again. what's different about Malwarebytes is it stops windows defender. can someone tell me why that is happening?
 
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what's different about Malwarebytes is it stops windows defender. can someone tell me why that is happening?
Malwarebytes does NOT stop Windows Defender. What is happening is Microsoft knows some people want to use alternative security solutions. But they also know there are some alternative solutions that don't play well with other security solutions.

In the old days, it was common for conflicts to appear when two security programs were running at the same time. I like to say it is like two dogs guarding the same bone - each wondering what the other is up to. While less common these days, it still can happen, but often it is just a waste of resources.

So when a third party security solution is installed, that program registers itself in Windows Security. That tells Windows Defender's real-time scanner to step out of the way. So that is what is happening here. Malwarebytes, as a third party security solution, is registering itself with Windows, so Windows Defender is stepping out of the way.

HOWEVER, Malwarebytes and Windows Defender play really well together and don't hog resources. :) So you can tell Malwarebytes not to register itself in Windows Security.

1. Open Malwarebytes (right click on System tray icon and click "Open Malwarebytes"),​
2. Click the Gear icon in the upper right,​
3. Click the Security tab,​
4. Scroll down to Windows Security Center,​
5. Move the "Always register Malwarebytes in the Windows Security Center" slider to "Off" (the left).​

Now both Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium will happily run together without interfering with each other.
 
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