Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 26

  1. #11
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    2,337

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    AVG 2013 Free (make sure to get the correct bit version for your computer) is a great antivirus & system tuner in one. TM uses it himself. So do I, but not on all of my Windows installs. The system tuner alone will purge over 1GB of junk from a virgin install, one that's been used for months, possibly a lot more.

    A lot of which is no longer needed Windows Update temp files, just dead weight consuming drive space. AVG 2013 Free also has more features than one may think. If one pays attention to the install process (many blindly clicks through everything), it'll be seen that there's a lot of protection options pre-configured for the install. This includes "realtime" identity/mail & web protection & the AVG Link Scanner.

    TM does use other tools to compliment AVG & I'm sure that he'll add further input. I just want to vouch for how good AVG does, w/o heavily impacting system performance.

    On the OS's that I run AVG 2013 Free on, I also run MBAM Pro (Lifetime) which can be found at promo pricing for around $10 to $12 & SuperAntiSpyware (free version). All can be obtained from File Hippo. MBAM Free becomes Pro simply by entering a key upon purchase, if desired.

    FileHippo.com - Download Free Software

    There's also many other excellent software offerings on this site.

    I also don't care for MS's spoon-fed security, though for those who doesn't care to install/maintain security, WD is automated. Makes several scans per day. Only thing is, MS's security is steadily shrinking in catching malware samples, as proven by an independent (no ads allowed) testing lab, AV-Comparatives.

    If you care to read on:

    http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php

    MS didn't even make the above chart.

    http://www.av-comparatives.org/

    Lots of good reading here. MS does make the charts, but never in the yearly overall top five, nor top 10 for that matter.

    Cat
    Last edited by catilley1092; 05-28-2013 at 08:46 PM. Reason: corrected typo

  2. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    MD,USA
    Posts
    184

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    AS I said I can have Norton security suite for free as a Comcast customer. Due to all the Norton haters, I am sticking with MS defender and native firewall. They can't all be wrong.

  3. Windows 8 Forums Ads
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,222

  4. #13
    Senior Member TechnoMage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Central Florida, USA
    Posts
    1,940

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    And, just how many do you think have to be wrong before you 'wise up'.???

    MS can't even fix I.E. .... how safe do you think they can keep W8?

    So far, you've mentioned two things that I and most of the Professional Computer Tech's in the world won't let anywhere near our PC's. Norton and Windows Defender.
    In the first place, NO ONE program can protect any PC. It takes different programs, from different authors, to look for, find and remove all the many different types of Malware.
    I found 1400 Trojans on a PC, one day, that had been so-called "Protected" by Norton.
    It's a total piece of CRAP!

    Listen to those who have already given you the best advise.

    TM
    A man with experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.
    Backup! Backup! Backup! Ghost rocks!

  5. #14
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    2,337

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    I could have had Norton as an Earthlink customer also, on 3 PC's for 99 cents per month (a promo). However, I've had Norton several times bundled with new computers, I did give the brand a chance to redeem itself from prior years.

    Yes, system resource usage has improved, but realtime protection hasn't. Ran Norton IS 2009, 2011 & 2012 for the trial period, once removed & replaced with another solution, many threats were found & removed. I won't be running any more of Norton's bundled trialware again, period.

    It's not that I hate the Norton (or other useless) brands, they're simply no good for my usage & I avoid using those kind of brands. Neither is MS's security any longer. When MS debuted in the free security market (they once had a subscription based paid one in Care One), it performed well. This was around the time of Windows 7's release, for a few months, I ran it. Until one of my computers caught a very nasty infection, unlike any other that I've seen, & hope not to again.

    I then went to a paid option in ESET NOD32 AV, & except for the three that are running AVG 2012 Free, the others are running paid (NOD32 & Emsisoft Anti Malware) options. One is running the F-Secure Internet Security 2014 preview, as I beta test for them.

    As far as what the ISP's offers, many are watered down versions of the real deal. Usually those are missing one or more key items (sometimes settings) that retail versions has.

    Run what you wish, but don't say we didn't warn you!

    Cat
    Last edited by TechnoMage; 05-29-2013 at 07:43 AM.

  6. #15
    Moderator Drew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,599

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Peter,

    You are making a good choice/decision. We have one person in this Windows 8 Forum who does not like Microsoft products. However, as an IT Pro myself and with a view that is shared by all of my IT Pro colleagues, we do not like or recommend Norton, AVG or McAfee (nor a few others). We have had great results with MSE/Defender & the native Windows Firewall. Not I nor any of my clients have had any negative events over the years with this. I do, also, recommend running Malwarebytes occasionally & using Spyware Blaster as a preventative measure.

    As an aside, it is worth mentioning that the are technologies in Windows 8 which make it or help it to be, together with IE 10, more secure than previous Windows Operating Systems & than previous IEs.

    And you don't need to "wise up" as you do, already, seem to be quite an intelligent person and using sound, logical, considered, judgement.

    Cheers,
    Drew
    win8logo-2013_02_06-10_30_24-utc-.jpg

  7. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    MD,USA
    Posts
    184

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Hello Drew
    I appreciate the courteous message from you as I come to forums to have friendly exchanges.
    I supplement Defender with MBAM. Being behind the router helps too.
    Thank you for your kind note and advice.
    Peter

    P.S. Could you tell me why my interface goes from white to blue and back again?

  8. #17
    Moderator Drew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    1,599

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Peter,

    Could you explain your PS thing/query a bit more or better, please. Just not sure what you mean or to what you refer.

    And, yes, being behind a router or Gateway is added 'help'.

    Cheers,
    Drew
    win8logo-2013_02_06-10_30_24-utc-.jpg

  9. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    MD,USA
    Posts
    184

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    What I mean is that at times when I click the link in my inbox it takes me to the forum which is all blue. Other times it takes me to the same forum but it is white.
    It is ok with me but I was curious about it.

  10. #19
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    2,337

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    The forum interface sometimes changes on me also. Especially when opening a new tab, being a moderator, I have to keep several tabs open. However, it changes easily with the simple click "Change Style".

    That style was originally designed to somewhat match the Windows 8 Tile screen, I actually liked it at first, but found it difficult to quickly navigate as needed. Have to keep an eye on the Forum, Who's Online & hunt for spammers. I can't do all that with that screen.

    If I were a casual user, as many around here are, it would be no issue to me.

    Cat

  11. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    MD,USA
    Posts
    184

    Default Re: Windows Defender on Windows 8

    Hi Cat
    I understand and for me it is not an issue. I made a mistake because when I clicked on your link in my inbox the forum was white as I like it. I read your note so thought I could click switch style both ways. I did it on the white and now I have the blue. I cannot find a switch style on the blue page to return to white.
    Thank You Peter

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 1 2 3 LastLast

Thread: Windows Defender on Windows 8 - Windows 8

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Featured Pages:    Windows 8 | Windows 8 Forum | Windows 8 Install | Windows 8 Error | Windows 8 Download | Windows 8 System Requirements | Windows 8 Themes | Windows 8 Key | Windows 8 Drivers| Windows 8 Security | Windows 8 Hardware | Windows 8 Networking | Windows 8 Performance | Windows 8 Sound | Windows 8 Software | Windows 8 Tutorials | Windows 8 Virtualization Virtual Desktop Windows 8 | Windows 8 Registry | Windows 8 Backup | Windows 8 Recovery | Windows 8 Restore | Windows 8 Firewall | Windows 8 Aero Theme | Windows 8 Blue Screen | Windows 8 Activation| SEO by WebProfits