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#1 Old-Skool


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Posted 25 July 2019 - 04:47 PM

 so, I've had my current computer for about... four years? very happy with it, haven't had any trouble really.


But something that has been nagging at the back of my head is that 3rd party product Microsoft Security Essentials has been discontinued, and replaced with the built-in  1st party Windows Defender. MSE came highly recommended by PZC alumni back in the day and did a good job.  However, despite having had no problems, I'm wary of something that "came with" the current PC. I feel like I'm far better off using something else. 

What is everyone's take? What's the popular AV out there? 

I'm not just asking for myself, but for my girlfriend too, who is running Windows 8. I myself use Windows 10. 

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 09:58 AM

I use the free version of Avast at home, and I use it in Silent mode.  It works fine.  I also have a paid subscription to MalwareBytes.  If you're worried, you can add exceptions for ZC's folders and executables in both programs.


The free Avira Antivirus is technically and technologically slightly superior to Avast this year, however, although


You can get the free versions of both Avira and Avast for free and very easily at www.ninite.com FYI, or even at www.patchmypc.com (Through their free and amazing Home Updater.)  - But Avast has a better "silent mode" that won't bother you nearly as much as Avira will.  Gotta make yer money somehow, I guess.  :P

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:17 PM

Thanks, ShadowTiger. I directed her to avast, as well as myself. 

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 07:24 PM

Anything other than Windows Defender: It's the first thing that I disable on any Win10 machine.


Throwing rocks, is better protection, than that.

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 05:46 AM

Just use the inbuilt aa and firewall for win 10. They're good enough, anything more pronounced will cause more issues and hardships than actual viruses and worms. The best protection is YOU. If still on good old win 7 use Avast, but know that even avast can cause issues with random software and games.

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 02:05 PM

If you look at benchmarks Windows Defender often ranks quite high at protecting the PC.

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Posted 19 August 2019 - 02:52 PM

Honestly, I just use a combination of Windows Defender (built into Windows 10), Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin, and safe browsing practices. Don't try to install strange executables, and if you ever need to torrent anything for any reason, it's best to both download something with a bunch of seeders and review the comments beforehand.


Otherwise, there's no critical need for anything beyond Windows Defender and an ad blocker.

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