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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 Can I trust Windows defender?

    This topic contains 5 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Zaphyrus 1 week, 2 days ago.

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    • #238271 Reply

      Zaphyrus
      AskWoody Lounger

      Hello, due to reasons  I am forced to stay with Windows defender so my question is if its a reliable antivirus  and if it isn’t dissapointing like Windows 10?

      In short words: Should I keep or should i look for another antivirus?

      Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.
      • This topic was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by  Zaphyrus.
    • #238306 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      According to AV comparatives, Defender is the slowest / has the most system impact, but finds / blocks all infections.
      https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/real-world-protection-test-october-2018-factsheet/

      cheers, Paul

    • #238315 Reply

      Mele20
      AskWoody Lounger

      I see negligible impact on my Windows 10 Pro computer.  The same with my Windows 8.0 Pro computer.  Both are higher end with very fast processors, plenty of RAM, excellent video cards.  So, whether or not you notice a slow down will depend, to a large degree, on the quality and currency of your hardware.  Of course, the hardware is older on the Windows 8.0 Pro computer but I see no slow down now or when it was new (six years ago).

      Actually, Avira was slowing my Windows 8.0 Pro computer down and so was any AV I tried.  I went without AV for awhile and then began using Windows Defender and i saw very little effect from it in terms of slow down.

      i think you have to try each AV candidate for awhile and then choose the one that seems best for you.  My only gripe with Defender is that on Windows 8, I have a task set up so that it updates every 12 hours.  I cannot get that to work on Windows 10.

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    • #238346 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      I get a lot of flak for it, but I still swear by Windows Defender. It’s a “good enough” antivirus product — and it doesn’t beg for payment, or interfere with Windows.

      Your biggest problems these days aren’t with viruses. The biggest threat now is clicking on things you shouldn’t be clicking.

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      • #238363 Reply

        Microfix
        AskWoody MVP

        Agree, it just does what it’s supposed to with no nags. From a personal point of view, Windows Defender on one of our W8.1 PC’s does what it’s supposed to without any conflict or issue (barr the VERY occasional .def update MS faux pas).
        I find it adequate in conjunction with in-browser security extensions and tweaks, it works seamlessly.

        | W8.1 Pro x64 | Linux x64 Hybrids | W7 Pro x64 O/L | XP Pro O/L
      • #238514 Reply

        Zaphyrus
        AskWoody Lounger

        Ok if Woody says so, I will stay with Windows Defender then.

        Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.

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