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    This topic contains 20 replies, has 12 voices, and was last updated by  Alex5723 2 weeks, 1 day ago.

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    • #1980635 Reply

      GeoffB
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve just moved from Windows 7 to a new Windows 10 (home version 1809) laptop.  I understand that the pre-installed Windows Defender is very good, but do I need another package as well like I did with Win 7?  I feel a bit ‘exposed’ relying purely on Defender in Win 10.

      Appreciate any advice here.

      GeoffB

       

       

    • #1980661 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Many here use only Defender and have not had issues.
      Not going to dodgy sites, not downloading unknown programs and scanning anything you download before use it should be more than enough with Defender running.

      cheers, Paul

    • #1980791 Reply

      gpmartens1
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve used Bitdefender for a number of  years, and currently use Bitdefender Total Security on my 7 devices.  You can see how each security software is rated by looking at http://www.av-test.org and http://www.av-comparatives.org.

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    • #1980816 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve just moved from Windows 7 to a new Windows 10 (home version 1809) laptop.  I understand that the pre-installed Windows Defender is very good, but do I need another package as well like I did with Win 7?  I feel a bit ‘exposed’ relying purely on Defender in Win 10.

      Appreciate any advice here.

      GeoffB

       

       

      As a second opinion scanner and gatekeeper HitmanPro and/or MalwarebytesAntimalware do a great job.

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
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      • #1986408 Reply

        anonymous

        My choices as well.  I also recommend using the Premier paid version of MB.  It supposedly covers a lot more that malware.

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    • #1980976 Reply

      joep517
      AskWoody MVP

      In addition to Windows Defender, I run a full scan using Malwarebytes free version monthly. Then at least every two months (usually more frequently than that) I also randomly choose and use one of the free online scanners available from various reputable third-party vendors.

      --Joe

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      • #1986427 Reply

        anonymous

        A monthly scan is ok if you visit the same 3 or4 dozen websites all the time.  I’m a blog writer and Google searches and alerts can take me far afield.  It’s very simple to set Malwarebytes for a daily scan which will be done in the background. Also, I strongly recommend the paid Premier version of MB.  Its protection goes beyond malware.

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    • #1980989 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      Geoff,

      Security is a moving target and depends a lot on what type of computer user you are and where you go in the Web!

      All of the advice above is good but I’d like to add a few suggestions:

      1. Top priority is a current Image Backup and knowledge on how to restore it. This will allow you to recover from anything even hardware failure. My personal recommendation is Macrium Reflect Free.
      2. As most infections come via your browser good security here is most important, IMHO, ScriptBlock or equivalent, uBlockOrigin, Privacy Badger.
      3. In case of a breach a good Password Manager will keep the bad guys out of your online accounts. They may get one but since you’re using a different ID/PW combo on each site, impossible with out a Password Manager, you’ll limit the damage. My personal recommendation is RoboForm Free.

      HTH 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #1981172 Reply

      RetiredGeek
      AskWoody MVP

      Geoff,

      Sorry I forgot to mention that I use Defender along with MalwareBytes Premium. 😎

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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    • #1981247 Reply

      anonymous

      Geoff, the Defender that protects Windows8.1 and Windows10 is not the same defender that you were warned against so strongly years ago with Windows7. The Defender for Win10 is a good product and has the advantage of support by the manufacturer of the operating system. That may be viewed with disdain by some, I find it an advantage.

      Good security means trust but verify. This is why many are suggesting scanners for the occasional sanity check. Because it is counterproductive to have two active protections running live at the same time. These checks are important, but I would also ask how many times Defender has failed, and the preferred scanner succeeded with a true find rather than a false positive.

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    • #1981272 Reply

      Susan Bradley
      AskWoody MVP

      Defender.  No other a/v plays nice nice with updates.  A/V is reactionary.  Your own paranoia and not clicking is the best a/v.

      Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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    • #1981285 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      Geoff,

      Sorry I forgot to mention that I use Defender along with MalwareBytes Premium. 😎

      I use Malwarebytes Antimalware Premium (=bought licence) here for years too, goes perfectly together with Windows Defender or Comodo (and Microsoft AV & Firewall switched off  naturally).
      I still don’t trust a manufacturer who inspects and assesses his own products, and with Microsoft it’s all about money, nothing else. The common user is left in the dark by them.
      (no offence ment mrs Susan Bradley)

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
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    • #1981290 Reply

      cyberSAR
      AskWoody Plus

      We’ve been using ESET NOD32 on about 100 machines for about 4 years. Some have MBAM along with ESET. No issues, and since we switched no viruses/malware – which was not the norm before using Security Essentials. Knock on wood!

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    • #1983935 Reply

      GeoffB
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks to everyone for your responses on this topic.  I’ll go along with Windows Defender for now and consider adding Malwarebytes to the armory.

       

      GeoffB

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    • #1983999 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks to everyone for your responses on this topic.  I’ll go along with Windows Defender for now and consider adding Malwarebytes to the armory.

       

      GeoffB

      You may concider SuperAntiSpyware instead of MalwarebAMalw; it’s a bit complicated but if you like to puzzle…. Anyway: it’s good too

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
    • #1986436 Reply

      anonymous

      Someone in the thread mentioned Hitman Pro. The product is provided by Sohos, an international cybersecurity firm. This software performs some anti-malware activities but its primary feature is removing tracking cookies. Because of the amount of online research I do, at the end of the day, the program may find 80 to 100 tracking cookies which it will remove.  I run it daily. I should note that since I’ve added the Ad Remover Chrome dxtention the number that Hitman identifies has gone down.

       

    • #1986801 Reply

      TechTango
      AskWoody Plus

      Using Bitdefender Total Security for 15 devices.  Switched from ESET, but that was now years ago.  My favorite Bitdefender tool is the firewall.   It’s super easy and quick to block apps that phone home every time you run them.  It’s also just as easy to quickly unblock apps to allow internet access for a moment to check for updates or other short tasks.   Hitman Pro and Malwarebytes have been handy, too.

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    • #1986982 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      HitmanPro in combination with the Malwarebytes Browserguard plugin suits fine for me

       

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
    • #1999103 Reply

      rc primak
      AskWoody_MVP

      Although it’s part of the Malwarebytes family, AdwCleaner might also help, though more with adware and unwanted programs (clutter) than with hard-core security.

      -- rc primak

    • #1999180 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      HitmanPro Alert + Kaspersky Anti-virus + common sense. Zero problems for years.

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