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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
          Guest

          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
          Guest

          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
        Guest

        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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        • #1981323 Reply
          anonymous
          Guest

          (self-replying with additional link)

          Geoff, I went back and found AskWoody Newsletter 16.32.0, 9 September 2019, https://www.askwoody.com/newsletter/where-were-headed-with-askwoody-plus-an-update (more newsletters archived can be found with the |Newsletters/Alerts| button at top of these pages). Scroll down to the last article – SECURITY, How to block malware with Windows’ built-in security, by Lance Whitney.

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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
        Guest

        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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