Answer by trueb · Dec 31, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Windows defender is NOT a replacement for an antivirus, nor is windows firewall any good.
I recomend Norton 360, many disagree with me, but I like it, (tip: buy from amazon it is half the cost)
bottom line: you need more protection then what is offered from what Microsoft gives you.
Answer by Lee in Denmark · Jan 01, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Norton 360, and Mcafee are the worst pieces of carp available! So I really do disagree with trueb!
They are resource hogs, slow and overpriced (Even at half price!)
The BEST anti virus doesn't cost anything, its the user that sits in front of the computer!
Avoid torrents, porn sites, illegal downloads of Photoshop, avoid opening links in mails you are not sure about. Most importantly make sure your operating system has ALL the security updates installed... Also Flash, Adobe Reader etc... I would also recommend NOT using Internet Explorer and instead install Chrome, that way you can uninstall flash as it has its own built in version of Flash which means everytime google update chrome, Flash is updated...
Microsoft's Security Essentials and the built in Windows Firewall is PLENTY for 90% of users!
Answer by AlphaBootis · Jan 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I use a combination of an up-to-date Windows 7/Vista installation in combination with Microsoft Security Essentials. There are people that argue that its a sub-optimal scanner but really I haven't seen anything that stopped everything. There are examples in favor and agaist every security product out there so argueing it seems pointless. Security Essentials has my perference for not beeing annoying.
More important is the fact you should not rely on such software to begin with and use your computer wellinformed of the risks. Its not that hard to avoid things like e-mail scams or dodgy websites. Knowing how do do that is more important then any statistic on virusscanners out there, so grab one you feel right with and that should be it. (Please note i'm not saying you should not have anti-virus at all) As far as a firewalls go, I don't use one besides the builtin firewall as i'm behind a router and feel it doen't really contribute to security as much as impacting system performance and causing extra points of failure.
Answer by Susi · Jan 03, 2013 at 02:22 PM
If you carry out basic tasks like surfing, chatting etc from your PC then free antivirus version can suffice. However, if you use the internet to carry out work at advance level then you should go for the paid version as it offers an extra layer of protection. I am making use of paid version of Immunet antivirus, it is a good PC companion
Answer by henry gray · Jan 04, 2013 at 08:36 AM
I used Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows 7 without any problem, I used it for years at the time my computer was on 24/7 with 0% of infection. Today I use Windows 8 that comes with Microsoft Security Essential built in and so far 0% infection aswell.
I mean no antivirus is complete secure proof, you need to make your computer is up to date with Security patches etc.
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