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Free Antivirus Recommendations?
 
Skeet8385  posted on Feb 05, 2017 7:24:56 PM - Report post

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I am currently using Windows Defender for my AV, was previously using Kaspersky. The only thing I don't like about Windows Defender is that it doesn't offer much beyond virus scanning. Is there any good recommendations for free AV software that works well/cooperates well with Game Trainers and has some good features? I am using Windows 10. Any thoughts and help GREATLY appreciated
 
Adrien  posted on Feb 05, 2017 9:22:58 PM - Report post

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I don't even use antivirus anymore. They're all viruses themselves. They lure you in with "free" and you think it's working because it detects stuff and provides some arbitrary codes as to what these infections are (when they aren't actually viruses, like our good ol' CheatHappens), then you say "whew, this is a good AV. maybe I buy the premium version now to be extra safe." They're a business. Businesses need to make money. Offering premium is how they make money.
I just use a free version of MalwareBytes AntiMalware. It doesn't self-advertise and detects actual malicious files when the user asks it to. ZoneAlarm by CheckPoint Systems is a VERY good computer-activity-manager, but may not be free. You can still get good "protection" even with an expired ZoneAlarm license. There's a big difference between malware and viruses.
AntiMalware software generally knows what they're doing. AntiVirus software is most often a scam.
 
Skeet8385  posted on Feb 05, 2017 9:43:10 PM - Report post

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Ok, thanks for the info

Can I use both Windows Defender AND Malwarebytes? Or do they conflict with each other?

 
Neo7  posted on Feb 05, 2017 9:49:22 PM - Report post

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Windows Defender is all you need. An AV is your absolute last line of defense when all else fails. It is not meant to be your main defense but a "last stand". I'm willing to bet you haven't put any other thought into your computer security other that AV and maybe firewall.

See this excerpt on computer security: Link

The link was initially made in 2010 but is regularly updated by the writer with the last update on 2016-12-29 (verify by hovering on the pencil next to the time stamp).

NOTE 1: Skip the EMET section as it is known to cause issues with trainers.
NOTE 2: The guide recommends ESET. This is known to cause issues with trainers. Just stick with Windows Defender.

[Edited by Neo7, 2/5/2017 9:58:07 PM]

 
Adrien  posted on Feb 05, 2017 10:17:27 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Skeet8385

Ok, thanks for the info

Can I use both Windows Defender AND Malwarebytes? Or do they conflict with each other?

You're all set to use both. Neither conflict with the other.
With that said, use Neo's advice and stick with Windows Defender for antivirus.

[Edited by Adrien, 2/5/2017 10:18:02 PM]

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