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Am I wasting money on Emsisoft or is Windows Defender enough

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Paradise23, Dec 29, 2019.

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  1. Paradise23

    Paradise23 Thread Starter

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    I am trying to find out if I should continue to pay a yearly fee for Emsisoft Anti-Malware Home Edition or if Windows Defender that is automatic with Windows 10 on my computer is enough.
    I am not too good with this tech stuff so any info would be welcomed.
     
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    Windows Security(aka Windows Defender) is the built-in antivirus app that comes with Windows 10, and is what you should stick with.

    Installing and using a third-party antivirus app can cause various issues in Windows 10, so it's generally recommended not to install and use one.

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  3. Shenifeland

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    Defender should be enough, I'm told, as it is especially designed for Windows 10, 8 and 7. You'd encounter advice such as what is written here that you can also save by going for anti viruses that are free, but as what is already said they can cause some issues. Bitdefender is also popular but may be taxing on your computer.
     
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    Do note, Windows 7 is going out of support soon, January 14, 2020 to be specific. After that Defender on Windows 7 will no longer recieve updates, along with the operating system itself, and Internet Explorer on Windows 7. I think Microsoft Security Essentials, not sure. So, it is a good idea to use a trusted third-party Anti-virus if using Windows 7. And a good firewall.

    And use common sence on the internet, though this applies to any and all operating systems and computers.

    Sorry if this was a bad place or thread to post this, I just thought it would be helpful.
     
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  6. Paradise23

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    Does Defender update on its own or do you have to do manual updates?
     
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    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Windows Defender on Windows 8 and 10 updates automatically provided you allow Microsoft Updates to download automatically as that's where it comes from. I have updates set to notify me and then I choose to install the Windows Defender updated definitions.
     
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    I would go for a third party AV-Suite(meaning a paid one), I would recommend Kaspersky Total Security or Bitdefender Total Security(BDTS I have as the first line of defense on my pc), not only that.
    You could also benefit from some free tools like OSAmor or Syshardener or both, then it would be a good idea to have a second opinion scanner like Norton Power Eraser & HitmanPro.
    I know all this is not free, but it is the way I have protected my Computers for years.:)
     
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    Hi xerses, Those are excellent recommendations for security. I used all of these products before and all work great! (y)
     
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