Antivirus for Windows 8

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bbgarnett

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Hello,

My brothers new Dell XPS just came and I was wondering, since it has Win 8 do you need a third party antivirus such as AVG or something or does the built in windows stuff do the job well enough. I have seen other people say no the Windows defender or whatever is fine but I just want to see from you guy's on here.

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TerryNet

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You'll find the same differences of opinions here as you can find anywhere else. :)

Some people want a for-pay security suite.

Some people want a free anti-virus.

Some, including me, use the Windows firewall and Windows Defender (in Windows 8 the Windows Defender is really Microsoft Security Essentials).
 
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I concur with TerryNet.

I was using NOD32 (which was very good, by the way - small footprint and all) when Microsoft made Security Essentials available for free download. When my subscription to NOD32 expired, I uninstalled it and installed MSE. I've used nothing else since, have had no difficulties at all, and am well satisfied.
 

davehc

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backing up Terry. The major difference between a paid up antivirus and a free issue, is the extras, The basic Antivirus protection is the same.
Most use the international dbase for the latest detected virus's, but there comes the difference.- How does each program scan, and how do they decide what is a positive or negative, severe or to be ignored. As far as I am concerned. Microsoft has the best compromise. Sorry, bit, help yourself! - I go with the built in one!
 
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I, too, use Windows Defender and the Windows Firewall on my Win 8 system.
 
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