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I have Windows 10 on my PC and I need a free, reliable Antivirus for it. I had recently download Windows again, but my version Microsoft Security Essentials would not work anymore due to my PC being out of date for it. So, if anyone could give some good suggestions?
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Microsoft Security Essentials is not made to run on anything later than Windows 7. You should just use the built-in Windows Security (used to be called Windows Defender) toa void any compatibility issues.
 

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jackwood:
As Karen already said, you should stick with Windows 10's built-in antivirus app: Windows Security aka Windows Defender.
Windows 10 can have various issues when using a third-party antivirus app, so it's recommended NOT to use one.

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The usual recommendations are Kaspersky Security Cloud and Bitdefender Free.
This is incorrect. While you can give your own opinion please do not imply that everyone is recommending these. In the case of Windows 10 most experts agree that it`s best to go with the built-in Windows Security as already stated to avoid compatibility problems.
 
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This is incorrect. While you can give your own opinion please do not imply that everyone is recommending these. In the case of Windows 10 most experts agree that it`s best to go with the built-in Windows Security as already stated to avoid compatibility problems.
As I pointed out in my previous post, I am referring to assessment from the PC Security Channel:




 
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There is also a problem involving privacy:

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/antivirus-tracking-youd-surprised-sends/

The two usually mentioned that tries to protect that are Emsisoft and Clam AV. But there's no free version for the first and the second does not do well in detection tests.

Some suggest programs that do default-deny and whitelisting (i.e., you have to select which programs to allow), sandboxes (run programs in a virtual box so that they can't affect the system), and snapshots (make copies of files or the system for quick recovery), but there may also be problems with such. For example,

 

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As I pointed out in my previous post, I am referring to assessment from the PC Security Channel:
One website doesn't make it the "usual" recommendation. Windows Defender is not always considered the absolute "best" but it's generally considered by most experts to be sufficient for most users and the least likely to cause compatibility issues with the operating system.
 
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One website doesn't make it the "usual" recommendation. Windows Defender is not always considered the absolute "best" but it's generally considered by most experts to be sufficient for most users and the least likely to cause compatibility issues with the operating system.
That tester provides documented evidence, and so far you have provided nothing to counter what he presented.

One complaint I've read is that a user is not supposed to be overwhelmed by so much malware, but that's illogical. Just use the malware that the AV didn't detect and the system will stick get wrecked.

As for compatibility issues, Microsoft itself refers to these AV companies if one wants alternatives to Defender.
 

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Since this thread seems to have become a thread of 'opinions', here's mine from a Linux user.

Win 10 seems to update in a manner that accommodates itself with more regard than third party apps, which is logical from a business perspective. And security, too.
It's why non-MS installed apps get 'mysteriously' broken from time to time.
I've been there, done that.
Even to the point that an ethernet card was corrupted.

So why depend ( as an absolute ) upon a third party security solution that's going to be prone to needed corrections as MS updates their OS?
Sure, it may work now, but what about the next feature update, the next security update or the next version update?

I'm aware Malwarebytes has had issues with Win 10 and they are a reputable company.
With Windows version 2004, this occurred:
https://mspoweruser.com/malwarebytes-performance-issues-on-windows-10-2004/
I'm not suggesting to not use it, just don't depend on it as an absolute solution.
What gets broken might not show up as obvious as that, and there you sit, in front of a monitor cursing the wierdness that just mysteriously plagued your computer.

Defender on the otherhand, is coded by MS with Win 10 in mind and MS knows their code better than anyone else.
Doesn't mean they won't make mistakes, just ( hopefully ) they make fewer mistakes ( :D ).

In my time with Win 10 Pro, versions 1903 and 1909, I used Defender and had no security conflicts and no security issues.
No 3rd party app issues, but not so with my attempt to update to 2004.
I also think browser security should be a major focus. It's a front door to a major network.

Reality, no code is perfect. So choose what you do wisely.
 
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Straight from the horse's mouth:

Should you wish to explore alternatives to the already installed or available Microsoft antimalware software on your Windows PC, the reputable security companies listed below provide consumer security software that is compatible with Windows. Just click the company name to see the Windows-compatible product they offer. For business security software that is compatible with Windows, please contact your security vendor of choice.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/18900/consumer-antivirus-software-providers-for-windows
 
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