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Default Windows 10: Who Needs Antivirus? - 07-09-2017, 23:12 | posts: 564 | Location: Los Angeles

I was recently debating renewing my Norton Security subscription since Windows 10 is pretty secure, especially with the Creator's Update.

Windows Defender does the job, and I'm finding less reasons to even consider spending money on Norton anymore. I know there's free alternatives, but they're pretty annoying, often pestering you to buy the better edition.

So, I was just wondering if you guys think that Antivirus is more or less useless with Windows 10, as it offers enough protection for the average user.

Obviously, even the best antivirus won't protect users who install everything they click on, but for people who know what they're doing, is there really a need to spend money on something that Microsoft provides for free?

The Fall Creator's Update will offer even greater protection against threats from the web, and I'll have yet another reason not to use Norton.
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Default 07-09-2017, 23:55 | posts: 1,442 | Location: Lost in Norway

All Iím using. I just run MBA!M once in awhile to be safe
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Default 07-10-2017, 00:27 | posts: 17,789 | Location: Glasgow

Nope, definitely no reason for anything else.

I'm sure what will follow will be people who will claim that you should pay for a separate AV as you risk armageddon if you don't, but i have saw zero evidence for this and it's mostly scaremongering that originates from the people trying to sell the software.
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Lightbulb 07-10-2017, 12:57 | posts: 909 | Location: Ontario, CAN

I only use (2) thing's my processor dep for all programs, and Zemana AntiMalware. Windows Defender is turned off and disable, windows cortana is turned off and uninstalled
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Default 07-10-2017, 16:10 | posts: 29

Originally Posted by INSTG8R View Post
All Iím using. I just run MBA!M once in awhile to be safe
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Default 07-10-2017, 21:22 | posts: 675

Windows Security is more than enough. I respect fellow programmers who are hired for AV companies but:


I format many times my devices mobile and desktop resulting into invalid keys and I lose my money.

Tries limited key activation is so 90's. AV companies should go to hell if they cannot register our hardware and insert licence into user account deatails for unlimited activation on the same device.

Long live MS. I have raged hard against Kaspersky for losing more than 60$ for nothing. They are completely noobs, drunk russians.
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Default 07-10-2017, 22:14 | posts: 186 | Location: Canada

I was a long-time AVG user, but once I discovered that Defender had AV capabilities, I stopped using AVG (plus, those ads were getting annoying). No real reason to use anything else.
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Default 07-11-2017, 09:58 | posts: 705 | Location: St. Petersburg

Using defender for a while now, and running Malwarebytes now and then for a full scan.

My issue with all of those heavy antivirus is their load on the systems performance.

None of them are lightweight.
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Default 07-11-2017, 15:08 | posts: 564 | Location: Los Angeles

Originally Posted by INSTG8R View Post
All Iím using. I just run MBA!M once in awhile to be safe
The Fall Creator's Update will also guard against Malware. Guess no need for MalwareBytes either soon.
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Default 07-11-2017, 15:48 | posts: 247 | Location: hot springs, cool summers

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Default 07-11-2017, 16:41 | posts: 3,535 | Location: Moscow, Russia

Originally Posted by warlord View Post
They are completely noobs, drunk russians.
Little side note: "completely noobs" and "drunk russians" are two completely independent characteristics.
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Default 07-11-2017, 19:01 | posts: 1,280 | Location: South Jersey

I stopped using 3rd party antivirus over a year ago.. Defender is fine and intervals of runnig Malewarebytes and Adwcleaner. Ublock Orgin is a must on browsers.

Avast just becaming annoying and I couldn't tell you the last time it actually caught anything..
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Default 07-11-2017, 21:01 | posts: 841 | Location: Old England

The Fall update this year will enhance Windows Defender even further so that will be good. I still like the idea of a virtual keyboard and a secure browser which is what keeps me tied to Kaspersky. Though the sandboxed version of Edge coming will eliminate that need.
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Default 07-11-2017, 21:20 | posts: 506 | Location: Reality

Have not used and virus scan in 15 years but Windows Defender\MSE. Spend every day online (almost). Never had a virus.
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