JosefkKrkland, it is highly recommended to have and frequently use AV software on any computer. i think the windows defender is a pre built in anti-virus software
but i would still recommend some Internet security anti spyware and anti malware later on if there starts being reports of smart viruses geting around the windows defender, you might consider an antivirus.
A smart computer adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides blame everything else on the programmer.
I don't fully understand this. Microsoft recommends that 2 software programs should not be running simultaneously, yet Defender is said here to be a virus checker, and McAfee antivirus runs be default on Windows 8. Can someone please fill me in on this
Windows 8 has a new feature that let's you refresh but loose data. Refreshing deletes viruses, but it is good to have an antivirus software. And popular ones like mcafee and norton aren't that good because hackers intend to make viruses that can't be detected
by the popular ones everybody uses. So unpopular anti viruses like avg and sophos will probably be better.
Remember that windows 8 isn't any safer than windows 7 so it's chance of getting viruses is the same. You probably would need one.
Windows Defender on Windows 8 is a full anti-malware program (not just anti-spyware like in previous Windows versions). It is effectively a new version of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) but with a different name already
built-in to the Windows 8 operating system. For many people Windows Defender is sufficient in Windows 8 as a real-time protection anti-malware program.
If you wish to install a 3rd party real-time protection anti-malware program then you may, but it is generally advisable not to have more than one such program running at any given time. In fact, some of the 3rd party programs
will deliberately disable Windows Defender to avoid problems.
The choice of any 3rd party program is subjective and also depends on your circumstances.
No anti-malware program is perfect. Doing an independent scan periodically with an on-demand scanner like the
free one from Malwarebytes is a a good idea.
Also, make sure that you have a good firewall running. Again though, only use one at any given time.
Keep your security software up to date.
Finally don't assume that having security software is all you need to do:
Set Windows Update to ensure you get all security updates for Windows as soon as they become available.
Keep 3rd party programs such as Flash Player and Java up to date as they get security patches too.
Finally, and arguably as important as any software is the user who should try to keep abreast of security issues such as:
- fake technical support phone calls;
- email phishing scams;
- never opening unexpected email attachments;
- lottery scam emails.
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