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Do you use any sort of antivirus software?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by syks, 15 Nov 2021.

  1. syks

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 17 Jan 2016

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    My bro swears by avast free antivirus, i used to use it but now just use the built in windows defender, i havent had a virus for years anyway (touch wood) so dont really think i need a antivirus clogging up my system.

    Do you use any sort of antivirus software? in this day and age is the windows defender good enough?

    Whats your thoughts?
  2. Holst1981

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Dec 2015

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    Same here.

    Used to use AVG but I've stuck with defender on W10.
  3. b0rn2sk8


    Joined: 9 Mar 2003

    Posts: 9,727

    No, not used any in years.
  4. Columbo


    Joined: 26 Mar 2007

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    Location: Nottinghamshire

    No, since Windows 7 I've just used whatever the windows default settings are which is fine for my use case as I dont download and install dodgy software or surf 'dodgy' websites.
  5. Glanza


    Joined: 13 Mar 2007

    Posts: 11,088

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Windows Defender is more than enough
  6. Semple


    Joined: 5 Mar 2010

    Posts: 9,447

    Another for windows defender, Avast is pretty much bloatware these days.
  7. Orcvader


    Joined: 11 Oct 2009

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    Location: Greater London

    Used to love Avast back in the XP/7 days but then they went in a bad direction. Moved to Microsoft Security Essentials and then stuck with the built in Defender for 10 and onwards.
  8. brendy


    Joined: 27 Apr 2007

    Posts: 2,632

    Windows defender for me and Palo Alto for my work machines.
  9. syks

    Wise Guy

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    Phew, makes me a bit happier knowing my choice not to use antivirus lol i never go on dodgy sites and always buy my games, used to get the odd jolly roger a couple of years ago lol but not anymore.
  10. mrk

    Man of Honour

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    You still use AV software, Defender is exactly that lol. I use Defender too.
  11. Rannoch


    Joined: 15 Apr 2012

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    Location: Rannoch

    Good old Defender :D

  12. Drizmod

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Mar 2006

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    Location: Birmingham, UK

    I use Defender for realtime and Malwarebytes for occasional scans. Not had any viruses for a long long time as I don't visit dodgy websites or download torrents
  13. Syore


    Joined: 14 Nov 2021

    Posts: 211

    Location: UK

    I also use Windows defender and adblocking scripts.
  14. OverDrive


    Joined: 28 Feb 2012

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    Location: Herts

    I just use Windows defender. I don't want to install any unnecessary bloatware. I don't think there is any need for anything else for home use.

    I imagine most AV companies make most of their sales through OEMs - New Dell computers always come pre-installed with McAfee for example - which then nags you to subscribe! Also, when I was in John Lewis the other day I overheard a sales rep advising a customer to buy third party AV software too.
  15. Lmg80


    Joined: 20 Nov 2016

    Posts: 683

    Kaspersky total internet security.
    I concur Defender should be sufficient for most users. I have kaspersky for the additional features it has, and ultimately is better than defender for any site I inadvertently may get directed too that may contain / install spyware.
  16. Cheetah Designs

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    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

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    Perhaps off topic, but how do virus' transfer these days?
    Can you get a virus by simply browsing the internet (via the latest version of Chrome)...not "downloading" or executing anything else...if so, how?
  17. bobuk


    Joined: 25 Jan 2009

    Posts: 491

    I use Windows defender and Malware Bytes
  18. Duke

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    Yes you can via infected adverts on legitimate websites, which is another reason to have an adblocker as well as AV.
  19. Cheetah Designs

    Wise Guy

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    How? What's the delivery mechanism and how does the malicious code get executed?
  20. Moley


    Joined: 29 Aug 2006

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    Windows Defender is all you need nowadays for a home computer. I say this as someone who regularly plays with malware as a part of my job and Defender catches stuff well in advance of other AV tools.