Windows 8 antivirus and installing shareware antivirus

  badgermansix 07:10 AM 02 Jul 13
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My friend has just bought a new laptop and is now using Windows 8 rather that WinXP. I know nothing about Windows 8 (and only a little about XP), I can't look at the machine because she live 100 miles away. What security comes with this (like MSE), and should/could she install any freeware/shareware antivirus? Thank you very much.

  onthelimit1 07:57 AM 02 Jul 13

It is supplied with MS Defender (a combination of MSE and the old Defender). You can install freeware such as Avast , AVG etc. If you do, Defender is automatically disabled. You can also instal the likes of malwarebytes, superantispyware etc.

  spuds 10:43 AM 02 Jul 13

Don't overcrowd the new laptop with every free bit of 'anti' software you see. Just keep to 3 or 4 recommended and well known free downloads available. And don't mix more that one anti-virus program, as this may cause a conflict problem.

  badgermansix 10:58 AM 02 Jul 13

Thank you both. I know Malwarebytes so I will tell her about that.

Thanks again.

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