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free security software on Windows 8 lapto


Damarc

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I ask this question every time I get a new pc because I assume that free software potency will change over time. At the moment I have AVG 2013 anti virus, super antispyware and spyware blaster. All three have worked well with Vista Windows firewall and have kept my old laptop free from malware. Would you recommend these with Windows 8? Or are there now better ones. My local pc shop said that Windows 8 has good security software within,would that be your opinion as well. I don't download much, only updates and the occasional programme but as my new laptop is a hybrid tablet/laptop with touch screen I may be downloading some apps. The only other download is catch up tv. What would you advise please? Thas

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rdave13

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Nothing wrong with what you have for Win 8. I'd also add the free version of Malwarebytes to the list.

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Damarc

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Just to confirm, Windows 8 with its included security software is sufficient if I just add malwarebytes and I should forget the other 3 software?

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rdave13

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I've ran with Defender and it's OK. When running that I also had Spywareblaster, SAS and Malwarebytes.

Now I have gone back to Avast free antivirus instead of Defender. Just a matter of personal preference. Scanning is much faster with AVG or Avast.

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onthelimit1

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I use W8 with the built-in Defender (this is a combination of the old Defender antimalware and MSE antivirus). I run MBAM and Superantispyware once a week as a backup. Had no problems so far. Others will slag off Defender, but each to their own!

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Not a total fan of MSE its passable but does require backing up with Spyware Balaster Mawarebytes or SAS etc.

What you have is better although I find AVG a bit bloated nowadays and much prefer Avast

I have installed AVAst, SpywareBlaster, Malwarebytes, on several W8 laptops for family and friends, touch wood no problems reported back so far.

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Jock1e

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Either stick with AVG or change to Avast.

For an Anti-malware program I would pay for Malwarebytes pro.It is a one off payment and lasts forever.

There are to many bad programs out there waiting to pounce on you and that is why you need something with full time protection.

As you do not use W/defender go into Services and Disable it and make sure you stop it from running.

I use the pay version of Emisoft Anti Malware and find that it stops everything so far but you have to renew it every year so it would be cheaper with the one off payment for MalwareBytes but I don't think it is as good but better than most.

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Damarc

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can you keep the defender firewall running with Avast or AVG and the SAS or malwarebytes or do you have to turn that off as well

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iscanut2

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You can only have 1 firewall and one anti virus running at same time but multiple malware programs.

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Jock1e

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Defender is not a Firewall just run the normal Windows Firewall.

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onthelimit1

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Defender is turned off automatically in W8 if you install third party antivirus.

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