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wile_koyote
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 5:36 am    Post subject: Win 8 Reply with quote

Hi Guys,

Not sure where to post this. I got a new laptop of course comes with Win 8. What freeware virus/spyware programs do you suggest for Win 8. Currently I d/l'd malewarebytes and run it once a week. I have the Mcaffee expired still on machine, haven't removed it yet.

In the past you guys had me get spotty and another program with a globe logo, I think. Any suggestions would be great.

As always thanks guy!

wK
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows 8 comes with its own AV (Windows Defender), which is really just a re-named copy of Microsoft Security Essentials rather than the Windows Defender that is fitted to earlier versions of Windows.

It's perfectly functional, and if enabled, you should not need a 3rd party AV.

You already know about Malwarebytes, so the only thing I'd add is a Hosts file ....

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostswin8.htm
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the response Gary!! So Im guessing win8 is more secure than previous window versions. I briefly click on the link, but can you explain whats Hosts are, or a link to a thread on it.


thx as always

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Windows 8 has a number of security improvements over earlier Windows versions.

It's UEFI booted rather than BIOS booted, which makes it less susceptible to "Bootkit" attacks, and it has ELAM (early launch anti-malware), which means that your AV programs boot before anything else, so it's harder for malware to switch off your AV protection.

As for what a Hosts file is, this article should explain .... http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

If it's not clear after that, try reading .... http://malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=22187

If you still have any questions after that, please ask and I'll explain if I can.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gary,

I'll give those a read this weekend.

Regards,

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows defender, is it any good?

Does eset protect against malware?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also does norton deluxe protect against malware?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Windows Defender as fitted on Windows 7 was not a particularly good program, and so Microsoft produced a program called Microsoft Security Essentials which did a better job.

When Windows 8 was released, Microsoft basically took MSE and re-named it Windows Defender, and it is that which is now pre-installed on all Windows releases.

As an anti-virus/anti-malware program it is perfectly adequate, and provided you work within its limitations it will give you good protection.

Please understand, no anti-virus program will protect you from everything, and your own browsing habits will have much more influence on whether you get infected or not, than which programs you are using to protect you.

I wrote a brief topic on the subject of computer security ... http://www.malwareremoval.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=557960#p557960 ... it's a bit dated now, but the basic principles haven't really changed much since it was written.
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