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PIE "N" MASH 08-05-2019 05:35 PM

Will Windows defender protect me ?
 
Advice please,my McAfee runs out at the end of the month(Came with laptop)and was wondering weather the built in Windows defender will be enough protection or I should have some other extra cover.

I'm a computer numpty,don't do social media as such(5 forums)and rarely download anything.

What's my best option please;)

The thread title should be protect my laptop,not protect me.I have her to do that:D

Joe85 08-05-2019 06:10 PM

I use Windows Defender. Seems ok to me.

WorthingEagle 08-05-2019 06:15 PM

You'll probably find your computer runs a lot smoother without shite like McAfee on it.

PIE "N" MASH 08-05-2019 06:26 PM

Thanks gents:p

chateauferret 22-05-2019 12:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WorthingEagle (Post 14754315)
You'll probably find your computer runs a lot smoother without shite like Windoze on it.

EFA.

Pistol Knight 22-05-2019 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WorthingEagle (Post 14754315)
You'll probably find your computer runs a lot smoother without shite like McAfee on it.

:p

Bloatware

Like Norton that keeps backing itself up to your hardrive until its full

PIE "N" MASH 22-05-2019 07:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chateauferret (Post 14769134)
EFA.

:rolleyes:

Ridcully 22-05-2019 07:51 PM

Another Defender only user. It’s all you need.

AntiMalware Bytes if you find yourself in trouble.

Job done.

PIE "N" MASH 22-05-2019 07:53 PM

:p

laths 22-05-2019 08:06 PM

Windows 10 pretty good tbf. Add free Avast anti virus and your away.

chateauferret 22-05-2019 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by PIE "N" MASH (Post 14769687)
:rolleyes:

Seriously, you only need antivirus because Windoze is so appallingly insecure and easily broken into by malicious programs in the first place. Viruses on Linux desktops are a non-issue. On servers it isn't quite as straightforward but it's a hell of a lot more secure than Windoze. Oh, and if you do want to use antivirus software on Linux it costs the same as pretty much everything else Linux. Nothing.

adrenalin john 22-05-2019 10:52 PM

I pay for avg, didn't stop me catching herpes after a wild night out in Phnom Phen though.

brighton_eagle 24-05-2019 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by chateauferret (Post 14769842)
Seriously, you only need antivirus because Windoze is so appallingly insecure and easily broken into by malicious programs in the first place. Viruses on Linux desktops are a non-issue. On servers it isn't quite as straightforward but it's a hell of a lot more secure than Windoze. Oh, and if you do want to use antivirus software on Linux it costs the same as pretty much everything else Linux. Nothing.

https://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/m...-list-3668354/

One of the reasons windows is targeted more than other os is because it's much more prevalent.

chateauferret 24-05-2019 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by brighton_eagle (Post 14771749)
https://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/m...-list-3668354/

One of the reasons windows is targeted more than other os is because it's much more prevalent.

Not on servers it isn't.

brighton_eagle 25-05-2019 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by chateauferret (Post 14771753)
Not on servers it isn't.

But the OP wasn't talking about servers.

LN1 25-05-2019 04:54 PM

Windows defender is much better than it was and is about up with the free virus/firewall programs available out there now. Defender virus and firewall is probably sufficient for basic browsing/downloading/email tasks and might be better for lower power/spec PCs or laptops?

The problem with some of the free programs is just how much resources they still take up especially if you went with the 'recommended' install settings. I have Avast 'free' and it regularly holds two or three of the top five list system resource users spots although it is fairly unobtrusive to the user unlike some that annoy you with frequent requests (updates etc.).

I have also found that some of the free programs hate competing or similar programs. 'Malwarebytes' always finds my 'Advanced System Care' program as malware and constantly tries to remove it until you 'whitelist' it in the search settings.

PIE "N" MASH 25-05-2019 08:15 PM

Thanks for all the advice,the McAfee runs out in a few days so will let the Windows defender defend me.What could possibly go wrong:D:D

chateauferret 25-05-2019 09:05 PM

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Originally Posted by brighton_eagle (Post 14772138)
But the OP wasn't talking about servers.

It doesn't matter. Windows is Windows and Linux is Linux. The core software (the "kernel") doesn't care if it's running on a server, a PC, an embedded system or a router.

The point put to me was that Windows is subject to malware attacks because it is more prevalent than Linux-based operating systems. This is not the case. 90% of the public cloud for example runs on Linux servers (source: https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2018...cloud-workload) although the reasons for that are varied and are not only to do with security. And the stakes are much higher for large corporate systems than for desktop workstations and their attractiveness to burglars is far greater. There's a reason why their operators don't run them on Windows (actually there are several: cost, performance and admin skills availability are three more). Because it was built from the outset to meet their needs, the design of the Linux kernel and filesystem is such that attacks that don't involve compromising the user/admin (Trojan horse) or overloading the network (denial of service) are futile. That's true irrespective of the use case.

Windows is attractive to desktop users because it is approachable for non-technical users and because it is already widespread in that market it is a sort of "standard". That's because it's early days were built around the innovation of the familiar Windows-style desktop based on "windows, icons, mouse and pointer (WIMP)", in which its immediate competitor was of course Apple. Linux emerged at about the same time (early nineties) with a different set of unique selling points which were more around security, stability, adaptability and the open source concept, issues which were important to business but somewhat nebulous as far as home users were concerned. Microsoft also got PC manufacturers (OEMs) locked into the deals that meant it was far easier to get a PC with Windows preinstalled than it was to get one with a bare drive which you would then have to install a Linux distribution on; that was non-trivial in 1996 (I tried it then) but now it is like falling off a log. Windows products for desktops therefore enjoy considerable market power. But it is slow, heavy, demanding of hardware, hard to customise, reliant on third-party products to achieve acceptable security, and it costs actual money. Oh, and programming for it is a pig - the Windows APIs are just horrible.

SOUTHGATE EAGLE 25-05-2019 09:22 PM

Will Windows Defender defend against viruses found in sites showing ( hypothetically ) granny porn, donkey porn or granny-donkey porn?

Just curious.


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