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Old December 31st, 2014, 09:10 PM
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Can anyone advise if "Microsoft's Windows Defender " antivirus is enough protection for Windows 8.1 or do I need a third party antivirus.?
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Old December 31st, 2014, 09:32 PM
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microsoft security essentials was merged into windows defender for win8. as long as you practice safe surfin it should be plenty as long as you use a companion utility such as malwarebytes.

If you do decide on a third party antivirus, you will still need a companion utility and you need to make sure you disable windows defender.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 12:43 PM
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Microsoft Safety Scanner is another anti-virus tool from Microsoft that is similar to Windows Defender Offline in that it is a standalone virus and malware scanner.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 01:25 PM
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Microsoft Safety Scanner is another anti-virus tool from Microsoft that is similar to Windows Defender Offline in that it is a standalone virus and malware scanner.

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he Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/sc...s/default.aspx
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Old January 6th, 2015, 01:52 PM
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Though Windows Defender will still certainly protect you from most malware and may be suitable for some users, you may prefer to install on of the better-performing free antivirus programs offered by AVG, Avast, Panda, and Avira. Or for superior protection and more features, consider buying antivirus protection from one of the top vendors: G Data, Symantec (Norton), Bitdefender, or Kaspersky.
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