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Windows 7: Windows Security Updates vs Third-Party Antivirus Programs

08 Apr 2012   #11
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

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Thx for reply..I've only use MSE past 12mths, no issues, I'll think about it..

Consider Malwarebytes & Spywareblaster as well.
They work very well with MSE & will offer you broader protection.

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09 Apr 2012   #12
LanguidLegend

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Wow thanks for all the replies!

So basically what you're saying is Microsoft security updates should be working as a secondary layer of protection in case the first layer (antivirus program) fails to stop an infection by say, a rootkit-like virus (which are difficult to remove as they can gain Administrative access and affect system files/processes)?
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09 Apr 2012   #13
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Understanding security and safer computing.

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If you connect to the Internet, allow other people to use your computer, or share files with others, you should take steps to protect your computer from harm.
Why?
Because there are computer criminals (sometimes called hackers) who attack other people's computers.
These people can attack directly, by breaking into your computer through the Internet and stealing your personal information, or indirectly, by creating malicious software to harm your computer.

Fortunately, you can help protect yourself by taking a few simple precautions.
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Microsoft regularly offers important updates to Windows that can help protect your computer against new viruses and other security threats.
To ensure that you receive these updates as quickly as possible, turn on automatic updating.
That way, you don't have to worry that critical fixes for Windows might be missing from your computer.

Source...

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10 Apr 2012   #14
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LanguidLegend View Post
Sorry if I sound like an idiot, but I've been wondering for a while (or at least since I heard about Windows ending support for XP) - are both Windows built-in security and third-party antivirus necessary to protect a computer from infection? If so, why?

Windows keeps sending me security patches through Windows Update, but at the same time, my antivirus program (AVG - paid version) is constantly updating its virus definitions as well - what's the difference between the two specifically?

If anyone has any specific insight on this, please weigh in!
Hi there

XP support for security updates will still carry on for a while yet

Here's the End of Life stuff for XP -- You are OK until mid 2014.

Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search

Check the extended support column.

(I agree with previous posts -- just giving you extra info that you don't need to panic just yet if you are still running XP).

Cheers
jimbo
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