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Windows 7: Does the Windows need to anti-virus?

02 Jun 2013   #1
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 
Does the Windows need to anti-virus?

Hello all,

While Windows itself has some defending tools like Windows Defender, does it need to anti-virus nevertheless?
If yes, why?

Thanks.


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02 Jun 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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02 Jun 2013   #3
indianacarnie

 

Yes because if for no other reason,its better to be safe than sorry. If you never browse or download anything then you might be "safe" but why take the chance?

Windows defender is, while very good, totally REactive and not proactive.
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02 Jun 2013   #4
Gary

Win 10 Pro 64
 
 

Yes because Defender is nothing but a useless piece of software. I use Avast Internet Security but their free version is good.
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02 Jun 2013   #5
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

OK guys. So definitely Microsoft knows (for example) Windows defender is almost useless (in your point of view), so why again puts it into Windows 7? For collecting the criticisms against itself for example?
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02 Jun 2013   #6
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

MS bundles this in to help reduce the spread of viruses. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free AV that combines the functions of Defender with active scanning & an AV engine. If you opt to d/l MSE, it will by default, disable Defender, so don't panic if after installation you see Defender disabled.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
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02 Jun 2013   #7
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Thank you borg. I learned almost all thing about my problem except one thing. What means that the Windows defender is not proactive (i.e., is not active)?
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02 Jun 2013   #8
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

The last time I used Defender (a couple years back), it was an on demand scanner, meaning you had to click on it to scan. MSE constantly runs in the background monitoring your system (Real time protection) & takes action the minute something malicious is detected. Defender may not catch it until you run a scan & by then you may have more then just one virus.

You can have a look at this thread to weigh the cons/pros of various AV's

What's the Best Anti-virus?
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02 Jun 2013   #9
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Danke. I got what I wanted.
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02 Jun 2013   #10
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Remember no program provides 100% protection. Common sense along with other on-demand scanners can help keep your PC bug free. Malwarebytes is a good scanner, it's free & it has regular updates. Run it once a week to be sure your system is clean.

Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer
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