Defender is only one rivet...
by JCitizen - 11/18/13 8:32 PM
In Reply to: So is Defender good enough? by Baixe
in the armor that is the blended defense - However I am not talking about the "Defender" on Windows 8 as it is an anti-virus as well as an anti-malware. I will never trust Windows Defender as the singular AV product on any client I work for - I'd be in deep do-do. One of the worst infections I've ever fought was from a client whose MBAM trial expired and had MSE installed, which is "essentially" the same thing.
I may turn the malware side of Defender on Windows operating systems that will let me do that, but I use other AV instead. Avast is the best free one - bar none; but the best paid solutions are still ESET's NOD32, Kaspersky's, and despite protest to the contrary, many of my clients love Norton Internet Security. I say it is a waste of good money, but it has run very well on older XP hardware, so I can't dismiss it entirely. One also has to blend a good passive and active defense against malware; which are the biggest threat to your pocketbook anyway. CNET user reviews can point you to the best free ones out there. The threatscape is ever changing - what may be the darling of today, will be the biggest loser tomorrow.
Also - I hate to sound so negative, but AVG has been another disaster for my clients - I can't count the laptops that it has destroyed from bad drivers, data corruption, and even in the news, it was reported that some bad Grisoft updates actually damaged the hardware on some computers. I can believe that, since one of my clients that didn't listen to me - lost her brand new laptop motherboard immediately upon an AVG update that incidentally happened on that same news day! - Just another one of those disasters I keep talking about. I've said for a while that friends don't let friends do AVG.
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