Spyware, viruses, & security forum: Is the security software built into Windows 7 good enough or not?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) April 23, 2010 12:35 PM PDT

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Is the security software built into Windows 7 good enough or not?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 4/23/10 12:35 PM

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Is the security software built into Windows 7 good enough or not?


I just purchased an HP computer with Windows 7. It is currently working GREAT! I was told by Microsoft that there is no need to have any other security protection because their built-in security system surpasses everything else. Is this true? If so, why is there a need for McAfee or Norton, or any other security protection? If it's not true, what are the reasons? What would you recommended for security software? And what are the differences between antivirus/antispyware security software? Please advise. Thank you.

--Submitted by Ron G.

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What you were told is very puzzling ..... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3291873#3291873

You still need antivirus software with Windows 7 --Submitted by waytron
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3292199#3292199

No...Sadly, it never ends. --Submitted by Wolfie2k5
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6132_102-0.html?messageID=3292000#3292000

Read all member contributions to this topic
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