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4,023 577 January 30, 2020 at 03:17 PM
What would you guys recommend for a good free antivirus for Windows 10? Thanks in advance.

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The built in Win 10 AV is ok for what it is worth imo. That said, I would look to upgrading to something like Norton as it costs 2-3 dollars a license for a year when on sale. Otherwise, go with Bitdefender's free version imo:

https://www.pcmag.com/picks/the-b...protection

Stay away from Kaspersky as it is nothing but Russian spyware imo.
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The one build into W10 is decent, don't run as an administrator as your normal daily driver account. That combined with good general computing practices is enough for many people.
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Avast has been the news for selling it's user's browsing history.
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agree built in is fine other stuff will bog down your system.
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I use the built in with comodo firewall
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Thanks for the answers guys so what Windows 10 comes with is fine enough?
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I use Malwarebytes premium and built in antivirus
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Thanks for the answers guys so what Windows 10 comes with is fine enough?
3 of the 8 posts in the thread suggest so, It's also the only one mentioned more then once. . . .
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Yeah I too have been using the built-in Windows protection for more than 3-4 years now. Gave up on Avast, AVG, and others because they looked pretty but ended up very bloaty and resource intensive. I used to use Malwarebytes religiously.



As mentioned before, being smart while online and there are a ton of various websites to instruct you on things to consider when playing it smart, and Windows built-in protection should be all you need. I've not had a hint of a virus since going that simple.
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A good ad-blocker in your web browser (or a Pi-hole setup) will protect you from most of the malicious advertising threats, as well. I agree with LiquidRetro, AVG and Avast are almost as bad as a virus themselves, these days. I only use Windows Defender and Ghostery these days.
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I use Avast which I like, although mine is not the free one. Also for added protection I have MalwareBytes and other spyware protection on my PC. I am a fanatic and run daily scans on my computer although it isn't needed. You can customize Avast if you don't want any extra features such as Software Updater, Browser Cleanup, Passwords etc. I don't use those.
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I use Avast which I like, although mine is not the free one. Also for added protection I have MalwareBytes and other spyware protection on my PC. I am a fanatic and run daily scans on my computer although it isn't needed. You can customize Avast if you don't want any extra features such as Software Updater, Browser Cleanup, Passwords etc. I don't use those.
I would encourage you to go read the news about Avast and it's business practices. Free or not I can't support a company that treats it's users like that. It's spyware at best.
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I would encourage you to go read the news about Avast and it's business practices. Free or not I can't support a company that treats it's users like that. It's spyware at best.
Treats its users like what? Adding features that not all might want? Most AntiVirus programs do that now. Some people might want those free bonus features. I have been using Avast for years and love it. I do remote assistance for many people and their PC's are better protected and running a lot faster because of that. You can easily customize Avast and most programs. Spyware? Not at all! Run scans with other programs to see if it is, It isn't or MalwareBytes would pick up on it or TDSS Killer and others.
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The one build into W10 is decent, don't run as an administrator as your normal daily driver account. That combined with good general computing practices is enough for many people.
Really? Windows Security? Disagree. And Windows Defender bites too. Super slow scanning.
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