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Hi - I'm new to Windows 8.

When i was on windows 7, i always and only used ms security essentials for av protection.

Windows 8 says it's already installed, under the hood.   So am i now safe as i was on windows 7 against viruses?    

Or do i need to install something else too like AVG?

The googling I've done so far leave me with a common theme....   "...you're prob safe, but install it anyway...better safe than sorry".     So people think it's safe, but aren't willing to go out on a limb and say YES, 100% as safe on win8, than win7 with ms security essentials, etc.

So is there any definitive conclusion yet on this?
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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There is never anything "definitive" when it comes to AV protection ... it is largely a matter of opinion, experience, and luck.  NO AV is effective against 100% of threats, and it just depends on the threats you end up being exposed to and whether or not you have software that can 1) deal with the threat, and 2) clean up effectively after an infection.  In my opinion and experience, you do NOT need any more protection than Windows Defender (built-in MSE).
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It would be wise to consider additional layers of protection, such as EMET 4.1 (free from Microsoft) and OpenDNS (free for consumers).

What you need to know is that anti-virus and other signature-based controls can’t keep up with the pace of the bad guys…

200,000+ new malware variants are released into the wild on a daily basis
30,000+ new malicious websites are created on a daily basis
30,000+ legitimate websites are hijacked on a daily basis

You'd be considered lucky if any given vendor addressed 10% of that.  Unfortunately that's reality, and the nature of the technology being used.

It's time for a paradigm shift...

See http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Anti-Virus/Q_28310216.html#a39696692
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by:aadih
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If you were working happily with MSE in Windows 7, you'll be more than happy with Windows Defender on Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows Defender has antimalware in addition to antivirus (only) of MSE. Its protection is unseen but good.  If you install a third-party antivirus software, Windows Defender shuts itself off automatically and when you uninstall that antivirus, it turns itself on; so you are never left unprotected.

If inclined nevertheless to install a third-party software, use Avast, AVG, Avira (my favorite), etc. If concerned about resource usage, you could install Panda Cloud Antivirus.

Try and see what you like.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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I had to install another AV - I do a lot of downloading in my computer, I often noticed that some applications install malware which easily defeats Windows AV.

The choice is your really - if you have sensitive material on your computer that you would not rather have someone have access to then you better get a reputable AV.

If it's a PC you use to mess around then you will be okay with Windows AV.
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by:nobus
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you can only have 1 AV working at the time; installing a second one will disable - or hinder the first (consider that both start scanning the same mail)
so installing more than 1 does not work
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by:dbrunton
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Hmm.  I'd stick to what's on the machine.

I'd also backup the hard disk to an external hard disk so you can restore if something does go wrong.  Good for just not possible virus problems.

Surf using Google Chrome rather than using Internet Explorer.  Chrome has better safeguards than IE.

Look at using Thunderbird rather than Outlook for email.

Don't use Adobe for pdf files.  Look at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-non-adobe-pdf-reader.htm for three alternatives.

Use a restricted user account for your work activities.

These last four will help safeguard your Internet surfing activities.
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