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Anti-Virus issue

My Norton internet security subscription just ran out and don't have the money to purchase another license.  I was told to use MS Security Essentials, but is this what I need or is it the same.  I believe it's free but is that good?  Lastly, do I need to uninstall the Norton for this MS Essentials to work properly?  

I have  a Windows 8.1 Laptop, HP laptop.
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I have been using Avast free for many years and couldnt be happier...


and yes, uninstall norton once you have something else lined out
Download any free antivirus program (e.g., Avast, AVG, Avira ...)  I recommend Avira.
Thomas Zucker-ScharffSystems AnalystCommented:
First know that you get what you pay for.
Second, windows 8 has MSE built in
Third, You can supplement security with freebies like Comodo, AVG, Avast!, etc..., but know what you are doing and backup before installing (you should be using File History in win8)

Comodo - free 10 licenses for 1 year - http://www.comodo.com/business-enterprise/cesm3/index_v2.php

AVG Free - http://www.comodo.com/business-enterprise/cesm3/index_v2.php

Avast! - http://www.avast.com/index
uppercut71412Author Commented:

So I turned on Windows Defender and just want to make sure this is going to "somewhat" protect me from surfing the net and any spyware/keyloggers and such.

Thomas Zucker-ScharffSystems AnalystCommented:
Protection is relative.  If you practice safe surfing and you surf in a sandbox, you probably won't have much to worry about.  You might want to install the free MVPS Hosts file to be even safer.

What browser are you using?  Dragon by Comodo is the safest with no addons, Firefox with coccoon is the absolute safest (although cocoon has a monthly subscription fee - something like $5 - it is well worth it).

I would also suggest WinPatrol Plus, which can run along with any active protection software.

The combination of a good browser, the MVPS hosts file, and WinPatrol Plus will make you fairly safe - nothing is absolute.

If you are really worried about keyloggers, then  check these out:

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