Solved How is Windows Defender working for you in Windows 10?

February 12, 2016 at 00:50:33
Specs: Windows 10, AMD 1700
Is anyone just using windows defender as their antivirus in windows 10? How do think its working so far and has it caught any security risks yet? I'm wondering what other peoples experience with it has been so far and if I should get a third party AV for my Surface Pro.

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February 12, 2016 at 03:45:24
I would get a third party antivirus even on Windows 10 because Microsoft's virus protection is generally not considered to be very good at protecting your PC from the latest threats, it's also not too good at virus detection either when measured against the competition.

There are better third-party ones out there.

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February 12, 2016 at 07:03:11
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I use windows defender, most people get confused by messages from their AV.
Go to any malware forum & no matter what AV they have installed, they got infected.
It is up to the USER to be vigilant.

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February 12, 2016 at 08:07:05
The Windows Defender version in Windows 10 is better than any previous MS equivalent and is all I use in real-time. My approach is to use safe browsing techniques, awareness and so forth. The virus checker is mainly there in case I am silly enough to let something through.

Windows Defender hasn't caught much but neither did any of the other well known virus checkers I've tried in the past. Maybe I'm just lucky.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 12, 2016 at 11:59:04
Well my thoughts are that windows 10 is said to be the last windows operating system, meaning that Microsoft is going to focus on updating it as the OS going forward. With Windows Defender being part of windows 10, it sounds to me like that is one technology they will be continuing to focus on and advance. Has there been any talk of Windows Defender specifically in this regard out of the Microsoft camp?

Also, I am thinking about my Surface Pro here. Being that this is a Microsoft Device running a Microsoft Operating System, one would think that they would have better insight into protecting it than a third party competitor at least where it concerns the operating system itself.

It would be nice to hear more about the technology behind AV programs as well and the differences between that tech from one AV to the next. Or does it mostly come down to the ability of the company to catalog signatures behind the scenes?

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February 12, 2016 at 14:24:18
The inner workings of AV products are extremely complex. Modern malware is very sophisticated and a high priority in it's design is evading detection. The AV product producers provide few details as they quite properly do not wish to provide information that might be useful to malware authors. Signatures are of limited value. A common trick used by malware authors is the "army of malware" approach. Large numbers of the malware are produced that work the same but are designed to look different enough to make creation of a signature as difficult as possible. They also use various forms of encryption and other tricks to evade detection. The goal is to evade detection by even the best AV products with the latest updates. And they often do.

It is war between malware and the software designed to combat it. Most security experts agree that malware is winning.

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