Solved Windows Defender vs paid security package

Dell / Inspiron 17r 5721
February 4, 2018 at 11:11:32
Specs: Windows 10, i5-3337UCPU@ 1.80GHz, 8GB RAM
I was told by a computer tech person that Windows Defender is just as good as the security software I’ve purchased, Trend Micro Maximum Security. Is this true? But what about support? TM helps me when I have a security problem/question.

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February 4, 2018 at 12:08:12
Quite a few of the regulars here, including those versed in virus issues, find Windows Defender ok to very good - and does its job well.

Some prefer one or more excellent freebie utilities. I use bitdender on my Macs, also have it on windows installations - in parallel with Defender; and the two do seem to co-exist fine.

I ocassionally run Trend Housecall, as it’s free, and useful to run at intervals. No single utility will always find everything first time round. Frequently one might be ahead or behind the rest, albeit very briefly. Trend Housecall is usually current, and ocasionally may be just a wee bit ahead on a given day/time.

Why domestic (or SoHo) users buy the big name utilities is often a mystery, when the freebies are just as good f not better. Some of the big pay for items are cumbersome,resource hoggers; and often a pain to update, and to uninstall - let alone install.

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February 4, 2018 at 17:20:10
There's many different versions of free software that do just as good a job as paid versions. The key in any setup is the knowledge (or lack thereof) of the person sitting in front of the machine. Nothing free or paid will combat a lack of "sensible computing"...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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February 5, 2018 at 12:41:01
I use Windows Defender too. It has been improved in recent months.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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