I would love to hear from other readers and visitors on this. Here at “Tech News for You”, I (Rick) have good confidence in the security software that Windows 10 provides (called Windows Security); however, at one time (years ago), I would have advised against it. Back then, I would have told you go to with one of the FREE commercial options such as AVG, Avast, Bitdefender and the likes; OR, buy one of the commercial security suites. I will tell you, I have been doing computers since the late 80’s and I have never purchased security or antivirus software (and never will).
If you want to see what the Windows Security dashboard looks like, it is accessible via the Start menu or the “shield” icon in the system tray. The dashboard consists of seven sections: Virus & threat protection, Account protection, Firewall & network protection, App & browser control, Device security, Device performance & health, and Family options.
You can however, supplement Windows Defender with a FREE version of Malwarebytes (just make sure you perform a scan on a regular basis) if you really want to be safe.
Here’s why I say “yes” to Windows Security:
- It has improved and expanded dramatically over the years to be a full fledged security suite…
- It is FREE with Windows 10… No worry about a subscription running out and no worry about making sure things are up-to-date. Many folks I have assisted or advised over the years will let their security software subscription run out (for months on end); thus, no updates, no complete protection.
- It is easy on the system resources and memory… Commercial security software has a tendency to be overly aggressive and as a result it can actually slow down your computer.
- Most people are more educated now, compared to the past, about online safety and security.
If I have you convinced and you decide to uninstall your paid security software when it expires, just make sure you visit the developer’s site to get the uninstall instructions. Many times, the Windows uninstaller will not completely remove software; thus, leading to potential computer problems. I shouldn’t say this, but I have found that many of these products can cause more problems than they are worth (sometimes worse than any virus).
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