If you already asked that question you already have installed Windows 10 and maybe it’s time to choose your best antivirus solution. You should know that Windows 10 won’t be asking you to install an antivirus solution, not like Windows 7. From Windows 8, Microsoft includes Windows Defender in his own operating system release.
We will see how Windows Defender performs on Windows 10 and how good it is in protecting your computer from threats.
How good it is Windows Defender ?
Well, Microsoft Windows 10, come with a black box antivirus solution which scans each opened software and started program. But as we know Microsoft, Windows Defender is with many steps behind other antivirus solutions from the free market (Internet Explorer anyone? ).
But Windows Defender has many advantages. First of all, is already installed on the system along with the operating system, is way much lighter than it’s competitors and won’t attempt to collect your personal data as other antiviruses do.
A golden rule is to keep your system up to date, installing all the updates whenever they appear and using a modern browser capable of installing updates itself. Try to avoid Internet Explorer, just a friendly advice. If you can do that that, you’re ok even with Windows Defender. Windows Defender received a decent score on antivirus testing sites. If you’re paranoid about security or if you work with sensitive information, install a dedicated solution like Kaspersky or BitDefender, who gets the best score. These two antiviruses are capable to protect the system with a 100% score.
Windows 10 come with other security filter called SmartScreen filter, that shouldn’t allow user to download and run malware software. Something similar is found in modern browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
On the other hand, if you usually download torrent files or other pirated software, a good advice is to skip the Windows Defender and go for a better antivirus software.
Still, what is the best antivirus for Windows 10 ?
It’s hard to tell. Depends a lot on user behavior. Everyone’s tolerance is different. We can make a list of what we may consider important and you can easily choose in which of these categories you belong:
- If you want the best protection possible: You have to choose a dedicated antivirus method (Kaspersky Antivirus or BitDefender). If you want to have the best protection possible, take any of these two (not both of course 🙂
- If you want a free protection: Avira antivirus may be the best choice for this category. Beware on installation to uncheck the Ask Toolbar. From time to time, avira will show a pop-up with advertising but if you’re ok with that, Avira it’s the best choice for this category.
- The least intrusive and still free protection: You should be ok with Windows Defender. You won’t see any pop-up displayed by this antivirus, and the best thing of all, it’s free. Just remember to keep your computer up to date.
Combine antivirus with Anti-Malware solution.
You may want to try using beside a standard antivirus, a dedicated software which will protect your browser file integrity, keeping it’s plugins safe. For this case you should use MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit. This software would help to block all kind of nasty attacks (even zero day exploits). Please keep in mind that any solution you choose, won’t give you 100% safety. Make regular backups and keep your computer clean and up to date. Be sure you know what kind of programs you’re running and usually don’t execute them with Administrator rights, it will keep you away from most troubles.