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What's best - settle a debate.

Hafoi Bin Ereafower

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#1
What Ho Chaps,

No1 daughter is debating across the dinner table about using a paid for antivirus prog - specifically Norton.

She asked her Aged P what I used and I said those nice people at FPCH had said Windows Defender was OK to use and it came as part of W10 and I liked things that were free !

I've been using it now for several years and it's one of those things you just don't notice if it's working or not - - I've not had any problems it's just there and I assume it updates at the same time as W10 does.

So dear chaps what's the current thinking should No1 daughter (and me) go for Norton antivirus - maybe it covers some stuff WD doesn't or is WD sufficient ?

Regards,

H.B.E.
 

KenB

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#2
Hi,

This is one for Starbuck but I did ask him recently to recommend a good free AV.
He advised "Defender"
How this compares with Norton I could not say but if Defender is good enough for Starbuck then it is good enough for me.
[ I use it on my wife's new Win10 machine :) ]
 

Hafoi Bin Ereafower

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#3
Aaahh Ken B believe twas you - twas you - that many moons ago when I was having a prob with my ancient Acer (which I've still got and working - but back up) said Defender ok - - and so it has been.

As you say if it's good enough for Starbuck etc etc - - - very reassuring, I'll pass on to offspring.

Ta muchly.

H.B.E.
 

Starbuck

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#5
As this is a Win10 machine, then yes Defender is fine.
Earlier versions of Defender did lack a bit.
The Win10 version will give you real-time protection against software threats like viruses, malware and spyware across email, apps, the cloud and the web.
The basic Norton AV will give you about the same level of protection for roughly £30 a year!! ( you work out the maths )

The main difference is that Defender is built in to Win10. ( so they are designed to work together )
Norton has to add itself...... meaning loads of extra lines of code, services, processes etc ( which means extra resources for the system to deal with)