Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/windows-network-security/lesson9/
While Microsoft tries to do a good job at providing a secure computing experience, there will always be other companies that provide better security products than those found in Windows. This is especially true when you consider Windows Defender (Microsoft Security Essentials) and its effectiveness in blocking all kinds of malware.
I've always liked Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition. Simple, light, no advertising.
Is it good in catching stuff? I'm using Avast, and it's a pain to my 5400rpm HDD...
Haha! Avast! was a pain to my 0rpm SSD! In my experience with Bitdefender, it has not let a single infection slip by. I've checked with Malwarebytes and HerdProtect, and they both agree with me.
Thanks! (opens Revo) Avast, I won't be needing you now...
So long Avast! It wasn't wonderful knowing you...
It should be mentioned, you need to create a free account with Bitdefender before 30 days go by.
I've heard from a few people who didn't activate it that way, and it worked for 30 days, and then everything looked "scary" and they wondered if they had to "purchase protection," just like it didn't say to do. It's free protection! Don't buy stuff!
Ok, I'm done.
Just, activate it.
The Comodo product, once installed on Windows 8.1 Update, BSOD on every restart, would not allow uninstall or access to system restore.
Had to reboot into repair and use system restore that way.
What a pain in the posterior.
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