(Topic ID: 248094)

Antivirus Software?

By NintenBear

3 months ago

Topic Stats

  • 11 posts
  • 8 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 3 months ago by ForceFlow
  • Topic is favorited by 2 Pinsiders


#1 3 months ago

I bought a loaded RAZER computer for gaming and VR. It’s running Windows 10 and has “windows defender.” Is it necessary to also use third party antivirus software? All my other computers are Apple, so I appreciate the help!

#2 3 months ago

If your connecting to the internet i would for sure. I always used Norton but they are getting expensive so i am going to switch to bit defender or aVTotal. But unfortunately antivirus is a must now a days for any connected computer.

#3 3 months ago

just use a VPN like NordVPN. go on youtube and you should be able to find a code for some youtube for a nice deal.


#4 3 months ago

If you only use internet on a ‘limited’ assigned user account then your operating system files will be fine. Setup an admin account and only log in there to do known software updates

Mike V

#5 3 months ago

So the consensus is if this is going to be connected to the internet, then antivirus outside of window’s defender is recommended. I do also plan on getting a VPN. What’s the best recommendation for antivirus software?

#6 3 months ago

I use this, never had a problem with it, not sure about gaming, but for internet / computer protection it is fantastic.


Hope it helps.

#7 3 months ago

Bitdefender and avast are good free options.

However, security is done in layers, so AV software isn't your only line of defense. Most of the time these days, it isn't viruses that are a problem, but malware and cryptolockers (nasty malware that encrypts your data and holds it hostage and demands payment for the password).

Make sure you have a backup copy of your data on removable storage that can be isolated from all your devices. Do regular backups. I like to use Western Digital Passport drives. They're compact, convenient, powered over USB, and currently have 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities for around $100 or so.

Use a hardware firewall. Sometimes it is disabled by default on the router provided by your ISP, leaving your devices basically naked on the internet. If you just have a simple/inexpensive cable modem, that generally has no firewall, and your devices are basically naked on the internet. Get a decent wireless router, such as an Asus RT-N66U or RT-AC66U. Many other brands are full of vulnerabilities that don't generally get patched; avoid linksys for that reason.

Keep your browser up to date, and user adblockers and tracker blockers. uBlock origin, ghostery, and privacy badger. Some people go so far as to use noscript as well, but that can hamper your ability to navigate the web.

Use a hosts file block list to blackhole lookups for known malicious domains: https://www.malwaredomainlist.com/hostslist/hosts.txt

Use spywareblaster to block malicious domains, cookies, scripts, and trackers within browsers: https://www.brightfort.com/spywareblaster.html

Don't save passwords in your browser. Most of the time, it's just saved in plain text. If your computer is infected with something, there is malware that specifically targets these password lists. If you want to store your passwords, use a password manager such as lastpass.

Use an email service with a good spam filter to help prevent emails with attachments or embedded scripts. Gmail and Outlook (or any of microsoft's legacy domains, such as hotmail, live, etc) both have pretty good spam filters.

Turn off scripts and images by default in email applications/services. Only load images/scripts within emails from trusted senders. But even then--keep in mind that a trusted sender could possibly be spoofed or compromised to sent malicious email.

If you find a random USB flash drive or SD card laying around and it isn't yours, don't plug it in. Sometimes it might be benign and someone just lost it, but sometimes they are dropped by people with malicious intent and load malware onto them.

Don't autoplay any storage devices that you plug into your devices.

Install malwarebytes and run scans periodically in case something slipped through.

Delete your temp files, browser cache, and cookies occasionally in case something landed there. (note, you do not have to delete your history or bookmarks--go to the advanced settings for cleaning your browser cache, and you will see options for only deleting file cache and cookies).

Whenever you install new software/apps, always dig around in the settings and look for privacy settings. Turn off all the reporting and anonymous collection data settings. You never know what the software is sending when it phones home.

There is a lot more you can add on top of all that to protect yourself, but that generally covers most of the bases.

#8 3 months ago

Thank you all! This has been fantastic reading and will be going with BitDefender. Will also be looking into getting a new router to setup a hardware firewall as suggested by ForceFlow.

#9 3 months ago

I used to use free AVG... but they got all spammy with their pops that I'm just "done" with them.
I use McAfee... but only because I get it for free as "homeware" thru my day job.

Sadly; I don't have any real recommendations except to avoid AVG because of the spammyness of their software.
I'd also stay away from Kaspersky because they are state-run-Russians. I'm sure China has a company or two.

#10 3 months ago

In 2019 and Windows defender and some common sense is good enough. It is actually probably better than many paid and bloated ones anymore.

#11 3 months ago
Quoted from barakandl:

It is actually probably better than many paid and bloated ones anymore.

It is. Some of the paid (and free) software is so bloated, resource intensive, easily corrupted by malware (I'm looking at you norton), and itself acts as adware, making most of the AV software out there not worthwhile at all.

I used to recommend AVG years ago, but it certainly went downhill and never really recovered.

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