Good call. I have been using a Windows Defender plus Malwarebytes anti-malware combo for years. I got a lifetime license of Malwarebytes for like $12 several years back. It all works great, no issues.Maybe the factory reset will skip the 30 day trial. I classed myself as reasonably careful, obviously I have a few flaws to iron out in my head I'll just go with Windows Defender I think.
I was an Avast advocate/user until I went to Windows 8. I was an early adopter, and Avast didnt have a version of their AV that worked with the new version of Windows. So I just used Defender and I have never looked back.Still think you should try free Avast. I don't trust anything by MS, especially when it comes to security.
This is also me. I haven't run any sort of virus protection since about Windows 98.Have been using solely the free and included MS windows defender (or whatever they call it) for years now and things have been fine. I am pretty careful but my kids are not so it must be doing a good job.
Full Disclosure: I'm a Windows Insider MVP, but I'm not paid by Microsoft, and I'm free to speak my mind.Don't care. And I don't use the cloud, either.
I'm on a home computer. It's turned on when we're using it, off when we're not. Never had a problem.Full Disclosure: I'm a Windows Insider MVP, but I'm not paid by Microsoft, and I'm free to speak my mind.
I just returned from the Microsoft MVP Summit. One of the sessions covered Windows Defender ATP, and one of the things that stuck out was that nowadays, a typical virus/malware campaign is run for about 5 hours. If you're not relying on the cloud for virus protection, but instead still do daily updates to your AV, you're way too far behind the curve. By the time you get the update, you're likely already infected.
I'm no fan of companies that hoover up our data either, but I don't put Microsoft in that category. With Google/Facebook et al, where you're not paying for the product, you ARE the product. I pay for Windows/Office etc, Microsoft makes their money from that purchase, and it behooves them to give their customers the best experience they can.
Have a look at the latest tests from SE Labs, and decide for yourself: https://www.selabs.uk/download/consumers/epp/2018/oct-dec-2018-consumer.pdf
And the moral of that story, don't run the trial in the first place. Make sure it is fully uninstalled to start with. We had a Dell computer in the past that went through that same scenario too.For awhile I ran MacKeeper on my macs... after reading about how wonderful it was and how warm and fuzzy cozy you’d feel knowing everything was being taken care of for you.
Dove deeper into a few issues and found out it wasn’t a bed of roses after all so dumped it. Cancelled the sub... after they charged my card without auth... got refund but it took awhile from what I recall.
Just try getting rid of all the MK imbedded files from that sucker. I’m still finding MK related files lurking around my drive.
That was powerful. Thanks. It also makes me feel better to know there are ways of prevention. Now, if people used this stuff.... so many don't subscribe to the trials and also don't bother to set any of these up (free or paid)Have a look at the latest tests from SE Labs, and decide for yourself: https://www.selabs.uk/download/consumers/epp/2018/oct-dec-2018-consumer.pdf
Just uninstall it, it's mainly bloatware. Windows defender does a pretty good job, or you can install a free MS Security Essentials.Picked up the lappy this morning and I've installed all my software again. McAfee free trial is still on there. I'm not sure whether to try and uninstall it, or wait for the free trial to end.
I'm certainly going with Windows Defender as my default - I don't game, or visit porn sites (with the exception of the m4/3 p*rn thread on here ) I don't open dodgy emails especially if they have links, so I should be safe
Something nobody has mentioned in backups is the need for a differential backup took in Windows. I can't speak for Mac as I wouldn't own one, but it's time machine is handy.
However one needs to keep a history of backups (as mentioned because virus alert is always just the canary) and so stuff like drive snapshot or ghost is important.
Sequential backups will fail to restore if any link of the chain (sequence) fails to restore. Differential backups get around that.
It was actually a purchased, from the original site, app. Bought it based on an article in a reputable magazine... but a few years later read more about issues with the app.And the moral of that story, don't run the trial in the first place. Make sure it is fully uninstalled to start with. We had a Dell computer in the past that went through that same scenario too.