FireGryphon wrote:Thanks for all the responses. I guess I’m behind the times, but I am surprised that a regular antivirus program is not required for security. This is true even with windows 8?
Do you guys trust things like BitDefender et al enough to do online banking on your computers?
Dieter wrote:There will be lots of varying opinions on whether or not AV is necessary on Windows these days, but generally it's recommended, and any security audit for a company would have a finding if they weren't running endpoint protection. I run it because I'm not concerned about my activities, but with all of the zero-day exploits, compromised servers (from normally trusted websites), and similar threats, running a good AV program is vital, IMHO. Ideally you'll find an AV program that doesn't solely rely on signatures, but also monitors behavior and suspicious/abnormal activity.
K-L-Waster wrote:I'm still not convinced that dropping AV completely is a good idea, but it isn't the slam dunk it used to be.
I used to use ESET Nod32, which served me well for years. Since building my new system, though, I have switched to Windows Defender, largely because it seems to do a reasonable job of catching malware and since it is part of the OS anyway it's already present as an attack vector.
I am talking about anything over and about Windows Defender.I find it unnecessary.
Chrispy_ wrote:Windows Defender is all you need for traditional viruses, because traditional viruses aren't the main attack method any more; the proliferation of free and OS-included AV has made them a high-investment, low-return option for people trying to exploit you, so most of them have moved on to exploiting you and your browsing habits instead of your OS vulnerabilities.
You probably want to ensure that your browsers are secured and that HTML/Java/Flash file associations don't do anything stupid like default to Internet Explorer - if you even need Flash or Java installed at all, that is! The sandboxed Google variants give you way less exposure than having to install the native versions of either - and though Chrome can be a sluggish RAM hog, it's easier to just set and forget than Firefox or Opera are with their script-blocking and flash/Java workarounds you'll need to typically get by with on the web. In saying that, I'm still a huge fan of Firefox+NoScript for "deny everything unless I explcitly allow it" scenarios.
If you are in the habit of getting infected, grab a yourself a utility that defends against malware/ransomware and can clean up mess; Malwarebytes isn't a bad option for that.