Security on Windows 8.1

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by irishgrizzly, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I've just installed Windows 8.1 on my 2010 Macbook Pro. What security should I use? For my Windows 7 gaming PC i use Microsoft security essentials and an anti-malware.

    I looked at installing security essentials on 8.1, but I'm told it's only for Windows 7. There's something called Windows Defender. Is this the new name for security essentials? What do folks recommend?
  2. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    In windows 8/8.1 Defender replaced Security Essentials. In most cases Defender is all you need, unless you want some of the extra features the competing products offer, like cloud backups, performance optimizations, real time threat reports, etc.

    [RANT]Many of the reporting features and "optimizations" some of these products offer are mostly bogus, as Windows mostly takes care of performance by itself. Symantec, I'm looking at you! Instead of letting Windows do defragging and other tasks in the background you hijack the tasks and bug the user with warnings. And then you display "helpful" nonsense reports of how many temp files your product removed this time, or how your product just made the computer run so much faster while actually constantly using more CPU cycles than all other processes combined.. IMHO you should stay away from anything Symantec makes.[/RANT]
  3. ScottishDuck macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
    Windows 8.1 has what was previously known as Security Essentials built in. Yes it's true in the year of our lord twenty fourteen you don't need to install any AV on Windows for it to be secure. ;)
  4. Liberty. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2008
    Windows 8.1 Defender (included). A good addition for manual scans is Malwarebytes. But stay away from the other stuff.

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