When we’re not debunking rumours, outing scammers and providing practical information on your privacy, we’re researching the latest antivirus and security programs so we can give you the best possible advice. Now we’re turning our attention to Microsoft’s latest offering, Windows 10, and questions you have about what antivirus fits best. So, Windows 10… here we go…
(read to the end to check our recommended solution and get a great discount on it)
The In-Built Protection
The launch date for Windows 10 has been and gone, and millions around the digital globe have already got their hands on their copies. But it leaves people asking one pertinent question, what antivirus is best for Windows 10? Not only that, but does Windows 10 need an antivirus program or can it survive without?
Windows 10, just like its predecessor Windows 8, comes pre-packaged with Windows Defender, Microsoft’s own in-built protection. According to tests, Windows Defender performs well, given that it’s free and won’t bombard you with pop-ups or notifications that often happens with third party software. However, whilst a good performer, tests highlight that it isn’t as thorough or effective as many of the leading third party competition.
Well, should I upgrade from Windows Defender or not?
The choice between in-built vs. third party, or free vs. paid antivirus for Windows 10, is an important decision. In the past we have recommended that experienced users venture down the free antivirus route, while more novice users consider a paid, more comprehensive solution to ensure optimal security.
2015 and going into 2016 may be a little different, and this is largely down to a worrying trend we’ve seen with free antivirus. Free antivirus users have always had to suffer with advertisements, since that is the trade-off for not having to pay, also often having to endure constant notifications to upgrade.
However many companies have taken it further, and free antivirus programs (not all of them) have begun tracking the surfing habits of its users, as well as harvesting personal information, and reporting back to their respective HQs. (Ironically, this is basically what spyware does.)
So for experienced users who feel comfortable on the Internet, the improved Windows Defender should be adequate without any third party security software at all, unless you have your own trusted antivirus solution in which case feel free to download that, providing it is compatible.
For the rest, however, we recommend upgrading to a third party antivirus. The reason is simple – it is more comprehensive, and providing you install a good program, will provide superior protection.
So, what antivirus is recommended for Windows 10?
When looking for an antivirus, not only do you need to find a superior program, you also need to ask yourself what antivirus is compatible with Windows 10. Luckily, on the launch of a new Microsoft operating system, all the leading antivirus providers are clamouring over each other to ensure their software is fully compatible, and that is what we’ve seen here.
All the leading providers, including AVG, Bitdefender, Avira and Kaspersky all have confirmed their latest offerings are fully compatible, though always remember to check their documentation before installation to guarantee that.
But what antivirus do we recommend for Windows 10? Well we’re still sticking with BitDefender Total Security that we have endorsed throughout the year. According to AV-Test’s latest performance tests, BitDefender scored a faultless score of 100% when detecting both prevalent malware and zero day attacks. (Windows Defender scored 95% on malware and 85% on zero day attacks.) It’s also PC Mags product of the year.
The Total Security suite isn’t just an antivirus program, but also comes with protection from phishing, social media protection, protection from identity theft, anti-spam and several other great optional features that help you keep your computer safe. What’s more, it’s fast. It doesn’t slow your computer down, which can be a real drag with other programs.
And the awesome news for you lucky lot is that because we made it our editor’s choice software, we can offer it at a great price. Total Security 2015 usually comes in at just over $70, but we can currently offer it at $29.00, simply click the link below.
What security solution, if any, do you use? Let us know below.