Need help finding an Antivirus program!

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    hertihej

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    I need a free and good working antivirus that is compatible with Windows 8. My main criteria is:
    1: Free, I am a poor student
    2: Compatible with Windows 8
    3: Doesn't take up all resources, I am a gamer so this is very important.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
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    Aditya Kulkarni

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    I think you are already having Windows Defender with you, which is better protection for your PC.
    No need to go for any third party antivirus.
     
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    hertihej

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    My computer came pre-installed with McAfee, I recently removed it since it wanted me to start paying. Do you think that Windows Defender is disabled and if so, where do I go to turn it on?
     
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    bassfisher6522

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    Once the third party AV is removed, Defender should automatically be turned on. To check, open action center and click on security arrow and go through the list.
     
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    Ace

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    As soon as I hear the word McAffee I would recommend that you remove it. It's by far one of the worst AV's out there...
     
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    DarkRepulser

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    Agreed! I recently heard a while back ago that McAfee itself was a wanted fugitive in South-America or something... definitely don't want a guy like that to protect your computer.
     
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    GGovan

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    If you want free just go for AVG, at this moment it's the most reliable free AV avaiable.
    I've used it in some workstations and I have never had a problem with it.
     
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    No need for Macfee. I had a 2011 version on XP. Completely trashed my comp, made it so slow, unresponsive, annoying popups, false positives all the time.

    So remove it ASAP if you have it pre-installed or decided on installing it.

    I'd recommend either AVAST! or Panda Security.
     
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    Hi,
    No question in my mind, go for free Avast, works perfectly in all Windows, I have it in Xp Pro, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (64 bit)

    Regards

    Tony
     
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    You should really go for Windows Defender. It's reliable, fast, and most of all, it's free. I think it's already pre-installed in your Windows 8 machine, but I'm not so sure with your situation because you have a 3rd party anti-virus program pre-installed with your device.
     
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    PSyCHoHaMSTeRZa

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    I heard a while back that Microsoft Security Essentials is quite good to supplement Windows Defender. And it's also free. You can also load Malwarebytes on as well for some extra protection (MSE for virusses and MWB for Malware).
     
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    bassfisher6522

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    MSE is no longer supported in windows 8. With windows 8 it has a built in AV called Defender which is an upgrade of MSE. MSE will still work with previous versions of windows. I would go with Malwarebytes and a few others as one malware software doesn't get then all.
     
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    Wouldn't that cause conflicts between the different softwares, or do they just create overlaps?
     
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    Not on malware, spyware programs finds every infection, if it did it would be known world wide and everyone would be using it. Some just do a better job in a particular area than others.

    The only conflict would be if you were using more then one AV program at the same time. There is a difference between an Anti-Virus software and Malware/Spyware software. Although some AV's do provide some type of malware protection, but the main purpose is to find Virus's.
     
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    Mick Macker

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    AVG free? It's free like you said and it doesn't seem to take up much resources. I don't game on PC but I program android apps which takes up a lot and it never seems to slow me down. You should give it a go and see how you get on with it.
     
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