[SOLVED] How is windows defender compared to paid antivirus?

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My antivirus has recently expired and i want to know if it's better to have a paid antivirus over the Microsoft windows built-in Windows defender? Does it provide real time protection against threats and ransomware?
 
Nowadays it is actually pretty good if you are on the latest version - but it wasn't always the case. Now I'm always an advocate of paid antivirus as they often release quicker and bigger patches and have additional features included. That and MS reputation for defender is not always fantastic.

I am an avid user of Bitdefender, so I've done a very streamlined summary of key elements from latest sampling comparing Defender to Bitdefender:

IndustryDefenderBitdefender
Protection against 0-day malware attacks (web and email)99%100%100%
Latest Malware detection100%100%100%
How much does it slow down copying of files2%0%2%
How much does it slow down common applications1%1%4% to 7%
False malware detection (>1mill samples)310

So you can see, this test (April 2019) actually shows it to be fantastic. So I certainly wouldn't worry about upgrading to a paid one urgently as it will protect you will, just depends what is value for money for you, and defender's protection capabilities could potentially change.

But this test doesn't necessarily include things like Ransomware per se (it could, as it should cover all latest malware, but there's no guarantee), whereas the likes of bitdefender has clear and individual modules dedicated to each service it offers.
 
I used (and was plenty satisfied with) both Qihoo's 360TS and SecureAPlus, testing each individually/separately for a year or so, the latter being a one year trial.

But, some 18 months later, still no infections if one stays off of websites known for being eager to distribute deceptive malware (such as many of the 'non-mainstream' movie /TV alternative streaming sites)

One can still run weekly Malwarebytes Antimalware scans, Zemana scans, via the free versions..... (A good complete backup image to retore from in case that strategy fails in epic fashion is advised)
 
I used (and was plenty satisfied with) both Qihoo's 360TS and SecureAPlus, testing each individually/separately for a year or so, the latter being a one year trial.

But, some 18 months later, still no infections if one stays off of websites known for being eager to distribute deceptive malware (such as many of the 'non-mainstream' movie /TV alternative streaming sites)

One can still run weekly Malwarebytes Antimalware scans, Zemana scans, via the free versions..... (A good complete backup image to retore from in case that strategy fails in epic fashion is advised)
I think the only thing to be wary of there is that Malwarebytes free requires an Antivirus to run alongside it. Malwarebytes premium doesn't as anti-malware and anti-virus software typically do slightly different things whilst they both generally cover the same area.

Personally I've found myself recommending Bitdefender Free for those who want a third party Antivirus/malware software without paying. Doesn't have ads and has the long running award protection that Bitdefender offers. I know I sound like a sales rep, but it really has been in the top tiers for years now. Just requires an account and then it is an entirely self-sufficient antivirus.

Give it just depends on what you like in the software too.
 

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Windows defender tells me that my computer is running normally however, when i ran the premium trial of malwarebytes anti-malware, nearly 50 threats were detected like adware, backdoor agent, PUM, PUP, riskware agent, trojan agent, trojan stolen data. I have removed those but i hope i'll be protected with Windows defender in future.
 
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My antivirus has recently expired and i want to know if it's better to have a paid antivirus over the Microsoft windows built-in Windows defender? Does it provide real time protection against threats and ransomware?
My experience is been great with Windows Defender so far, i have been using it for almost 2 years and i like it, it's not super invasive like other ones, and it works mostly.

Windows defender tells me that my computer is running normally however, when i ran the premium trial of malwarebytes anti-malware, nearly 50 threats were detected like adware, backdoor agent, PUM, PUP, riskware agent, trojan agent, trojan stolen data. I have removed those but i hope i'll be protected with Windows defender in future.
From the top of my head i think maybe Malwarebytes wants to scare you into buying the premium?
 
My experience is been great with Windows Defender so far, i have been using it for almost 2 years and i like it, it's not super invasive like other ones, and it works mostly.


From the top of my head i think maybe Malwarebytes wants to scare you into buying the premium?
Again, remember than anti malware and anti virus software can do different things.
All viruses are malware, but not all malware are viruses. Malwarebytes tends to put a different focus in its testing and can often find those things that others may not because the others aren't searching for them.

It's perfectly trustworthy, just remember the free version is not a full antivirus.

I would stick to my personal recommendation of Bitdefender free if you wanted to try a free antivirus asides windows defender.
 

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