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It is worth posting a 2014 update to this question. We have seen Windows Defender for Win 7/8/8.1 freefall in it's effectiveness. In the last 9 months we have had email and web exploits install Trojans onto client machines, and have therefore replaced it with a commercial paid for solution (un-named here, this is not an advertisement for another product). ...


As long as the pc is connected to the Internet (or any network for that matter) an antivirus and a firewall is a must. If you don't browse the net from windows then a free antivirus should be enough. Still, you should have one installed.


If your PC is going to be online at any point (which in all likelihood it will be) then it is recommended to use virus protection. There is plenty of free and light software that will be sufficient. For installation and continuous scanning, try Microsoft Security Essentials


When you are going to play games you downloaded from the internet, you should definitely get a virus scanner. This is especially a concern when you download pirated copies, because these are bundled with malware from time to time. But even when you stick to legal downloads there is a certain risk involved. There were cases of renowned download portals ...


If you don't browse, and if you get your games from official places, you can skip the antivirus. If you browse, or if you get your games through illegal download, then it has to be considered like a traditional PC and protected appropriately, from OS to browser level. If you don't use an antivirus, at least the Microsoft Security Essentials and things like ...


Why not? If Malwarebytes catches things that AVG doesn't you're perfectly right. Problems arise as soon as you have multiple real-time scans running synchronously, which you haven't. There's nothing to be said against running those "remove-my-evil-malware" tools from time to time.


Check this other question so you can understand more about certificates: How do the processes for digital certificates, signatures and ssl work? Basically signing a software guarantees that you are the author of the software and it has not been modified in any way by another party. For example if you check your PCs drivers, you will see they have a ...


I've already answered this question a few times here. Have a look at this answer in particular: Virus scanner on server And in particular this part: The concept of a virus implies a user at an interactive session. Someone opening email in Outlook or documents in Word, or running programs they received in an email. A virus implies a human element. ...

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