Is antivirus needed for Windows 8 devices?

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antivirus is needed for windows 8 or not.
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If you are using Windows 8 OS, Windows Defender will help protect you from some viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, but you might want to consider installing an additional anti-virus to make sure you are fully protected.

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  • TheRealRaven
    You only need it if you want your device to be protected. If you don't mind infections, then you can ignore it. A lot of people do, and they simply live with the problems (and thereby contribute to the wider problem).
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  • ToddN2000
    I always use multiple. I have not found one yet that catches or removes all of them. There are other free ones out there to add to the Windows version.
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  • reckonankit
    Do not need to buy any antivirus if you are using windows defender simply update it for regular interval and also scan your PC for isue.
    If you are facing to much issue with virus please buy any antivirus away from free version or fake anti viruses
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  • carlosdl
    Anyone else disagreeing with what was stated in the Answer Wiki?

    Thinking on moving Joe's opinion here, as I find it a little dangerous...
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  • ToddN2000
    Yes! I have never trusted Microsoft as the sole protector of my PC. Too much bad history to put all my faith in them only.
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  • carlosdl
    Comments by Joeprior:

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    If you are using Windows 8 OS, Windows Defender will help protect you from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. You don’t need to buy anything else.

    Thanks 
    Joe
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  • Brijesh
    I think the windows 8.1 comes with Windows Defender which is quite good so hopefully it's fine. If it didn't satisfy you can go for antivirus but most of the people prefer for antivirus.
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  • Joeprior
    Hi carlosdl..

    Please explain, what is dangerous in that? So that we can protect our-self.

    Thanks
    Joe
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  • ToddN2000
    A good anti-virus / spyware protection program is only as good as it's database. Some programs keep their databases up to date more often, this means more real time protection. Some viruses/ malware / trojan may not be in everyone's database. When it does make their detection database, It may take them a week or two to come up with the removal code. This leaves your system vulnerable to that virus/trojan.
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  • carlosdl
    Hi Joe,

    I think it is dangerous to have Windows Defender as the only anti-malware protection.  Why?  Because I have seen many cases in which it or its predecessor have failed to detect treats that were caught by other products.

    I think it is a good basic protection, but I wouldn't recommend it as the only protection.
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  • Joeprior
    Ohhh Thanks Carlosdll....

    But i had not faced any issue yet.. I am only using updated window defender and it works fine in case of mine... 

    may be you are right.. we may require third party antivirus applications to be confident that we are fully protected.

    Thanks
    Joe
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Other than Widows Defender, for full protection. you can go for 360 Mobile Security and I am using now so as per my view, it is fine.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    I wouldn't want to run Win8 without it! The new security controls built into the OS are good but I believe it's always best to have a third-party step in and help.

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  • TheRealRaven
    There are many reasons why Windows Defender should not be relied upon, especially for IT professionals such as those served by this site.

    (IMO!) The most direct reason is because it competes against other AV software. As such, each system that has it installed is one less system that is directly available to companies that specialize in protection. Because it is free and Windows 8 comes with it, it feels like a smelly intrusion into a market that Microsoft should not be in.

    But for many, maybe a better reason is that it often rates so low in comparative reviews. That shouldn't be a surprise since it's not an area of historical expertise for Microsoft. Still, it's a little disturbing how poorly it actually does in many reviews. E.g., it came out at the bottom of both of the most recent AV-Test and Dennis Technology Labs (see 'Latest Reports') test sets. Numerous other ratings can be found by searching.

    Now, there are at least two things in favor of it that I can think of. Because it can be immediately available, it can give a degree of protection to many users who otherwise might not bother at all. That should make things better for all of us (and somewhat offset the downside of competing against other vendors). And second, it gives a degree of protection to any of us when we first make a connection to the internet to download our chosen protection.

    IMO, use it once in order to get the system properly set up, then turn it off and enable your chosen alternative.
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