Anti-virus News & The End of Windows 10 v 1803
Avast bought AVG a few months ago, and has now acquired CCleaner. Unfortunately Avast has decided to add user data collection to CCleaner, loading new Services to your system that constantly run in the backround using up precious resources. They have promised to remove this in an upcoming update, so until that happens avoid CCleaner v 5.43 thru v 5.45. Don’t update CCleaner until a new version above v 5.45 is offered.
Avast has also become more aggressive with the popup adverts, trying to scare Avast Free users into upgrading to the paid version. Other free anti-virus programs also suffer from frequent ads, unnecessary features and constantly running Services that cause slow computer performance.
Fortunately a soultion has been provided by the most unlikely of sources, Microsoft. Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender pre-installed. This program has been totally re-worked from the pre 2017 versions and has been updated via Windows Updates for all Win 10 users. AV-Test.org, the leading independent anti-virus industry monitor has declared Windows Defender to be sufficient protection for most users, ranking above Norton and Trend Micro in overall performance, and above AVG in malware detection!
Program Rankings: https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/
Windows Defender Summary: https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/june-2018/microsoft-windows-defender-4.12-182247/
My current suggestion for protecting your Windows 10 computer while avoiding ads, unwanted accessories and other system slowing bloat-ware is to use Windows Defender with a full system scan scheduled weekly in Scan Settings. Then, in addition, do a full system scan with the free version of Malwarebytes Anti Malware once a week. When installing Malwarebytes be careful to not accept the free trial of the Premium version. The free version provides the scanner, which is all you want from them; it does not provide real-time protection so it will not interfere with Windows Defender. You can then leave Malwarebytes installed, where it will remain non-active until you want to do a scan.
Malwarebytes Free, download: https://www.malwarebytes.com/mwb-download/thankyou/
August 2018 Special
Did you know that the current version of Windows 10 (1803) reaches it’s end of service in only 15 months? We don’t yet know if another free version update will be offered. We do know that soon you will no longer buy a copy of Windows, you will lease it by subscription.
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