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How to install anti virus on a brand new desktop - should I avoid the internet?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Joe 98, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Joe 98

    Joe 98 Member

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    I will soon take delivery of a new desktop PC.
    To install anti virus, I need to be connected to the internet.

    Does that mean I could get malware during installation?

    What if I connect to the shop's internet and then install anti virus?
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  2. dakiller

    dakiller (Oscillating & Impeding)

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    Windows 10 comes with its own anti virus on by default out of the box, and most of the 3rd party options these days are in my opinion, junk.

    No anti virus is going to stop everything anyway, for the most part they'll let you know you've been hosed after the fact if you get done by something sophisticated.
     
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    If you don't do anything silly like download from untrusted sources you should be fine.

    Agreed with dakiller that Windows default anti virus is pretty good.
     
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    just use the MS stuff, good enough for most ppl.
     
  6. CAPT-Irrelevant

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    No offence OP, but you're perhaps being a little paranoid.
    Malware only occurs if you visit dubious sites and/or download dubious content. As long as you stick with reputable sites, you won't have any issues.
     
  7. zeggie

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    Microsoft has (oddly) done a great job making the built in AV faster and more effective. Pretty much no reason for pay for anything else these days.
     
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    Joe 98

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    OK thank you.
     
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  9. vladtepes

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    Windows Defender is from Microsoft, but is good despite that. Yep I was as surprised as anyone.
    IMHO the other anti-virus programs like AVG etc are 'nagware' continually wanting you to 'go pro' (for a fee of course).
    My advice, just ditch them.
     
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  10. MR CHILLED

    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Incredibly unlikely. Just go for it.
     
  11. evilasdeath

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    Only if you install windows XP without any service packs, then you might get hit by blaster which is probably still out there in the wild :) Even with that you would need to connect directly to the internet and not via a router (which few people do these days)

    Windows 7/8/10 are pretty solid out of the box and patch themselves pretty quick, the age of zero interaction virus/malware are few and far between also.

    Just stick with MS defender it does a good enough job.
     
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    https://www.zdnet.com/article/micro...av-isnt-ranked-higher-in-new-antivirus-tests/


    JSmith
     
  13. lxboston

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    Windows 10 even has ransomware protection now also too. If you go to windows security you can add folders to be protected in case of a ransomware attack. Eg your Google Drive, One Drive etc.
     

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