Poll Free Antivirus of the Year 2020 - Poll

Free Antivirus of the Year 2020 - Poll


  • Total voters
    123
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Software comparison
Bitdefender vs Comodo vs Kaspersky vs Microsoft vs WiseVector
Feature comparison
  1. Ease of use
  2. Impact on hardware performance
  3. Most available features
  4. Core protection (malware and heuristic engine)
  5. Internet protection (web filtering, anti-phishing, anti-spam, browser extension)
  6. Proactive protection (anti-exploit, behavior blocker, IDS-HIPS, sandbox)
  7. Network protection (firewall, anti-botnet)
  8. Ransomware protection
  9. Banking and payments protection
  10. Machine learning and A.I. capabilities
  11. Privacy protections (VPN, anti-tracking)

jackuars

Level 26
Verified
Jul 2, 2014
1,560
It's amazing to see that one of the worst products in it's category at one time Microsoft Edge (IE) in Browsers and Windows Defender in Antivirus is now among the top of it's category. Never knew a day like this would arrive for these Microsoft products. It will be only a matter of time that 3rd party vendors will cry foul at Microsoft's dominance.
 

ChoiceVoice

Level 6
Oct 10, 2014
256
i'm not a fan of tweaking WD. i've had multiple instances of being unable to remove those tweaks, resulting in a broken defender security center. and it is hell to fix that. I'm not sure what causes it, perhaps a major update to defender that doesn't like the tweaks or something, but it's happened to me likely 3x before. that said, i like defender and have no real problems with it, and it is easier. kaspersky is proven to be better at protecting your system but once abruptly, and unannounced, installed a VPN on my father-in-law's computer that messed up his internet. i think kasp is a bit heavier too. but i like both.
 

Andy Ful

Level 67
Verified
Trusted
Content Creator
Dec 23, 2014
5,622
i'm not a fan of tweaking WD. i've had multiple instances of being unable to remove those tweaks, resulting in a broken defender security center. and it is hell to fix that. I'm not sure what causes it, perhaps a major update to defender that doesn't like the tweaks or something, but it's happened to me likely 3x before. that said, i like defender and have no real problems with it, and it is easier. kaspersky is proven to be better at protecting your system but once abruptly, and unannounced, installed a VPN on my father-in-law's computer that messed up his internet. i think kasp is a bit heavier too. but i like both.
Did you use ConfigureDefender? If so, then you can share your experience on ConfigureDefender thread.
(y)
 

Nightwalker

Level 21
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Content Creator
May 26, 2014
1,042
It's amazing to see that one of the worst products in it's category at one time Microsoft Edge (IE) in Browsers and Windows Defender in Antivirus is now among the top of it's category. Never knew a day like this would arrive for these Microsoft products. It will be only a matter of time that 3rd party vendors will cry foul at Microsoft's dominance.
Microsoft 365, Outlook, Skype, OneDrive and Xbox division are pretty good too these days, I never thought that I would see a day with Microsoft nailing in so many areas.
 

Cortex

Level 25
Verified
Aug 4, 2016
1,418
One thing I wonder if WD was (became) a pay yearly product as KIS, ESET etc how many would use it (buy it) as opposed to other products? - For example this occurred with OS Armor, a loved program when free then it became a pay product & users left in droves, :p:p:p
 

SecurityNightmares

Level 32
Verified
Jan 9, 2020
2,103
Windows Defender may be good enough for MT users, but certainly isn't good enough for average joes.
I need to disagree. My girl friend is a average user, use Discord, Steam and so one and even with these kind of insecure software she use, WD is enough.
Sure i configure her PC but only a little bit with ConfigureDefender (recommend mode) but she never get infected. And this without all the extended security features like SRP and so one.
 

SeriousHoax

Level 34
Verified
Mar 16, 2019
2,346
Windows Defender may be good enough for MT users, but certainly isn't good enough for average joes.

Obviously my vote goes for Kaspersky, I would never in my right mind leave a family member exposed with Windows Defender.
I think even in default settings, it isn't bad. I have several friends who use Windows Defender in default settings and some of them even use quite a few pirated programs (mostly Adobe products). All but two of them were infected with ransomwares but defender did detect those but they choose to disable WD to use the malicious crack. Ow btw, one of the infected user was using Kaspersky. So, there's no medicine to stupidity. The negative thing about the default WD is that the PUP protection is still disabled by default I think. Though they have now added it into the UI.
One thing I wonder if WD was (became) a pay yearly product as KIS, ESET etc how many would use it (buy it) as opposed to other products? - For example this occurred with OS Armor, a loved program when free then it became a pay product & users left in droves, :p:p:p
Most users won't because the main point of Windows Defender is that it's totally free and integrated into the system. Windows already have an antivirus installed so many don't feel the necessity to use another. This tendency is only going to increase over time.
Also I think Microsoft's decision to include an AV into Windows is to increase the security of the OS itself. This is why it's part of the so called, "Windows Security". It's not a typical antivirus, Microsoft don't directly make any money from it. Windows Defender is there to protect everyone using Windows 10.
Btw, I'm not saying everyone should ditch third party AV. There are many other reasons why one may choose to use something else.
 

SeriousHoax

Level 34
Verified
Mar 16, 2019
2,346
This is an assumption. There are no permanent leaders, all tendencies are temporary and subject to change.
This is based on the trend since the release of Windows 10 in 2015. Like I said, the reason for this is that there's already an AV integrated into the system so most users are happy that it's there protecting them. Buy if you go to buy a PC either the OEM will provide you third party AV license for free or they will insist you to purchase one. Yesterday, a relative of mine bought a new PC and I was there to help him since he's a noob in the PC world. The shop from where I purchased are the authorized ESET seller in my country. They tried so hard to sell a ESET license to me but I declined. Not once but thrice. They were so persistent. This is one of the way many third party AVs are sold worldwide. Average users believe everything they say.
 

McMcbrad

Level 20
Oct 16, 2020
977
This is based on the trend since the release of Windows 10 in 2015. Like I said, the reason for this is that there's already an AV integrated into the system so most users are happy that it's there protecting them. Buy if you go to buy a PC either the OEM will provide you third party AV license for free or they will insist you to purchase one. Yesterday, a relative of mine bought a new PC and I was there to help him since he's a noob in the PC world. The shop from where I purchased are the authorized ESET seller in my country. They tried so hard to sell a ESET license to me but I declined. Not once but thrice. They were so persistent. This is one of the way many third party AVs are sold worldwide. Average users believe everything they say.
Yes, obviously ESET has offered this shop some incentive and they are hungry for their bonus :D
Users might be happy being protected by Windows Defender, but this is a heavily over-saturated market, full of dogs, hungry for both market share and data (data is essential to their functionality). Just one move from any big player in the industry might cause 50% of Windows Defender users to quickly feel unhappy and switch. So we can't really say that this tendency will only keep growing. Time will tell.
It's all like a game of backgammon.
 
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SeriousHoax

Level 34
Verified
Mar 16, 2019
2,346
Yes, obviously ESET has offered this shop some incentive and they are hungry for their bonus :D
Users might be happy being protected by Windows Defender, but this is a heavily over-saturated market, full of dogs, hungry for both market share and data (data is essential to their functionality). Just one move from any big player in the industry might cause 50% of Windows Defender users to quickly feel unhappy and switch. So we can't really say that this tendency will only keep growing. Time will tell.
It's all like a game of backgammon.
I agree. Anything can happen in the next few years. You never know. I also agree with the data part. I think collecting data (not personal data) is the main reason why even big vendors like Kaspersky and Bitdefender has free AV.
Anyway, we have gone slightly off-topic but healthy discussion (y)
 
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