Is McAfee Anti-Ransomware Free worth having with Windows Defender?

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Spawn

Administrator
Staff member
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so you think an anti-ransomware is worth it with windows defender?
The question you should ask yourself; Do I keep backups of your files (personal data) and system (OS recovery or imaging)?

In Windows 10 Fall Creators or later, Windows Defender comes with it's own Ransomware Protection (formally Controlled Folder Access), but users suggest it's either buggy, whitelisting doesn't work properly, or not easy to use as comparable products by third-party vendors. There is also no way to remove the pre-defined default protected folders, but if desired, you can add more.

I don't know the technical side of how stuff works, wait for an expert for a better opinion.

As I use Windows Defender, I do not have Ransomware protection enabled.

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RoboMan

Level 26
Content Creator
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I personally would not use it. Aforementioned, Windows Defender includes ransomware protection to safe guard your files in case of ransomware attack. If you believe you may be hit by ransomware anytime soon, then you probably need some real time protection and surfing habits change.

I would suggest you enable ransomware protection on Windows Defender, define your protected folders, and pair it up with OSArmor by NVT.

At any case, I never tried this McAfee's product. Still, I tried Trend Micro Ransom Buster and I liked it. If you share it with a friend, you can define as many folders as you want, else only 2. Have a look: Ransom Buster
 

oldschool

Level 24
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I personally would not use it. Aforementioned, Windows Defender includes ransomware protection to safe guard your files in case of ransomware attack. If you believe you may be hit by ransomware anytime soon, then you probably need some real time protection and surfing habits change.

I would suggest you enable ransomware protection on Windows Defender, define your protected folders, and pair it up with OSArmor by NVT.

At any case, I never tried this McAfee's product. Still, I tried Trend Micro Ransom Buster and I liked it. If you share it with a friend, you can define as many folders as you want, else only 2. Have a look: Ransom Buster
Agreed. Make maximum use of WD as it's built-in. Use ConfigureDefender if you're not already doing so. When we had the McAfee paid suite a year ago it was quite heavy but I have no experience with this new free app.
 

gery79

Level 5
I am not a fan of McAfee, I think all McAfee programs are very heavy on the system.:giggle:
no they are not anymore... they used to be a lot more heavier in the past....... at list they learned the lesson . about how effective they are i can not tell but sure enough it is not heavy. i have used it for a whole year and have been pretty safe and light