but also use Malwarebytes which is focused as the name implies on Malware.
Since it's heavily tied into Windows, that can be a pro or a con. I have my own concerns (may be tin foil out based), the one thing that I don't like about Defender is that it is tied into the OS. MS has has a habit of tying in programs (that are theirs) that make it hard for the user to remove them and use what you want, so at times they can be at odds with whatever "you" are wanting to run. I prefer things to be modular and take bits and pieces that I want. I know, that isn't really about does it do a good job or not, just remember that it is tied into MS and what concerns one may have for that. I don't like the fact that they (MS) is getting really bad about interjecting ads to users that they are putting in adds in WordPad. Friggin' WordPad.
Now, tabling that, from what I have heard, it seems to be a mixed bag. Some like it and some don't. I think to a certain degree, they are all "six in one, half a dozen in the other".
Malware is a broad umbrella term that is a catchall. Virus, ransomware, adware, just forms of malware. Now, if they focus are a specific subset of malware, that could be something else. I have used that program many years ago, I remember liking it, but I haven't kept up as to what they try to target/focus on now.
I have to say, due to the nature of anti whatever you want to run, really vet it, because the level of access that it has on the computer, willingly from the user, can be just as bad as what they are supposed to be protecting one from.
Good points all. One thing I really like aboubt that integration is that Windows has a specific ransomeware controlled access that allows you to identify particular directories to revoke access. Also has ability to whitelist apps that need access to those folders. Check out https://www.howtogeek.com/511744/do-you-need-anti-ransomware-software-for-your-pc/
Had a customer recently hacked and ransomed, shut them down for a week.
I not going to be thought well of after my saying this, but I firmly believe that ransomware shouldn't be a thing. I do not know of an instance to where if a user had done appropriate backups, it is just wipe and deploy. Now depending on how long one has gone between when the issue happened and their last backup, may have some data loss there, but it is no were near as bad or crippling as it would have been without a back up schema in place.
As storage has gone down significantly over the years for what one gets, this really shouldn't be an issue. Wipe and deploy the backups.
I also believe one OS is more susceptible to malware in general then the others and it's really not due to the size of it's user base, although that is icing on the cake. But I digress.
Storing backups on mapped drives and local attached storage can be hacked and encrypted. So a combined strategy of local, offsite physical, and incremental cloud backup is probably best.
PS - Although they are certainly out there and likely more so in the graphics business, I personally don't know many businesses that keep their primary business data on systems using the 'other' OS you no doubt refer to, so user base is probably is the driver for what thieves target.
Our biggest defense is safe web browsing,
Agreed 100%I not going to be thought well of after my saying this, but I firmly believe that ransomware shouldn't be a thing.
I haven't used it in a long time, so it could be better, but McAfee used to lock up and slow down my computer constantly.What are your opinion of McAfee? Mines up in a few days, it was installed on my computer when I bought it...
Im running Avira, but who knows they may do whatever they want with info one day also. selling info must be big business