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Should I still continue to use Windows Defender in 2022?

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It's fine.

 

You can never have too many backups. A solid backup strategy is more important than any antivirus.

 

If you insist on running a third party antivirus, my go-to recommendation is Sophos. 

I'm still on Windows 10 and using Defender, but I wonder is it still good to use in 2022.

I have been using it since windows 10 came out and I have never really had an issue with viruses Malware or Ransomware (To be clear though, I make sure to avoid janky websites).

I'm also a developer and streamer/gamer so security is rather important, and I want to make sure I'm up to date on protection. 

 

So should I still keep using Windows defender, or find something else?

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It's fine.

 

You can never have too many backups. A solid backup strategy is more important than any antivirus.

 

If you insist on running a third party antivirus, my go-to recommendation is Sophos. 

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Windows Defender is fine as long as you're always online. If you get a USB with malware connected while you're offline, you basically have a coin flip on whether or not you get inflected.

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13 hours ago, rcmaehl said:

Windows Defender is fine as long as you're always online. If you get a USB with malware connected while you're offline, you basically have a coin flip on whether or not you get inflected.

Any antivirus will be less effective against viruses that are newer than its definitions.

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20 hours ago, Needfuldoer said:

Any antivirus will be less effective against viruses that are newer than its definitions.

Not as badly as Defender tho. Heuristics are a thing that exists for a reason. There's only 1 AV worse for offline detections out of over 2 dozen

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