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The built-in Windows Defender indeed is "good enough" for me not to want to spend money on a commercial AV.
The only thing I despise about it is the fact that the AV signature updates are coupled with the rest of the Windows updates. This means that, as I've configured WU to tell me about available updates rather than just going ahead and installing whatever's available, I get prompted to install AV signatures 2-3 times a day.
The problem with Windows Defender is that it's a good anti-virus.
This may sound strange, but keep in mind that it's ONLY an anti-virus.
Got a hijacked browser extension changing your home page and underlining random links?
Sorry - That's Adware - "Resolved - Will Not Detect"
Got an illicit application that's sending a third party all your key pressed and passwords?
Sorry - That's a Trojan - "Resolved - Will Not Detect"
A program lurking on your PC that's happily encrypting all your files for a required payment?
Sorry - That's Ransomware - "Resolved - Will Not Detect"
Yes - Windows Defender is a good Anti Virus - But it's only an Anti-Virus to things that Microsoft specifically classifies AS viruses - Anything else will be specifically ignored.
I used to have a list of virustotal links that contained situations where most of the results were "Positive", but "Negative" to Windows Defender since it wasn't considered strictly a virus - Things like this [^] were alarmingly common. You know that wave of Steam viruses awhile back? All negative since they're 'technically' not viruses, but application hijackers (Positive to every other AV though). Here[^] is one of my submission links to one of them - Still marked as "No malware detected" 3 years later...
I submitted dozens of samples of known viruses to them (I was doing Malware research for awhile), and almost all of the submissions were "No malware detected", or marked as clean, or some such. NOD32, AVG, Kaspersky, and BitDefender all added the definitions within a week of submission - Windows Defender refused to add most of them due to its super-strict definition of "virus".
I've never used anything other than the Windows Defender that comes with Windows. I did try Norton and Mcfee for a short time. They did no better and gave me lots of problems, so I got rid of then after a couple of weeks. Windows Defender seems to do just fine and interefere with fewer things!
CQ de W5ALT
Walt Fair, Jr., P. E. Comport Computing Specializing in Technical Engineering Software
It must be cultural - it was a short story, outsiders in a time and a place. Also, possibly the ultimate surprise ending of all time.
Waxing philosophical: what ever happens, anyway? Even in real life? Same sh*t repeated generation after generation. The accessories change - the story remains the same. And, even if were to change, what difference would it make?