Antivirus for Surface Pro

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    Are you putting antivirus software on your Pro? If so, which one do you find best?
    I have used AVG free in the past and have had no problems (so far, touch wood...)
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    Windows8 has MS Defender as a AV-Solution from start, so there's no real need for an external solution, except you'll have to deal with a huge amount of malware/virus, but then again i would opt for a paid solution.
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    Do you think MS Defender is adequate for normal usage? Or would you use a third party?
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    I've been using since 2 Years and although some tests saw it at the lower end (while other more on middle-high), i'm perfectly satisfied, because it's not so annoying like Avira, AVG or Kapersky. But if you'll have to deal with malware/virus on a more regular basis, like working as IT-Guy or surfing bad bad websites ( ;) ), i would go for a paid instead of a free solution and accept, that this will slow down my pc. As i'm aware/up-to-date about the most common treats, i'm fine with Defender/Security Essentials.
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    Amongst the paid one Norton is fairly good. Fairly unobtrusive and a small footprint.
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    I use AVG on it with no problems.
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    Microsoft Security Essentials. Effective and light weight. And most importantly, free!

    In my 25 years of using PCs I have NEVER gotten a virus, not even a runny nose. More often than not, I feel like there are certain people that will never have enough software or smarts to avoid getting viruses.
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    I've used Microsoft Security Essentials in the past on all my Windows PCs and never had a problem. It all depends on what part of the internet you enjoy going to. If you only go to Trusted Sites then MSE is fine. If you are a thrill seeker and go to torrent sites then I suggest you get a third party program like Norton.
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    You can get the best car insurance or the best roll cage for your car........But if you drive like an idiot you will crash.

    Same thing follows with a PC lol, ive been using Windows for YEARS and i have never gotten a virus, maybe ive been lucky?.....but anyways im happy with windows defender.
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    ESET NOD32 has been my standard for years. Runs with a small footprint, does not interfere with Win MSE and highly rated. A two year sub is a real value.
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    I have used many different ones.
    My bit defender just expired....loved it.
    For 2 weeks I have been using webroot antivirus/firewall. I think its great. I like it because it does not have features I'll never use like cloud storage, parental controls Etc. Try the trial and you will see how well it works...
    Joe
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    All the products mentioned here are excellent. I recently posted that I used Avast for years, but dropped it because they starting interrupting my work with too many intrusive popups.

    I'm using Defender now. Perfectly happy.
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    I've been paying for Norton 360 for years and very happy with it.
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    Norton 360 in my Surface Pro . Why ? its free for me :D
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    I have been using Norton Internet Security for 10 years now and never got hit once with a virus. I know I know, it is a resource hog. But I am happy with it.
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    Yes, of course! As I have always done for my PCs; the Surface Pro is no different.

    For the longest while I was using Webroot, but sometime last year they introduced a new feature which ended up conflicting with my Clipboard utility (ClipMate). I reported the problem and based on their responses, they didn't put the effort into trying to replicate the problem.

    I depend heavily on ClipMate so I ended switching to Norton Internet Security. Yes I was worried, because ages ago I used to run Norton and it has always been a resource hog. This time around I scanned the message boards and didn't see such issues, so I took the plunge! I'm glad I did, because it isn't a resource hog and I like it much better than the Webroot product.
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    Windows Defender Plus MBAM Pro.
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    Afy: friends don't let friends use NORTON.

    Norton is a virus unto itself. It installs itself ALL OVER your computer and is remarkable difficult to get rid of.

    I < NEVER > let Norton anywhere near one of my computers.

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    Willie --

    I don't think that's true anymore, but it was for a long time. I dropped Norton for that reason, and never went back. However, I read that Norton had heard the complaints and reduced the insidious footprint of the program. They also posted up a "Norton Removal Tool" to ease the pain of uninstalling it. I still haven't gone back, but at least I compliment them for their responsiveness.

    Regards,
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    I have had it for quite some time now and I do not see that problem whatsoever. It was also the reason I left Norton and had I not experienced that conflict with Webroot, I would not have switched back, either.

    But so far, definitely no regrets and I am preferring it.
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