I am Looking for an Anti-Malware for Windows 10

Windows 10 recently released to the public and people are excited about it. Many people asking about Anti-Malware software for Windows 10. They are asking about whether their Anti-Malware product will be worked on Windows 10 or should they use their current Anti-Malware product or switch to something else. There are two main scenario will be discussed with regards to Anti-Malware for Windows 10 which are Microsoft Anti-Malwares and Third-party Anti-Malwares.

Microsoft Anti-Malwares: In case you are Windows 8 user, you might already know about Windows Defender. It is Anti-Malware build into Windows 8 and it is successor of Microsoft Security Essentials. As long as you don’t install any other Anti-Malware products, you could use it and it will protect you against malwares. The basic interface for Windows Defender in Windows 10 is very similar to Windows Defender in Windows 8, however there are some changes in term of interface in Settings. In Windows 10, Windows Defender settings is being manage by Settings in Windows. In case you are using earlier version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, then you might have used Microsoft Security Essentials. In this case, you should take a note that Windows Defender is the successor of Microsoft Security Essentials and if you are upgrading to Windows 10 make sure uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials first and then upgrade to Windows 10. In case, you are doing clean install of Windows 10, once you install it, make sure check Windows Defender and make sure it is on and running. Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender both are using similar Anti-Malware protection engines and they protect you the same way. However, in Windows 10 the protection is more advance since they are technologies like ELAM which enhance protection. Consider Windows Defender as successor to Microsoft Security Essentials and enjoy it.

Third-party Anti-Malwares: During Technical Preview of Windows 10, many people complain about compatibility of their Anti-Malware products with Windows 10. The main reason for these problems was majority of Anti-Malware vendors didn’t want to provide resources or support for pre-release version of Windows and instead they concentrate on working on developing supported version for final release of Windows 10. Right now, majority of Anti-Malware vendors announced their Anti-Malware products are ready for Windows 10. In many cases, you need to perform some updates or upgrade to the latest version to be able to take advantage of compatible Anti-Malware for Windows 10. In addition, as long as you have valid subscription for your Anti-Malware product, you are eligible to upgrade your Anti-Malware product for free (in most cases) and if it is the case, you should refer to your Anti-Malware vendor’s support website for more details. You could still enjoy using your current Anti-Malware software in Windows 10.

Now, back to the main question, should we use current Anti-Malware product or switch to another? Selecting Anti-Malware is something personal and it depends on what you expect from an Anti-Malware product and which product satisfy your requirement the best. Some people are selecting one brand because it great support, while other might select it because they like its graphical user interface or options. This is a question when answer is known only to you. You should ask yourself, how you define a good Anti-Malware product and why? Everyone might have a unique answer to this question depending on their past experience and their expectation. One other important note is, some people report about bad experience with some Anti-Malware products and they abandon them long time ago and they never used it. You may consider try them again as over time a lot of improvements happens and you might love the latest version.

In case you love Microsoft Security Essentials or Microsoft Anti-Malware products, you don’t need to install or look for anything, Windows Defender is already build in into your Windows and as long as you don’t install any other Anti-Malware product it is there to protect your PC. If you install any other Anti-Malware product, it will disable Windows Defender to avoid conflict and once you uninstall your current Anti-Malware product, Windows Defender will be enabled. Please be reminded that after installing or uninstalling Anti-Malware or any other software, it is recommended to restart your PC.

I hope everyone enjoy their Anti-Malware products in Windows 10 and enjoy new experiences in Windows 10.

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