Which antivirus for Windows 8?

New computer, new Windows, new antivirus? Anyone familiar with the Windows environment knows to protect it with anti-virus software. So which one to choose on Windows 8?

Windows Defender: free and pre-installed

Few people know it but Windows 8 embeds an original antivirus: Windows Defender. No need to install or download anything, this antivirus is already present on the computer. If there is no icon to display it, you can open it by typing ” defend on Windows 8 home screen:

Windows Defender Windows8

The interface is exactly that of the software Microsoft Security Essentials available free of charge for Windows XP, Vista and 7. Efficient and recognized, it is therefore a good choice for protecting your computer. In addition, the license is free for the lifetime of the computer and there is no need for a serial number to renew it every year.

Free Avast

The best known free antivirus is Avast. Version 7 is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and of course 8, 32 and 64 bits. Out of habit, individuals will prefer to install Avast on their new computer, but this choice can be questioned because of the increasingly “heavy” interface of the free antivirus.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus

To install Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013 will cost at least 30€ per year and per computer. Protecting 3 computers in the house will only cost €10 more, a much more attractive offer for multi-equipped households. For this version, it will be necessary to have Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 and high-performance hardware: the minimum configuration required is that of a current netbook, you should not expect excellent performance.

Norton AntiVirus

Often pre-installed on major brand computers, due to financial partnerships, Norton AntiVirus is only sold for a minimum of 3 computers and costs €40 per year. This will protect XP, Vista, 7 and 8 computers in the house.

Advice from Windows8Facile

If each antivirus program publisher boasts of having the best protection, the best tools and the best update reactivity, it is clear that all this software is the same to protect your computer. If viruses were a real threat a few years ago, other more serious risks exist today with phishing (fake email from your bank), parasitic software (toolbar) and whatnot. Windows 8 is no exception to the need for antivirus software, but the Windows Defender installed as standard will be more than enough to protect you. Who is more, he is free for lifewhich is not a useless argument to make the right choice!

If you therefore follow our advice, there will be nothing to do to effectively protect your computer. Windows Defender is correctly configured by default and it will suffice to open it from time to time to ensure that everything is “green”. If nothing is visible with normal use of Windows, blocked threats will be reported on the screen like any other anti-virus software.

All this does not exclude using common sense when you receive an email in English from an unknown sender or when you hesitate to download software from an unofficial site.