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Jim Rossman: No, you really don’t need to run antivirus software


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This week a reader had a question is about antivirus software.

“I recently replaced my 12-year-old computer with my granddaughter's 3-year-old gaming desktop when she updated to a new device.

Question: My granddaughter used Windows Defender for protection, as her opinion is Norton Antivirus works too much like a virus and had a bad reputation in her gaming community.

I have used Norton on my home devices since 2006. Do you have any preferences on which gives the best security?”

I do have a preference, and your granddaughter is correct.

I’m not here to talk bad about anyone’s software choices. Whatever works for you is great, as long as you are happy with the results.


As for my preference, I work for the largest university system in Texas, and we don’t use anything for protection other than Microsoft Defender, which used to be called Windows Defender.

It can be found as part of the Windows Security Center, with an icon that looks like a little shield in your system tray on the bottom right side of your screen.

In the last few years, Microsoft and Apple have become very good at providing protection for their operating systems.

Because malicious software continues to evolve, it is very important for you to stay on top of the latest updates.


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