Do I need antivirus software?

Episode 1498 (1:31:08)

Al from Vista, CA
Windows Defender

Al's antivirus software is up for renewal. Does he really have to pay for another year? Leo says no. Windows has its own antivirus called Windows Defender, and it's free. It does a really good job. There's also a possibility that third party antivirus software could make him more vulnerable to hackers, not less. Al will need to download their standalone uninstaller to get rid of that third party app. Then enable Windows Defender and keep it up to date. But he should remember, no antivirus can protect him from himself. Al shouldn't open attachments, download stuff from strangers, update Flash, or use HTML email. He should just get software from people he knows and trusts.