Antivirus

Is Windows Defender the best AntiVirus?

Windows Defender

Episode 1708

Jim from Calabassas, CA

Jim wants to know if Windows Defender is sufficient to protect his Windows machine against malware. Leo says yes and now. You are your own last line of defense and your online behavior can undo the hard work Defender does to protect you. Don't click on links in an email. Only get your software from original vendors. Keep DEFENDER and Windows 10 up to date.

Defender is as good as any other antivirus, but safer since it's designed specifically for Windows. 

Is Norton Safe to Use for Antivirus?

Defender

Episode 1681

Stan from Irvine, California

Stan heard that Symantec-Norton broke up and is now called Norton Lifelock. He doesn't trust it right now and wants to know what he needs to do for it. Leo says he doesn't need it anyway. Windows Defender comes with Windows 10 and it's always updated. It also uses sandboxing so that if Defender is compromised, the rest of the OS won't be. And it's free. So get rid of Norton.

What about Lifelock? Leo says Lifelock still has value, but you can do a lot of that by putting a freeze on a credit rating so that nobody can mess with it. Contact all three reporting agencies for that.  

Should I remove my AVS before upgrading to Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1674

Annette from Tustin, CA

Annette has to upgrade to Windows 10, and she wants to know if Windows Defender is the best and how to get rid of McAfee? Leo says getting rid of McAffee is your first priority. But simply uninstalling it isn't going to work completely. Go to the McAffee site and get their removal tool.  Once you've run that, then you can turn your attention to upgrading to Windows 10. Download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool Disc Image. You'll want the November 2019 update version (#1909). Leo likes to put it on an 8GB USB key then to install Windows 10. Then boot to your USB key and run the update.

Do I need a third party antivirus for Windows?

Episode 1670

Myrna from Twin Peaks, CA

Myrna has been advised that she doesn't need Nod32 anymore because of Windows 10 antivirus software. Is that true? Leo says it is. It's called Windows Defender and it's all you need, as long as you keep your computer updated. But they can give you a false sense of security. Even the best antivirus won't save you from your own behavior. If you click on links, you can compromise your security. If you download flash, you can compromise your security. If you click on attachments in email .... well, you get the point. 

Do I need an antivirus for my Mac?

MacBook Air

Episode 1666

Theresa from Signal Hill, CA

Theresa is a serious amateur photographer and she wants to know what antivirus she needs with a Mac. Leo says you don't really need one. Apple does some great work in the background to prevent getting a virus. Plus, Mac isn't really that prevalent to attract viruses, and the macOS is very secure. Your best line of defense is your online behavior. Here are a few things to follow:

1. Keep your system up to date

2. Don't click on links in email or open attachments.

3. Only get your software from original vendors.

4. Use a password vault like LastPass

Should I Renew McAfee Anti Virus?

mcafee

Episode 1580

Fred from Fontana, CA

Fred is trying to import his contacts and calendars and gets a single PST file that he can't import. Leo says he can choose several different formats, including CSV. Fred also has a Dell computer and his free trial of McAfee has expired. Leo says GOOD! Get rid of it and use Windows Defender. It's one of the best AVS out there, and it comes free with Windows 10. You don't need anything else. 

Be Cautious of Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software

If you're going to use antivirus software, you may want to choose something other than Kaspersky. While Leo believes Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of Kaspersky Lab, is a great person, his company is Russian and may be prone to manipulation or seizure by the Russian government/military. In any case, Leo simply recommends excellent alternatives with less baggage. While we don't know for sure what goes on with companies like Kaspersky or Huawei, it's best to err on the side of caution.