Windows Defender

How Can I Get Rid Of Popups?

Popups

Episode 1793

Mario from San Diego, CA

Mario picked up a new HP computer, and he's now constantly getting popups when he's online. How does he get rid of them? Leo says that there's malware that can cause popups. Leo thinks Mario may have some malware installed on his computer from visiting a site he shouldn't have. It's a very common issue for Windows machines. Leo recommends going to the Windows recovery menu (Windows Key plus R) and select "reset this PC." If that doesn't do the job, you may need to go for the more radical option and have Windows reinstall itself. That's in the same menu.

Do I have malware?

Windows Defender

Episode 1730

Karen from Tri-Cities, WA

After getting a phishing scam email, Karen ran a malware scan with Windows Defender and it found a "severe threat" called a Trojan-Downloader. Windows Defender blocked it, but is she still compromised? Leo says that everyone gets those, and it's not a side effect of a virus on your system. So if Defender found one and blocked it, you're safe from it.

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. 

Will my Windows 7 computer continue to work?

Windows 7

Episode 1684

Irene from Dana Point, CA

Is has a Windows 7 computer and is concerned that it will stop working due to the end of life. Leo says no. It'll keep working, and during the crisis, Microsoft continues to update security patches. So you'll be safe for at least the end of the year. It's important to keep your computer updated, especially Windows Defender. Set your updates to automatic. But all that won't protect you against your own behavior online. Be careful what you click on. Don't install a third-party version of flash. Go to Adobe and manually download the updates and use Firefox as your browser. 

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.  

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. 

Has My Bank Account Been Hacked?

Zelle

Episode 1654

Ding from San Rafael, CA

Ding got a notification recently about a Zelle transaction and wants to know if his bank account has been hacked. Leo says that unless they have your bank information, they can't. Signing up with an email account won't really do anything. But if one suspects something has happened, it may have been a keystroke logger or someone that stole information, but it's unlikely. If he is running Windows 10, then he should run Windows Defender, updating it regularly. There's no need for a third party AntiVirus. And he may want to change the bank account, demanding 2-factor authentication.

Is my computer safe with Windows Defender?

Windows Defender

Episode 1653

Dave from Crystal River, FL

Dave has a Windows 10 PC running Windows Defender as his antivirus. Is that a good idea? Leo says yes. Defender does everything you need it to do, as long as you keep it updated. But AVS software can also give you a false sense of security. The last line of defense is your online behavior. That means avoiding clicking on links or opening attachments.

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.