July 5, 2016
I decided to test a couple of the other free antivirus programs. Windows 10 comes with defender but it's pretty basic and just feels like there's something missing. I can't use another anti malware software without defender getting turned off for example. Scanning a system also takes a very long time if you ever want to do this. I just started this scan this morning and it's still going.
Although I like a very basic unobtrusive but functional anti virus, they all seem to vary from those that basically take over your computer slow it down to a crawl, to the very simple unobtrusive which may also lack a few more features and also not catch everything.
I started with bit defender antivirus free edition because it seem to be the most unobtrusive. So far It seems to work fine and I didn't get the pop ups that other free antivirus programs now come with. This is what this one looks like. The uninstall required a reboot.
Next up was zone alarm which is a program I tried some years back when they started.
In short, many of these antivirus programs seems to be more bloated than anything and want more access to the internet. I prefer the simple program that does it's job without being intrusive and only updates itself like they used to. Yes there's more to it, but windows and all these programs wanted to be connected just seems to really bog things down. I didn't bother testing any more because I have already checked a few and they have been very similar in that they have become very intrusive and full of pop ups. But I just wanted to test something different this time again.