Using Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials as your anti-virus protection? Think you are protected? I hate to burst your bubble but you’re not. Defender and MSE are about as effective as trying to carry a cinder block in a wet paper bag.
Defender and MSE consistently rank in the bottom of major AV test lab results.
Windows Defender on Windows 8/8.1 combines the previous versions of MSE and Defender into one package but the protection is still pretty bad.
But don’t take my word for it. Check out this article at PC Mag.
AVG Free and Avast Free are the two best free alternatives. You can download them safely from cnet.com.
Click the green “Download Now” button just under the title of the software. Otherwise you may download something you don’t want.
Stay safe and don’t become a statistic!