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    How good is Windows Defender? Can I forego Sophos?

    For upwards of 15 years, I have been running Sophos Endpoint Security and Control. I have not (touch wood) had any problems with viruses or other malicious beasts.

    Its now time to renew the subscription, but I find that its horrendously expensive! It will now cost me almost R12 000 per year (R1000 per month).

    I don't spend that on hosting my servers!!

    How reliable and effective is the built in Windows Defender in Windows 10? Could I rely on the free software to protect me as effectively as Sophos has?

    What can I use to protect Windows Server2008R2 machines that will not cost me? If there's nothing straightforward, then I'll have to bit the bullet and go with Sophos again....!

    Thanks for your thoughts!

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    I've used nothing but Defender as my main line of defense on Win10 and have been fine. I also use the free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to periodically scan as a second opinion. Then every couple months I use one of the free online scanners from a major a/v firm just as an extra precaution. I rotate between the online scanners I use as all the detection mechanisms are slightly different.

    Sorry but I don't have a good suggestion for Windows Server.
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    +1 but you will probably hear a number of other responses. There are several AV packages that are rated slightly higher in detection rates but none as unobtrusive as Defender. For me as for Joe, Defender isn't great but good enough especially when combined with periodic MalwareBytes scans.

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    As far as being "unobtrusive" is concerned, you should check the various AV testing sites for that information.
    Generally, Defender is rated poorly for performance, despite being a built-in application.
    I would definitely look elsewhere for a better product.

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    Trev, if you look deeper into those AV tests, you'll find that they have (at least historically) mentioned that MS releases their data to the others, MS, due to their huge database (from MSRT every month), made the decision long ago to concentrate their efforts to the malware that was most likely to hit Windows installs, rather than try (or pretend) to cover all bases. That the others should be better in these artificial tests should come as no surprise.

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    I wasn't referring to malware at all, merely performance; namely the effect on computer system speed by using the various AV products.

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    I started a thread on this same topic a month or so ago and there are 5 pages worth of discussion.
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    Please post a link to that thread.....

    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm View Post
    I started a thread on this same topic a month or so ago and there are 5 pages worth of discussion.
    Thanks Mr Smith!

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    Does your ISP not have comprehensive security already setup on your servers? They should. Or are you your own ISP?

    Since Sophos is focused on the enterprise market, I would prefer a product focused on the home & SOHO market for home & SOHO use. Enterprise usually costs a lot as you say, and also presumes you have IT people to set it up properly and monitor.
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