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I can’t honestly predict that the tools will remain recommendation-worthy.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has evolved over the years from a tool that defied categorization – not really anti-virus, not really anti-spyware, but still catching things that other tools did not – to a full-featured anti-malware package.

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Like Malwarebytes, it has also expanded to be a more fully-featured anti-malware tool.

I used it for many years myself back in its anti-spyware days.

AVG, Avira, and Avast, or the “three AV’s”, as I like to call them, are three other free solutions that I’ve recommended over the years. If your machine becomes infected with malware of some sort, there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to actually download anything, because the malware will prevent it.

There are several reasons I stick to that position.

As a result, every so often I get push-back – often angry push-back – that Windows Defender remains my primary recommendation.

It does a fine job of detecting malware, does so without adversely impacting system performance, and does so without nagging you for renewals, upgrades, or up-sells. Important: the “Windows Defender” you might find pre-installed in some earlier versions of Windows is Every so often, Windows Defender comes under fire for rating lower than other security packages in tests published online.

Should I use one of the all-in-one packages that claim to do everything? Windows Defender comes pre-installed in recent versions of Windows. It’s the same as Windows Defender, except it’s not pre-installed.

Good basic protection in four steps with only one download. If you’re running a version of Windows prior to Windows 8, you’ll want to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

On the other hand, I fully recognize that Windows Defender might not be the right solution for everyone. This is where I run into some difficulty trying to make recommendations. Tools that were once clearly free, have on more than one occasion, moved to promoting their paid product so heavily that the free version virtually disappears.

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