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Now that I am using the VIASAT web browser, do I need to buy and install an antivirus too?
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Cindy

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Bob Lexus

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Either continue to subscribe for virus protection or get a Mac
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Regardless of what browser you use, and even if you don't use a browser, if you have a Windows computer, you better be running anti-virus software.
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Do you have an A/V program already installed?  If so, just keep its definitions updated.  No special A/V program is needed just because you installed another browser...

If you don't have an A/V program installed you can download and install one...there are several free programs available...I personally use the free version of Avast.
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Cindy

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Thank you
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James Besser

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Avast is good
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Cindy

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I suppose no one can tell me on here what is good out there to use?
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Everybody has their opinion. Plenty of options out there. I use to run Trend Micro. Now I run Kaspersky. Just get a good, reliable one. For what it is worth, my Company will not allow a computer on its network without a certified amti-virius product. The free and cheap ones are not certified and I won't be able to get on without one, including updates virius definitions.
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There are a lot of ways to skin that cat.  Windows 10 has built in protection which I supplement with a malicious software scanner (https://www.enigmasoftware.com/sh4help/spyhunter-features).  Also am using Asus router with built-in protection at the router level.
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Just also to bring it up. The Macs don't get viruses claim is often used but that's somewhat un-true. They do have more safeguards where it's quite a bit HARDER to get a virus than you would with a PC.  Viruses are a possibility and Macs can still have browser hijacks as well as Trojans and malware.
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very true they try too hit my apple IMAC,  with a bug 
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Any open system can be hacked. Just ask the Russians, the Chinese, or the NSA!
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Anti-virus is always a good idea but if you already have one in place you'll just need to keep it updated as suggested above. Hope you enjoy the browser!
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Cindy

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Thank you Brad
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Windows 10 Defender is a very good antivirus program. I have been using it for several years.
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Then you have been lucky :)
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I have a win 10 pc that I use to just play music. I figured that Windows 10 Defender would be adequate for that machine,  I use ZoneAlarm on my browser win 7 machines
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I'll second that. I've stuck with just Defender ever since Windows 10 came out and have zero problems with any of my machines. It works perfectly as long as you keep it up to date.
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For the most part, I agree, except if you play any games that require anti cheat/anti bot software to run with the game. Then the real time protection offered by Windows Defender may have to be disabled to even launch the game. I know this is the case for XIGNCODE3 (an anti cheat/anti bot game guard program.) Other AV real time does allow such a program to run and connect to the internet where Windows Defender may not.
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I make an exception in Defender for all my games and never run into a problem.
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I agree with Steve Frederick, if you are using Windows 10 make sure Windows Defender is "on " and up to date. It is the only antivirus I have used since WIN 7 and have no problems. Just recently added ABP (Ad Block Plus) to tame the annoying pop up ads and life is good!
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Thank you
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If you do encounter issues with Windows defender. AVG, Norton, F-Secure, Kapersky or, McAfee are all decent AV options, some free, some for a subscription fee.
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All good recommendations. 8 am not sure about McAffee anymore though. Use to be great.
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I use Webroot and Malwarebytes in tandem. They work well together and do a good job. 

Edited to add: I also use AdBlock Plus on my non-Viasat browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera). No need for ABP on the Viasat browser; it has an ad blocker built in.
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Cindy

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Thank you too Sophie
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Cindy, it is always a good idea to have virus protection regardless of the browser used. Thank you for all your answers and help forum members!
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Cindy

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I've never heard of zonealarm or fsecure which one is a good one??  I need it for 4 computers (home) maybe cell if available? I also have Defender on and I have the new VIASAT browser! I've also used PC Matic, I'd like USA made if possible!
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I like ZoneAlarm because it has an excellent firewall intergrated with it but there are loads of other good AV packages out there as well.
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Cindy

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Yes, I might go even with that one, I just had never heard of it before and I don't want to pay for something that's not what they say they are. I'm not good on telling how well they work anyhow. I do have 4 computers to install it on, so that right there seeing they have up to 5 might work for me the best. Norton is on at least 10 I think or more devices but haven't heard much on them lately! Thanks!
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Window Defender, built into Windows is about as good as any and is free.
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Cindy

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I do have that one too but I did decide to try the ZoneAlarm one! Thanks!
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Windows Defender. 5 out of 10 in the guide Bama posted below.

I wouldn't put much faith in it. My company wouldn't let a computer only running Windows Defender on its network.
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To help you decide what security suite is best for your situation you can read these reviews and make an informed decision.

First, review all the pay-for-use packages:

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369749,00.asp

Then review all the free-to-use packages:

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-antivirus,review-2588-5.html

Let us know your decision...☺☺☺☺
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Cindy

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For now I am trying the ZoneAlarm, I can get 5 computers for not too bad a price, and for 30 days free for now, we will see. thanks for your help!
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Basically any reputable AV program is fine as long as you keep it updated and use some common sense when using the internet. An adblocker helps too.
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Cindy

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I am trying the ZoneAlarm antivirus. I have 4 computers plus my cell phone and Zone Alarm I can get 5 installs for a low price right now but for 30's days I can try for free, see how it goes!
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I use Webroot, and supplement it with Malwarebytes and Norton Power Eraser, as well as running Microsoft Safety Scanner and Malicious Software Tool scans before I save my monthly system image.  I haven't been hit in 19 years, and the last time I was it was the "Happy99" worm, which was annoying, but essentially harmless (for most people).  
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I haven't had a virus, worm, Trojan, whatever in well, ever but, I've always used either Norton or F-secure and, i don't turn it off for any reason. Program no work with AV, real time and, Firewall running, program no work for me PERIOD.
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Hi Bev. I'm trying the ZoneAlarm for 30 days, never heard of it but sounded like a good price and had all the protection I need. Thanks, hope it's a trusted one!
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Cindy, 

ZoneAlarm has a free version, as well, and it has a pretty decent rating.  Couple that with something like Malwarebytes, which is also free and which 479 gazillion people use, you'd probably be good to go.    
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I run ZoneAlarm and Malwarebytes and have good luck with both.   Malwarebytes has saved a couple of seriously broken pc's in the past. Also it is always good to take an image of your C: drive as well.
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Thank you Markgc, any info on them is good to hear, just never know now days those scams out there!
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Something like i only buy and drive a Ford, not me i'm a Chevy man etc.

The most important thing is that you INSURE you have a good one and YOU keep the definitions up to date.  Yes it can be and normally is set up to do this automatically.  However, the first thing i do with every computer that i use is check for updates and then run a daily quick scan.  About every 3 days a complete scan of your your system.

Get and use a good Virus protection software, do daily virus definition updates with scans, don't use a USB from another computer without first scanning it.

A virus on your computer will ruin your day, identity protection capability is a plus.

Events in this area virus, ransom software, Identity theft etc. will get worse every day, don't be a victim.

Get a virus software program from a company that specializes in these applications, then negotiate the cost, a must have.
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Trying Norton too, never had that one before, hope that one is a good choice! Just have to decide I guess on one, got 30 days! If anyone thinks Norton isn't a good choice, I'd like to know before I buy! Thanks people!
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I have Norton on my gaming rig simply because of the easy to understand program controls in the firewall. I've used it on gaming rigs for over 10 years never a single infection, a few alerts obviously but, never an issue.

Norton also comes with Identity protection so, that's a plus.
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Cindy

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I decided to go with Karpersky for my antivirus protection, doesn't seem too bad so far!  Thanks all for your suggestions on some of these out there!
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I used Kaspersky for years, but recently switched at the urging of my employer's security team. I thought it a good idea to comply to their request. :)

I never had an issue while using it, and it protected my machines from a few nasties. 
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I used Kaspersky for years, but recently switched at the urging of my employer's security team. I thought it a good idea to comply to their request. :)

I never had an issue while using it, and it protected my machines from a few nasties. 
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Gotta love those double-posts. 
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Cindy

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yeah I just did a full scan and it found a few things, got rid of them for me too, so so far pretty happy to have it on my laptop! Thanks Sophie!
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If you go to a "deal" summary site like slickdeals or bensbargains and search for antivirus, you can sometimes find them free or at least cheaper after a mail in rebate, if you want to pay for an antivirus.  Kaspersky 3 device/1 year was free about 5 weeks ago.  Norton has been during the last week or so.