Windows 10’s security lies in the hands of Windows Defender. The guardian angel, the silent protector. But this guardian angel falls short in tracking out some advanced virus. It does have good real-time protection but that’s not enough. You will need an alternative to Windows defender if you want your PC to be clean from viruses. It’s recommended that you don’t disable Windows defender but instead use one of the following alternative side by side. Read our guide on protecting your PC from viruses where we have explained using two anti-virus software simultaneously. After reading it you can come back and make your pick for Windows defender alternative.
1. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
This is the anti-malware software that we recommend and the best alternative to Windows Defender. It won’t leave any virus in any of your disks. The scanning process does take time as it scans deep into files. But we have had the best results with MalwareBytes. It is a freemium software. If you want real time protection like windows defender than you’ll have to pay. You get a 7-day free trial to check it out. Also, the scheduled scan is only available in Pro account.
Adwcleaner is used for removing adware and junkie toolbars from your web browser. If you have some non-techie family member with many toolbars in their browser then you can use this software to remove them quickly. It’s the best adware cleaner. And as windows defender doesn’t provide security against adware Adwcleaner can work alongside with it.
3. Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
This best tool you can use if your PC is already infected with the virus. It uses the same technology that Kaspersky premium tool uses. This can be a great alternative to Windows defender as Kaspersky is one of the best premium anti-virus software. This tool is completely free a specifically developed for removing the virus.
Download: Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
4. Spyware Terminator
If you tend to do more online shopping and transaction that you should have the anti-spyware software. Spyware terminator protects you while doing banking or shop online. It tracks down spyware before you even download them. Spyware mostly comes included with online games. So, keeping this boy turned on will help you track down those websites with spyware. It completely free.
Download: Spyware Terminator
Combofix is software for trained techies that want to manually deal with viruses. Combofix does a very good job in common virus removal. But, also gives manual handling on viruses and track down malware that wasn’t removed automatically by it.
RogueKiller is made for removing both common malware and some advanced malware. It uses pretty advanced methods in tracking them down. Methods include tracking via software behavior and signature findings.
Which Anti-Virus Software will you use as Windows Defender Alternative or Companion?
Windows defender is a must you should not disable it. But if you do which other free and lightweight anti-malware software would you use? Let us know down in the comments.