Do you really need to pay for Anti-Virus software?

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I personally pretty much never use any anti-virus just because for me it causes more hassle than anything. It causes some programs I use to run incorrectly or just causes more issues to arise. Luckily I have enough knowledge to take care of anything that may try to harm my computer. I mainly only recommend antivirus software to people who don't know much about computers.
 
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I haven't paid any software for subscription , i usually just go for the free one and just update it regularly. Some features of the PRO ones are more of adding more features and capability. But even without these functions most software still works fine.
 

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I was watching a video by Linus Tech Tips and he tested various anti virus software and he made a statement saying if you know what you're clicking you don't really need one. But also stated if you are downloading or going to shady websites then use a virtual desktop.
 

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I am using paid antivirus software, it is Kapersky Internet Security and I bought it for 1 year, pretty good and my PC didn't have any problems with viruses.

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My answer is yes

A quick search will show lots of free antivirus products that claim to be able to compete with the premium options on the market. While these free options might be better than nothing (whether or not they’re better than Windows Defender Antivirus is another topic altogether…), you have to keep in mind one simple truth: there’s no such thing as a free lunch no one gives you something for nothing.

In many cases, using ‘free’ antivirus software means you’re paying with your personal data, being subjected to in-app advertisements or inadvertently installing some unwanted bundled software. After all, something has to pay for the development work, servers, company infrastructure and so on.
 
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I think it depends on what you want to protect. If you do not have much to loose a free antivirus is fine. However, if you have highly sensitive data buying one is the way to go.

I have a few reasons for saying this. Firstly, buying an antivirus means that you have entered into a contract with a company who undertake to protect your data. A violation of their duty means you have a way to hold them accountable.

Secondly, I personally like the peace of mind that it gives me.

Lastly, you can check the track records of companies before buying their packages thus you have more confidence in what they can do for you.
 
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I once asked this to a friend who at the time was studying to become a systems engineer. His response was that, honestly, Windows Defender was more than enough. Searching for my own sources through the web, I've found that the consensus among tech writers seems to be the same. Personally, I think the market is designed to produce fake needs as means to increase the proceeds of the tech industry. Ultimately, it boils down to the capabilities of these antivirus to actually decimate a real threat. As well as your personal activities online, I suppose.
 

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Surprised noone mentioned panda antivirus free version too, used for many years works like a charm. Also from my opinion as antivirus paid or free version have the same protection for viruses or malwares, just the difference is that you wont get all of their features which paid version have like spyware, vpn, protect many devices etc.
 
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I don't think you really need it. The newer versions of windows defender is great. I have been using my laptop for more than 5 years without any anti virus program and It's doing fine so far.
 

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I had the trial version of McAfee when I first bought my laptop. It has been expired for a couple of months now and I have been using Windows Defender on my pc. Works fine for me and I haven't had any problems.
 

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You don't need to pay in any anti-virus application if you don't want to. You can download cracks in google and other website like for example, getintopc. But if you want to make 99.99% sure that your files and password on your computer is safe, go then buy anti-virus application.
If you don't want to spend money and/or time for downloading anti-virus, just be more careful on visiting website, for example, websites that aren't secure, website that don't have http:// and/or www..
 

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I've always used free antivirus and never had any problems with it.
If you working in a field where viruses might be an issue and you could be a target for it then I think you definitely should invest in one, but otherwise sensible internet usage + a few free anti-virus programs should be more than enough.
 
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I've never had to pay for anti-virus software well mostly cause I cant really afford it. But secondly the free antivirus software that is available works fine. Ive never had any catastrophic problems everything works fine the antivirus software checks and deletes all malware without any hustles. I dont see why I should have to pay for something that delivers what I need.
 

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I've never had to pay for anti-virus software well mostly cause I cant really afford it
Yes if your computer didn't save any important data and not afraid of losing data then you don't need a paid anti virus program but when you have more data need to protected then you would pay for a paid version to anti virus and avoid losing data or your information on your PC by them.
 
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