So I’ve been using windows defender for a while. No problems. I decided to look up if it was safe enough and there were alot of articles telling to use a free antivirus instead and many reddit comments and quora answers telling to stick with defender.

I am at a dilemma. I’ve been researching this for a few hours and decided kaspersky was the one I was gonna use. But then ive read articles on kaspersky and bitdefender getting hacked. Tf should I do?

If I use defender, since most malware makers need to get past defender as the baseline I shouldn’t use it.

But, many people say it’s good enough and by common sense and ublock origin, I should avoid most of the websites I could get malware from. And many antiviruses are getting hacked, getting vulnerabilities, data breaches, etc.

Here is the stuff I’ve read on articles

Kaspersky:

2015: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-33083050

2017: https://www.quora.com/Has-Kaspersky-anti-virus-program-been-proven-to-have-hacked-several-people-in-the-United-States#:~:text=Has%20Kaspersky%20anti%20virus%20program,in%20the%20United%20States%3F%20%2D%20Quora&text=Quora%20User-,Has%20Kaspersky%20anti%20virus%20program%20been%20proven%20to%20have%20hacked,which%20implies%20a%20willful%20action.

2019: https://www.techradar.com/news/kaspersky-antivirus-left-millions-customers-open-to-online-tracking

Avast and AVG(owned by avast):

2019: https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/10/21/avast-hacked-again-as-spies-steal-its-passwords/

2017: CCleaner(Avast owned) https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/threats/ccleaner-malware

And of course the jumpshot data collection:

https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/ew6eau/avast_shuts_down_marketing_analytics_subsidiary/

BitDefender:

2019: https://www.tomsguide.com/news/hacking-flaw-in-bitdefender-antivirus-free-update-now

2016: https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/3fgkkb/bitdefender_hacked_turns_out_stored_passwords_are/

Then again defender could be hacked too.

Sorry for grammatical errors. For now I’m sticking with defender.

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