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Security Software on Accordance for Windows Machine


Nathan Parker
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I'm likely going to be setting up a Windows VM coming up, and for now, the only app I'll be installing inside of it is Accordance. It's possible I'll install a couple of minor work apps, but Accordance will be the main use for the VM.

 

I'd rather use third-party security software than Windows Defender since while Defender is decent, I'd still rather keep my security software separate from Microsoft.

 

I'm looking at ZoneAlarm since I like their firewall, plus Check Point (their owner) is based out of Israel, another plus I like.

 

Should I invest in ZoneAlarm paid (such as Extreme NextGen), or should I just stick with the free firewall+antivirus?

 

I like the fact that the paid (Extreme NextGen) offers ransomware protection (you can't mix standalone ZoneAlarm ransomware protection with the free firewall+antivirus, to mix the two, you have to upgrade to Extreme). However, my reasons for leaning toward free vs paid are:

 

  • Accordance will be the main app I run on the machine. It's beyond highly unlikely I'd ever infect my machine installing Accordance updates and modules from Easy Install. Besides Windows updates, that'll be the bulk of my online activity.
  • I don't want to go overkill on security software that could conflict with or compromise performance with, Accordance. I know some hefty suites can get aggressive on security and suck away performance. I want Accordance to run beautifully on the machine and breathe in a fresh open field of computing bliss.
  • I won't be browsing the web or checking emails on the Windows VM at all. It'll be isolated from the host (and the host is where I'll be checking emails and browsing the web). I could even install ZoneAlarm's free Chrome extension onto Edge in the rare event the browser were to be opened, I'd have some extra protection at the browser level. I'll keep IE as disabled as possible, and I won't be using Java, etc., anywhere.
  • Windows has some basic ransomware protection built-in. Probably not as flashy as ZoneAlarm's but still decent.
  • I'll keep the Windows VM backed up, so if anything occurs to mess it up, I can one-click restore the entire VM from a backup.
  • I'll keep Windows patched with OS updates to ensure it has all the latest security patches. Since Accordance will be the primary app I'll be running on it, I should be able to install updates fairly quickly when released. As long as certain Windows updates don't break anything critical with Accordance (which probably doesn't happen often if at all), I don't have to worry about updates breaking anything else (such as Microsoft Office, etc), since none of that will be on the VM.

 

Thanks!

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Without giving a little more detail than "I'd rather" for why to not use MS security software, it's difficult to make a recommendation. MS security does a reasonably satisfactory job according to all of the testing groups. It's near the top these days. Can you provide a bit more detail?

 

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I agree with Scott. I use Defender/Windows security in a VM (going on six years) and I have never had a problem, ever. I also disable the internet connection and only enable it for Windows updates, every month or so.

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I'm sure Defender has improved over the years, but I've never been fully confident in it as my primary AV. I just haven't been confident in trusting my primary AV to Microsoft.

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ZoneAlarm has a NextGen Free edition I'm trying. So far seems to be solid.

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