Possible SDMB Malware on Windows 10 tablet

Here’s my ATMB thread: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=864586

I just bought this Windows 10 tablet/keyboard combination as a laptop replacement this week. I bought a Windows one because I do need to use an SVO to check my work email. It’s mainly used for personal use. I haven’t been to any porn or bit torrent websites, mainly the SDMB, and ESPN and Yahoo.

What’s the best program to to make sure there’s no crapware on this tablet? I’d prefer low cost, but I can get work to easily cover software under $100.

This may not be the answer you want to hear, but if the device has Windows 10, then it already has crapware, and you won’t be able to remove it. That operating system is notorious for, among other things, forcing frequent reboots after unwanted system updates, violating your privacy by collecting user and/or telemetry data and sending it back to Microsoft, and bundling and promoting applications that you cannot uninstall. None of these behaviours can be suppressed easily (or at all). In this respect Windows 10 is not much different from the sort of third-party malware/crapware/adware that most people try to avoid.

Malwarebytes - https://www.malwarebytes.com/ would be my first choice.

I use the free version every year or so and to date, it has not found anything that was installed maliciously*. Which gives me a high level of confidence in Windows Defender as well.

*I did once download a piece of software injected with adware that installed itself even though I canceled the install when I saw the eula for the adware. Malwarebytes cleaned that up easily.

Oh come on. You may not like Windows, but it’s not crapware/malware/adware. I run it both at home and work, as do hundreds of my co-workers, and we all deal with a whole bunch of PII that would turn into a security nightmare and likely put our company out of business if it got out. Yes, Windows, being the a very common OS for PCs, has its share of malware and viruses. But to claim that it’s not securable and is in itself dangerous is absolutely not true.

I suggest running a script like Tron that eliminates known crapware and runs Malwarebytes, among other things. Also, install an anti-virus, which will do little against truly malicious software but is better than nothing. (Malwarebytes also has a paid version that runs in the background.) Also if you don’t like Windows other operating systems like Linux work fine.

I know this isn’t quite the advice you solicited, but I would recommend that part of your security strategy should be migrating away from IE to a different browser on your tablet.
Almost any other browser - including Microsoft Edge - would be better than IE.

So what tablet did you get?

Windows 10 is fine. Yes, you do get updates, but so does any other OS which keeps up with developments. You don’t want it to become a mule for some virus distributor. My wife has a Surface tablet with AVG as anti-virus, and when I ran Spybot (paid-for) recently, it found no nasties at all, unless you count all the cookies.

I suggest you install an ad-blocker (We use ad-aware) which improves the online experience hugely. Sorry SDMB, but I find those ads very annoying.

That is not at all what I am claiming. In fact, I did not mention security at all, and I have no idea whether Windows 10 is more or less susceptible to viruses than its predecessors. I am saying that Microsoft, the makers of the OS itself, have introduced into Windows 10 a number of features that have attracted widespread criticism for violating your privacy and reducing your control over the machine, and that Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make it difficult or impossible for users to circumvent these features. These same features are usually described as malware or adware when found in third-party applications.