That’s the point which i was referring to, Brave needs to be in par with Antivirus softwares(That’s what i call it as improvement, For Example, Brave Shields 3.0)
Brave Shields Should just stop being treated as “Advanced ad blocker” and move to the Next level of being an antivirus/antimalware software level kind of protection built right into the browser where blocking ads, trackers, scripts, cookies are just sub parts of the Brave shields features.
As for the usage of dedicated antivirus software, No I’m not really interested because i had a bad experience with Kaspersky which i faced in 2019. I once installed the software and run a system scan and selected “fix”, on the next reboot, system never booted, it completely wrecked the PC’s C drive.
on the next boot, i ran into an error
I have never enabled BitLocker (even now) but still got this error, even for my PC, i don’t use a Microsoft account, i still use a local account with no password protection, no BitLocker, just in case if something goes bad and windows fails to boot, i can pick the drive out of the laptop, use an enclosure and connect the drive to an working computer to extort all the data inside the drive.
None of the above article fixes helped the damage done by the antivirus software, my Asus G750JX Which i bought in 2013 and still using now came with “2” 750 GB 7200 RPM drives, one 750GB drive is completely wrecked due to the antivirus and im only using the other drive as the “C Drive” which is used to be the “D drive” while the both drives were working.
i even use very less softwares, i will rarely install any new software(only if there is a huge necessity for it )
So yeah, Never going to Enable BitLocker, HDD security softwares and trusting antivirus softwares, installing them which often ends up messing up with internal settings of an HDD and activating BitLocker on its own where there is no necessary for me to have an BitLocker.
To be honest, I really love my Windows 8.1, it’s the absolute best version of windows with thunderous performance, even today, but it almost becomes unreliable and less trustworthy while an antivirus gets inside an system.
My HDD is Still performing Good but i don't want to take a risk again
i am even planning to clone the drive just to make sure i have backup so i can use win 8.1 for the next 5 or 6 years by preserving the current softwares until Microsoft releases a better version of windows with very less to no bloatwares like win 8.1, also latest windows version icons are not as good as Win 8.1 icons, Hopefully the next version of windows will be better and offer feature to customize all icons to the classic ones.
i don’t care about Microsoft or other software developers stopping updates to Win 8.1, because all of the softwares which i need are already in a perfect state with all of the features which i essentially need and can live with.
Besides Windows Firewall, Microsoft monthly updates only has been dealing with security updates to Windows defender, So Microsoft’s push to update to win 11 by stopping win 8.1 support will not have any kind of negative impact. I’ll Still use Win 8.1 only. It’s too good, No stopping now until the most necessary/used software of a computer stops supporting
it (browser, Brave browser and chromium stops supporting)
There is only 2 ways an malware/virus gets into a system, one is by using other people’s portable HDD’s, pen drives which are often called as removable drives and another way a virus gets into the system is from the internet usually from a browser which we use. I don’t put other people’s drive onto my computer and thus no need to think about way 1, Only about way 2, So having Brave shifting their focus and interests to be in par with Antivirus software level kind of protection will give me relaxation and a sense of relief that Brave is there to protect the system even if Microsoft gets Lazy and drops support.
The Shields can have a dedicated page here, added into the top area like the Brave Rewards
if antivirus measures are taken and brave is serious about improving shields, i highly suggest to improve download manager as well where each file gets scanned by shields database before it gets saved onto the drive. Also, if a network error is found and download gets an error, there should be a option in the browser where browser automatically attempts to resume/retry the interrupted download for every 30 seconds due to an Network error/crash.