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27 Sep 2013   #1

w7 ult 32 and w7 hp 64 X 2
 
 
Microsoft AV

What is the difference between Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials

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27 Sep 2013   #2

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Originally, Windows Defender was a simple anti-spyware program offered by Microsoft. It was not a full anti-malware suite. I also think it was offered as part of the installed programs with Windows 7. In 2009 (if I remember correctly) Microsoft offered a full anti-malware suite and called it Microsoft Security Essentials and pretty much phased out Windows Defender.

Fast forward and Microsoft offered yet another product called Windows Defender Offline which is a free standalone, bootable malware and virus remover that performs an offline scan of an infected PC to remove viruses, rootkits and other advanced malware.

Then when Windows 8 was released, Microsoft once again decided to confuse people by calling the provided anti-malware suite Windows Defender even though, for all intents and purposes, it is identical to Microsoft Security Essentials.

Confused yet?
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28 Sep 2013   #3

w7 ult 32 and w7 hp 64 X 2
 
 

Thanks for the gen, I am a little less confused now. I run XP, 7 and 8 with the Microsoft product on 7 and 8 and have had no problems so far. A quick scan is fast but a full scan takes ages.
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