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Windows 7: Windows 7 built in anti-virus & spyware programs

07 Jan 2010   #1
skostro

windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 built in anti-virus & spyware programs

Windows 7 built in anti-virus & spyware programs.
Are they worth keeping?
On my XP, Avira worked just fine, along with some spyware programs.
Your thoughts.


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07 Jan 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

There are no built in programs. There is Microsoft Secuity Essentials, which you have to download. It is very good. The firewall, which you can use, is ok. Defender will be disabled if you download security essentials, as it is no longer needed.
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07 Jan 2010   #3
derekimo

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If your talking about this...http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/ yes it's really good, that's what I use and I like it.
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07 Jan 2010   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skostro View Post
Windows 7 built in anti-virus & spyware programs.
Are they worth keeping?
On my XP, Avira worked just fine, along with some spyware programs.
Your thoughts.
Hi , Welcome to SF,

The build-in Firewall you have in Windows 7 is very effective and capable. You might wanna download and install Microsoft Security Essentials Its pretty light weight and very good protection. Then you have UAC which is pretty good defensive feature. You could use Spyware Blaster for added security. If you have these then your secure

Hope this helps,
Captain

Edit: I guess Rich and Derek are quiet fast typers
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07 Jan 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

+1 - MSE is the way to go.
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07 Jan 2010   #6
skostro

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
There are no built in programs. There is Microsoft Secuity Essentials, which you have to download. It is very good. The firewall, which you can use, is ok. Defender will be disabled if you download security essentials, as it is no longer needed.



Does 'defender' come built in? If I opt for another anti-virus, can/should 'defender' be deleted or un-installed during my first 'boot-up'?
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07 Jan 2010   #7
derekimo

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MSE will disable defender for you.
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07 Jan 2010   #8
skostro

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
+1 - MSE is the way to go.
Please explain. I'm not that computer literate.
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07 Jan 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skostro View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
There are no built in programs. There is Microsoft Secuity Essentials, which you have to download. It is very good. The firewall, which you can use, is ok. Defender will be disabled if you download security essentials, as it is no longer needed.



Does 'defender' come built in? If I opt for another anti-virus, can/should 'defender' be deleted or un-installed during my first 'boot-up'?



If you install MSE, which you should. Defender will be turned off automatically. It is built in, but not needed with MSE
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07 Jan 2010   #10
skostro

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
MSE will disable defender for you.

What if I opt for Avira?
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