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Windows 7: should i leave windows defender on or off?

01 Apr 2010   #1
Mitch656

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
should i leave windows defender on or off?

I instailled Avast 5 last night after leaving MSE

and today was the 1st time i saw this massge in action center, that i need to scan my computer with it. Should i leave it on or off?



1 last question when ever i do a system health report it always says i have no antivirus, i tryed it with both MSE and Avast 5


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01 Apr 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you have another anti-virus, leave Defender off.

No need to have both running.
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01 Apr 2010   #3
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Hi, Mitch656.

Others have noticed that the System Health Report appears to be inaccurate. Confirm in the Action Center that your antivirus software is shown.

As to Windows Defender, since it is an anti-spyware software, you can safely run it along side Avast. Alternatively, if you have a good anti-malware software such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or SUPERAntiSpyware installed, you most likely don't need to activate Windows Defender.
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01 Apr 2010   #4
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Hi, Mitch656.

Others have noticed that the System Health Report appears to be inaccurate. Confirm in the Action Center that your antivirus software is shown.

As to Windows Defender, since it is an anti-spyware software, you can safely run it along side Avast. Alternatively, if you have a good anti-malware software such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or SUPERAntiSpyware installed, you most likely don't need to activate Windows Defender.
Very well said
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01 Apr 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:
Alternatively, if you have a good anti-malware software such as Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware or SUPERAntiSpyware installed, you most likely don't need to activate Windows Defender.
Is that also true if MAM or SAS do not run in the startups? My guess would be no - but what do I know, LOL.
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01 Apr 2010   #6
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I used to run SAS but I can't remember. Malwarebytes does (the full version anyway, I doubt the free one does tho as it's on-demand)
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01 Apr 2010   #7
Corrine

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

Thank you, tw33k.

Edit Note: WHS, I believe that Windows Defender is anti-spyware, whereas MBAM and SAS are anti-malware. Defender does afford a level of real-time protection though.
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01 Apr 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks guys - and girls. I always liked Defender. But my NIS always shut it off and I had to put it back on.
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02 Apr 2010   #9
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
Thank you, tw33k.

Edit Note: WHS, I believe that Windows Defender is anti-spyware, whereas MBAM and SAS are anti-malware. Defender does afford a level of real-time protection though.
Thanks for that Corinne; I really should learn to differentiate also between anti-spyware and anti-malware. With that said, I have two bases covered: Avast and Windows Defender. Can anyone please recommend a freeware (and tried and tested and trusted) anti-malware program with real-time protection? Thanks as always
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02 Apr 2010   #10
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Anti-malware, would be the same as anti-spyware. Don't confuse with anti-virus
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